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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Iconic Kirra Beach Resort

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$150 - 1000
Nestled on the pristine shoreline and immersed in the vibrant culture of the southern Gold Coast, Iconic Kirra Beach offers guests undeniably understated coastal luxury. Each architecturally-designed apartment celebrates clean lines, impeccable finishes and open space to maximise the abundant ocean views from all apartment balconies.

Malibu Shores Broadbeach - Vogue Holiday Homes

Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast Area
From AU$340 - 790
Discover the essence of Gold Coast living as you relax in this spacious five-bedroom tropical waterfront retreat. Centrally located with spectacular skyline views to Surfers Paradise, Malibu Shores is the perfect getaway for families, executives or groups of friends.

Surfers Beachside Holiday Apartments

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$135 - 310
Set over 15 levels with beautiful views of the ocean and Gold Coast Hinterland, the Surfers Beachside Holiday Apartments are conveniently located close to everything!. The glorious patrolled beach is only 30 metres away - perfect for swimming, surfing and boogie boarding.

Bunk Backpackers Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$35 - 270
Bringing backpacking to a whole new level! Welcome to Surfers Paradise’s newest hostel. Bunk ticks all the boxes and only a heartbeat away from the beach. Your experience is their priority; let them entertain you with daily activities and nightly events while accommodating you in comfort and class at Queensland’s most iconic beach location.

Bel Air on Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$100 - 750
Location is everything! Staying at Bel Air on Broadbeach you will be perfectly positioned to enjoy all that Broadbeach and the Gold Coast has to offer. Situated directly across the road from Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, the Gold Coast Convention Centre and the new light rail system.

Mantra Sun City

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$192 - 1370
Mantra Sun City offers accommodation with a distinct Aztec-inspired feel, right in the heart of Surfers Paradise. With ideal accommodation for the whole family, this is the perfect resort to bring the kids to.

Binna Burra Lodge

Binna Burra, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$30 - 695
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Binna Burra Lodge has suffered significant structural loss during recent bushfires. At this time, we are taking no future bookings and can provide no services.

O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat

Canungra, 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.

Reflections Coolangatta Beach

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$210 - 560
Experience the difference with Reflections Coolangatta Beach, a luxurious resort rising above Greenmount Beach. Reflections offers guests the choice of one, two and three bedroom apartments with large balconies and panoramic beach or ocean views.

QT Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$179 - 559
QT Gold Coast sets the standard for designer hotels in Surfers Paradise. Standing tall from the golden sand of Australia’s most spectacular coastline of Surfers Paradise, this contemporary resort blends nostalgic surfer chic and Miami catwalk cool.
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