Gold Coast | Outdoor Activities

Get outdoors and stay active on your Gold Coast holiday with a range of outdoor activities from water sports to hinterland hiking adventures. Grab a surfboard, bike, boat or just your running shoes and start exploring this vibrant region.

Beach activities

With 70 kilometres of coastline, you can spend the best part of your day relaxing on one of Gold Coast’s stunning beaches. If you’re feeling adventurous, catch waves on a surfboard, stand-up-paddleboard through the creek systems or jet boat through inlets.

Hinterland activities

Lace your boots up and hike through the luscious Gold Coast Hinterland and spot native Queensland wildlife. You’ll stumble across cascading waterfalls and swimming holes. Be sure to explore Springbrook National Park and the Natural Bridge where you can even see glow worms in action after dark.

If you want to spend the night (or two) under the stars, set up tent or book a glamping experience.

Sports and adrenaline activities

Go sky high to get a bird’s eye view of the turquoise waters and scream your lungs out skydiving from 14,000ft or, climb 270 metres to the top of Skypoint on the Q1 resort building.

Set a new personal best by participating in the Gold Coast Marathon and test your endurance while taking in the pristine coastline. Or, play a round of golf at some of the world’s most picturesque golf courses.



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Go Ride A Wave - Gold Coast

Multiple Locations
Go Ride A Wave is Australia's largest and most professional learn to surf organisation. Enjoy a 2 hour surf lesson for beginners every day at several locations along the Gold Coast including Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Kirra near Coolangatta.

Gold Coast Island Buggy Tours

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Gold Coast Island Buggy Tours offers a new exciting adventure tour to the Gold Coast. This tour combines four great activities in their half day buggy tour. Your day starts off with a luxury boat cruise to South Stradbroke Island.

Great Barrier Reef Day Trip to Lady Elliot Island

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Lady Elliot Island is a coral cay located at the southern tip of Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef (north of Fraser Island). The Island is regarded as one of the best snorkelling and diving destinations in Australia and is famous for its unspoilt coral reef and amazing array of spectacular marine life!

Whales in Paradise - Gold Coast Whale Watching Pty Ltd

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Gold Coast Whale Watching with Whales in Paradise. Whales in Paradise are the original Gold Coast Whale Watching company and the only whale watch operation whose cruises depart from the heart of the Gold Coast in central Surfers Paradise.

Game Over Indoor Go Karting, Adventure Climbing Walls and Lazer Tag Centre

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$14 - 39
Game Over is the premium indoor entertainment centre on the Gold Coast. The centre’s primary attraction is Australia’s first electric powered indoor go-karting track. Unmatched acceleration and max torque provides their customers with the fastest indoor karting experience anywhere else in Australia.

Paradise Jet Boating

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Experience Paradise Jet Boating's premium "Adventure Ride"... famous for its unique blend of thrills and adventure mixed with beautiful scenery and sightseeing. Ranked number one on TripAdvisor, Paradise Jet Boating's premium adventure ride travels over 35 kilometres through Moreton Bay Marine Park.

Dreamworld

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
From AU$85 - 115
Discover serious fun and let your imagination run wild, only at Dreamworld! Budding master builders will love Australia’s biggest LEGO® Store at Dreamworld, offering one of the largest ranges of LEGO products in Australia with exclusive, hard-to-find products.

Go Vertical SUP Hire

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Go Vertical SUP is the leading Stand up Paddle school on the Gold Coast. They are located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Their aim is to provide top quality Paddle Board Hire, SUP tours and SUP lessons to all participants allowing them a rewarding experience on the water.

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!

Get Wet Surf School

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$65 - 160
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.
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