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Wondering what to do on the Gold Coast?

The Gold Coast is the perfect beach city with a plethora of fun attractions and things to do. Here, there is an ideal balance of coastal charm and modern sophistication. Making Queensland’s Gold Coast an entirely attractive holiday destination.

The vibrant city offers a variety of unique experiences, so you’ll never be left to wonder what to do on the Gold Coast. Your itinerary can be as simple or complex as you wish — spend your days on a sandy beach; fill your days brewery and bar hopping, or experience world-class shopping at Pacific Fair.

Here is an extensive list of Gold Coast activities and attractions to help you build a fun and memorable Gold Coast itinerary.

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Gold Coast Post 2018 Commonwealth Games

The City of the Gold Coast hosted the Commonwealth Games in April 2018. It was the biggest international sporting event staged in Australia in the past decade and the largest ever hosted by the Gold Coast.

Winning the games resulted in the upgrade of infrastructure and facilities needed to successfully host the games. This includes accommodation, transportation, entertainment and sporting arenas.

The Commonwealth Games provided a A$2.5 billion economic boost to the State, including A$1.8 billion boost to the Gold Coast region.  Aside from the benefits of world class sporting facilities, the Gold Coast has experienced improved road infrastructure and public transport. Since the host city’s international exposure in 2018, the Gold Coast has experienced solid growth in visitor numbers and resurgent civic pride.

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Must Do Gold Coast

Here’s the top things to do in Australia’s Gold Coast These suggestions will enhance your stay and help to create happy memories of Australia. Safe travels. #golikealocal

Things to Do Gold Coast
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First, we bring you the best Gold Coast cafes that tick all the boxes serving ridiculously good food! Trust me, these cafes are worth checking out. The Gold Coast offer spectacular instagrammable photo opportunities EVEYWHERE so have your camera or phone handle at all times!

New Gold Coast Finds

I am always on the lookout for new places to discover and recommend. Little Mermaid is a relaxing, family friendly café on the corner of Sunbrite Avenue and the Gold Coast H’Way. Its location is perfect and only 300 metres from the beach. Other top place is Alfred’s Diner at Mermaid Beach. Local cafes along the beautiful Gold Coast are a dime a dozen but Little Mermaid and Alfred’s Diner are two of the special cafes that I recommend you check out too.

Market Guides

Gold Coast Arts & Craft Market Guide showcasing food and hand-made art and crafts from the region

Gold Coast Farmers Market Guide is a great way to experience the Gold Coast and the fresh produce it has to offer

Gold Coast Car Boot Market Guide  Browse the array of goods for sale at the car boot sites where you can shop for used and new household items, bric-a-brac, clothes and more.

Best Markets

There are dozens of farmers and arts n craft markets around the Gold Coast. Doing the market circuit is an ideally way to explore the Gold Coast and taste the very best local produce on offer. There’s no better way to experience local than to embrace the local spirit!


Miami Marketta A place to eat, drink, play, listen to live music, laugh, dance, live and love. For gig guide and opening hours visit the Miami Marketta website

Carrara Markets – Sat – Sun 7:00 am – 3:00pm

Village Markets Burleigh Head trade on the first and third Sunday of every month from 8am – 1pm at Burleigh Heads State School oval.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening

Sanctuary Markets Fridays 4pm-9pm Sanctuary Markets located at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Best Gold Coast View

Get a bird’s-eye perspective of the magnificent Gold Coast from Sky Point Observation Desk – the only coastal observation deck in Australia. Ride in one of the world’s fastest elevators up to the 77th floor of the Q1 Tower , where you can take in panoramic views of the ocean, beach and hinterland. Learn about area attractions through displays and viewfinders, and opt to enjoy sky-high tea or cocktails at the Seventy7 Cafe and Bar

Best 10 Gold Coast Beaches

With over 70 kilometres of stunning coastline, the best way to explore its beauty is by car. Get those motors running with this great guide to exploring the best Gold Coast beaches on offer. The Gold Coast beaches are not just for sunbathing. You will experience the BEST sunrises and sunsets in the world.

Burleigh Heads Beach

Coolangatta Beach

Currumbin Beach

Greenmount Beach

Kirra Beach

Kurrawa Beach

Rainbow Bay

Surfers Paradise Beach

Tallebudgera Creek

Tugun Beach

Australian Wildlife Experience

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the ultimate holiday adventure for the entire family. It is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular animal tourist destinations. The heritage listed zoological garden is set on 27 hectares of natural rainforest and eucalyptus-rich bushland.

Rainbow Lorikeets Feeding

Wild lorikeet birds arrive at the sanctuary each day at 8am and 4pm. Visitors enjoy the experience of feeding these wild and colourful birds right from their hands. These birds are not shy of humans and are happiest perched on heads and shoulders. These species of birds founded the sanctuary over 70 years ago and generations later they still know the exact time and place to come for a feed.

For tickets and shows, visit

Address: 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin QLD
Open Daily – 8am-5pm

Things to Do Gold Coast
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Buy Theme Park Passes Online & Save $

Skip the queue! The Gold Coast’s favourite theme parks are: Movie World, Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet n Wild. Add a visit to at least one of the four parks during your next Gold Coast stay. Purchase online a 3 Park Pass with 7 days unlimited entry to Warner Brothers Movie World, Wet’n’Wild and Sea World and also check out Village Roadshow Super Pass.

Gold Coast Real Estate Hunting & Dreaming

It is no surprise that interstate holiday makers and international visitors fall in love with the Gold Coast. Some tourists plan a holiday with their sights firmly set on shopping for Gold Coast real estate. Brisbane and Gold Coast attract holiday buyers who love the warmer weather and lifestyle. Property prices on the Gold Coast are considerably lower than in Melbourne and Sydney, which could be a deciding factor for those looking to buy a home in this city. Economists predict that the economy and property market will continue to strengthen in cities like Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Upside Realty has been operating for over two years in some cities of Australia. Buyers and sellers are reaching out to Upside for a better deal. Their fixed fees of $8,900 for private treaty and $9,700 for auction are a big drawcard for sellers. For a flat-rate, sellers receive the full real estate services including marketing. In return, holiday real estate buyers are also benefiting as sellers are able to negotiate more on the selling price.

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