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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The Gruffalo Trail at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$39.95 - 172.00
26 April – 24 December 2019
A Gruffalo? What’s a Gruffalo? Find out at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary when The Gruffalo Trail launches this April. Take a journey through the deep dark wood and meet your favourite characters along the way with the new augmented reality app.

Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival

Currumbin Waters, Gold Coast Area
4 July 2019 – 3 July 2020
Bleach* is the Gold Coast Festival, taking place annually across the City in April. The program is one of Australia’s leading and most exciting site-specific contemporary arts programs. Quintessentially Gold Coast, Bleach* celebrates the city’s most dynamic and adventurous artists, welcomes renowned Australian and international collaborators and engages a broad audience through a range of events.

Escape Room Murder Mystery Dinner Gold Coast

Wongawallan, Gold Coast Area
From AU$85 - 85
Weekly from 10 August 2019 – 31 July 2020
At the Fox and Hounds they have a murder mystery that also includes an escape room. You will be sent you your unique character and that becomes you for the evening. Can you solve the crime? Mystery Synopsis:

National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival 2019

Carrara, Gold Coast Area
11 – 29 September 2019
National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival is Australia’s largest gymnastics participation event with more than 4000 gymnasts across seven Gymsports expected to compete at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre.

SWELL Sculpture Festival

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
13 – 22 September 2019
Experience monumental and memorable sculpture at the 17th annual SWELL Sculpture Festival. Set amongst the iconic landscape at Currumbin Beach, explore works of art built by distinguished local, national and international artists.

Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Free Entry
20 – 21 September 2019
The Tamborine Mountain Scarecrow Festival is an annual event to celebrate the great lifestyle they enjoy on the Mountain and want to share with visitors. It is essentially a huge Sculpture Show with the subjects being Scarecrow related!

The Actress

Nerang, Gold Coast Area
20 – 22 September 2019
In her pre-show dressing room, the theatre's biggest name prepares for her farewell performance. Her tranquillity is constantly disrupted, however, by figures from her personal and private lives, each wanting something of the actress.

Take on The Monster

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
21 September – 13 October 2019
Inflate the fun, with Australia’s BIGGEST inflatable obstacle course. Dreamworld will add some extra bounce to the Dreamworld Exhibition Centre as The Monster takes over. Separated into four themed quadrants, stretching 140-metres-long, the excitement will be amplified as you weave, climb and dive all the way to the finish line.

Koala Karnival

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 49.95
21 September – 7 October 2019
Spring has sprung at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and the new koala joeys are coming out to meet the world, just in time for the school holidays! They have a fun new info hub and a cool new sticker map – can you find all the koalas in the Sanctuary?

The Big Wedgie, Gold Coast

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$15 - 45
21 September – 13 October 2019
1029 Hot Tomato presents The Big Wedgie – four awesome inflatable waterslides, so family fun for all ages! The Big Wedgie is the world’s tallest and most extreme inflatable waterslide – and we even have the world record to prove it!
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