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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Thunderbird Park ® - Tamborine Mountain, Gold Coast Region

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$0 - 0
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.

Witches Falls Winery and Cellar Door

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
At Witches Falls their passion is wine – they love growing it, making it, drinking it, and matching it with all kinds of foods but most of all, they like sharing it with friends. They take pride in creating handcrafted wines that you not only love to drink but that also draw you into their world.

Southern Cross 4WD Tours Gold Coast

Multiple Locations
Southern Cross 4WD Tours offers a range of Gold Coast Tours to experience the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland and surrounds. Travelling in their Luxury Mercedes four wheel drive vehicles and visiting exclusive country venues.

Down Under Party Tour

Multiple Locations
Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night Down Under conquer the world famous Surfers Paradise glitter strip with an epic party tour. Working with the Gold Coast's wildest and most prestigious bars and nightclubs they show you and your friends what it means to party Down Under true Aussie style!

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.

The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove

Hope Island, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
With over 80 of the Gold Coast finest retail, dining and service experiences on offer and the serenity of region’s most picturesque marina as the backdrop, feel yourself unwind at The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove.

TreeTop Challenge

North Tamborine, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$55 - 55
The TreeTop Challenge at Tamborine Mountain is Australia’s largest TreeTop Adventure Park with more than 120 TreeTop activities including 10 ziplines! Their courses range from easy to extreme and traverse through nine acres of amazing bushland and rainforest.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Following the recent announcement by the Australian Government advising the ban on outdoor events exceeding 500 people and the further direction issued by the Queensland Government under section 362B, it is with sadness that the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets have been temporarily postponed.

Coomera Houseboat Holidays

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
From AU$730.00 - 3395.00
Imagine cruising the idyllic waterways of the Gold Coast and lower Moreton Bay on your own fully equipped holiday houseboat. Be your own skipper with no licence needed. Take the family, friends or a romantic getaway, cruise and laze at your leisure, swim, fish, Island hop and just relax.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$72 - 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.
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