The Gold Coast is Australia's entertainment capital. It's full of fun things to do and especially notable for it's theme parks.

Spread along a glorious long beach and having fantastic year round sunny weather, the Gold Coast is a perfect spot to take a break if you want to relax, have fun with your partner or family, or try out new and exciting adventurous activities.

There is easily enough here to keep you entertained for a couple of weeks, but if you just want a quick break, you could squeeze in a day at the beach or beside the pool with another day at a theme park or on an adrenaline filled tour over a the course of a long weekend.


Take a look at the list below and see what attractions stand out for you.

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All Things To Do In The Gold Coast

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Extra tips for visiting the Gold Coast

Visiting South East Queensland

With everything in South East Queensland so close, you could easily plan an extended trip that takes in more than one central location. North of the Gold Coast is Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland that has the state art gallery and museum, Lone Pine Koala sanctuary, the Story Bridge, a CBD to explore, and a beautiful river meanering around it. A little further south of the Gold Coast, over the NSW border, is Byron Bay. It's a small town with an impressive coastline, which includes mainland Australia's most easterly point at the lighthouse, and a reputation for good food and relaxing times. North of Brisbane is the Sunshine Coast. Here you will find a well developed but much smaller scale counterpart to the Gold Coast. Noosa is the stand out town and it's hinterland is also worth a drive up.


Tours and activities offered from Gold Coast - click for a link to more information: - Adrenelin Activities: - - Sky Diving from a helicopter in Surfers, or from an airplane at the airport - Go karting - Slideways drift karting indoor, Slideways outdoor track, Game Over, and Xtreme Karting - ifly indoor skydiving - Scuba diving - Stunt Park experience - Aerobatic adventure flights or Yak-52 Aerobatics - Supercar driving - Ropes / treetop challenges - Treetop Challenge; Tunderbord Park; Currumbin Sanctuary - Jet boating Water Sports: - - Jet ski riding - Parasailing - here and here - Flyboarding - Kayaking or Stand Up Paddle Boarding - here and here - Fliteboarding / Hyrdrofoil - here and here - Wake boarding at GC Wake Park Day Tours: - - Hot air balloon ride - Helicopter tours - here, here and here - Numinbah Valley adventure camping - Whale watching - Sea World, Whales in Paradise, and Spirit of Gold Coast - Coasting around boat hire - Catch a Crab tours - Kiff and culture tour - Day tours

Theme Park Tickets Tip

Warners Movie World, Sea World, Wet 'N' Wild, and the Outback Spectacular are all owned by Village Roadshow. They offer a variety fo different multi-park passes that you can choose from depending on how many of the four that you want to visit. Check out their ticketing page for the options here. Dreamworld have a similar deal with their water park, WhiteWater World, and the Q1 Skypoint attraction. See their ticketing deals here.

Attractions Passes

If you plan on visiting mutiple attractions in the Gold Coast the iVenture pass may give you a discount on the overall cost of buying tickets individually. The potential to save depends on which attractions you intend to visit. Take a look at their website to work it all out here.


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