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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The Gruffalo Trail at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$39.95 - 172.00
26 April – 24 December 2019
A Gruffalo? What’s a Gruffalo? Find out at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary when The Gruffalo Trail launches this April. Take a journey through the deep dark wood and meet your favourite characters along the way with the new augmented reality app.

Dean Cogle - Beyond Nostalgia

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
11 May – 30 June 2019
A retrospective celebrating forty years of works by local artist Dean Cogle, including paintings, designs and illustrations that capture the Gold Coast’s iconic lifestyle. Synonymous with coastal culture, his work embodies themes of place, memory, and identity.

Come See Do – Pro Cycle Gold Coast

Gold Coast,
From AU$3289 - 4862
17 – 21 June 2019
Join them for five days of expert training and coaching with former professional cyclist and National Champion Nick Gates. Whether you’re an experienced competitor keen to improve, or new to cycling and want to start right, don’t miss this amazing opportunity to explore a sporting paradise on two wheels with a champion guide.

Comedy at Mano's Tedder Ave

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 18 June 2019
Comedy at Mano's Tedder Avenue on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Once a month at Mano's Tedder Ave, resident MC Lindsay Webb hosts a hilarious night of comedy on Tedder Avenue, Main Beach! Every third Tuesday they'll be bringing you some of the best comedians from around the country - all for free!

Based Comedy at the Cecil Hotel

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 18 June 2019
Free entry! Join them at 7.30pm every Tuesday night as some of the best stand up comedians from around the country take to the stage to entertain you. Hosted by Based Comedy with some of the best amateur and professional comedians in Australia.

Wednesday Night Comedy at The Arc at Nobbys

Miami, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 June 2019
Join them Wednesday nights from 7.30pm, with resident MC Dusty Rich (SA) for a night of laughter featuring the best comedians from around Queensland, Australia and the world! Based Comedy is bringing the most hilarious acts to The Arc every single week and, the best bit?

Insight into Vet Nursing - May to June

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$350 - 350
Weekly from 19 June 2019
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of a veterinary nurse? Maybe you are considering a career change, looking to become a vet nurse, or are simply interested in the daily operations of this field.

Stand Up Comedy

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
19 June 2019
Every Wednesday night they're taking over The Avenue's Back Room to bring you the biggest laughs in Surfers Paradise. The Avenue will be hosting some of the best comedians in the country and from around the world every week.

Stand Up Comedy at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Weekly from 19 June 2019
Every Wednesday night they're taking over The Avenue's Back Room to bring you the biggest laughs in Surfers Paradise from 7:30pm. The Avenue will be hosting some of the best comedians in the country and from around the world every week - they might not all be names you've heard of, but they guarantee they'll leave you in stitches.

Avenue Comedy Night Every Wednesday Night

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20 - 40
Weekly from 19 June 2019
Every Wednesday night, The Avenue welcomes local and international comedians to the stage for a hilarious night of entertainment. With an electric atmosphere, talented guests and a delicious menu, makes Wednesday night at The Avenue your new weekly ritual.
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