Top Things To Do Outdoors on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is literally the best of both "outdoor" worlds.

There's the long stretch of beaches with their gloriously golden sands and the myriad of water activities that accompany them, from learning to surf in the ocean and kayaking in the hidden waterways to jet skiing at top speeds along the coast.

Only an hour or two inland, find the heavenly surrounds of the Gold Coast hinterland with its lush greenery, majestic rainforest and rolling hills. It's here you can truly bask in the outdoors and explore Tamborine Mountain with attractions like the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk and Thunderbird Park.

Then take to the skies in a hot air balloon or a helicopter to truly appreciate the wonder of Mother Nature at work.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk provides a unique whole-family opportunity to explore beautiful rainforest canopies on the Gold Coast. The 1.5 kilometre walk covers forest floor trails, and a soaring cantilever bridge 30 metres above Cedar Creek on Mount Tamborine boasts beautiful views.

Broadbeach Surf School

Learn how to surf with surf lessons by professional, expert instructors who surf at Broadbeach Surf School on the Gold Coast. You can hire a surfboards or take private and small group lessons.

Aussie Air

See the Gold Coast from a whole new perspective with Aussie Air. With a huge range of scenic flights and packages on offer, there's something for any budget and taste. Aussie Air offers charter and scenic flights from the Gold Coast Airport.

Currumbin Rock Pools

Currumbin Rock Pools are set in the beautiful surrounds of Springbrook National Park in the Gold Coast hinterland, 15 minutes from Currumbin Beach. While pool depths vary, there are still plenty of places suitable for all ages to splash around safely and you can even take man’s best friend along for a swim too.

Broadwater Parklands

Broadwater Parklands is a world-class recreational facility and nature park with family-friendly events, incorporating a dedicated off-leash area on the wide expanse of Fisherman’s Lawn with beach access.

Kayak the Gold Coast

Hire a kayak and go kayaking along Broadbeach's canals and admire some of the Gold Coast's most prestigious waterfront real estate, city skyline views and lush parklands. There are also guided tours available suitable for any age and level of expertise.

Hot Air Balloons Gold Coast

Hot Air Balloons Gold Coast offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to behold sunrise and breathtaking views overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Surfers Paradise Beach

The iconic Surfers Paradise Beach is a three-kilometre strip of patrolled golden sand in the heart of the Gold Coast. It was first recognised as a potential tourist hotspot
 in the 1950s. Decades of development has since transformed ‘Surfers’ into a modern beachside metropolis.

Jet Ski Safaris

Jet Ski Safaris are the ultimate adventure watersports on the Gold Coast. With no licence required and no experience necessary, it’s fun for all. Blast your way along the beautiful sub tropical shores of South Stradbroke Island and weave past beautiful islands, beaches and mangroves.

Tamborine Mountain

Tamborine Mountain is home to Queensland’s oldest national park and the third oldest in the world. Enjoy a tranquil wonderland of rainforests, waterfalls and charming villages. Stop by roadside stalls, artist studios, award-winning restaurants, cute cafes and wineries.

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

The Regional Botanic Gardens on the Gold Coast will take you away for a much needed serene and tranquil break. Smell and touch plants and flowers at the sensory garden, explore local flora in the "Mangroves to Mountains" walk, visit the native Butterfly Garden or smell the majestic blooms in the rose garden.

Thunderbird Park

Thunderbird Park in the Gold Coast has adventure activities for the whole family; bushwalking through beautiful nature, bird-feeding, horse trail riding, mini-golf, laser skirmish, a treetop high ropes challenge, Thunderegg fossicking or swimming in one of the numerous translucent rock pools.