Things to do on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is geared towards all kinds of travellers from those who come for the glitz and glamour of the GC nightlife, to those seeking solitude in idyllic surrounds. Somewhere in-between is a vibrant artistic and cultural community aided and abetted by the city’s natural attributes and laidback outdoor lifestyle.

Let’s face it – no one comes to the Gold Coast to stay indoors, although some hinterland spas and health retreats might convince you to do otherwise! The 2 big drawcards on the GC are its multitude of theme parks ranging from wildlife sanctuaries to thrill-ride mega-fests; and its beautiful and abundant beaches. The Gold Coast has over 30 beaches to enjoy that stretch across a total of 40 kilometres. Some of the most popular spots to swim include Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin, Kirra and Snapper Rocks.

Away from the shore, the Gold Coast hinterland is described as the ‘green behind the gold’ where you’ll discover stunning vistas and locales within three national parks, mountain ranges, creeks, waterfalls and valleys. The hinterland is a great place to stay all year round, even in winter where you can stay toasty warm at B&B accommodation or campgrounds with fires. Mt Tamborine is a great town to sample wineries and gourmet goodies, or head to Springbrook for camping facilities.

Back in the city, shopaholics are well catered for with numerous shopping centres with well-known national and international brands as well as niche designer boutiques. Strike out from the tourist areas to discover vintage emporiums, local young designers at GC Fashion Incubator or browse the wares at numerous markets where you’ll find everything from fresh produce and bric-a-brac to local art and crafts and unique finds. For our pick of things to do and see on the GC, read on.

Gold Coast Theme Parks

The Gold Coast is home to the wettest, fastest, biggest and most fun days out at any of their many theme parks. Whether you’re into scary animals, thrilling rides, or gentler and friendlier options, there’s a theme park for kids of all ages to enjoy.


One of the Gold Coast’s entertainment meccas, Broadbeach is where locals and visitors alike come to dine, drink, play and shop day and night as well as kick back and enjoy the beautiful stretch of golden sand on the beach.

Snapper Rocks

Home of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, picturesque Snapper Rocks is world-renowned for its epic waves that attract industry icons and locals making it one of Australia’s most popular and crowded surfing destinations.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Come for the famous lorikeet feeds and stay for the up-close encounters with native Aussie animals, wildlife shows, guided eco tours and SAS-style Green Challenges all set among subtropical rainforest surrounds.

Lamington National Park

Tread in the footsteps of prehistoric wildlife as you traverse the extensive walking tracks within the ancient rainforests of Lamington National Park. Camp or stay overnight in eco accommodation to enjoy the scenic natural surrounds within the Gold Coast hinterland.