Long, wide surf beaches, vibrant night life and a party atmosphere makes the Gold Coast a magnet for both partygoers and families alike.
The Gold Coast is however much more than the beach; with a full spectrum of attractions to keep visitors of all ages occupied, accommodation from self contained family units to luxurious beachfront apartments, theme parks, water sports, cruises and a myriad of other activities, the Gold Coast has something to offer every traveller.
Famed for its “glitter strip” of Surfers Paradise which is emblematic of the dozens of kilometres of beaches that make up its coastline, the Gold Coast has a far more diverse array of things to see and do than one might first realise. In addition to the beaches and waterways, it’s a city that’s considered Australia’s “theme park capital” and home to a range of theme parks that are a huge drawcard for families.
Top 10 Things
Theme parks, cruises, family attractions, hiking and wineries… the Gold Coast has it all, but here we recommend 10 can’t-miss experiences.
When to Visit
While it’s sunny all year round, the Gold Coast has various highs and lows like any other spot; we outline the best time to go here.
With so much to see and do on the Gold Coast, planning a holiday can be difficult; here, we suggest itineraries for 2 to 5 days.
The Gold Coast is brimming with quality beaches from north to south; here we take a look at each major beach and what it offers.
Tried & Tested
See the review of one of our most popular tours through the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland – Scenic Hinterland Tours.
An extended holiday on the Gold Coast can get expensive, especially bringing kids along; here are some of the top FREE things to do.
Vs. Sunny Coast
In this showdown between popular South East Queensland destinations, we compare and contrast the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
Theme Park Info
Looking for all the information you could possibly want about the Gold Coast’s theme parks? You’ve come to the right place; click here.
From north to south, the Gold Coast’s main strip offers great options for dining; here’s our pick of the city’s top 10 restaurants.
Travelling to the Gold Coast and needing to travel around by bus? Download bus timetables for all the major routes online here.
Looking to browse and find deals on all the top tours, activities and attractions on the Gold Coast? Visit our experiences section!
Those who are wanting to escape from the glitz and glamour of the surf strip can instead turn their eyes inland, as the greenery of the lush Hinterland area – an underrated portion of the region – will allow you to picnic at rock pools and cascading waterfalls, visit glow worm caves, go bush walking or horse riding, with vineyards and villages which populate this verdant landscape.
Alternatively, if you feel more drawn to the water, numerous marine and aquatic activities are available throughout the 57km worth of coastline on the Gold Coast; whether it’s fishing, jet boating, scuba diving, or a cruise on one of its many waterways, water-lovers will be in their element here.
Perhaps more than any other holiday spot in Australia, the Gold Coast overwhelms with possibilities for things to do all within easy travel distance of one another; we highlight the best of the region in our guide articles above.