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Things to do in Gold Coast

Things to do in  Gold Coast

Welcome to Gold Coast

If your Aussie travel fantasies consist of sun-soaked beaches, bronzed surfers, and sunset cocktails, the Gold Coast should top your to-do list. Queensland’s most famous holiday destination is blessed with more than 25 miles (40 kilometers) of pristine sands, year-round sunshine, and world-class surf. Surfers Paradise is a haven for backpackers and renowned for its nonstop nightlife, while the elegant coastal resorts of Broadbeach, Main Beach, and Miami offer fine dining, romantic canal cruises, and the coast’s biggest shopping mall. Those with kids in tow will find theme parks—including Sea World, WhiteWater World, and Movie World—right on their doorstep, while animal lovers can spy koalas at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Of course, the number-one draw to the Gold Coast is its beaches, and there are endless options for water sports, kayaking, jet skiing, scuba diving, and whale-watching tours, as well as adrenaline-fueled activities such as skydiving or hot-air ballooning. For a change of scenery, Byron Bay, North Stradbroke Island, and the Sunshine Coast are all close enough for a single-day tour. If the sun and surf get to be too much, Brisbane—just an hour away—has shady parks, edgy art museums, and riverfront restaurants. Alternatively, escape the beach altogether to explore the famous Village Markets in Burleigh Heads; or head into the hinterlands, where Lamington National Park, Springbrook National Park, Burleigh Heads National Park, and Tamborine Mountain offer ample opportunities for guided hikes, cycling excursions, rain-forest walks, and glow-worm tours.

Top 10 attractions in Gold Coast

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Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park

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Part of Australia’s Gondwana Rainforests, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lamington National Park is a paradise for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Covering 77 square miles (200 square kilometers), it’s known for its rich biodiversity, ancient trees, over 500 waterfalls, and more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of hiking trails.More
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Set minutes from the Gold Coast beaches, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best places in Queensland to see native Australian animals. Founded in 1947, the sanctuary encompasses 27 hectares (66 acres) of rain forest; its resident fauna includes kangaroos, koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, and rainbow lorikeets.More
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Infinity

Infinity

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A multimedia experience engaging all of the senses, Infinity is a journey through mazes of special effects that create a dream-like atmosphere. Sound fields, lights, music, and visual illusions challenge the mind and stretch the imagination of those who navigate the funhouse.There are 20 different environments, each with its own unique interactive experience. Ranging from a laser room to a time warp, electron maze, and inter-dimensional space, visitors are treated to a feast for all the senses throughout. The creator of Infinity has an art background, and the innovative and immersive displays on an “electronic canvas” push the boundaries of artistic expression, eliciting powerful emotional responses. Truly a unique experience, Infinity lives up to its name by altering one’s sense of time, space and what is possible.More
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Best Of All Lookout

Best Of All Lookout

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True to its name, Best Of All Lookout has the best view in Springbrook National Park. Here, in this subtropical rainforest an hour from the Gold Coast, visitors will find an Antarctic Beech forest left over from the days of Gondwanaland, which in collection with the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage area for its unique geology and ecology. At Best Of All Lookout, visitors will peer out towards the peak of Mt Warning, which is famously known as Australia’s first place to greet the rising sun. From the viewing platform at Best Of All Lookout, the sandy coastline of Coolangatta can often be seen on clear days, as can the valleys of New South Wales that stretch all the way out towards the coast. Even though the hike to the lookout is short, keep an eye out for local wildlife like wallabies and curious padmelons, and since leeches and ticks are common in the area, be sure to wear long sleeves, pants, and boots to ward off the bush.More
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Glow Worm Caves Tamborine Mountain

Glow Worm Caves Tamborine Mountain

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Located on the grounds of the Cedar Creek Estate Winery on Mt. Tamborine, the Glow Worm Caves Tamborine Mountain are one of the best spots on the Gold Coast to view glowworms. See thousands of these creatures during the daytime in a darkened, controlled environment designed to mimic their natural habitat.More
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Marina Mirage

Marina Mirage

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With big-name designers, gourmet restaurants and a dramatic waterfront location, just moments from the dazzling Palazzo Versace hotel, the Marina Mirage is the Gold Coast’s most glamorous shopping complex. Extensively redeveloped in 2008, the luxurious mall is home to more than 80 boutiques, from high street favorites like French Connection and United Colors of Benetton, to designers like Guess, Calvin Klein, Hermes and Tommy Hilfiger.As well as the clothing, accessories and jewelry boutiques, there’s a range of fine dining options overlooking the waterfront, including award-winning restaurants and cafés like Omeros Bros, Vanitas and the Max Brenner Chocolate Bar. That’s not all – there’s also a day spa and beauty salon, a farmer’s market held twice a month and a scenic waterfront promenade from which to view the marina’s glitzy yachts and cruise ships.More
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Dracula's Cabaret Gold Coast

