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.

Novotel Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$150.00 - 220.00
Introducing Novotel Surfers Paradise. Nestled amidst the beautiful beaches and thriving shopping, dining and nightlife of Australia's Gold Coast, just 150 metres from the sand, this versatile destination blends especially personalised service with just the sort of casual atmosphere you expect from a beachside hotel.

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.

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.

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$245 - 4000
A vibrant destination that’s renowned for excitement, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa offers a luxury escape where discerning travellers can relax, indulge and discover, whilst making memories that will last a lifetime.

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.

Mantra at Sharks

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$109 - 540
An innovative and stylish hotel, Mantra at Sharks offers premium Gold Coast accommodation in the heart of Southport. Surrounded by a myriad of dining and entertainment choices, guests will discover everything they need within the complex including a multi-purpose events centre, two restaurants, a café, bars, along with an extensive fitness centre offering the latest in gym equipment and a range of classes.

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.

Trilogy Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$120 - 898
Trilogy Surfers Paradise is a trio of buildings set amongst tropical landscaping, with expansive water features providing tranquility and a relaxing atmosphere. Located in one of the Gold Coasts most sought after locations - Surfers Paradise - Trilogy is just 500 metres from the magnificent surf beach and five minutes' walk from the centre of Surfers Paradise with its boutique shopping, night-life, restaurants and cafes.

Main Beach Tourist Park

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$48 - 449
Main Beach Tourist Park is situated opposite the beach at the northern end of Surfers Paradise. Within the trendy Main Beach precinct, restaurants, shopping and cafes are in walking distance. This park is a little gem in the heart of it, with its own resort-style pool and barbecue area.
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