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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King Tutts Putt Putt

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$15 - 15
King Tutt's Putt Putt is the ultimate mini-golf challenge located in the heart of Surfers Paradise. There is one outdoor and two fully themed indoor courses, perfect for any weather condition on the day or night.

Whales in Paradise - SW CruisesCo Pty Ltd

Multiple Locations
Gold Coast Whale Watching with Whales in Paradise. Whales in Paradise are the original Gold Coast Whale Watching company and the only whale watch operation whose cruises depart from the heart of the Gold Coast in central Surfers Paradise.

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.

Putt Putt Mermaid Beach

Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast Area
Putt Putt Mermaid Beach is the ultimate mini golf experience centrally located on the Gold Coast. Discover a hole world of fun with three themed 18 Hole Courses, games arcade, 19th hole refreshments, barbecue zone and free onsite parking.

Topgolf Gold Coast

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$50 - 90
The Topgolf goal is to help you create unforgettable experiences with friends and family. The venue features fun and competitive golf games for all ages, climate-controlled playing "bays" similar to a bowling lane, an impressive food and drink menu, private spaces for groups of any size, high definition televisions to watch the big game and a music selection that will make every visit feel like a party.

Walkin' On Water Surf School

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$50 - 50
Walkin' On Water Surf School is the Gold Coast’s Premier Surf School, located at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta and using the beautiful beaches of Greenmount and Coolangatta - the perfect ideal beaches for all levels of surf lesson.

Wicked Club Crawl/Party Tours

Multiple Locations
Experience the top Surfers Paradise nightlife on Wicked Club Crawl's wild nights out, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night! Come and join the wild party crew and 100s of other party goers from around Australia and the world.

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!

Infinity Attraction

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$18.90 - 27.90
Challenge Your Senses and Ignite Your Imagination. A fun, unique and mind blowing journey into spectacular, futuristic maze-like worlds of wonder. It's a dreamlike, interactive fun house of the future!

Get Wet Surf School

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Get Wet is an award-winning Surfing School on the Gold Coast that offers visitors the experience of surfing on a famous Gold Coast beach. Get Wet is the leader in making it fun, safe and easy for people of all ages and even those who are not confident in the water.
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