Activities & Things to do

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The range of attractions and things to do on the Gold Coast is close to endless featuring something for every-ones taste and budget. Ranging from theme parks and adventure attractions to relaxing scenic parks and discovery tours which could be at sea, in the air or on the ground! Best of all, there’s actually loads of free things to do and see!

Some of the best things in life are free as they, and on the Gold Coast you will find testament to that, there are an array of parks and walking tracks through amazingly beautiful National parks that truly are priceless…oh yeah…along with the magic beaches and coastline! (See bottom of page for an attraction map)

Here is list of some of the popular things to do on the Gold Coast:


Free Things to do on the Gold Coast!

Enjoy the Beach lifestyle
Thats probably why you came! The GC has the best beaches in the world, yes, I am biased :), so enjoy the beach volleyball at Surfers Paradise, swimming (between the flags), walking the beach at sunrise and sunset, a game of beach cricket with friends or simply just lazing about.

Mt Tamborine Walking Tracks
This site provides a great list and description of the walking tracks located amongst the beauty of Tamborine Mountain National Park.

O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk
The Tree Top Walk is a unique and innovative structure that gives visitors what can only be described as an exhilarating experience – a chance to observe life in the rainforest canopy at close range for the first time in their lives.

Gold Coast City Art Gallery
Home to an extensive collection of works including ceramics and host to some of Australia’s most prestigious art prizes.

The Gold Coast top scenic spots
Check out these amazingly beautiful scenic spots. No entry fees required!

Arts and Craft Markets
There are numerous regular street markets for food, arts and crafts, check out the Gold Coast City website for full date and location details.

Federation Walk
A 3.7km track through patches of littoral rainforest through to the sand pumping jetty and the Gold Coast Sea Way.

Skate Boarding & Skate Parks
The Gold Coast Council provides a number of skate parks for enthusiasts at various locations. This page at also lists youth activities, BMX parks and programs of events for school holidays.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
You can find lots of arts and crafts, along with souvenirs. Normally held every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night but check the web link for updates.

Gold Coast Parks & Reserves –
The Gold Coast is lucky to have a variety of well maintained, beautiful parks, most with amenities for recreation, relaxing and picnic/BBQ. At the website you can easily search for park locations and amenities.

The Broadwater Parklands
This area in Southport has numerous attractions and is very family friendly, The Rockpools is loads of fun on a hot day featuring many water fountains and water themed activities. Nearby is the Aquatic Centre. There may be charges for some services.

Gold Coast National Parks »
Enjoy the natural and scenic beauty, waterfalls and more.

Free Yoga and Meditation
In conjunction with the Gold Coast City Council the Australian School of meditation offers free yoga and meditation classes, see their website for more details.

A list of free activities from the local council
A list of more free activities, from the Gold Coast City Council.

Events and Festivals
The Gold Coast is home to regular surfing carnivals, music festivals, food festivals and much more. Check out the link for an up to date list of whats on.

Gold Coast Wineries
Explore the many wineries and cellar doors.

More Attractions, Activities and things to do

Adventure attractions

Surf in Paradise
Learn to surf in friendly waves with Surf in Paradise Surf School. With only six people per class you’ll get individual help, advice and encouragement from friendly teachers. Visit their website for details on lesson prices and packages.


SkyPoint Climb
Climb to the top of the Q1 Gold Coast, or if heights are not your thing, check out the observation deck at the Q1.

Le Mans Kart racing
Offers a variety of go karts for all ages and experience and a challenging 700m circuit. Located at 232 Old Pacific Highway Pimpana Queensland Australia.

Holden Performance Driving Centre
The Holden Performance Driving Centre is an $8m facility that includes V8 Super School on the Gold Coast. Facilities include a 2km training circuit, skid pan, full fleet of training vehicles consisting of a variety of the latest Holden models, an off road four wheel drive training course and Motor Sport Gallery.

