Things to do on Gold Coast

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The Gold Coast is famous for long sandy beaches, surfing spots, shopping and theme parks.

Ah, the Gold Coast, Australia's gem of a holiday destination! Situated on the east coast of Australia, it’s a place brimming with pristine beaches, luxurious accommodations, and a wealth of activities to indulge in. You'll discover inland canals and waterways and the lives of the rich and famous on the Gold Coast. There's an unrivalled energy of the Gold Coast where everything seems to come to life in an entertainment playground. 

Voice from Our Guest - Why I Chose to have a Holiday on Gold Coast

From the moment I began planning my trip, I knew that this seaside paradise had all the makings of a truly memorable vacation. The Gold Coast is not just a place to relax; it's a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. The Gold Coast's close proximity to Brisbane also makes it an easily accessible holiday destination.

Table of Contents

  • How to Get to Gold Coast
  • Getting Around Gold Coast
  • When I Recommend to Visit Gold Coast
  • What I did on the Gold Coast
  • Where I Stayed in Gold Coast
  • My Recommendation for a Holiday on Gold Coast

How to Get to Gold Coast

Travelling to the Gold Coast is also convenient from all parts of Australia, given the city's excellent connectivity. Here are a few ways to reach the Gold Coast from different parts of the country:

By Air

The Gold Coast has its own international airport, Gold Coast Airport, which is well connected to major cities across Australia, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, and Perth, among others. Regular flights run to and from these cities daily. Alternatively, you can also fly into Brisbane Airport, which is about an hour's drive north of the Gold Coast.

Both Brisbane and the Gold Coast also have their own international airports, making this paradisiacal destination accessible to visitors from around the globe.

By Road

If you enjoy scenic drives, you might choose to drive to the Gold Coast. From Brisbane, it's a straightforward journey down the Pacific Motorway (M1) and will take you around an hour. If you're coming from Sydney, you can take the Pacific Highway (A1), a journey of about nine hours. From Melbourne, you would travel along the Newell Highway (A39), which usually takes around 17 hours.

By Train

Train services also run regularly from Brisbane to the Gold Coast. Trains run from Brisbane's Roma Street Station to various Gold Coast stations including Helensvale, Nerang, Robina and Varsity Lakes.

Remember, your journey may vary depending on your exact location and the mode of transport you choose. We recommend checking the latest schedules and routes before planning your trip.

Getting Around Gold Coast

Getting around the Gold Coast is a breeze, thanks to the city's efficient public transportation system. Alternatively, you can rent a car or bicycle to explore the city at your own pace.

When I Visited Gold Coast

My visit to the Gold Coast was during the Australian summer (December - February), which is arguably the best time to visit. The weather was perfect - not too hot, but warm enough to enjoy all the outdoor things to do Gold Coast has to offer.

What to Do on the Gold Coast: Things I Did 

My adventure on the Gold Coast was a multi-day excursion filled with incredible experiences. Yours could be next! 

Here are some ideas of what to do on the Gold Coast:

  • Spend a day at theme parks: Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild, Warner Bros. Movie World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Visiting Gold Coast’s incredible beaches and waterways for swimming, surfing, scuba diving, boating, fishing and whale watching.
  • Check out the local nightlife
  • Get in touch with nature and outdoors, including lush rainforests to hike through and waterfalls to walk under.
  • Visit over 30 golf courses to tee off on
  • Try endless restaurants and cafes to treat your taste buds at.
  • Bask in the beauty of Gold Coast’s natural parks
  • Explore shopping meccas, including craft-filled boutiques, behemoth shopping centres and beachfront markets.
  • Visit the Currumbin Rock Pools
  • Check out the local art scene 

At Night

For those wondering what to do in Gold Coast at night, you could visit the local markets that offer everything from fashion to food. 

For First Timers

Visiting the Gold Coast's spectacular beaches should be a priority for first-timers. Beaches such as Burleigh, Kurruwa, and Coolangatta are highly recommended for tourists. 


Gold Coast is rich in natural attractions. You can explore one of the free National Parks, walk under waterfalls, and more. The Currumbin Rock Pools located in Currumbin Valley is another natural gem, providing fresh water swimming and a perfect area for a family day out. 

Free Activities

In terms of what to do in Gold Coast for free, you’ll be spoilt for choice! You could visit a National Park, go swimming at the beach, explore the Currumbin Rock Pools and more. 

For Kids

The Gold Coast offers a lot of family-friendly activities, many of which are free. Kids will love spending a day at the beach or exploring the National Parks. They can also enjoy a day out at the Currumbin Rock Pools, which provide ample space for them to run around. 

Food Options

There are various markets where you can enjoy street food from all over the world. Seafood is especially popular, given the coastal location. Also, there are numerous restaurants and cafes offering everything from traditional Australian dishes to international cuisine. 

Where I Stayed in Gold Coast

My stay was made even more memorable by the luxurious accommodation at Casa Albero Via Roma provided by Luxury Holidays.

Why I Chose Luxury Holidays

Choosing to stay with Luxury Holidays was based on three main reasons: luxury, comfort, and location. The company offers some of the most stunning accommodations on the Gold Coast, with each property having a unique charm and elegance.

Staying at Casa Albero Via Roma was an experience of true luxury, with world-class facilities and views. Boasting the biggest residential pool in Queensland, river and Surfer’s skyline views and a 5-minute walk from Surfer’s Paradise, what more could you want?!

One thing to keep in mind is the no-pets policy. Make sure to leave your furry friend at home!

Other accommodation options to choose from include:

My Recommendation for a Holiday on Gold Coast

As a solo traveller, there are a myriad of things to do on the Gold Coast to create unforgettable memories. For females, it offers a safe and friendly environment with plenty to see and do. For males, whether you're an adventure enthusiast or just want some downtime, the Gold Coast will not disappoint. Couples can enjoy romantic beachside walks, candlelit dinners, and spa sessions. And for families, Gold Coast boasts numerous activities for all ages, making it a perfect family holiday destination.

Now that you've seen what to do on the Gold Coast, why not take a look at all the stunning Gold Coast luxury holiday homes?


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