The Gold Coast’s variety is what makes it special – it’s a destination where outdoor activities are viable year round, and thus for people who crave to take part in energetic fun, the Gold Coast’s things to-do list is nearly endless. With an average of 300 days of sunshine each year, whether you’re sticking to the coast, heading to the hinterland, or looking for some adrenaline pumping, you’ll be spoiled for choice here.
With so much to see and do, we break down our 'Top 6 Things To Do' on the Gold Coast.
1. Take a Jetboat Ride
Location: Surfers Paradise and Marina Mirage, Gold Coast, Queensland
Apart from sightseeing cruises, the Gold Coast offers numerous opportunities for jet boat rides, as a more high-octane way of exploring the waters. Heading out onto the Gold Coast Broadwater, with a jet boat ride, you’ll be able to grasp the city skyline and neighboring islands and harbors while indulging in some 360 degree spins, high-speed drifting and taking advantage of the boat’s construction for some 'beach buzzing'.
Options for jet boat rides typically come in either 30 minute or 1 hour durations ... BTW, it'd be a good idea to wear sunglasses – not only to protect from the sun, but to shield your eyes from salt spray that can make it harder to really enjoy the fabulous views.
2. Explore the Hinterland
Location: Approx. 45-minute drive from Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
Just a 45-minute drive from the heart of the glitz and glamour of Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast Hinterland, an oasis of greenery and scenery is a world away from the main tourism hub that makes visiting the region such a fabulous overall experience.
Centered around the lovely Mount Tamborine and its various World Heritage-listed national parks, the Hinterland features glow worm caves, cascading waterfalls, wonderful mountain views and verdant wineries all in a reasonably close distance of one another.
You can drive yourself through a scenic, steep and windy route, horse rides to explore around the scenic Natural Bridge area, various on and off-road-trips, and walks to take you directly to wineries.
3. Go to the Beach
Location: Various locations along coastline, Gold Coast
If there’s one thing that the Gold Coast is famous for – it’s the beaches ... around 57 kilometers to choose from for those who love surf and sunshine.
Each of the main beaches on the coast - Broadbeach, Kirra, Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads, Main Beach, Currumbin, Nobby Beach, Palm Beach and Duranbah (and perhaps most famously, Surfers Paradise) – offer something slightly different, however all of them are regularly patrolled by volunteer Surf Life Savers, and are exceptionally clean.
All the beaches offer a blend of public picnic and barbecue areas, and access to great cafes & restaurants.
4. Go up the SkyPoint Deck atop the Q1 Building
Location: 9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
The Gold Coast’s iconic Q1 Building and its SkyPoint Observation Deck on the 77th floor, offer some stunning 360 degree views of the sights for which the Gold Coast is famous. Be sure to bring your camera along as you nay never find another viewpoint in the region to compare.
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The SkyPoint Deck also serves as a bar/restaurant, turning your visit into a full-blown dining experience. The SkyPoint also offers a SkyPoint Climb, that allows you to harness up and go outside the glass for a stunning and adrenaline-pumping adventure, making it a must-do for adventure lovers.
5. Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Location: 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin, Gold Coast
Being one of the most beloved attraction on the Gold Coast, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the ultimate place to get a dose of family-friendly animal fun.
With a location, just off the Gold Coast Highway at Currumbin, the sanctuary is easy to find – around 20 minutes’ drive from Surfers Paradise.
In the park, you can hand-feed kangaroos, cuddle a koala, see wombats, echidnas, emus and also its iconic little trains take you around the park regularly – something kids love ... gives parents a chance to rest. In addition, Currumbin Sanctuary also has a fun tree ropes course (called Green Challenge) ... and for just a few dollars extra charge, is also a huge hit with the little ones.
6. Visit a Theme Park
Location: Various locations, northern end of Gold Coast
The Gold Coast's theme parks are a huge draw-card that set the destination apart from other popular holiday destinations throughout Australia. There’s a reason behind people visiting from both interstate and overseas – each of the theme parks is a quality attraction and offers something slightly different to the next.
From the superior thrilling rides of Dreamworld, to the favorite film and cartoon characters at Movie World, to the aquatic fun at both Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild, Gold Coast has a theme park for all age groups, interest types and weather conditions. Although they’re best visited outside school holidays, the parks are large enough to dilute queues and the vast variety of rides and sideshows provides something interesting to see, try or ride at all times of the year.