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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SkyPoint Observation Deck

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$27 - 37
SkyPoint Observation Deck is a must-see for all Gold Coast visitors. With unrivalled 360 degree views from the coast to the hinterland, mini-theatrette and informative feature zones and displays that provide all the information you need to plan your holiday hit list.

David Fleay Wildlife Park

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$24.70 - 63.10
David Fleay Wildlife Park (a Best of Queensland Experience), nestled in the heart of Burleigh Heads on Queensland's Gold Coast, is a wildlife park with a difference! Stroll through natural habitats and visit the nocturnal house to see some of Australia's most iconic wildlife!

Cork 'n Fork Winery Tours

Multiple Locations
Cork n' Fork Winery Tours is a small family business of exclusive wine tours, available seven days a week offering door to door pickup or central pickup for larger groups. They visit five locations and if the group is not too large, the Tamborine Mountain Distillery, tasting fees are included and so is a delicious two course lunch, at one of the vineyard restaurants.

Slideways Go Karting Gold Coast

Nerang, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 150
Introducing their incredible new 475 metre long indoor go kart facility, which features an amazing three storey high race track! Their European style indoor hire kart track features a huge ramps, cambered turns, tunnels, esses, hairpins and sweepers.

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.

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.

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!

Australian Kayaking Adventures

Multiple Locations
Australian Kayaking Adventures has been operating kayaking and snorkelling adventures on the beautiful Gold Coast for over 15 years. They are also the only kayaking company located on the Nerang River in Surfers Paradise.

Auswalk Walking Holidays

Multiple Locations
Auswalk is the pioneer of walking holidays in Australia. On their tours you will walk through national parks, progressing from one accommodation to the next. Your luggage is moved ahead while you walk.

Seaway Kayaking Tours

Multiple Locations
Seaway Kayaking Tours is a family business that emerged from the passion for the Gold Coast’s beautiful landscapes. They offer kayaking and snorkelling tours where they will delight their customers with different experiences where you will not only have a mesmerising kayaking experience but also valuable memories.
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