101 Things to do in Gold Coast – Australia

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I have called the Gold Coast home for several years now. My appreciation for the beauty of the Gold Coast has only grown. I feel blessed to live in such a beautiful part of the world that ticks all the boxes for me: perfect climate, pristine beaches, lush hinterland and rainforests, waterfalls and hiking trails to choose from, in addition to amazing cafes and restaurants. Here are 101 Things to do in Gold Coast, well not literally, but it’s enough to keep you busy for months.

Adventure activities in Gold Coast 

1. Jet Boarding on the Gold Coast Broadwater

2. Hot Air Ballooning over the Gold Coast – check out this review. 

3. Head to one of the theme parks: Movie World, Sea World, Dreamworld or Wet N Wild.  Wet N Wild is my personal favourite. Get your tickets to the theme parks here. 

4. Climb the Q1 – Gold Coasts tallest building

Things to do in Gold Coast

5. Take a jet boating tour around the Broadwater. Get your tickets for Jet boating here. 

6. Hire a jet ski from Main beach and explore the Broadwater

Things to do in Gold Coast

7. Go whale watching. This tour guarantees you will see whales or you get your money back.

8. Skydive over Byron Bay, if you dare? Book your skydiving tour here. 

Things to do in Gold Coast’s South

9. Walk the border of NSW and QLD at Point Danger

10. Explore the Snapper Rocks Rockpools

11. Have lunch at Rainbow Bay Surfclub

12. Surf at Kirra Point, Dbah or Snapper Rocks

13. Get some photos at Green mount headland

14. Watch the worlds best surfers at the Quicksilver Pro at Snapper Rocks in March every year

15. Have a BBQ at Kirra Lookout

Things to do in Gold Coast

17. Stand Up Paddle Board at Currumbin Alley

18. Explore Elephant Rock in Currumbin

19. Check out the artwork along the beach in Currumbin during Swell Sculpture festival in September every year

20. Enjoy an Acai Bowl on the beach from Tugun Fruit and Flowers in Tugun

21. Kayak at Tallebudgera Creek

22. Jump off the Tallebudgera Bridge

23. Hike to Tumgun lookout in Burleigh Heads Nature Reserve

24. Enjoy a sunset picnic on Burleigh Headland

25. Spend a day at Burleigh Beach

26. Eat the best vegetarian food on the Gold Coast at Govindas in Burleigh

27. Get photos from North Burleigh Headland

Things to do in Gold Coast

28. Have breakfast at Paddock bakery

29. Grab a fresh Juice from the Burleigh Fruit Shop

30. Take a dip in the Currumbin rock pools

31. Cuddle a Koala at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Get your tickets to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary here. 

Things to do in Gold Coast

32. Day trip to Byron Bay

33. Explore the beaches of Northern NSW, Fingal, Dreamtime, and Kingscliff

34. Hike Mount Warning

Things to do in Gold Coast’s North

35. Enjoy breakfast at Cardamon Pod Brickworks

36. Shop at Pacific Fair in Broadbeach

37. Enjoy a street feast at Hideaway – my favourite restaurant on the Gold Coast

38. Stand Up Paddle Board at Budds Beach

Things to do in Gold Coast

39. Have breakfast at Bumbles – Budds Beach

40. Explore Coombabah Parklands

Things to do in Gold Coast

41. Shop for bargains at Harbour Town Shopping Centre

42. Enjoy a night out in Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach

43. Sail through Sunset on the Gold Coast Broadwater

44. Relax on Surfers Paradise Beach

45. Overindulge at the buffet breakfast at Sheraton Mirage

Things to do in Gold Coast Hinterland

46. Hike to Purlingbrook falls in Springbrook

47. Admire the view at the Best of all lookouts – Springbrook

Things to do in Gold Coast

48. Swim at Cedar Creek Falls – Mount Tamborine

49. Take a high ropes tour at Thunderbird park – Mount Tamborine

Things to do in Gold Coast

50. Indulge in a winery tour at Mount Tamborine. You can book Taste Of Tamborine Brewery tours leaving from the Gold Coast here.

51. Visit the Natural Arch in Springbrook at night to admire the glow worms.

52. Horse ride through the Gold Coast Hinterland

53. Take a swim at Twin Falls in Springbrook

54. Day trip or spend a night at Binna Burra

55. Swim at Lip Falls – Beechmont

56. Visit O’Reilly’s Green Mountain. Book a tour here. 

Things to do in Gold Coast


Enjoy these activities anywhere on the Gold Coast

57. Enjoy a long beach walk

58. Hire a bike and ride along the Esplanade

59. Swim in the ocean

60. Relax on one of the Gold Coasts Best Beaches

61. Visit Gold Coasts Best Lookouts

This comprehensive list of things to do in Gold Coast should keep you busy for months. If you are visiting the Gold Coast I would love to hear from you.

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