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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The Gruffalo Trail at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$39.95 - 172.00
26 April – 24 December 2019
A Gruffalo? What’s a Gruffalo? Find out at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary when The Gruffalo Trail launches this April. Take a journey through the deep dark wood and meet your favourite characters along the way with the new augmented reality app.

Escape Room Murder Mystery Dinner Gold Coast

Wongawallan, Gold Coast Area
From AU$85 - 85
Weekly from 10 August 2019 – 31 July 2020
At the Fox and Hounds they have a murder mystery that also includes an escape room. You will be sent you your unique character and that becomes you for the evening. Can you solve the crime? This applies to private and group murders only.

SCHOOLIES | WEEK 1 | 18+ CLUB SHOWS

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
16 – 22 November 2019
Schoolies.com, the #1 website for all things schoolies, is hosting an awesome line up of 18+ Club Shows in week 1 of Schoolies Week 2019. Hosted in the most popular nightclubs in Surfers Paradise, you'll be treated to hottest DJ line up across 3 awesome nights!

Schoolies | Week 1 | All Ages Parties

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
18 – 20 November 2019
Schoolies.com, the #1 website for all things schoolies, is hosting an awesome line up of All Ages events in week 1 of Schoolies Week 2019. Hosted in the most popular nightclubs in Surfers Paradise, you'll be treated to hottest DJ line up across three awesome nights!

Comedy at Mano's Tedder Ave

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 19 November 2019
Comedy at Mano's Tedder Avenue on the third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. Once a month at Mano's Tedder Ave, resident MC Lindsay Webb hosts a hilarious night of comedy on Tedder Avenue, Main Beach! Every third Tuesday they'll be bringing you some of the best comedians from around the country - all for free!

Based Comedy at the Cecil Hotel

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 November 2019
Free entry! Join them at 7.30pm every Tuesday night as some of the best stand up comedians from around the country take to the stage to entertain you. Hosted by Based Comedy with some of the best amateur and professional comedians in Australia.

Schoolies | Week 1 | Hilton Pool Party

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
19 November 2019
Nothing says summer like a pool party. Picture floating around on a giant inflatable flamingo and soaking up the sun with your besties, all while the hottest DJ’s perform for you and several hundred other schoolies revellers.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 20 November 2019
Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets presented by Experience OZ, has been providing a unique shopping and cultural experience since 1995. Located at the end of Cavill Mall on the Esplanade, The Beachfront Markets operates all year-round - each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening.

Avenue Comedy Night Every Wednesday Night

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20 - 40
Weekly from 20 November 2019
Every Wednesday night, The Avenue welcomes local and international comedians to the stage for a hilarious night of entertainment. With an electric atmosphere, talented guests and a delicious menu, makes Wednesday night at The Avenue your new weekly ritual.

Wednesday Night Comedy at The Arc at Nobbys

Miami, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 20 November 2019
Join them Wednesday nights from 7.30pm, with resident MC Dusty Rich (SA) for a night of laughter featuring the best comedians from around Queensland, Australia and the world! Based Comedy is bringing the most hilarious acts to The Arc every single week and, the best bit?
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