Swimming and surfing at a white-sand beach is only the beginning of a great Gold Coast holiday.
The city and surrounds also boast wildlife sanctuaries, shopping centres, casinos, and plenty of other entertainment options. From getting up close and personal with a koala to plummeting down an exhilarating waterslide, you’re sure to collect plenty of unforgettable travel memories (and photos!) when you visit the Gold Coast.
As Queensland's top holiday destination, you’ll find there are many things to do on the Gold Coast. You'll need to stay for at least a weekend or a week to properly savour the experience. Swim and surf at different beaches, enjoy the nightlife, and feel the rush at a theme park. You can even enjoy a few sporting events if you time your holiday right!
You're spoilt for choice when it comes to where to eat on the Gold Coast. For an affordable but tasty and filling meal between swimming sessions, try a meal at one of the Surf Life Saving Clubs. If you’re looking for spectacular views to go with fine-dining courses, make reservations at a high-altitude venue like the Four Winds Revolving Restaurant or the Q1’s Seventy7 Café & Bar.
For anyone in need of retail therapy, shopping centres rank high on the list of Gold Coast attractions. Wander around world-class complexes like Pacific Fair and Robina Town Centre to check out the local and international brands. There are also small boutiques and weekend markets where you’ll find fantastic bargains and unique souvenirs.
So what else can you see on the Gold Coast apart from beautiful beaches? Well, the region's hinterland boasts rainforests, wildlife sanctuaries, and waterfalls. There are also theme parks, small museums, parks, and squares in different suburbs of the Gold Coast. The options are virtually endless, so don’t underestimate how much time you’ll need to properly enjoy your holiday!
Because of its long coastline, the Gold Coast has a lot of beaches that offer various experiences. If you’re looking for some good surfing, visit Coolangatta and Burleigh. If you want to do some dog-watching, check out The Spit at the northern end of Main Beach. You can also soak up the sun and the sea at Palm Beach and Surfers Paradise.