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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Hilton Surfers Paradise Hotel and Residences

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$205 - 2459
Hilton Surfers Paradise sits proudly in the heart of the Gold Coast. The hotel’s two spectacular curved towers offer an unprecedented range of accommodation options and stunning views over the famous beach, city skyline and Gold Coast Hinterland.

Aussie Resort

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast Area
From AU$125 - 250
Come enjoy Aussie Resort just metres to Burleigh Beach. Book direct at Aussie Resort you will pay less than you would normally expect. All their apartments have views of their tropical gardens or unique Australia shaped swimming pool and spa, Enjoy the comfort of an apartment with air-conditioning and free pay television.

BreakFree Acapulco

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$159 - 314
Relax with views over the beautiful beaches of Surfers Paradise at Gold Coast resort, BreakFree Acapulco. Centrally located, it is just a short stroll from your accommodation to the heart of Surfers Paradise.

BreakFree Diamond Beach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$159 - 262
Right in heart of the best the Gold Coast has to offer, you can’t go past BreakFree Diamond Beach in Broadbeach, quipped with everything needed for a beach getaway. Includes a kid’s novelty wading pool, a games room and playground, two lagoon pools and barbecue area.

Novotel Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$140.00 - 250.00
Introducing Novotel Surfers Paradise. Nestled amidst the beautiful beaches and thriving shopping, dining and nightlife of Australia's Gold Coast, just 150 metres from the sand, this versatile destination blends especially personalised service with just the sort of casual atmosphere you expect from a beachside hotel.

Points North Apartments

Coolangatta, Gold Coast Area
From AU$139 - 1500
Points North Apartments is located at the southern end of the Gold Coast just five kilometres from the Coolangatta airport, with easy access to the beach and open parkland and a wide range of dining, shopping and entertainment options in the nearby Showcase on the Beach Shopping Centre.

Vibe Hotel Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
From AU$120 - 495
Welcome to the newly renovated Vibe Hotel Gold Coast. With a prime position in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is moments from sandy beaches and the famous Esplanade. Vibe Hotel Gold Coast is an ideal place to return to after a day in the sun and sea of the Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Xanadu Resort

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$195 - 595
COVID-19 crisis - Xanadu Main Beach Resort supports and understands the measures taken by state and federal governments to prioritise the health and safety of our nation. Their thoughts and prayers are with all those seriously affected.

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$236 - 625
A sanctuary beach haven that ignites the senses, restores the soul and excites the spirits. Located in the heart of Broadbeach, just 200 metres from patrolled beaches, a luxurious hotel featuring 296 beautifully appointed rooms and suites, all with breathtaking ocean or hinterland views.

Jacobs Well Tourist Park

Jacobs Well, Gold Coast Area
From AU$34 - 207
Jacobs Well Tourist Park is situated close to the waterfront looking out over the southern end of Moreton Bay. Fishing and boating enthusiasts regularly take advantage of this prime location to indulge in these activities amongst the myriad of islands close by, where abundant fish varieties exist all year round.
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