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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David Fleay Wildlife Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$23.50 - 60.05
David Fleay Wildlife Park (a Best of Queensland Experience), nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads on Queensland's Gold Coast, is a wildlife park with a difference! Stroll through natural habitats and visit the nocturnal house to see some of Australia's most iconic wildlife!

Miami Marketta

Miami, Gold Coast Area
It could be the back streets of Thailand, Barcelona or New York City but it is right there in Miami on the Gold Coast. It's where the locals go and it's only eight minutes from Broadbeach. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Miami comes alive with street food from all round the world.

Australian Outback Spectacular's Heartland

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$99.99 - 129.99
Embark on a journey to the heartland of Australia through an all new show featuring a transformative arena, mesmerising animals and immersive technology. Delve into the real-life struggles Aussie farmers face and rejoice with them as the community's courage, bravery and generosity help them overcome a stunning, yet unforgiving life on the land.

Queensland Scuba Diving Company

Multiple Locations
Scuba diving Gold Coast waterways for the past 20 years, with more than 50,000 dives. Queensland Scuba Diving operate a fleet vessels and caters for divers of all ages and skill levels. They offer scuba diving and snorkelling for the complete novice through to PADI certification at Instructor level.

Paradise Jet Boating

Multiple Locations
Experience Paradise Jet Boating's premium "Adventure Ride"... famous for its unique blend of thrills and adventure mixed with beautiful scenery and sightseeing. Paradise Jet Boating's premium adventure ride travels over 35 kilometres through Moreton Bay Marine Park.

Sandbar

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Sandbar wants you to wine, dine and take your time. Relax and let their good time dealers pour you a delicious cocktail, sublime wine or crisp ale from the Gold Coast’s largest range of beers. Their innovative menus are crafted by a world-renowned Executive Chef and designed for affordable culinary enjoyment.

Wicked Club Crawl/Party Tours

Multiple Locations
Experience the top Surfers Paradise nightlife on Wicked Club Crawl's wild nights out, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night! Come and join the wild party crew and 100s of other party goers from around Australia and the world.

Game Over Indoor Go Karting, Adventure Climbing Walls and Lazer Tag Centre

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 49
Game Over is the premium indoor entertainment centre on the Gold Coast. The centre’s primary attraction is Australia’s first electric powered indoor go-karting track. Unmatched acceleration and max torque provides their customers with the fastest indoor karting experience anywhere else in Australia.

TreeTop Challenge Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$49 - 49
The TreeTop Challenge is an exciting aerial adventure located inside the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you will be experiencing up to 80 aerial challenges including 11 huge ziplines that are spread across five courses and suspended high above many animal enclosures!

The Strand at Coolangatta

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
The Strand at Coolangatta is the heart of beachside dining, shopping and entertainment in a world famous waterfront location on the Southern Gold Coast. Shopping Shopping in Coolangatta has never been easier.
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