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Things to do on the Gold Coast for a Weekend of Fun

Staying on the Gold Coast and not sure where to start? We’ve listed our top 8 things to do, spanning nature, action and adventures.

Miami Marketta
Miami Marketta

Although some may argue the best thing to do at the Gold Coast is nothing (anyone for a late afternoon nap on the beach?), this city of sunshine is home to some of the best entertainment, adventure and experiences. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the stunning beaches, top notch cafes and restaurants, a plethora of activities await you. We’ve rounded up our favourites for you right here!

Theme Parks
Theme Parks
Theme Parks

Whether you have kids or you’re indulging your inner child, there’s truly no shortage of action, adventure and thrills at the Gold Coast. With Warner Brothers Movieworld, Sea World, Dreamworld and Wet & Wild all at your disposal, you can really run amuck. From animal experiences to heart-stopping roller coaster rides, you won’t soon forget your adventures at any of the theme parks that call Queensland home.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

In the leafy green surrounds of Currumbin lies a sanctuary for wildlife of all kinds, and this is your chance to get up close and personal with them. With a commitment to the conservation of our precious native wildlife, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a home to koalas, dingoes, and kangaroos, as well as some international animals, namely lemurs, capybaras and red pandas!

28 Tomewin St, Currumbin

Topgolf
Topgolf
Topgolf

For serious golfers… and those who don’t take themselves too seriously, Topgolf is a must-do when you’re on the Gold Coast! This isn’t your typical driving range. Book a bay, bring your crowd and enjoy the interactive (and fiercely competitive!) games as you thwack the microchipped balls into giant targets. You can also order top-notch meals and drinks to your bay, so you can keep that driving energy at full steam ahead.

Cnr. Roadshow Way and Entertainment Road, Oxenford

Miami Marketta
Miami Marketta
Miami Marketta

Once a well-kept secret, the Miami Marketta’s popularity has exploded over the last few years and with good reason. A night market serving global street food fare from independent stalls, you can travel the world via your tastebuds, all on the same night. With live music a staple part of the experience, the Marketta offers an opportunity for local bands to showcase their talent, whilst also hosting national and international acts as part of their touring rosters!

Open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 5pm.

23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami

Springbrook
Springbrook
Springbrook National Park

The Gold Coast is home to some of Australia’s most beautiful hinterland terrain. With creeks, rainforests, waterfalls and natural wonder aplenty, there’s plenty to explore. Head inland to one of the most popular places to chase waterfalls; Springbrook National Park. Home to rare birds and koalas, Springbrook is perhaps most popular for its Natural Bridge, formed by the force of a waterfall.

Old School Rd, Springbrook

Soak Bathhouse
Soak Bathhouse
Soak Bathhouse

There’s no arguing that the Gold Coast is a hotspot for adventure, but sometimes you need to slow things down. This is where Soak Bathhouse comes in. Designed to help you hit the reset button, no effort has been spared in order to create the ultimate oasis in the heart of the GC. Opt for a mineral bath, mineral spa or a cold plunge to revitalise your body, or sweat it out in the steam room or cedar wood sauna. You can also book in for a yoga class or massage as part of your visit.

Shop 20, Pacific Square, 2532 - 2540 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach

Whale Watching
Whale Watching
Whale Watching Cruise

For your chance to wave at the gentle giants of the sea, hop aboard the Spirit Of The Gold Coast! With a world-class crew and guaranteed whale-spotting, you’re in for a fantastic day on the water. The Spirit crew are proud to advertise that they are the only company to have cumulative sightings of the famous white whale, Migaloo, during migration periods!

Jet Boating
Jet Boating
Jet Boating

If you’re still seeking thrills on your coastal adventure, it’s time to slip, slop, slap and head down to Paradise Jet Boating! Operating since 2004, Paradise were the first to bring jet boating adventures to the Gold Coast. Enjoy the fast pace, expert jet boating by experienced skippers and the fastest way to sight-see along the water.

Shop 7b, Mariners Cove Marina, 60 SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach

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