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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Cedar Creek Lodges at Thunderbird Park ®

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
From AU$229 - 509
Cedar Creek Lodges shares a magnificent rainforest property with Thunderbird Park on Tamborine Mountain - under an hour from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Stay in a stylish two bedroom Creek Lodge or a family holiday home or choose a contemporary room with or without a spa.

Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Carrara, Gold Coast Area
From AU$119 - 279
Located in the heart of it all - just minutes from beautiful Gold Coast beaches and renowned golf courses, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, world class shopping and sporting stadiums - Mercure Gold Coast Resort is perfectly positioned for your business trip or next holiday.

Nirvana by the Sea

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$181 - 1200
Nirvana by the Sea at Kirra Beach presents the pure luxury of beachfront living. The sophisticated apartments offer breathtaking views over the blue Pacific Ocean horizon and a daily kaleidoscope of colourful sunsets.

The Sands Broadbeach - Vogue Holiday Homes

Broadbeach Waters, Gold Coast Area
From AU$360 - 820
If you would like to experience Gold Coast waterfront living in a beautiful five bedroom home at an amazing location then your search is over. From the moment you enter this beautiful property you will feel right at home and enjoy the open plan living that flows through to the beautiful outdoor area and sparkling swimming pool.

Aria Apartments Gold Coast

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$285 - 2000
Aria is one of the Gold Coast’s iconic holiday resorts offering guests luxury, relaxation and beautifully designed boutique apartments in the heart of Broadbeach. Guests can select from our two and three bedroom apartments, their spectacular Skyhouse on the upper levels plus one of the Gold Coast’s premier four-bedroom penthouse.

Meriton Suites Southport

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$185 - 895
Situated in a prime position offering picturesque panoramic views of surf beaches, tranquil waterways, hinterland and the marina. The tallest addition to the Southport skyline towers an impressive 55 levels, home to 208 of the largest hotel suites on the Gold Coast!

Novotel Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$150.00 - 220.00
Introducing Novotel Surfers Paradise. Nestled amidst the beautiful beaches and thriving shopping, dining and nightlife of Australia's Gold Coast, just 150 metres from the sand, this versatile destination blends especially personalised service with just the sort of casual atmosphere you expect from a beachside hotel.

Ultra Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$260 - 660
Ultra Broadbeach comprises of one, two and three bedroom luxury apartments in central Broadbeach. Overlooking some of the Gold Coast's most beautiful parks, beaches and just a short stroll to the Gold Coast's most contemporary cafes and restaurant precincts, Ultra is the perfect choice for your gold coast getaway.

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$236 - 625
A sanctuary beach haven that ignites the senses, restores the soul and excites the spirits. Located in the heart of Broadbeach, just 200 metres from patrolled beaches, a luxurious hotel featuring 296 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, all with breathtaking ocean or hinterland views.

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$245 - 4000
A vibrant destination that’s renowned for excitement, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa offers a luxury escape where discerning travellers can relax, indulge and discover, whilst making memories that will last a lifetime.
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