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

Multiple Locations
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.

The Escape Hunt Experience Gold Coast

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$42 - 42
The Escape Hunt Experience Gold Coast is the first live escape game in Gold Coast. It is exciting, addictive, challenging, educational and above all, fun! Voyage back 100 years in time and play the part of a famous detective solving mysteries set in Gold Coast.

Metricon Stadium

Carrara, Gold Coast Area
Metricon Stadium is a 25,000 seat stadium which has become an exciting part of the sporting and entertainment landscape on the Gold Coast. The Stadium is home of the Gold Coast SUNS and has hosted T20 International and BBL cricket matches.

JUCY Rentals Gold Coast

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20 - 350
JUCY stands for fun, adventure and the spirit of travelling. They aim to give all of their customers the green light to have the time of their lives! Pick up your JUCY wheels in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Brisbane or Cairns and get amazing service before you get out on the road.

Ripleys Believe It Or Not! Odditorium

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$22.90 - 27.90
All new interactive exhibits, upgraded LaseRace and more than 20 optical illusions! Ripley's Believe It or Not! Surfers Paradise is Surfers Paradise's most unusual and unbelievable attraction in the Southern Hemisphere!

Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Pacific Fair is the Gold Coast's unmissable shopping and dining destination, offering an expansive collection of luxury, iconic global brands and leading Australian retailers. With 400 stores, Pacific Fair offers a captivating blend of the world’s best brands, set amongst tropical landscapes and a unique outdoor ambience.

Jetboat Extreme - Gold Coast Jet Boating

Multiple Locations
Jetboat Extreme is the Gold Coast's number one Jet boating experience and will give you that adrenaline rush you'll never forget. It's the most fun,exciting adventure thrill jet boat ride on the Gold Coast.

Australia Fair Shopping Centre

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Enjoy shopping alongside the beautiful Broadwater in the comfort of the fully air-conditioned Australia Fair Shopping Centre, with over 200 specialty stores and supermarkets. Shop the latest trends and enjoy great dining within the Food Court and the mix of restaurants.

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.

Gold Coast Party Pontoons

Hollywell, Gold Coast Area
From AU$400.00 - 995.00
Gold Coast Party Pontoons offer purpose built, high quality, one of a kind barbecue party boats on the gold Coast. Inclusions include an insulated roof, drop down clears (cafe style), full flush toilet, stereo with bluetooth connection, stainless steel barbecue and it's built four metres wide for stability where only the best will do.
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