Gold Coast Heli Tours
Enjoy a helicopter tour of the Gold Coast taking in all the sights from an amazing viewpoint. Located at Mirage Heliport – Marina Mirage – Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. QLD 4217

Adrenlin Park Surfers Paradise
Adrenalin Park is located in Surfers Paradise including Adrenalin pumping thrill rides like the Vomatron, the Sling Shot, Fly Coaster and more.
6 Palm Ave, Surfers Paradise – (07) 5570 2700

Thunderbird Park
Located at Mt Tamborine, a family orientated theme park and nature escape, the activities are too numerous to mention including mini golf, horse riding, laser skirmish, bush walking, camping and more.

Gold Coast Sky Dive
Parachuting on the Gold Coast, Gold Coast Sky Dive offer tandem sky dive and parachuting experiences. Located at
Hanger 22, Lores Bonney Circuit, Bilinga, QLD. 4224 (near Gold Coast Airport).


Jet Boating on the Broadwater
Take a thrill ride across the Gold Coast Broadwater at Marina Mirage in a Jet Boat.

Gold Coast Sea Planes
Gold Coast Sea Planes offer scenic flights and a variety of packages for scenic tours, getaways and air charter.
Located at Level 1, Suite 144 Marina Mirage, Seaworld Drive Main Beach, Qld, Australia. 4217

Tiger Moth Joy Rides
Tiger Moth Joy Rides on the Gold Coast offer a range of scenic flight packages and experiences in a rare vintage Tiger Moth Airplane.
Located at Green Meadows Rd, Pimpama, QLD.( near Dreamworld)

Numinbah Valley Adventure Trails
Catering for all levels of experience and ages they offer a unique range of horse riding trails & lessons, abseiling, rock-climbing, caving, bush-walking and farm activities amongst the unspoiled tracts of mountain, caves, rivers and rainforest.
Located on the Nerang Murwillumbah Road, Gold Coast Hinterland, QLD 4211

Balloon Down Under
Hot Air Balloon flights are another way to explore the magnificent views of the Gold Coast in a memorable way.

BKS Fishing Charters
Experience ocean reef and game fishing with everything supplied, suitable for first time anglers and experienced fishers.

The Infinity experience
Located at Surfers Paradise, this futuristic maze-like worlds of wonder offers an extraordinary series of mind-blowing environments.

Wildlife Parks

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
A must visit for kids and the family.

David Fleay Wildlife Park
David Fleay Wildlife Park is a heritage-listed wildlife park

Theme Parks
The Big ones are here, Movie World, Dreamworld, Wet’n’Wild, Sea World – See the page: Gold Coast Theme Parks

Gold Coast Golf Courses »
Enjoy a round of golf at one of the many courses on the GC.

Relaxing and Sight Seeing
Luxury Gold Coast Tours
Enjoy the Gold Coast in absolute luxury with one hour tours, day tours, scenic tours and winery tours on offer via a
range of luxury vehicles and coaches.

Rainforest Skywalk
Enjoy the spectacular views on the lush Gold Coast Hinterland from the new canopy walk.

Couran Point Day Cruise
Take a day cruise to Couran Point on South Stradbroke Island. The resort offers pristine beaches, nature walks along with activities for all ages.

Gold Coast National Parks
You can take a short trip or spend days exploring the natural wilderness of the beautiful national parks.

Gold Coast Beaches
It’s what the region is famous for, so don’t miss it!

Top Sight Seeing and Scenic spots
A list of the top natural sight seeing spots.

Night Time Attractions

The Gold Coast, and especially Surfers Paradise, come to life at night.

Stage Shows


Australian Outback Spectacular
A stage show based on the Australian spirit of the outback.

Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant
Located at Broadbeach, it’s an icon of the Gold Coast entertainment scene.

Illusions Magic Show
Located at Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island. Shows run every weekend.

Gold Coast Cinemas/Theatres »
More cinemas and theatres

More night time attractions

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
You can find lots of arts and crafts, along with souvenirs. Normally held every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night but check the web link for updates.

Gold Coast Night Clubs
A list of all the popular night clubs and bars on the Gold Coast.

Dining Out
The Gold Coast is a foodies heaven, here’s a guide to the hot spots

Gold Coast Attraction Map

List your Gold coast Attraction or tourism service here

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