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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Golden Riviera Beach Resort

Tugun, Gold Coast Area
From AU$290 - 425
Absolute Beachfront Accommodation on the Gold Coast Golden Riviera Beach Resort is a piece of paradise beside the ocean on the uncrowded southern beaches of the Gold Coast. Just five minutes north of Coolangatta airport, adjacent to the Tugun Surf Club which is a patrolled beach making it ideal for your family holiday, walking distance to all the side street cafes, restaurants, parks, supermarkets and tavern in the little village of Tugun.

South Stradbroke Island Camping

South Stradbroke Island, Gold Coast Area
From AU$26 - 205
Escape the fast pace of everyday life and totally relax amongst natural, unspoilt beauty. Day trippers and campers are both welcome with suitable facilities to entertain. A superb natural reserve, South Stradbroke Island offers calm inner waterways on one side, virtually untouched native bushland in the centre, and on the other side, 22 kilometres of pristine surf beach with hardly a soul in sight.

BreakFree Peninsula

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$165 - 355
BreakFree Peninsula wish to advise the painting of the building from Monday 11 June to Monday 31 December. Please note the outdoor pools will be closed until Monday 3 September, the indoor pool and spa will remain open for the duration of the project.

Boulevard North Holiday Apartments

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$150 - 600
Boulevard North Holiday Apartments fully self-contained one, two and three bedroom apartments are ideally located ocean side at Broadbeach, Gold Coast in a very peaceful location. All apartments have sunny balconies and stunning ocean views.

Mantra Crown Towers

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$199 - 775
Mantra Crown Towers offers the ideal family getaway, located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, just 100m from Surfers Paradise beach and 500m to the cafe and restaurant precinct of Cavill Avenue. Offering a range of spacious accommodation options including One, Two and Three Bedroom Apartments, all apartments are fully self-contained with kitchen and laundry facilities, and feature their own private balcony with many offering spectacular ocean views.

Marriott Vacation Club at Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$249 - 525
Co-located with the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa on the beautiful Gold Coast, this vacation ownership resort offers well- appointed deluxe guest rooms and suite rentals with modern comfort for your family.

Mantra at Sharks

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$109 - 540
Mantra at Sharks has been purposefully designed to cater to your every need. Rooms feature crisp white linen, tasteful artwork adorning the walls and are furnished in warm tones throughout. Depending on your needs, make your selection from the Studio Queen, Studio King, or King Suite.

Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$355 - 2929
Positioned on the beachfront of the newly transformed Surfers Paradise Esplanade and Foreshore precinct, Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise brings a new dimension to contemporary sophistication and luxury. This state-of-the-art building stretches a magnificent 77 stories making it one of the tallest towers on the Gold Coast.

Nobby Beach Holiday Village

Miami, Gold Coast Area
From AU$48 - 485
There's no better place to make your next holiday destination than Nobby Beach Holiday Village. Centrally located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Nobby Beach is close to all the attractions, providing the perfect accommodation for your Queensland holiday.

Tranquility Cove Broadbeach - Vogue Holiday Homes

Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast Area
From AU$240 - 870
Tranquility Cove at Broadbeach has a beautiful relaxed feel and is the perfect home for you to relax and unwind with your family and friends. The Tropics at Broadbeach has its' very own white sandy beach and floating pontoon/jetty where you can moor your boat or fish from.
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