Gold Coast | Things to do

Queensland’s most famous beach resort has been drawing visitors since the 1950s. The Gold Coast is a world of contrasts, bringing together nostalgia and innovation, a vibrant nightlife with family-friendly experiences, and the best of both beaches and the hinterland.

Beaches

The Gold Coast is renowned for its relaxed beach lifestyle. Savour the sun on your skin and salt in your hair with kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, jet skis, jet packs and flyboards, or just enjoy a laid-back beach picnic. The Goldie (as the locals call it) is a surf haven, with breaks for everyone from Quiksilver Pro champs to absolute beginners (plus plenty of surf schools), as well as both family-friendly and pet-friendly beaches.

Food and drink

The Gold Coast’s dining scene is all about barefoot sophistication. Eat at an outdoor restaurant with views over the water, grab breakfast at a breezy café, then later hunt out the city’s best fine-dining al fresco options. Set off on your own craft beer odyssey through breweries, pubs and rooftop bars. 


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Explore the Gold Coast Hinterland

When you need a break from the beaches, discover the lush Gold Coast Hinterland. Head for the Springbrook National Park to admire lush greenery and sights like the stunning Purling Brook Falls, or explore Lamington National Park and its many photogenic aspects, such as Morans Falls. Hike through sub-tropical rainforest and walk beside meandering creeks, then set up your tent and camp under the stars.

Gold Coast attractions

Get your thrills on a roller coaster or meet your favourite cartoon characters at a theme park, discover the magic of glow worms after dark at the Natural Bridge in the Springbrook National Park, and gather the gang together around a big table for street food at the Miami Marketta market. The Gold Coast also maintains a vibrant calendar of events, which range from family-friendly food stalls to the adrenaline of world-class sport competitions.

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Mantra Coolangatta Beach

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$165 - 560
Mantra Coolangatta Beach offers the perfect destination to enjoy the laid-back coastal lifestyle. Overlooking renowned surfing beaches, this is the place to go for a summer getaway. With the combination of ocean views, a private balcony, a fully equipped kitchen and spacious living area in the apartments, you will enjoy a truly relaxing holiday.

Burleigh Beach Tourist Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$40 - 339
Burleigh Beach Tourist Park is located in beautiful Burleigh Heads just across the road from the surf beach. Apart from being renowned for its appeal to surfers, Burleigh Heads is popular with all ages for its village-like atmosphere.

Burleigh Esplanade Apartments

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$150 - 900
Burleigh Esplanade, located on the beach at Burleigh Heads, offers the most spacious one, two and three bedroom holiday apartments on the Gold Coast. The unique twin octagonally shaped towers consist of 25 levels giving you breathtaking panoramic views from every floor.

San Simeon Beachfront Apartments

Tugun, Gold Coast Area
From AU$130 - 320
San Simeon Beachfront Apartments are perfectly located along the beach at Tugun. This resort offers superb apartment style accommodation and is a favourite holiday spot for both Australian and International visitors.

Aria Apartments Gold Coast

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$285 - 2000
Aria is one of the Gold Coast’s iconic holiday resorts offering guests luxury, relaxation and beautifully designed boutique apartments in the heart of Broadbeach. Guests can select from our two and three bedroom apartments, their spectacular Skyhouse on the upper levels plus one of the Gold Coast’s premier four-bedroom penthouse.

ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$187 - 360
Located in the heart of Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach is the pinnacle of cosmopolitan beach holidays. Towering above the Oasis Shopping Centre, with one, two, three, and four bedroom ultra-modern, self-contained holiday apartments, ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach fuses panoramic beach views with an exciting nightlife.

Ramada by Wyndham Hope Harbour

Hope Island, Gold Coast Area
From AU$134 - 234
Ramada Hotel Hope Harbour is tucked away in the tranquil waterways of the northern Gold Coast. It offers the perfect launch pad to explore and experience the region's endless list of attractions and things to do, including theme parks, world-famous beaches, stunning hinterland, acclaimed golf courses and sophisticated dining and entertainment precincts of Sanctuary Cove.

Bunk Backpackers Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$35 - 270
Bringing backpacking to a whole new level! Welcome to Surfers Paradise’s newest hostel. Bunk ticks all the boxes and only a heartbeat away from the beach. Your experience is their priority; let them entertain you with daily activities and nightly events while accommodating you in comfort and class at Queensland’s most iconic beach location.

Bujerum Apartments on Burleigh

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$260 - 1500
Located directly opposite the famous rolling surf of Burleigh Beach, Bujerum Holiday Apartments are one of Burleigh Heads most unique, self-contained two and three bedroom apartments. A small walk-up complex, Bujerum's accommodation offers four two bedroom, one bath apartments and a three bedroom, two bathroom luxury apartment.

The Island Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$129 - 350
Set in the heart of Surfers Paradise and on the doorstep of the famous Surfers Paradise Beach, The Island Gold Coast is the perfect gathering place for guests of all ages to stay, play and relax. Meticulously designed and restored from head-to-toe, the Island’s renewed breath of life pays homage to the natural splendour of a Queensland seaside village with abundant hardwood timbers, native plant life and open facades – bringing the outside, in!
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