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Things To Do On The Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is at the southern end of Queensland, about one-hour drive from Brisbane. It’s famous for its beaches and warm, coastal weather all year round.

There’s a domestic and international airport that welcomes visitors from across Australia and around the world.

With its warm winters, the Gold Coast is a common destination for those seeking escape from the cold weather. 

1. Get into the water!

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The Gold Coast beaches are famous the world over. There’s a good reason why it’s called the Gold Coast! The entire city is on the edge of magnificent golden beaches and the deep blue sea.

Framed by brilliant beaches, many of the things to do on the Gold Coast involve getting into the water. Even in winter, the ocean is warm although some still like to wear a wetsuit when entering the water on the colder days.

There are many patrolled beaches where life guards are on hand to keep swimmers safe. In Australia, there is a flag system that indicates whether the water is safe. If you are unsure, ask a life guard. Never swim at a beach where there are no life guards present.

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Gold Coast beaches are famous for their waves and many locals take to surfing each morning and evening around their work routines. There are many learn to surf schools that will get help you experience the exhilarating feeling of riding the waves.

If you prefer to see what’s living in the ocean, there are many great snorkel and scuba diving spots, and diving schools that will have you exploring underwater in no time.

2. Go shopping

Another thing people love to do on the Gold Coast is go shopping. There are several major shopping centres filled with the latest fashion and trends. Main Beach and Surfers Paradise are renowned for luxury shopping.

Head up into the mountains for arts and craft markets and gourmet food shopping. And, there are other interesting things to do in the Gold Coast hinterland if you want a break from the beach.

3. Explore the mountains

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If you want a spectacular view of the coastline while exploring incredible rainforests, you can head to Mount Tamborine. It’s known as the ‘Green behind the Gold’ for its lush landscape, rainforests and beautiful gardens.

From Eagle Heights you can look out across the Pacific Ocean, from many of the lookout points on the mountain. Or, turn to the other side and view some spectacular sunsets to the west.
You’ll find caves full of glow worms, spectacular waterfalls and amazing hiking trails.

4. Meet local wildlife

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Other things to do on the Gold Coast include meeting the local wildlife. The Gold Coast is home to Seaworld, where penguins, dolphins and many other marine fauna are on display.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for its native animals. You can cuddle a koala, feed the colourful parrots (rainbow lorikeets), and see kangaroos, dingos and emus.

5. Discover local food and wine

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If you love food and wine, then there are many things to do on the Gold Coast that will tempt your taste buds. In the Gold Coast hinterland behind the coast, there are vineyards, boutique spirit distillers, cheese makers and many more boutique gourmet food artisans.

Plus, the Gold Coast is home to many fine dining restaurants and seafood restaurants. Plus, there’s a plethora of outdoor dining experiences – even during winter holidays!

6. Enter Theme Park heaven!

Are rollercoasters more your idea of fun? Well, amongst the many things to do on the Gold Coast is to visit the theme parks.

There are five major theme parks on the Gold Coast that are open all year round. Seaworld, Movieworld and Wet’n’Wild are run by Warner Studios. You can visit each park or, buy a pass that lets you explore them all. Then there is Sea World for marine life, Movieworld for movie studio adventures and, Wet’n’Wild for water slides and other water-based excitement.

There’s also Dreamworld and its adjacent water-theme park, White Water World. Rollercoasters, water slides and animal shows, including rare tigers, are all part of a day out at these theme parks.

Each park is designed for family fun, and visitors travel from across the country to ride the rollercoasters, frolic in the water parks and have an adventurous day out!

As you can see, if you’re planning winter holidays, want some sun and lots of adventures, there are many things to do on the Gold Coast to keep everyone happy!

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