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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Ally Chow

Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast Area
A unique Asian Fusion Restaurant and Bar offering delicious food and perfectly crafted cocktails. A perfect dining experience for couples or larger groups to celebrate in style. Functions can be catered for in their alleyway or inside their Asian wonderland.

Aquaduck Safaris Gold Coast

Multiple Locations
Experience the amazing and ultimate safari filled with fun, excitement and adventure exploring the magnificent Gold Coast waterways and famous land marks all on the 'World's First' amphibious Aquaduck, where the kids get to drive the duck and obtain their Captain Aquaduck License!

Pineapple Tours

Multiple Locations
Pineapple Tours provide relaxed and personalised tours from the Gold Coast, Brisbane and Byron Bay. They have winery tours for groups operating seven days a week and can run extra private tours at your request.

Metricon Stadium

Carrara, Gold Coast Area
Metricon Stadium is a 25,000 seat stadium which has become an exciting part of the sporting and entertainment landscape on the Gold Coast. The Stadium is home of the Gold Coast SUNS and has hosted T20 International and BBL cricket matches.

Southern Cross 4WD Tours Gold Coast

Multiple Locations
Southern Cross 4WD Tours offers a range of Gold Coast Tours to experience the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland and surrounds. Travelling in their Luxury Mercedes four wheel drive vehicles and visiting exclusive country venues.

Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching

Multiple Locations
Have you personally experienced the majestic creatures of the sea? This is your opportunity to marvel at the majestic Humpback Whales in their natural environment with the stunning Gold Coast skyline glistening in the background.

SkyPoint Observation Deck

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 35
SkyPoint Observation Deck is a must-see for all Gold Coast visitors. With unrivalled 360 degree views from the coast to the hinterland, mini-theatrette and informative feature zones and displays that provide all the information you need to plan your holiday hit list.

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.

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.

Slideways Go Karting World

Pimpama, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 150
Slideways - Go Karting World is conveniently located just off the M1, just two minutes north from Dreamworld, providing easy access from all Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan Regions. Take exit 54 off the M1 and follow the signs.
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