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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BreakFree Diamond Beach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$159 - 262
Right in heart of the best the Gold Coast has to offer, you can’t go past BreakFree Diamond Beach in Broadbeach, quipped with everything needed for a beach getaway. Includes a kid’s novelty wading pool, a games room and playground, two lagoon pools and barbecue area.

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.

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.

San Simeon Beachfront Apartments

Tugun, Gold Coast Area
From AU$135 - 350
San Simeon Beachfront Apartments are perfectly located along the beach at Tugun. This resort offers superb apartment style accommodation and is a favourite holiday spot for both Australian and International visitors.

Peppers Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$298 - 1698
Soaring high above Broadbeach and the Pacific Ocean, the architectural design of Peppers Broadbeach takes inspiration from its natural environment and Zen philosophy. Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, accommodation options include One, Two and Three Bedroom Suites and Three Bedroom Sky Homes, elegantly appointed with European appliances, imported stone and exceptional interior design.

Hilton Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$179 - 2459
Hilton Surfers Paradise sits proudly in the heart of the Gold Coast. The hotel’s two spectacular curved towers offer an unprecedented range of accommodation options and stunning views over the famous beach, city skyline and Gold Coast Hinterland.

BreakFree Acapulco

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$159 - 314
Relax with views over the beautiful beaches of Surfers Paradise at Gold Coast resort, BreakFree Acapulco. Centrally located, it is just a short stroll from your accommodation to the heart of Surfers Paradise.

ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$187 - 360
Located in the heart of Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach is the pinnacle of cosmopolitan beach holidays. Towering above the Oasis Shopping Centre, with one, two, three, and four bedroom ultra-modern, self-contained holiday apartments, ULTIQA Air on Broadbeach fuses panoramic beach views with an exciting nightlife.

Surfers Aquarius On The Beach

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$175 - 510
Surfers Aquarius on the beach is ideally located beachfront on the golden sandy beaches of the Gold Coast in south east Queensland. Located halfway between the centres of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach, it is within walking distance to the world renowned Casino and the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

Cedar Creek Lodges at Thunderbird Park™

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$229 - 409
Cedar Creek Lodges shares a magnificent rainforest property with Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain - under an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Stay in a stylish two bedroom Creek Lodge or a family holiday home or choose a contemporary room with or without a spa.
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