Top Things To Do on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast often proclaims it is "famous for fun," and ne'er a truer statement has even been spoken. The area is home to Australia's biggest and best theme parks, most beautiful beaches, world-class shopping and natural wonders.

It's a great destination for a family holiday with thrilling roller coasters, water parks, animal encounters and children's entertainment. You may choose to stay at or close to the theme parks to make the most of your days. Multi-day and multi-park passes also offer great value if you know you wish to spend more than one day at the park, or if you are visiting multiple theme parks.

Couples will be entranced with romantic walks along the beach, divine dining options and boutique bars.

So whether it's your first time to the Gold Coast, or the fun factor keeps drawing you back for return trips, here are some of the top attractions to keep you entertained.

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.

Sea World

Plan your visit around photo opportunities with dolphins and seals or special show events at Dolphin Cove or Sea Lion Theatre. See polar bears, sharks, penguins and giant stingrays. Don’t miss the fantastic rides in Nickelodeon Land. There is something for the whole family at Sea World on the Gold Coast.

Warner Bros. Movie World

Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast is the only movie-related theme park in Australia with some of the most advanced rides in the world. The electrifying Arkham Asylum roller coaster reaches speeds of 85 kilometres per hour in five stomach-turning inversions.

Skypoint Observation Deck & Climb

At roughly 270 metres above sea level SkyPoint is Australia’s highest external building climb, with 298 stairs to the platform and breathtaking 360-degree views of the Gold Coast’s stunning golden beaches and lush tropical mountains.

The Star Gold Coast

The Gold Coast’s premier entertainment complex comprises a hotel, casino, theatre and a myriad of restaurants and bars. From musical theatre, comedy and dance to live music and movie screenings, the Theatre hosts a variety of entertaining shows every week.  

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Nestled amidst lush eucalyptus-dotted rainforest, this popular tourist destination in the Gold Coast offers interactive presentations and close encounters with Australia’s iconic wildlife. Cuddle a koala, get up close to a crocodile and hand feed the kangaroos.

Pacific Fair

A trip to the Gold Coast isn’t complete without a visit to Queensland’s premium shopping destination, Pacific Fair. Pacific Fair’s innovative design exhibits a resort-like ambience, providing a relaxed oasis and offering an exceptional retail and leisure experience for visitors to the Gold Coast.

Dreamworld

Dreamworld is Australia’s biggest theme park with more than 40 rides including five roller coasters. Take a morning stroll through Tiger Island and observe real tigers up close. Dreamworld is packed with rides, live shows and entertainment to keep the whole family amused all day long. 

Wet’n’Wild

From family fun on the Wet’n’Wild Junior or the Giant Wave Pool to thrill rides on the Kamikaze or the Tornado you’ll never want to leave the water at Wet‘n’Wild. This Gold Coast water park boasts play and recreation areas for everyone from the little kids right up to the adrenalin-junkies.

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.

HOTA (Home of the Arts)

Surrounded by parklands and a lake with Surfers Paradise as the backdrop, HOTA, Home of the Arts, is your place for live performances, lake-side strolls, star-gazing, cinema-watching, art and new-ideas. There’s a unique outdoor stage for live events and a refreshed cafe for relaxing and connecting.

Surf World Gold Coast

As Queensland’s only surfing museum that houses Australia’s largest collection of surfboards of all sizes from every era Surf World will keep surfers entertained for hours.