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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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.

World Bowls Championships 2020

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
23 May – 7 June 2020
Queensland’s Gold Coast continues to entrench itself as the home of Bowls in Australia, with the 2020 World Championships to be held at three Gold Coast clubs. Broadbeach Bowls Club, Musgrave Hill Bowls Club and Club Helensvale will host the two-week long tournament, with over 240 bowlers expected to take part in one of the pinnacle international events in the sport.

Based Comedy at the Cecil Hotel

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 2 June 2020
Free entry! Join us at 7.30pm monthly 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.

Tuesday Night Comedy at the Roosevelt Lounge

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Weekly from 2 June 2020
Bringing you the best acts from all over the country and from all over the world. Join us on a Tuesday evening at 7.30pm for an intimate and hilarious night of comedy. $20 entry charge (incl. a drink).

Insight into Vet Nursing - May to June

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$350 - 350
Weekly from 3 June 2020
Ever wanted to know what it’s like to walk in the shoes of a veterinary nurse? Maybe you are considering a career change, looking to become a vet nurse, or are simply interested in the daily operations of this field.

Flaming Cheese Wheel and Wine Experience

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$39 - 39
3 June 2020
Experience the Salt Meats Cheese infamous flaming cheese wheel experience. Every Wednesday night they offer their risotto cheese wheel demonstration made with three amazing flavours of your choice including smoked cheese, truffle pecorino or gorgonzola.

Avenue Comedy Night Every Wednesday Night

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20 - 40
Weekly from 3 June 2020
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 3 June 2020
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?

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 3 June 2020
The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets is now online! Browse all your favourite stallholders from the comfort of your home from scrumptious homemade desserts, hand-made fashion and accessories, personalised treasures and so much more!

Stand Up Comedy at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Weekly from 3 June 2020
Every Wednesday night they're taking over The Avenue's Back Room to bring you the biggest laughs in Surfers Paradise from 7:30pm. The Avenue will be hosting some of the best comedians in the country and from around the world every week - they might not all be names you've heard of, but they guarantee they'll leave you in stitches.
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