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Top 20 things to do on the Gold Coast

Top 20 things to do on the Gold Coast

Top 20 things to do on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia, and for good reason – there is an endless list of things to do and see, from one end of the coast to the other, and into the hinterland.

Below we take a look at the 20 most popular things to do on the Gold Coast, aside from our beautiful beaches!

1) Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
Enjoy a 1.5km rainforest walking experience, including the Skywalk Bridge.


2) Dreamworld
The biggest theme park in Australia; adrenalin rides, kids attractions, wildlife and more awaits you!


3) Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
Held right on the foreshore each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night. It’s the perfect place for a pre or after dinner stroll.  You might discover a great souvenir to take home too.

4) Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Cuddle a koala, feed a kangaroo, and enjoy a wide variety of attractions including the newest show – Blinky Bill.

5) Harbour Town Outlet Shopping, Biggera Waters
This outdoor mall features over 220 stores selling at discount prices. Grab a bargain and then enjoy a bite to eat at one of the restaurants and cafes, or catch a movie at the Reading Cinema.


6) Broadbeach Art & Craft Markets
Held here in Broadbeach the Art & Craft Markets are on the first and third Sunday of every month, stalls set up shop along the foreshore in Kurrawa Park. There’s loads of goodies including fashion, jewellery, food, skin care and more.

7) Treetop Challenge – Mt Tamborine
Six courses, over 10 acres of unspoilt bushland with a combination of rope and wire challenges! Enjoy the Gold Coast with a birds eye view!

8) Hinze Dam
Recreational users will discover walking trails, barbecue areas, parks, playgrounds and more. With a permit fishing is also permitted. Conditions apply so please check before fishing.

9) Infinity Attraction, Surfers Paradise
This walk through maze will challenge your senses with 20 multi-sensual environments to discover.


10) Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves
Head underground into man-made caves filled with thousands of glow-worms.  


11) Warner Bros. Movie World
Described as ‘Hollywood on the Gold Coast’; meet your favourite Warner Bros characters, catch one of the shows, or hit the rides! There’s something for all ages and adrenalin levels!


12) Coolangatta Art & Craft Markets
Held on the second Sunday of each month, meander along the beachfront and shop for a wide selection of hand-made goods, arts and crafts.


13) Sea World Gold Coast
Don’t miss the animal presentations including the amazing Dolphin Show, there’s manta rays to pat, and a wide selection of aquatic animals to see. You’ll also discover rides and attractions for the whole family.


14) Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium, Surfers Paradise
Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, Ripley’s offers fifteen themed galleries of unbelievable artifacts and interactive exhibits.

15) Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
Enjoy a day in the outdoors amongst 31 hectares of gardens. There are boardwalks around the park that are perfect for a relaxing stroll, there’s a kids play ground and lots to be discovered including the Sensory and Butterfly Gardens. Take a picnic or visit the onsite café.


16) Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach
Right across the road from us, Pacific Fair is an iconic Gold Coast destination.  Currently undergoing a massive upgrade, the shopping centre now boasts several new wings with brand new Target, Big W, Coles and Woolworths. Shop til you drop or enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many food outlets.

17) Burleigh Heads National Park
Take a walk on one of the two walking trails that lead from the Burleigh Heads entry around the headland to the charming Tallebudgerra estuary. Spot flora and fauna along the way. Don’t forget to pack your swim suits – the water is sure to be inviting! 


18) Tree Top Walkway at O’Reilly’s
Walk through a canopy of flowering and fruiting trees. High up in the tree tops this 180 metre walk is made up on 9 suspension bridges.


19) Burleigh Art & Craft Markets
Another Gold Coast markets; this one held on the last Sunday of each month on the foreshore of Burleigh Heads. Why not combine two from this list – and hit the Burleigh Heads National Park while you are there.

20) The Paradise Centre, Surfers Paradise
The biggest of the shopping centres in Surfers Paradise; The Paradise Centre is home to great attractions including Timezone, (glow in the dark) Ten Pin Bowling, a Build-a-Bear workshop and more.

The top 20 most popular things to do on the Gold Coast come compliments of ‘Visit Gold Coast .‘

There’s so much to do on the Gold Coast! What would you put on your top 20 list?  Maybe Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant , Q1 Observation Deck or the Gold Coast Light Rail?

Bel Air on Broadbeach is located centrally on the Gold Coast and provides a great base for exploring the region. Offering a selection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-contained holiday apartments and great onsite facilities to enjoy.    CLICK HERE.

Posted (Tue September 2015)


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