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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Get Wet Surf School

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Get Wet is an award-winning Surfing School on the Gold Coast that offers visitors the experience of surfing on a famous Gold Coast beach. Get Wet is the leader in making it fun, safe and easy for people of all ages and even those who are not confident in the water.

Australian Day Tours - JPT Group

Multiple Locations
The largest day tour and charter operator in southeast Queensland, Australian Day Tours run daily tours showcasing the highlights of this world famous tourist region from the pristine beaches and glorious hinterland to city sights, amazing events, the international tourism magnets of Byron Bay in nearby northern NSW and Australia Zoo north on the Sunshine Coast.

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.

Seascape Restaurant + Bar

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Seascape Restaurant + Bar is a multi level establishment perched on level one and two of the Soul Boardwalk directly opposite the iconic Surfers Paradise beach. With incredible ocean views and exceptional seafood cuisine, it boasts some of the best vantage points the Gold Coast has to offer.

Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
Nestled on Elephant Rock, The Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club offers visitors a view of the Gold Coast like no other. Located only five minutes from the Gold Coast International Airport, enjoy a delicious meal while you watch the waves roll in.

Sandbar

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Sandbar wants you to wine, dine and take your time. Relax and let their good time dealers pour you a delicious cocktail, sublime wine or crisp ale from the Gold Coast’s largest range of beers. Their innovative menus are crafted by a world-renowned Executive Chef and designed for affordable culinary enjoyment.

Ocean Jet Boating

Multiple Locations
Jet boating with Ocean Jet is Queensland's only off shore ocean jet boating experience. With magnificent sites of the Gold Coast from the outer ocean side, slides and speed, it's extreme jet boating. Departing Marina Mirage, Main Beach, close neighbour to the Sheraton Mirage and Palazzo Versace.

Slideways Go Karting Gold Coast

Nerang, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 150
Introducing their incredible new 475 metre long indoor go kart facility, which features an amazing three storey high race track! Their European style indoor hire kart track features a huge ramps, cambered turns, tunnels, esses, hairpins and sweepers.

Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$74.00 - 74.00
Enjoy endless summer days at Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast! Splash into a world of fun with a world class line-up of slides and attractions for the young and young at heart. Experience Wet’n’Wild Junior, a huge zone just for little adventurers.

Tash Maree Travel - Wine Tasting Tours

Multiple Locations
Tash Maree Travel provides full day scenic wine tasting tours to Tamborine Mountain and Montville / Maleny. Visit five star boutique venues, tasting award winning wine and liqueur. Indulge on a gourmet two course meal at one of the wineries and finish the day off with a cheese tasting at their local cheese factory and microbrewery!
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