and fun. That’s what comes to mind when someone mentions the Gold Coast. From the iconic beaches and high rises along Surfer’s Paradise and Main Beach to the great surf spot of Burleigh Heads, this has to be Australia’s beach capital. But there is more to the Gold Coast than just sand, sun and surf.
It is also home to Australia’s best theme parks, it has amazing shopping and dining spots, and its lush, green hinterland contains mountains, rainforests and waterfalls, with plenty of walking trails and hidden gems around every corner. There really is something for everyone; after all, 10 million visitors a year can’t be wrong. Here are some of the best things to do on the Gold Coast.
Surfer’s Paradise and Broadbeach
The Gold Coast’s most iconic locale can’t be missed on any trip to Australia’s beach capital. The beach and surf at Surfer’s Paradise is some of the best in Australia, and there is a certain atmosphere that is hard to beat; but there is more to Surfer’s and Broadbeach than just the beach. There is also some excellent night life and shopping here. So have a swim and then hit the shops. A great way to spend the day!
The Gold Coast is home to Australia’s best theme parks. In fact, it has FIVE of them. That is enough to keep you and the family busy for days. Explore the rides, shows and movie sets at Warner Brother’s Movie World, see the amazing sea life and shows at Sea World, ride some of the best rides in Australia at Dream World, and cool off on the amazing water slides and rides at Wet n Wild and White Water World.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Get up close and personal with some of Australia’s best wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. This huge park rescues and takes care of a lot of native wildlife, and there is enough to keep you busy here all day. You can cuddle a koala and jump around with a kangaroo. There are also several wildlife and cultural shows on offer, as well as an amazing high ropes course through the tall trees for the more adventurous.
Springbrook National Park
The Gold Coast Hinterland is a huge area of lush green mountains with a lot of amazing places to visit. One of the most accessible from the main Gold Coast strip is Springbrook National Park. The park is a large area of lush rainforest and cool, refreshing waterfalls and swimming holes. There are lots of walking trails here ranging from short strolls to full day hikes. If you are looking to escape the bustle of Surfer’s Paradise or Broadbeach for a day, Springbrook is a great option.
These are just a few of the amazing things to do on the Gold Coast. With so much to see and do and so many places to explore, this iconic Australian destination makes it the perfect choice for your next holiday.