Things to do Gold Coast: Attractions, Tours

Gold Coast Attractions, Theme Parks, Tours and More

Things to do on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is Australia's favourite holiday playground - its been that way since the 1950s when Surfers Paradise was established as a one hotel, beachside town and has grown up over the last half century with more and more attractions have popping up, making the region one of the most tourist-oriented in the world.

 We've compiled a brief guide to some of the most popular things to do on the Gold Coast, it's by no means exhaustive, but it is regularly updated and is as unbiased as possible. Although, if you're doing anything in this beautiful QLD sun we bet you'll be very happy. For a complete list of things to do on the Gold Coast check out

Most Popular Things to do on the Gold Coast

The Main Tourist Attractions

Gold Coast Attractions

More InfoThe Gold Coast is a dedicated tourist town and there's enough things to do to keep you occupied for months.

It's not just mini-golf and wax museums either; take a tour of the river and canals in an aqua-bus, see the Australian Outback without leaving the Gold Coast, learn about our native wildlife or learn to surf on one of our pristine beaches:

Check out our list of the main Gold Coast tourist attractions!


Gold Coast Theme Parks

Theme Park Rollercoaster

More InfoGold Coast theme parks come in all shapes and sizes and whether you like death-defying roller coasters or petting furry animals, you're sure to find something!

Choose to visit a handful of the big 5 (namely Dreamworld, Sea World, Movie WorldWet'n'Wild and WhiteWater World), or visit them all - passes are available and you can save hundreds of admission prices!

Read more about Gold Coast theme Parks...


FREE stuff to do on the Gold Coast

Tree top walk

More InfoVisiting the Gold Coast doesn't have to be expensive, there's plenty of free things to do here!

Visiting the beach is probably the 'free thing to do' that comes to mind for most, but there are plenty more.

If you are planning a budget holiday take a look at stuff to do on the Gold Coast that doesn't cost a cent.


Gold Coast Cruises

Wyndham cruises Gold Coast

More InfoBlessed with a few hundred kilometres of canals and rivers (446km to be precise), the Gold Coast's waterways are more than ten times longer than those of Venice. The Nerang River is the main aquatic artery and if you've ever had the chance to follow its course past Surfers Paradise and into the Broadwater with the sun setting behind the Mountain tops, it's an experience you won't forget.

Book a Gold Coast tourist cruise today! There are combo passes available which give access to some of the Coast's best tourist attractions.


Other Popular Things to do on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast Bushwalking

Bushwalking in the Hinterland

The Gold Coast Hinterland is a magical, breath-taking place of great natural beauty. It's full of interesting wildlife and bushwalking is hugely popular all year around: Find some great bushwalking treks here...

Gold Coast Scenic Drive

Take a Scenic Drive

Winding through the hinterland are some of the most scenic drives in the country, and if you follow the beachside routes and coastal roads south to Byron Bay you'll discover the alure of the Northern NSW coastline: We've included some scenic drive routes.

Take a Scenic Flight over the Gold Coast

Scenic Flights

You don't need wings to get a birds-eye view of the Coast - a helicopter will do just fine. All sorts of flying craft will take you up, up and away at almost any time of day and prices are pretty competitive: Scenic flights and helicopter rides

Surfing on the Gold Coast

Surfing on the Gold Coast

Strange then that the worst surfing beach on the Gold Coast is called 'Surfers Paradise' - head north or south and you'll immediately run into some of the best, most consistent waves in the country, but if you're just learning, Surfers Paradise is ideal: Learn to Surf

Gold Coast Major Events

Major Events

For what is a relatively small city, the Gold Coast has a huge event calendar, including: The ASP Surfing Titles; Armor All Gold Coast 600; Magic Millions horse racing carnival; Gold Coast Airport Marathon; Schoolies week celebrations and much more.

Golf on the Gold Coast

Golf Courses

The Gold Coast has more golf courses per head of population than anywhere else in the world. No matter what your handicap, or budget, you'll find somewhere picturesque to have a round: Golf Courses

Go Fishing on the Gold Coast


The continental shelf isn't far of shore and there are hundreds of creeks, estuaries, lakes and rivers to throw a line in, so if you can't catch something on the Gold Coast, you've probably lost your hook: Fishing

See some Live Music

The Live Music Scene

It's not Melbourne, or Brisbane, but the Coast is home to some fantastic local talent and there are more live music venues out there than most people realise, check out the Soundlounge or Cooly Hotel and hear the new breed artists which are thriving in South East Queensland: Live Music

Hit the Gold Coast Nightclubs


From world-class dance venues with guest superstar DJs, to the downright seedy joints with suspicious-looking patrons, the Gold Coast has a lot of dance floor out there. Take a look at our list of places and plan your next night out: Nightclubs

Gold Coast day spas

Pamper Yourself

Paris Hilton loves the place, Arabian royalty regularly vist, and there are enough rich citizens to support some of the best day spa and pampering facilities in the world. Take time out from the beach and pamper yourself at a day spa

Gold Coast Restaurants


The Japanese and Korean influences are strongly represented in Gold Coast food culture, but there is award-winning cuisine in just about every flavour on the planet. Try Tedder Avenue, Broadbeach or the beach at Burleigh Heads for the best eats: Restaurants

Scuba Diving on the Gold Coast

Scuba Diving

Moreton Bay is a world-renowned scuba diving area with an abundance of coral reefs, wrecks and wildlife, including the rare dugong, dolphins galore and enough colourful fish to stock albums of underwater photography. About an hour north east of the Gold Coast, find Scuba Diving & Snorkelling tips here.

Scooter Hire on the Gold Coast

Scooter Hire

Locals hate them, but scooters are one of the best ways to get around Surfers Paradise. You only need a car licence, and if you're lucky, Audrey Hepburn will jump on the back with you: Scooter Hire

Gold Coast Escorts


Coming to the coast for business or pleasure and don't have the time to meet new people? Try one of the Gold Coast's Escort Services, and have as much fun as you're prepared to pay for ;)

Gold Coast Bars, Cafes or Pubs

Bars, Cafes and Pubs

The Gold Coast is quickly becoming known for it's quirky cafes, live music venues, bars and pubs. You'll find some great places to grab a coffee or get a beer at one of the many Bars, cafes and pubs located in Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, Broadbeach and Nobby's. 

Visit a Registered Club

Registered Clubs

There's a surf club on every beachside corner, and a bowling club not far behind. Twin Towns and Seagulls are two of the biggest clubs in Australia, and every major suburb has it's own RSL. Visiting the Surf Club is especially popular for a Sunday Session in the sun and all of the clubs have cheap meals and cheap booze too: see our list of clubs and RSL's here...

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