9 Things Travelers Must do at Gold Coast

Gold Coast is the perfect destination for both children and grown-ups. The gorgeous coastline, 300 days of sunshine and  various adventurous activities guarantee the unique experience you could not have anywhere else in the world. Check out some of our suggestions and have an unforgettable Gold Coast vacation in Queensland, Australia.

Gold Coast, Queensland Australia
Gold Coast, Queensland

Cycle the Ocean Way

One of the interesting places in the Gold Coast is a 36-kilometer long network of pathways along beaches that reach from the Gold Coast Seaway and all the way to the Point Danger Lighthouse. The perfect way to enjoy the sun, light breeze, and the intoxicating scent of the ocean is to start cycling the Ocean Way. Pack something for lunch, plenty of water, your swimsuit, and start exploring the wonders of a Gold Coast vacation. Spectacular coastal panoramas, mangroves, headlands, beaches, and dunes will take your breath away.


If you want to experience a true adrenaline rush, you must go skydiving. A team of professionals will take you through all the training and be with you every step of the way. Take a look at the Gold Coast from beneath the clouds and have a one-of-a-kind experience that will make this trip special.

Skydiving Sunshine Coast
Skydiving at Caloundra: Photo on Flickr by thinboyfatter / CC BY 2.0

Visit Theme Parks

Going to a theme park is one of the best activities for a family. Everyone could see the amazing Australian sea world or ride the extreme rollercoaster and take a picture with their favourite cartoon character. You can be a part of the excitement of a movie set at Warner Brother’s Movie World, go on a water slide adventure at Wet ’n’ Wild, or go face to face with sharks, stingrays and other tropical fish at the Sea World.

Hang at the Beach

Soaking up the sunshine on the fabulous beaches like Broadbeach, Currumbin, Burleigh Heads, Coolangatta, and Greenmount is the perfect way to take a break from all the spectacular activities you’ve had during the vacation. Don’t forget to buy souvenirs and fantastic beach furniture that will always remind you of this trip to Gold Coast.

Gold Coast Queensland Australia: Rainbow Bay Beach
Rainbow Bay Beach near the Gold Coast: Photo by Rob Deutscher / CC BY 2.0

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Use the opportunity to see all the wonders of Queensland from a basket of a hot air balloon. Get up early, watch the sun rising up on the horizon, and experience a magical moment with your friends or family. It will be a morning like no other.


When you’re in Australia surfing is a mandatory activity. Fabulous beaches and spectacular waves won’t make you think twice about taking the board and heading out to the water. If you have never surfed before, this is the fantastic opportunity to learn. Sign up for a lesson and enjoy the waves.

Surfing at Burleigh Heads Gold Coast
Surfing at Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast: Photo on Flickr by Michael Dawes / CC BY-NC 2.0

Pet a Koala

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary should also be on your list of places you should visit while you’re at Gold Coast. With approximately 130 koalas, this is the largest koala sanctuary in the world. Therefore, don’t miss a chance to hold one of the most popular animals of the land Down Under. You can cuddle the adorable koalas and also pet, feed or even take a selfie with the kangaroos.

Gold Coast Queensland Australia: Koala sleeping Lone Pine Sanctuary Brisbane
Koala sleeping at Lone Pine Sanctuary: Photo on Flickr by Andrew Thomas / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Gold Coast Wax Museum

Have you ever wanted to see some of the famous entertainers, members of the Royal Family or some of the prominent dictators live? If the answer is, “Yes”, Australia’s largest wax museum with more than 110 life-size wax effigies will provide you with that experience. Visit the Gold Coast wax museum and see effigies of many people that have marked the history of the world.

Explore the Wildlife

Aside from fabulous coastline and beautiful beaches, Gold Coast also has magical rainforests you could explore. The spectacular waterfall and ancient volcano make the native wildlife exceptional. Therefore, make sure you discover the beauties of Lamington and Springbrook rainforests and have an amazing experience.

About Marie Nieves

Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. Marie loves to share her experiences and talk about practical solutions. She is an avid lover of photography and regular author at several blogs.

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