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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BreakFree Beachpoint Apartments

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$145 - 308
If you’re after Surfers Paradise accommodation that is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the beach, BreakFree Beachpoint is the ideal choice for you. Located on the northern side of Cavill Avenue, your self-contained apartment is the closest it could be to the beach, and is just an easy stroll into the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Mantra Circle On Cavill

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$262 - 1034
Mantra Circle on Cavill is located in a popular retail precinct in the heart of Surfers Paradise, just off Cavill Avenue. Staying here, you are in the perfect location to explore this thriving area of the Gold Coast.

The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$318 - 858
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast is your premier entertainment destination set in the heart of Australia's stunning Gold Coast. Combining the luxury and sophistication of a world-class hotel with the excitement of award-winning restaurants, lively bars, spectacular stage shows and concerts, plus the non-stop action of a 24-hour casino.

Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$135 - 499
Positioned in the heart of the Gold Coast, Wyndham Surfers Paradise is a modern hotel boasting one of the world's most vibrant coastal locations. With kilometres of sun kissed white sandy beaches, lush hinterland, theme parks and exquisite dining, it's little wonder the Gold Coast is widely known as Australia's playground.

Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Carrara, Gold Coast Area
From AU$119 - 279
Located in the heart of it all - just minutes from beautiful Gold Coast beaches and renowned golf courses, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, world class shopping and sporting stadiums - Mercure Gold Coast Resort is perfectly positioned for your business trip or next holiday.

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$149 - 699
Explore World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park from multi award winning O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat nestled in the iconic Gold Coast hinterland (Queensland, Australia). Proudly operated by passionate third generation O’Reilly family members whose ancestors pioneered eco tourism in Australia in 1926.

Jacobs Well Tourist Park

Jacobs Well, Gold Coast Area
From AU$32 - 207
Jacobs Well Tourist Park is situated close to the waterfront looking out over the southern end of Moreton Bay. Fishing and boating enthusiasts regularly take advantage of this prime location to indulge in these activities amongst the myriad of islands close by, where abundant fish varieties exist all year round.

Holiday Holiday - H Residences Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$165 - 500
For all your Gold Coast accommodation needs, stay with Holiday Holiday in the H Residences building located above the Hilton building in Surfers Paradise, just two minutes walk from the beach and 30 minutes drive from Gold Coast Airport.

Nobby Beach Holiday Village

Miami, Gold Coast Area
From AU$48 - 485
There's no better place to make your next holiday destination than Nobby Beach Holiday Village. Centrally located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Nobby Beach is close to all the attractions, providing the perfect accommodation for your Queensland holiday.

Bel Air on Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$100 - 750
Location is everything! Staying at Bel Air on Broadbeach you will be perfectly positioned to enjoy all that Broadbeach and the Gold Coast has to offer. Situated directly across the road from Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, the Gold Coast Convention Centre and the new light rail system.
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