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 Climb

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$75 - 95
SkyPoint Climb takes place on the top of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise and at 270 metres in the air, it is one of Australia's highest external building walks. Starting on level 77 of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Climbers will enter the open air dressed in a full body suit and harness.

Ocean Jet Boating

Multiple Locations
Jet boating with Ocean Jet is Queensland's only off shore ocean jet boating experience. With magnificent sites of the Gold Coast from the outer ocean side, slides and speed, it's extreme jet boating. Departing Marina Mirage, Main Beach, close neighbour to the Sheraton Mirage and Palazzo Versace.

Australia Fair Shopping Centre

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Enjoy shopping alongside the beautiful Broadwater in the comfort of the fully air-conditioned Australia Fair Shopping Centre, with over 200 specialty stores and supermarkets. Shop the latest trends and enjoy great dining within the Food Court and the mix of restaurants.

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.

Surfers Paradise River Cruises

Multiple Locations
Surfers Paradise River Cruises offers the best valued morning cruise, midday cruise, afternoon cruise, sunset and private party cruises on the Gold Coast. They showcase the best of the Gold Coast's waterways - river, canal and broadwater.

Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre

Biggera Waters, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Harbour Town is Australia's largest Outlet Shopping Centre with over 240 stores including brand direct outlet and clearance stores offering up to 70 per cent off the original retail price on Outlet stock, as well as specialty retailers, alfresco dining, entertainment and services.

O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards

Canungra, Scenic Rim Area
Nestled in the picturesque Gold Coast Hinterland, O'Reilly's Canungra Valley Vineyards is a multi award-winning, family owned and operated vineyard dedicated to boutique wine, experiencial dining and unforgettable events.

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!

Hurricane's Grill & Bar Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Hurricane's Grill & Bar Surfers Paradise is famous for their flame grilled steaks and ribs. With an emphasis on fresh premium quality produce, their menu features Australian grain and grass fed beef, pork, lamb, chicken and seafood.

Gold Coast Jet Ski Safaris

Multiple Locations
Jet Ski Safaris offer the most unique, specialised and exciting experience on the Gold Coast, voted number one by the public! Ride your own jet ski and feel the freedom and exhilaration that Jet Ski Safaris has to offer as you explore the wild blue yonder and the hidden islands of paradise.
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