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Gold Coast Attractions

Offering a near perfect climate with over 300 days of sunshine a year, the Gold Coast has over 70 kilometres of stunning sun drenched beaches, and boasts a wealth of awesome attractions, exciting entertainment and world-class facilities for visitors to enjoy.

Whether you are looking for adventure, excitement or relaxation, Australia's favourite playground has it all. From thrill-a-minute theme parks and interactive wildlife parks, to sophisticated shopping precincts and relaxing restaurants, the Gold Coast is as diverse as it is beautiful. 

Visitors to the Gold Coast can cruise magnificent waterways, tour enchanting rainforests, play internationally regarded golf courses, indulge in an invigorating spa treatment, experience the thriving arts scene, and enjoy a diverse array of vibrant live entertainment and nightlife hotspots.

With all of this and so much more on offer, it’s easy to see why the Gold Coast is Australia’s No.1 tourist destination.

Theme parks

theme parks

Kick off the trip of a lifetime by experiencing the heart-pumping action of riding the fastest, tallest ride in the world, Dreamworld's 38-storey high Tower of Terror, or Warner Bros. Movieworld’s exhilarating Lethal Weapon thrill ride. Cool off with a River Rapids bobsled ride at Wet'n'Wild Water Park or experience the water-powered thrills provided by the extreme waterslides on offer at WhiteWater World.

After witnessing the impressive dolphin and sea lion shows at Seaworld, visitors can get up close and personal with Australia’s unique wildlife in its native habitat at Currumbin Sanctuary or Fleays Wildlife Park, or stimulate your senses with a visit to Tropical Fruit World in the beautiful Tweed Valley.

Themed entertainment

For those who like to be wowed, Dracula’s Haunted House in Surfers Paradise offers an amazing interactive journey through creepy comedy satire, museum oddities and tricky optical illusions. Follow this up with a visit to Infinity and take a mind-blowing journey into some spectacular, futuristic maze-like worlds as you explore the range of multi-sensual environments filled with unique special effects, groovy music and amazing optical illusions.

Showcasing the grandeur of the Australian outback, the unique and exciting dinner show on offer at the Australian Outback Spectacular is a sensational, must-see extravaganza.

Beaches

With over 70 kilometres of stunning sun drenched beaches to choose from, the Gold Coast has beaches to meet the needs of everyone.

Surfing beaches

The Gold Coast offers the best selection of surfing beaches in the world for beginners to experienced surfers.

The venue for major international surfing tournaments, Burleigh beach and Snapper Rocks both offer great surf, while Duranbah, Narrowneck, Coolangatta, Kirra and The Spit also provide excellent conditions for some serious surfing.

The soft rolling waves of Surfers Paradise beach are perfect for the beginner surfer, as is Greenmount beach and Currumbin Alley.

Swimming beaches

Most Gold Coast beaches are great for a dip, but the gentlest beaches ideal for a relaxing swim, include Burleigh, Currumbin, North Kirra, Narrowneck and Greenmount beaches at the calmer southern end of the Gold Coast.

Popular still-water swimming spots include Tallebudgera Creek, Currumbin rock pools, and Evandale and Harley Park swimming lagoons.   

Family beaches

Kurrawa and Broadbeach feature excellent parklands, plenty of space for family barbecues, great playground facilities and nearby dining and shopping.

Currumbin beach offer impressive views in all directions and the gentle surf and rock pools make it popular with young families.

Tugun is an open beach with fantastic BBQ and picnic areas, making it a great beach for families, and Narrowneck beach with McIntosh Park directly opposite is another family favourite.

Cosmopolitan beaches

If you can drag yourself away from the ever-buzzing Surfers Paradise scene, enjoy one of the Gold Coast's best walks from Surfers Paradise north to cosmopolitan Main Beach, trek south to trendy, laid-back Broadbeach, or head even further south to enjoy the bistros and cafes along the Coolangatta beach esplanade, and the spectacular views from Point Danger.

Regular beachfront art & craft markets are held at both Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

Check out these beach cameras to view hourly updated images of various Gold Coast beaches.

