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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Taboon Modern Middle Eastern Cafe

Robina, Gold Coast Area
Taboon is inspired by the suburban bakeries, grill and hummus houses popular throughout the Middle East. They take a fresh and exciting look at traditional foods and their cuisine draws its influence from Marrakesh to Istanbul, Cairo to Beirut with a big stop in Tel Aviv.

WhiteWater World

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
WhiteWater World. Relax, make a splash and soak it all in. Dive into a world of water-filled fun. WhiteWater World is now included in all Dreamworld tickets! Escape to the sanctuary of WhiteWater World, a dreamy oasis that offers something extraordinary for every age group.

Southport Yacht Club Incorporated

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Established in 1946, Southport Yacht Club has a beautiful setting with panoramic views of their multimillion dollar 300 berth Private Marina and of the Southport Broadwater. Dining can be enjoyed from the Waterfront Restaurant, whatever your desire, they have the dining facilities and setting in which to kick back, unwind and enjoy the scenery.

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.

Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$74.00 - 74.00
Enjoy endless summer days at Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast! Splash into a world of fun with a world class line-up of slides and attractions for the young and young at heart. Experience Wet’n’Wild Junior, a huge zone just for little adventurers.

Gold Coast Fishermens Co-operative Limited

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Established in 1970, the Gold Coast Fishermen's Co-Operative was one of the first developments on the Spit at Main Beach. The fishing fleet consists of Prawn Trawlers, Tuna Long Liners and a Spanner Crab vessel, which all operate in the pristine waters off the Gold Coast.

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.

GC Wake Park

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$35 - 70
The GC Wake Park is a one stop water sports complex offering cable skiing, wakeboarding and knee boarding. The park offers state of the art facilities including a beginners cable – the 2.0 system, full size main cable with obstacles for the advanced riders to enjoy, a café overlooking the park, pro shop and equipment hire.

HOTA - Home of the Arts

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Surrounded by parklands and a lake with Surfers Paradise as the backdrop, HOTA, Home of the Arts is your place for live performances, lake-side strolls, star-gazing, cinema-watching, art and new-ideas.

Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$9 - 14
Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tours are located at Cedar Creek Estate. Come underground on a journey through the spectacular purpose-built Glow Worm cave! The tours begin with a short walk on the boardwalk through the rehabilitated rainforest to the Glow Worm cave.
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