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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Slideways Go Karting World

Pimpama, Gold Coast Area
From AU$25 - 150
Slideways - Go Karting World is conveniently located just off the M1, just two minutes north from Dreamworld, providing easy access from all Brisbane, Gold Coast and Logan Regions. Take exit 54 off the M1 and follow the signs.

Links Hope Island

Hope Island, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 150
Links Hope Island Golf Club is home to an 18-hole championship course designed by five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson and the great team at Thomson, Wolveridge and partners. The grand Mediterranean-style clubhouse is a great place to relax after your game of golf.

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.

Australia Fair Shopping Centre

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Enjoy shopping alongside the beautiful Broadwater in the comfort of the fully air-conditioned Australia Fair Shopping Centre, with over 200 specialty stores and supermarkets. Shop the latest trends and enjoy great dining within the Food Court and the mix of restaurants.

The Star

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Indulge in five star luxury and live it up with first-class entertainment, a wide range of restaurants and bars and the never ending excitement of a 24-hour casino combined with the world-class facilities of an international hotel.

TreeTop Challenge Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$49 - 49
The TreeTop Challenge is an exciting aerial adventure located inside the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you will be experiencing up to 80 aerial challenges including 11 huge ziplines that are spread across five courses and suspended high above many animal enclosures!

Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre

Biggera Waters, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Harbour Town is Australia's largest Outlet Shopping Centre with over 240 stores including brand direct outlet and clearance stores offering up to 70 per cent off the original retail price on Outlet stock, as well as specialty retailers, alfresco dining, entertainment and services.

Paradise Centre

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Paradise Centre, the largest Shopping Centre in Surfers Paradise, is located on the corner of Surfers Paradise Boulevard and Cavill Mall and boasts a 100 metre frontage opposite the world famous Surfers Paradise Beach.

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.

SkyPoint Climb

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$75 - 95
SkyPoint Climb takes place on the top of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise and at 270 metres in the air, it is one of Australia's highest external building walks. Starting on level 77 of SkyPoint Observation Deck, Climbers will enter the open air dressed in a full body suit and harness.
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