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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Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$300 - 1000
Set amongst six hectares of sparkling lagoons and tropical gardens, Sheraton Grand Mirage is the only resort on the Gold Coast to offer an absolute beachfront location. A modern and sophisticated world class venue, Sheraton Grand Mirage caters to a variety of tastes through its award winning restaurant and bars, fully serviced gym, day spa, tennis courts, heated resort pool and extensive business, meeting and conference facilities.

La Costa Motel

Bilinga, Gold Coast Area
From AU$120 - 280
La Costa Motel offers comfortable accommodation with a 'beach shack' atmosphere between the Gold Coast Airport and the beautiful Bilinga Beach. Not only does it offer overnight accommodation, it is a top destination for leisure and business travellers alike with free 24 hour airport transfers, complimentary breakfast and complimentary high speed wi-fi.

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

Lamington National Park, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$149 - 699
Explore World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park from multi award winning O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat nestled in the iconic Gold Coast hinterland (Queensland, Australia). Proudly operated by passionate third generation O’Reilly family members whose ancestors pioneered eco tourism in Australia in 1926.

Paradise Country Farmstay

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$80.00 - 420.00
Why just spend a day at the farm when you can spend the weekend? Enjoy some time away from the hustle and bustle with the choice of their farm style camp, caravan or motor home sites. Or truly retreat in their Farmstay Eco Tents.

The Mouses House - Rainforest Retreat

Springbrook, Gold Coast Area
From AU$225 - 355
The Mouses House Rainforest Retreat in Springbrook is arguably the most unique chalet accommodation resort of its type in Australia located in the World Heritage listed Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast Hinterland.

The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$318 - 858
The Star Grand at The Star Gold Coast is your premier entertainment destination set in the heart of Australia's stunning Gold Coast. Combining the luxury and sophistication of a world-class hotel with the excitement of award-winning restaurants, lively bars, spectacular stage shows and concerts, plus the non-stop action of a 24-hour casino.

Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$160 - 366
Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise is centrally located between Surfers Paradise and the adjoining trendy suburb of Broadbeach. Award winning dining, the beach, major shopping centres, The Star and Gold Coast Convention Centre are within walking distance from the hotel.

Q1 Resort and Spa

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$129 - 2400
Holiday in Australia's tallest residential tower Q1 Resort and Spa. The inspirational Q1 Resort and Spa features an array of luxury one, two, three, four bedroom and penthouse apartments capturing breathtaking ocean and hinterland views, world-class recreational facilities, dining and entertainment venues, retail precinct and at its peak Australia's only beachside observation deck situated on Level 77.

InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast Area
From AU$249 - 1899
InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort reflects the grand and graceful architecture of a Queensland estate, unlike any other venue. The resort is located a short distance away from the tourist mecca of the Gold Coast and is situated within easy access of both Brisbane and Gold Coast Airports.

Pethers Rainforest Retreat

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$275 - 400
Pethers Rainforest Retreat is a luxurious boutique retreat with just 10 secluded, individual and private tree houses all offering a magnificent sub-tropical rainforest vista. Pethers is exclusively designed for adults.
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