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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Cheyne Horan School of Surf Australia's Number 1 Surf School

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Come along for a Surfing Lesson at World Champion Cheyne Horan School of Surf. Australia's Number One Surf School. Guaranteed to stand and surf in your first lesson and more. You will have a lesson at World Champion Cheyne Horan Surf School Surfers Paradise.

Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Tamborine Mountain Distillery is Australia's most awarded distillery and liquor brand in the new millennium, with over 300 international awards. Hidden away in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland. This boutique distillery manufactures fine Liqueurs, Schnapps, Vodka, Gins, Eaux de Vie and hand made Liqueur Chocolates.

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.

Ocean Jet Boating

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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.

Go Vertical SUP Hire

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Go Vertical SUP is the leading Stand up Paddle School on the Gold Coast. They are located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Their aim is to provide top quality Paddle Board Hire, SUP tours and SUP lessons to all participants allowing them a rewarding experience on the water.

Thunderbird Park ® - Tamborine Mountain, Gold Coast Region

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
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Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain takes adventure holidays to the top. This magnificent property is less than an hour from Brisbane and Gold Coast. Come for the day or stay and play. This rainforest playground has it all.

The Fish House

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
The Fish House is famous for its breathtaking views of Burleigh Beach, elegant ambiance, quality service by being committed to quality and by being consistent in delivering a high standard of food, open lunch and dinner services to guide guests through the two-glass award winning wine list.

Carmody's Restaurant and Bar

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Carmody’s is an award-winning restaurant offering modern Australian cuisine created by Sous Chef Nathan Hay, a highly rated wine list compiled by Socky Soares and exemplary service from the whole team.

Tash Maree Travel - Wine Tasting Tours

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Tash Maree Travel provides full day scenic wine tasting tours to Tamborine Mountain and Montville / Maleny. Visit five star boutique venues, tasting award winning wine and liqueur. Indulge on a gourmet two course meal at one of the wineries and finish the day off with a cheese tasting at their local cheese factory and microbrewery!

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.
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