Natural attractions

Head to the Gold Coast hinterland to experience a stroll across the rainforest canopy treetop walk - 15 metres above the ground – at O’Reilly’s, get even more active with a guided bushwalk through the magnificent rainforest of Lamington National Park, go fossicking for treasures in the world's largest mine of thunder eggs at Thunderbird Park on Mt Tamborine, or explore one of the Gold Coast's many public parks.

To experience Australian farming life, including bottle feeding baby animals, mounting a horse for a trail ride, learning to throw a boomerang, cracking a whip, shearing a sheep or milking a cow, and enjoying some traditional Aussie billy tea and damper, you can’t go past a day trip to Paradise Country or Melaleuca Station.

Go south to enjoy the coastal and hinterland Walks & Lookouts of the Southern Gold Coast and experience the glorious natural wonders of this region.

Family fun

If family fun is the name of the game then you can’t go wrong with a round of themed indoor or outdoor mini golf at King Tutt's Putt Putt, bowl down some pins at Strike on Cavill, or jump into a 3.5 metre high clear plastic inflated Zorb ball and hurtle yourselves down a hill at Ozball. Other family favourites include Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, the Wax Museum, Time Zone and Le Mans Kart Racing.  

Water adventures

Go jet boating, jet skiing or kayaking on the Broadwater, scuba dive or snorkel with sub-tropical fish dolphins and turtles, head out on a deep sea reef or game fishing charter, cruise the magnificent waterways by catamaran, replica tall ship, luxury cruiser, romantic gondola, or board a whale watching boat and experience the excitement of seeing majestic Humpback whales up close.

Motoring activities

Deck yourself out in some black leathers and hit the road with a Wildfire Tours Harley Davidson motor cycle joy ride around the Gold Coast hinterland, harness yourself into a Subaru WRX STi rally car to get your heart racing with a WRX Experience or simply hire a scooter and toot your way around town.  Go off road with a Southern Cross 4WD safari adventure or experience the ultimate in off road racing with an extreme dirt ride in a fully race prepped Off Road Rush V8 Race Buggy.

Motoring enthusiasts may also enjoy a visit to the Dick Johnson Racing complex and museum and tour the workshop, which showcases the daily operations of a real V8 Supercar team.

Thrill-seeking action

If the heart-pumping thrills of the theme park rides aren’t enough adrenaline action for you, perhaps skydiving, hang gliding or the Sling Shot Bungy will do it for you.  

Sky-high sightseeing

Create some exciting holiday memories and see the breathtaking beauty of the Gold Coast from above by taking an airborne tour in a sea plane, Tiger Moth, helicopter or a hot air balloon.

Those who would prefer to see the sights while keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground can travel up 230m by elevator to the top of the world’s tallest residential tower, the iconic Q1 in Surfers Paradise, and visit QDeck to admire the stunning 360 degree views from the surf to the hinterland from the highest point above the Gold Coast.

Nightlife

A clubbers paradise, the Gold Coast has more square metres of dance floor per capita than anywhere else in the world. It is home to several large nightclubs which regularly host world-renowned guest DJ’s, as well as dozens more boutique nightclubs catering for a diverse range of musical tastes. Some of the most popular clubs include: Cocktails & Dreams Multi Level dance club, Melbas Nightclub, the Bedroom Lounge Bar & Nightclub, Swingin' Safari, and CD's Nightclub Lounge Bar.

For a well-planned night of partying, try Plan B Party Tours, Wicked Club Crawl or Gold Coast Party Cruise.

Alternatively, you can catch a live gig any night of the week at the Chophouse, the Soundlounge or the Shark Bar, or see a show at Conrad Jupiters Casino or the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

Unique experiences

Fancy yourself as an aviator? Experience being a pilot by flying the state of the art Q1 Flight experience flight simulator based on the popular Boeing 737-800 commercial jet airliner.

Fancy yourself as a shooter? Visit the Australian Shooting Academy to participate in real live pistol, rifle or shotgun shooting in a safe, fully-supervised, air conditioned indoor shooting range in the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Fancy yourself as a stunt person? Become a Movie Stunt performer for the day at The Australian Stunt Academy and experience flying on wires, film fighting choreography, and commando abseiling, including window penetrations, inverted descent and rap jumping.

Fancy yourself as a surfer? Book in for some personalised surf lessons with Brad Holmes Surf Coaching for some wild wave action on any of the Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches.