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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Dreamworld

Coomera, Gold Coast Area
From AU$99 - 99
There is BIG fun waiting at Australia’s BIGGEST theme park. With rides, slides, wildlife and entertainment all in one place, Dreamworld is the perfect place for the whole family. Enjoy BIG hugs from your favourite DreamWorks Heroes including Madagascar, Shrek and Kung Fu Panda, while children’s best loved television shows come to life at The Wiggles World and ABC KIDS WORLD.

Spirit of Gold Coast Whale Watching

Multiple Locations
Have you personally experienced the majestic creatures of the sea? This is your opportunity to marvel at the majestic Humpback Whales in their natural environment with the stunning Gold Coast skyline glistening in the background.

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

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$0 - 49
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.

Ripleys Believe It Or Not! Odditorium

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$22.90 - 27.90
CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19. ALSO CONDUCTING RENOVATIONS WHILE CLOSED FOR EXCITING NEW EXPANSION/PRODUCT. Ripley's Believe It or Not! Surfers Paradise is Surfers Paradise's most unusual and unbelievable attraction in the Southern Hemisphere!

The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
The Avenue is the heart of Surfers Paradise entertainment. With 15 beers on tap, a creative list of quirky cocktails, a menu to please the greatest of food connoisseurs and a state-of-the-art music venue that offers live entertainment seven days a week, The new Avenue is everything you would want from a day or night out .

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.

Cork 'n Fork Winery Tours

Multiple Locations
Cork n' Fork Winery Tours is a small family business of exclusive wine tours, available seven days a week offering door to door pickup or central pickup for larger groups. They visit five locations and if the group is not too large, the Tamborine Mountain Distillery, tasting fees are included and so is a delicious two course lunch, at one of the vineyard restaurants.

Australian Outback Spectacular's Heartland

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$99.99 - 119.99
**COVID-19 Update: Australian Outback Spectacular is now open under an industry approved COVID Safe plan** Embark on a journey to the heartland of Australia through an all new show featuring a transformative arena, mesmerising animals and immersive technology.

Topgolf Gold Coast

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
From AU$50 - 90
**COVID-19 Update: Topgolf is now open under an industry approved COVID Safe plan** 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.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Explore your backyard while taking in the ocean breeze, as you stroll along the iconic Surfers Paradise foreshore to discover some of the Gold Coasts' most unique market stalls. All your favourite stallholders are back in action for you to get hold of all those beloved fashion and accessory pieces and handmade treasures happening on the following dates and times.
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