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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Based Comedy at Last Night on Earth

Southport, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20 - 20
Weekly from 29 August 2020
They're heading into the future and also heading to Last Night on Earth, Southport's coolest little dive, for a weekly rooftop comedy show that'll echo out all the way to Officeworks. Every Saturday they're bringing you the coolest comics from around Australia and around the world for drinks, laughs and loves.

Marina Mirage Farmers Market

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Weekly from 29 August 2020
Marina Mirage Farmers Market is indoors and undercover every Saturday from 7am to 12pm. Marina Mirage Farmers Market showcases farm fresh seasonal spray free and organic produce, gourmet artisan delicacies and homemade Arts and Craft.

Based Comedy at The Palm Beach Hotel

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 30 August 2020
Free entry! Join us every Sunday night in The Palm Beach Hotel restaurant as some of the best stand up comedians from around the country and around the world take to the stage to entertain you. Hosted by Based Comedy with some of the best amateur and professional comedians in Australia.

Benny D Williams Live at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
30 August 2020
The Avenue is proud to host the most entertaining performer you will ever see on your travels. Floating gently to you from the Coast of Gold, Benny D Williams brings his "junkyard soul" sounds to your ears.

Markets in the Meadow

Bundall, Gold Coast Area
Weekly from 30 August 2020
Every Sunday, Markets in the Meadow will host a comprehensive farmer's market at Aquis Park, Racecourse Road Bundall. Glorious coastal open-air; is there a safer place to shop? Support the local Queensland and Northern Rivers growers in a paddock to plate experience and get a little exercise as well.

Carrara Markets Car Boot Sale

Carrara, Gold Coast Area
From AU$20.00 - 20.00
Weekly from 30 August 2020
Carrara Markets is famous for its Sunday morning Car Boot Sale! If you love a second hand bargain then you're sure to find it amongst the boots full of preloved fashion, books, toys, homewares, tools, bibs & bobs!

Karaoke at The Avenue

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 31 August 2020
The Avenue hosts the Gold Coast most popular Karaoke show every Monday night from 8.30pm. Featuring the amazing Karin from Red Hot Entertainment. Come and join the fun, where everyone becomes a star.

Based Comedy at the Cecil Hotel

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 1 September 2020
Free entry! Join us at 7.30pm monthly Tuesday night as some of the best stand up comedians from around the country take to the stage to entertain you. Hosted by Based Comedy with some of the best amateur and professional comedians in Australia.

Tuesday Night Comedy at the Roosevelt Lounge

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Weekly from 1 September 2020
Bringing you the best acts from all over the country and from all over the world. Join us on a Tuesday evening at 7.30pm for an intimate and hilarious night of comedy. $20 entry charge (incl. a drink).

Australian Grand Slam of Surfing - Boost Mobile Pro Gold Coast

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
1 September 2020
To bring world-class competitive surfing to fans during a time of restricted international travel, the WSL will host a series of regional, pre-season exhibition events featuring CT surfers in the USA, Australia, France, and Portugal called The WSL Countdown.
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