Dracula's Cabaret Gold Coast

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Arguably Queensland’s most popular dinner shower, Dracula’s Cabaret on the bustling Gold Coast is an evening of sexy, scary, and spectacular burlesque theater and comedy. The adventure begins the moment you enter the soaring, Gothic style castle, where gargoyles peer down from six stories up and fruit bats circle overhead. Ride the ghost train into the theater and prepare for a scare at each turn, before perusing a menu of ghoulish cocktails and settling in for the show. The entertaining wait staff, or “Draculettes,” keep the humor flowing throughout dinner, and set the stage for a wild evening of scary and sexual comedy. Aside from the vaudeville cabaret and intricate, detailed costumes, the visual effects are out of this world and are accompanied by live, fast-paced music that will have you on the edge of your seat. Add in death-defying aerial performers and mind-bending optical illusions, and Dracula’s Cabaret is an unforgettable evening of fun on Queensland’s Gold Coast.More
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Tamborine National Park

Tamborine National Park

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Located in the Gold Coast Hinterlands, Tamborine National Park is known for its natural beauty, rich biodiversity, and breathtaking views over the Gold Coast and the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Scenic Rim to the west. Queensland’s first national park, Tamborine is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.More
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Springbrook National Park

Springbrook National Park

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Part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Gondwana Rainforests, the startling landscapes of Springbrook National Park are among the many highlights of Queensland’s Gold Coast Hinterlands. Carved out by an ancient volcano, the rugged plateau is now a natural wonderland of forested gorges, jagged cliffs, and cascading waterfalls.More
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Sea World Gold Coast

Sea World Gold Coast

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One of Australia’s biggest marine parks, Sea World Gold Coast is home to dolphins, rays, sharks, polar bears, and seals. The family attraction has thrilling rides, educational exhibits, and daily live shows, and it’s also involved in marine life rescue and rehabilitation efforts along the Gold Coast.More

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Top Beaches on the Gold Coast

Top Beaches on the Gold Coast

Gold Coast Theme Parks Guide

Gold Coast Theme Parks Guide

Top activities in Gold Coast

Half Day Dolphin Kayaking and Snorkeling Tour
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Gold Coast Sunset Cruise with sparkling wine & nibbles platter
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2.5hr Gold Coast Kayaking & snorkelling tour
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Aquaduck Gold Coast 1 hour City and River Tour
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Romantic Gondola Dinner Cruise for Two

Romantic Gondola Dinner Cruise for Two

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Whale Watching by Sea World Cruises
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Jet-Boat Ride and Helicopter Flight from the Gold Coast
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Mount Tamborine Wine Tasting Tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast
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Gold Coast Tandem Skydive
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Gold Coast Tandem Skydive

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Gold Coast Parasailing - Solo, Tandem, Triple
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Gold Coast Jet Boat Ride from Main Beach
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2-Hour Beginners Surf Lesson at Main Beach
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Gold Coast Sailing Cruise with sparkling wine & nibbles platter
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Gold Coast Jetboat and Parasail Combo - For 2 people
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Recent reviews from experiences in Gold Coast

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Amazing waterfalls
warataheddleston1, Feb 2020
Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour
The waterfalls were amazing The rainforests were lush and green Aaron our tour bus driver was very polite and very informative, learned quite a few new things on his tour Recommend this tour to everybody visiting the Gold Coast
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Mine was an airport pick- up, and I...
Pam Sinclair, Jan 2014
Gold Coast Airport Arrival Transfer
Mine was an airport pick- up, and I was so happy to see my bus driver there with a sign, when my Jetstar flight was an hour late into the Gold Coast at 10.
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A great day trip out from Gold...
CityNomad, Oct 2017
Mount Tamborine Wine Tasting Tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast
Despite the rain, we had a good time visiting the wineries Heritage Estate Wines, Witches Falls Winery, Cedar Creek Estate and Tamborine Mountain Distillery.
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Gold Coast is a great tourist...
Devesh O, Sep 2013
Gold Coast Hotel to Theme Parks Return Transfer
The main attractions of this place are the theme parks- Dream world, Movie World, Wet n wild and the Sea world.
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