THINGS TO DO IN GOLD COAST
A fun-loving destination with a lot of easy-going vibes – the Gold Coast is as much a party destination as it is a place to relax and unwind.
From Surfers Paradise to the easy-going vibes of Palm Beach, the Gold Coast is one of Queensland's most desirable destinations. And for a good reason. Irresistible beaches, premium shopping spots, and buzzy tourism attractions. Think Wet n' Wild, Warner Bros. Movie World, Dreamworld and Sea World.
With the hinterland as the backdrop to a string of surfing beaches and a network of rivers and meandering waterways, it comes as no surprise that the Gold Coast loves to play outdoors. Taking advantage of it all are the resort-like facilities and waterfront restaurants that shine a spotlight on fresh ocean seafood and local produce. Beyond the glitz and glam, you'll find down-to-earth neighbourhoods that seem to have it all – waterfront abodes, lush parklands and pristine waterways.
There's a reason why people travel from all over to experience the Gold Coast – the ocean swells and long stretches of sand with more than enough room to go around are just begging for long lazy days by the waterside. From Surfers Paradise to Burleigh Heads, surfers are out in full force from the break of dawn, vying for the perfect wave. Swim, surf, paddle or fish along the shoreline that graces many a postcard.
The network of waterways and inlets that flow throughout the Gold Coast is a veritable playground for boating enthusiasts. Set sail or paddle your way around the many coves, bays and inlets. Learn to kayak, surf or dive, or head to the local bar to be regaled by seafaring adventures. And if sailing around isn't your thing, there are plenty of walking and cycling trails that hug the foreshores.
When it comes to things to do, the Gold Coast delivers in a big way. Being the holiday destination that it is, the Gold Coast has some of Queensland's biggest theme parks. It's all about rollercoasters and wildlife at Dreamworks. Discover marine life at Sea World, splash around in the heart-thumping water slides of Wet n' Wild and check out the stunt shows at Warner Bros. Movie World. And if big theme parks aren't your thing, there are many prestigious golf courses, indoor sports centres and sprawling playing fields.
With a well-earned reputation for being the Gold Coast's premier party town, combined with a sun-drenched beach, Surfers Paradise is one of Queensland's top destinations. With a whole lot of easy-going vibes, Surfers Paradise loves to show off with its towering skyline hugging the famed stretch that offers a profusion of eateries, cafes, bars and nightclubs.
A Foodie's Delight
Surfers Paradise to Burleigh Heads and beyond, the Gold Coast has an impressive line-up of on-trend cafes, wholesome eats, fine dining and affluent cocktail lounges to rival its southern neighbour, Byron Bay. You will find it all here, from late-night eateries to fine dining with award-winning chefs at the helm to the local staple, fish n' chip shop.
Bars & Nightlife
When it comes to things to do on the Gold Coast, the bars and nightlife of Surfers Paradise are way up there. Cavill Avenue attracts tens of thousands of visitors during peak times, while Broadbeach is home to The Star Casino. Head to Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach or inland to Hope Island and Robina for a much more local feel.
Shop 'till You Drop
Pacific Fair in Broadbeach, the premier shopping destination of the Gold Coast, is retail on steroids. Department stores, high-end boutiques, established brands and concept stores are in abundance. Then there is Robina's mega shopping centre, which is where high-end retailers sit alongside local boutiques. But, to really understand the flavour of the Gold Coast, head to one of the many beachside markets for local fashion, art and homewares, with Broadbeach Markets and Surfers Paradise markets being the go-to's.
With so much fun to be had on the Gold Coast, do yourself a favour and plan to stay for a while. The Gold Coast has an abundance of Airbnbs and short-term stays, barefoot glamping, youth hostels, waterfront apartments and resort-like getaways. Whatever your budget, you will find it right here.
When it comes to things to do, the Gold Coast delivers tenfold. From themed parks to ocean swells and waterfront dining and late-night bars – and if you're craving a slower pace, the Gold Coast has you well and truly covered there too.
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