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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Sailing In Paradise

Multiple Locations
Sailing In Paradise offer Sunset Cruises, Island Cruises and Private Charters on two beautiful sailing catamarans. Set sail on the calm, clear waters of the Gold Coast Broadwater and discover hidden treasures just a short cruise from the city.

Gold Coast Fishermens Co-operative Limited

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Established in 1970, the Gold Coast Fishermen's Co-Operative was one of the first developments on the Spit at Main Beach. The fishing fleet consists of Prawn Trawlers, Tuna Long Liners and a Spanner Crab vessel, which all operate in the pristine waters off the Gold Coast.

Paradise Centre

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Paradise Centre, the largest Shopping Centre in Surfers Paradise, is located on the corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Cavill Mall and boasts a 100 metre frontage opposite the world famous Surfers Paradise Beach.

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (GCCEC) offers the ultimate event experience. Conveniently located just 500 metres from the white sands of Broadbeach and walking distance from more than 3,000 accommodation options, GCCEC is Australia's largest regional convention centre, catering for anywhere between 10 and 6,000 people.

The Star

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Indulge in five star luxury and live it up with first-class entertainment, a wide range of restaurants and bars and the never ending excitement of a 24-hour casino combined with the world-class facilities of an international hotel.

Gold Coast Adventure Flights

Multiple Locations
“Awesome, exhilarating, stunning, spectacular, exciting”, these are the most common phases they hear. Gold Coast Adventure Flights offers the chance to ride in a powerful propeller driven Warbird aircraft, just like the flying aces of yesteryear.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$73 - 99
Have you ever dreamt of flying? Whether you're three or 103, iFLY Indoor Skydiving makes the dream of flight a reality. . iFLY is not just a thrill ride, but is the latest thing in action sports. Simply lean forward inside their glass tunnel into a column of air and float effortlessly into flight guided by their fully qualified instructors.

Slideways Go Karting World

Pimpama, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 150
Slideways - Go Karting World is conveniently located just off the M1, just two minutes north from Dreamworld, providing easy access from all Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan Regions. Take exit 54 off the M1 and follow the signs.

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.

Aquaduck Safaris Gold Coast

Multiple Locations
**Covid-19 Update** Due to the Coronavirus pandemic Aquaduck Gold Coast has temporarily closed operations until further notice. They look forward to re-opening as soon as it is safe to do so. Any existing bookings are offered a refund or 12-month voucher.
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