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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Tamborine Mountain Distillery

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
Tamborine Mountain Distillery is Australia's most awarded distillery and liquor brand in the new millennium, with over 300 international awards. Hidden away in the beautiful Gold Coast hinterland. This boutique distillery manufactures fine Liqueurs, Schnapps, Vodka, Gins, Eaux de Vie and hand made Liqueur Chocolates.

Gold Coast Skydive

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$355 - 375
Gold Coast Skydive are the only Tandem Skydive operation on the gorgeous Gold Coast! Boasting an excellent safety record, state of the art equipment and a pristine beach-side location. They have a great team full of fun and professional tandem masters who will take passengers through all the necessary training and go out of their way to make sure it's a truly amazing experience that you will never forget!

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.

Hop On Brewery Tours

Multiple Locations
Hop On Brewery Tours is Queensland's original and best brewery tour! Their focus is beer education and appreciation - with plenty of tastings along the way! They offer a unique day out and provide transportation, history and commentary throughout the day.

Topgolf Gold Coast

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$50 - 90
The Topgolf goal is to help you create unforgettable experiences with friends and family. The venue features fun and competitive golf games for all ages, climate-controlled playing "bays" similar to a bowling lane, an impressive food and drink menu, private spaces for groups of any size, high definition televisions to watch the big game and a music selection that will make every visit feel like a party.

El Patio De Cuba

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
El Patio De Cuba bar and restaurant is inspired by the original party island of Cuba and will reveal Cuba's glamorous side to all those that enter. Although famous for cigars, cars and Castro, Cuba also offers mouth watering cuisine with flavours inspired by Spain and the Caribbean.

Infinity Attraction

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$18.90 - 27.90
Challenge Your Senses and Ignite Your Imagination. A fun, unique and mind blowing journey into spectacular, futuristic maze-like worlds of wonder. It's a dreamlike, interactive fun house of the future!

Three Little Pigs - Bar and Bistro

Tamborine Mountain, Scenic Rim Area
A hidden culinary gem in the Gold Coast Hinterland, popular with locals. Three Little Pigs on Main Street in Mount Tamborine is turning heads with its rustic dining style. A large stone fireplace dominates a light, airy dining room of polished wood and large windows, or guests can choose to dine alfresco at a wine barrel table and enjoy the lush, green surrounds and chirping birds.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$49.95 - 49.95
Explore this iconic Gold Coast Wildlife Sanctuary. Immerse yourself into the wonder and natural beauty of 27 hectares of Currumbin rainforest, wandering through open animal enclosures, feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas along the way.

Cruise Gold Coast on 'Life's Good'

Gold Coast, Gold Coast Area
Cruise Gold Coast offers personalised Private cruises on the beautiful Gold Coast waterways and Whale Watching. The luxurious 40 foot catamaran is called 'Life's Good'. There is room to move around and entertain on the large protected back deck, extended duckboard, the enclosed flybridge or the bow to sun-bake!
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