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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Coomera Houseboat Holidays

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
From AU$730.00 - 3395.00
Imagine cruising the idyllic waterways of the Gold Coast and lower Moreton Bay on your own fully equipped holiday houseboat. Be your own skipper with no licence needed. Take the family, friends or a romantic getaway, cruise and laze at your leisure, swim, fish, Island hop and just relax.

Con-X-ion Airport Transfers Gold Coast

Molendinar, Gold Coast Area
From AU$15 - 68
Con-X-ion are leaders in the field of transportation, specialising in door to door airport and cruise transfer services, theme park and attraction transfers and group charter services. With over 30 years of experience they are a trusted and reliable source for all of your transportation needs.

Coasting Around Round Boat Hire

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$99 - 440
Welcome to Coasting Around Barbecue Boat Hire Gold Coast the most fun boating experience on-board your own luxury private round boat. Their high-quality boats are fibreglass, yes that’s right, they’re not inflatables!

Network Rentals Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
At Network Rentals Surfers Paradise, they're challenging the rental car norm because they refuse to be average at what they do! They're determined to simplify your experience, and make your Gold Coast rental car booking as easy and affordable as possible.

Gold Coast Party Pontoons

Hollywell, Gold Coast Area
From AU$400.00 - 995.00
Gold Coast Party Pontoons offer purpose built, high quality, one of a kind barbecue party boats on the gold Coast. Inclusions include an insulated roof, drop down clears (cafe style), full flush toilet, stereo with bluetooth connection, stainless steel barbecue and it's built four metres wide for stability where only the best will do.

JUCY Rentals Gold Coast

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20 - 350
JUCY stands for fun, adventure and the spirit of travelling. They aim to give all of their customers the green light to have the time of their lives! Pick up your JUCY wheels in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Brisbane or Cairns and get amazing service before you get out on the road.

Gold Coast Airport Information and Booking Centre

Bilinga, Gold Coast Area
The Gold Coast Airport Visitor Information and Booking Centre is located at the domestic arrival terminal at the Gold Coast Airport. This accredited visitor information and booking centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.

Avis Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$50 - 150
Avis is the leading car rental company in Australia, operating at more than 240 conveniently located rental facilities, including all major airports. With a long history of innovation in the car rental industry, their 'We Try Harder' approach to service makes Avis one of the world's best-known car rental brands.

Hughes Chauffeured Cars Limousines Coaches

Bundall, Gold Coast Area
From AU$35 - 999
Since 1904 discerning Australians have relied upon Hughes for their personal transport needs. Inductee - 'Quality Hall of Fame'. Hughes’ fleet of chauffeured cars, limousines and coaches is Australia’s only national, chauffeur driven cars, limousine service and is serviced by a 24 hour a day, state of the art Operations and Reservations Centre with chauffeur and vehicle detail SMS sent to you phone with GPS vehicle tracking capability.

Gold Coast Family Car Rentals

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$19 - 69
Gold Coast Family Car Rentals offers the widest possible range of current models, recent models and older vehicles including small sedans and hatches; medium sedans and hatches; family sedans and wagons;
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