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Things To Do In Gold Coast

You're excited to set course in a different direction. Always up for a brand new adventure and unique ways to get your kicks, you're prepared to check out a new city like the savvy traveller you are. Next stop: Gold Coast! It's not hard to fill your time, because Expedia makes it a breeze to book lots of things to do. Reserve your activities now, and the only thing you'll have left to do is pack your bags and start daydreaming.

  • Get your favourite day trip on Expedia for a great price, and you'll still have money for a top hotel or upscale dinner while you're travelling. The things to do in Gold Coast aren't only among the best, but they won't cost an arm and a leg. We have 121 things to do here, and you can make them yours starting at just £7.
  • Gold Coast is popular among thrill seekers similar to you. In fact, plenty of travellers have been visiting to dive into local history and culture and explore the best things to do, and a good portion of these visitors can't wait to return. The top things to do can get the enthusiasm of even experienced travellers, and that includes savvy visitors like you. Our collection includes a wide array of entertainment and opportunities for fun. From amazing ways to have the thrill of a lifetime like a Ferrari or Lamborghini Driving Experience to impressive ways to see what's below the water's surface like the Full Day Stradbroke Island Cruise & Tour, there are tons of active options at your fingertips when you consider all the things you can do here at Expedia.

You'll want a game plan to really get the most out of Gold Coast, especially when you want to include lots of local cuisine and entertainment. And it's a no-brainer that you don't want to hunker down in your hotel room遥ou're excited to get out and play. You're excited to sign up for the top activities around, and an exploration of historic city neighbourhoods is always time well spent. Our activities are the ideal way to organise your holiday. Book professional area tours on Expedia, and you'll learn all about the city's history along the way.

Things to Do in Gold Coast

With more than 30 miles of golden sandy beaches and 300-plus sunny days per year, it’s not surprising that the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations. Choose between big resorts and quieter, more secluded spots. Hang out on a choice of more than 30 patrolled beaches or explore 250 miles of canals and waterways, almost ten times as much as Venice. Discover Surfers Paradise, one of the surfing hangouts in the world, chic Broadbeach and traditional seaside fun at Burleigh Heads. Inland there are huge national parks complete with rainforest walks and waterfall swimming spots.

Areas & Neighbourhoods on the Gold Coast

Southport - The main commercial centre of the Gold Coast with top shopping options and a range of facilities geared towards tourists.

Surfers Paradise - A sublime surfing beach and suburb with plenty of attractions to try out during your stay.

Broadbeach - Another busy suburb (although slightly less so than Surfers Paradise) with a casino and excellent choice of restaurants.

Burleigh Heads - The beaches here are very popular with both families and surfers, with a compact commercial area just off the beach.

Gold Coast Hinterland - It’s not all about the shore on the Gold Coast. Head inland and you can discover mountain ranges and protected national park areas covered in pristine rain forest.

Things to See on the Gold Coast

Take your pick of more than 30 miles of golden sandy beaches, with most patrolled by lifeguards (but always remember to swim between the flags). If you don’t feel like swimming in the surf, then the Tallebudgera Creek is a swimming lagoon which is very popular with families. Take in the stunning views from Greenmount Beach or enjoy a picnic here. Often known as the ‘green behind the gold’ the hinterland is full of wineries and national parks to explore. Discover quaint country towns like Tamborine Mountain and Springbrook. Walk through the rainforest, keeping your eyes peeled for exotic flora and fauna.

Things to Do on the Gold Coast

Go on a Gold Coast whale adventure, taking a boat out to see if you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of these elusive creatures. There are some great wildlife opportunities on land too, at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can meet cuddly koalas, kangaroos and even crocodiles. There are plenty of theme parks here where you can go to get your adrenaline rush, as well as water parks where you can cool off, including Wet ‘n’ Wild. There’s a huge range of dining options along the coast, with food from all over the world. And the nightlife varies between cosy and comfortable to swanky lounge bars. There’s even a casino if you feel like rolling the dice.

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