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Gold Coast Tourism

Visit the Gold Coast

Beach, surf and skydive

Head to the Gold Coast for endless stretches of golden sand, a great surf and an even better nightlife. Spend your day at your beach of choice (there are over 20!)  and close off your nights dancing in Surfers Paradise or with a sundowner at Main Beach Marina. Want an adrenaline kick? You can skydive, indoors or outdoors, parasail or hit the rides at the Gold Coast theme parks.

Top 6 Things to do at the Gold Coast

  • Surfing
    The Gold Coast is one of the best places to surf  whether you are a pro or a beginner. So look for that perfect wave on the 70km stretch of golden beaches. You can take surfing lessons in Surfers Paradise, meet like-minded surf fanatics and enjoy the glorious beach lifestyle.
  • Nightlife
    The Gold Coast is known for it's glitzy nightlife -  from swanky cockatil bars in Southport  to throbbing nightclubs in Surfers Paradise, the 'Goldie' entertains just about anyone. The event calandar is packed for the year and Surfers Paradise may well be called 'Clubber's Paradise'.
  • Theme Parks
    Want to get 'Wet'n Wild' or discover the world of cinema at 'Warner Bors. Movie World' - the Gold Coast is home to all major theme parks so if you love a good ride, this is where you should be headed.

  • Currumbin
    Nestled between the rainforest and the beachfront, Currumbin is a great place for activities both on land and water. Go kayaking or paddle-boarding on Currumbin Creek or visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and see our unique Aussie wildlife in natural rainforest settings.
  • The Hinterland
    Get your walking boots on and wander through Lamington and Springbrook rainforests, past waterfalls and volacnoes and keep your eye out for blue-tongues lizards, wallabies, koalas and many more natives. Want to see a different kind of wildlife? Stop at the Mountview Alpaca Farm.
  • O 'Reilly's Tree Top Walk
    From the coast to the tree(-top). Travel inland and swap scenic beach views for a gaze down the rainforest as you walk across nine suspension bridges and up to 15 metres above ground. What and exhilarating way to see the raindforest!

Gold Coast Beach Guide

70km of golden coastline and a range of beautiful beaches but which one is most suitable for you? See our selection of our top Gold Coast beaches below and find out.
Surfers Paradise sunset

Surfers Paradise

The name says it all, but Surfers Paradise is not just a haven for surfers, it  also entices with buzzing nightclubs, chic bars, a shopping arcade, an obeservation desk overlooking all of the Gold Coast and an events calendar that is filled to the brim, with events ranging from surfing competitions to car racing and much more.


The number one address for shopping at the Gold Coast, Broadbeach or 'Broadie' as the locals call it, is home to the Pacific Fair - Australia's largest shopping centre. Swim & surf at the beautiful beach, watch buskers perform at Broadbeach Mall, take up yoga in the park, indulge at fine alfresco restaurants and much in the heart of the Gold Coast.


Your first-stop beach if you're flying into the Gold Coast, Coolangatta is located at the southern end of the Gold Coast and popular amongst those who love to swim, relax and shop for local produce and arts & crafts. head to Coolangatte in March and watch the world's best surfers compete at the annual Quicksilver and Roxy Pro at Snapper Rocks.
Burlleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads

This long strip of perfect beach just a short drive south from Surfers Paradise offers ideal waves and protected corners of water suitable for swimming. Browse craft markets, boutiques and bars, hike the trails through Burleigh Heads National Park, or simply kick back and watch the surfers at sunset.


The Gold Coast is packed full of things to do, from whale watching on a catamaran to a guided skywalk through the rainforest spotting all sorts of Australian wildlife. We've got a bunch of day trips that will get you out there exploring the natural and man-made wonders of the Gold Coast.
Learn to Surf tour

Learn to Surf

Perfect for first time surfers who want to maximise their time in the water and catch that first wave! This two-hour lesson includes all equipment, a brief safety briefing, transfers from your Surfers Paradise accommodation and expert instruction. Based at Gold Coast's Split Beach, you'll be up in no time.
Stadbroke Island

Dolphin & Stadbroke Island tour

Take to the Gold Coast waters armed with a paddle and a friendly tour guide on this half-day tour. After a light breakfast on the beach, keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles and stingrays as you enjoy some awesome snorkelling on Wavebreak Island, and check out one of the world's best surfing beaches on South Stradbroke Island.

Half day from $55

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Paradise Jet Boating

Paradise Jet Boating

If you've got a need for speed that your fastest front crawl just can't satisfy then let's get the motors out! This thrilling 55-minute jet boat ride takes you on a round trip from Mariners Cove, there'll be twist, turns, fishtails, and plenty of 'woos'. See stunning coastline and be prepared to get a little wet!
Half day from $62
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

By day, see amazing Australian wildlife: koalas or baby croc, kangaroos, Tassie Devils, wombats and echidnas. In the evening, immerse yourself in a big dose of Indigenous culture. Also enjoy a Aboriginal didgeridoo welcome and a traditional Kup Murri feast.

Hotels and hostels in the Gold Coast

BUNK Surfers Paradise

This hostel ticks all the boxes and is only a heartbeat away from the beach. Their staff will entertain you with daily activities and nightly events while accommodating you in comfort and class at Queensland’s most iconic beach location. Their funky dorms feature USB ports, safes and personal reading lights for each bed.

Book dates: 01-31May18
Travel dates: 01May18 – 31Aug18

From $39 per night
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gold coast hotel

Mantra Crown Towers 4*

This family friendly Gold Coast resort, located just 100m from Surfers Paradise beach.

Our one, two and three bedroom apartments come with self-catering facilities and Foxtel TV, 
making them the perfect place to relax and unwind before your next action packed day on the Gold Coast.

Relax poolside by the tropical lagoon pool, while the kids have their own adventure in the children's pool 
(complete with its own sandy beach, waterslide and pirate ship!).

Vibe hotel

Vibe Hotel 4*

Overlooking a picturesque sweep of the Nerang River, and with views to the east of the sparkling ocean, or west to the Gold Coast Hinterland. Travelers will love the hotel's location; close to the shopping,restaurants and entertainment district. The riverside setting and friendly service blend to create a perfect setting for your Gold Coast getaway.

Book: now-22Sep18. 
Travel: 28Apr18-29Jun18; 07Jul18-22Sep18.

surfers paradise

Surfers Paradise YHA

Great Hostel base for backpackers to explore the Gold Coast. A stone`s throw to Main Beach and overlooking the marina, you can learn to surf, shop till you drop, enjoy drinks at the downstairs pub or party `til sunrise in town. Surfers Paradise YHA is your ticket to all the thrills on the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise is a haven for budget conscious travellers.