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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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
From AU$39.95 - 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.

Currumbin Alley Surf School

Currumbin, Gold Coast Area
Based at Currumbin Alley, the Gold Coasts most learner – friendly location, they offer year – round surfing lessons on the Gold Coast for people of all ages, sizes and ability levels. They are a fully licensed and insured surf school with a professional and enthusiastic team of surfing instructors.

Walkin' On Water Surf School

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$50 - 50
Walkin' On Water Surf School is the Gold Coast’s Premier Surf School, located at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta and using the beautiful beaches of Greenmount and Coolangatta - the perfect ideal beaches for all levels of surf lesson.

Holoverse

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$10 - 100
Are you excited to see something completely revolutionary, with technology that you've never seen before? Experience state-of-the-art hologram technology at the world’s first hologram arcade! Developed right here in Australia with the help of the Queensland Government, Holoverse uses highly advanced 3D projection technology to produce objects made from light, right before your eyes!

Holey Moley Golf Club Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$12 - 25
They're a mini golf bar, plus karaoke. What more could you ask for? Right on Cavill Avenue, Holey Moley Surfers Paradise is teeing up 18 unique and crazy holes for you to putt your stuff around. Whether you're strutting your putt or smashing out some tunes in their private karaoke room, you'll be able to do it while sipping the night away courtesy of their fully equipped cocktail bar.

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.

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.

Go Ballooning Gold Coast

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
"Life is not measured by the breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.” Here at Go Ballooning Gold Coast we know the beauty of the Gold Coast from above all too well, and want to share it with you!

The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove

Hope Island, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
With over 80 of the Gold Coast finest retail, dining and service experiences on offer and the serenity of region’s most picturesque marina as the backdrop, feel yourself unwind at The Marine Village, Sanctuary Cove.

Fishermans Wharf Tavern

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Welcome to the best Waterfront Tavern on the Gold Coast! Fisherman's Wharf Tavern offers something truly unique on the Gold Coast. Take time out to dine on the deck overlooking the beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater, or soak up the relaxing atmosphere of their beautiful waterfront location whilst sipping on one of their satisfying cocktails.
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