Things to do in
Gold Coast

Spectacularly long beaches, hot surfing spots, big theme parks — the perfect recipe for a fun trip in the sun.

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Gold Coast: 3 Day Pass Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild

1. Gold Coast: 3 Day Pass Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild

Save time and money with this convenient 3-day admission pass to 3 of the Gold Coast's most popular theme parks. Zoom around on roller coasters at Movie World, admire marine life at Sea World and prepare to be thrilled on a variety of extreme rides at Wet'n'Wild.  Located only a few minutes from central Surfers Paradise, Sea World features amazing aquatic animals, fun rides and family-friendly shows. Enter the frozen tundra of the Penguin Encounter, see predators up close in Shark Bay and meet tranquil critters in the dolphin nursery. At Movie World, experience the glamour of Hollywood as you hang out with your favorite superheroes and stars. Enjoy the Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster, Harry Potter-themed sets, a Lethal Weapon ride, the Batwing Spaceshot and the steepest inverted drop in the Southern Hemisphere on the Green Lantern Coaster. For families, enjoy music from the Looney Tunes crew among other entertainment. Wet'n'Wild hosts some of the most extreme and fun-packed rides on the continent. You may even recognize some of them from scenes filmed in The Inbetweeners 2 movie.   

Australia Outback Spectacular: Dinner and Show

2. Australia Outback Spectacular: Dinner and Show

Embark on a journey to the heartland of Australia through an all new show featuring a transformative arena, mesmerising animals and immersive technology. Plus, enjoy a delicious three course meal whilst you enjoy the show. Start the night with a rustic woodfire roasted Vegetable and Goat Feta Tart served with wild rocket and home-made pineapple and mustard seeded chutney. Then, indulge in a juicy eye fillet steak or a tender chicken breast with a full-bodied jus with a side of roast pumpkin, green beans and a delicious potato parcel. To finish off, enjoy a delicate Dark Chocolate Flan with Chocolate Ganache, salted caramel sauce and a dusting of chocolate dirt. Australian Outback Spectacular’s Heartland promises an unforgettable night out.

Gold Coast: 2-Hour Surfers Paradise Cruise with Buffet Lunch

3. Gold Coast: 2-Hour Surfers Paradise Cruise with Buffet Lunch

Join this exclusive two-hour Gold Coast lunch cruise departing from a convenient point in the heart of the city and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch with fresh local trawler prawns. The cruise route takes you through the extensive Surfers Paradise canal system and then out onto the Southport Broadwater to soak up some beautiful views of the coast's skyline. Sit back and enjoy your buffet lunch, sip on a drink from the fully-licensed bar onboard, and bask in the sunshine on the spacious deck while enjoying informative commentary on surrounding landmarks, including the opulent homes of the city’s rich and famous. You'll sail past a range of iconic regional locations such as Sea World Theme Park, Marina Mirage Shopping Centre, the glamorous Palazzo Versace Hotel and many more on a sightseeing experience that will satisfy your hunger and your curiosity alike.

Gold Coast Airport Arrival Shared Transfer

4. Gold Coast Airport Arrival Shared Transfer

With over 20 years of experience in providing reliable and friendly service, this shuttle service offers guaranteed door-to-door pick up and drop off for all customers. This is a cost-effective and efficient service, as well as the staff members’ extensive knowledge of the Gold Coast’s world-famous attractions and hidden gems that make it such a unique, family friendly place to visit. Your professional driver (wearing a blue top) meets you at a designated location outside of the arrivals area in Gold Coast Airport (OOL). Receive assistance with your luggage as you go to your air-conditioned shared vehicle, which boasts ample legroom and space for luggage storage. Travel to your Gold Coast accommodation in safety and comfort with this reliable and efficient transfer service. Relax and soak up the sights during your ride. Upon booking, you will receive a travel voucher to present to the driver. You can pre-book your return transfer too.

Gold Coast: Wave Break Island Kayaking & Snorkeling tour

5. Gold Coast: Wave Break Island Kayaking & Snorkeling tour

Depart from Gold Coast on a fun-filled guided kayaking tour to Wave Break Island South where you can snorkel, enjoy a snack, and relax while admiring amazing city views away from the crowds. Departing from the iconic Broadwater, where experienced and friendly tour guides will brief you on kayaking techniques, cruise through spectacular clear waters, where you might have the chance to spot dolphins and stingrays. Paddle through beautiful sandbanks, offering a unique Gold Coast City view in the background, and arrive at the Northern side of Wave Break Island, where you will park your kayaks next to a scenic spot. Take a short bushwalk to Wave Break Island’s Eastern side to snorkel and explore the underwater beauty of this pristine Island.  Swim amongst the friendly reef locals, the SeaPerch and Angelfish, and discover many other species, from sea cucumber, trumpet fish, sergeant fish, and if you are lucky you can even find Nemo. Here, natural and man-made beauty are combined to create a picture-perfect background; the beautiful Gold Coast waterways with the city’s collection of skyscrapers on the horizon. As you get out of the water, a snack will be waiting for you. Savor it whilst admiring the amazing views, and get ready to start your journey back to the launch point.

Gold Coast Morning Tea Cruise from Surfers Paradise

6. Gold Coast Morning Tea Cruise from Surfers Paradise

Enjoy a morning tea cruise that departs from the heart of Surfers Paradise on Queensland's Gold Coast. The 90-minute ride is available daily and is the perfect way to spend a leisurely morning. Sit back and relax as you cruise along the Gold Coast waterways, canals, and Broadwater. You'll pass by luxury homes and yachts, and have a chance to see how the rich and famous live as you listen to some fun and informative commentary. This is sure to be a highlight of your day on the Gold Coast. What better way to spend a morning than cruising the beautiful Gold Coast canals and Broadwater!

Gold Coast: Aquaduck City Tour and River Cruise

7. Gold Coast: Aquaduck City Tour and River Cruise

Enjoy the 'Aquaduck' tour which combines a city tour and river cruise. Departing from the heart of Surfers Paradise, tours aboard the amphibious ‘Aquaduck’ offers an informative city tour with a unique and exciting river cruise. Traveling past the glitzy waterfront mansions of the rich and famous and taking in the spectacular views of the Gold Coast waterways and its famous landmarks. Experience the Gold Coast as you have never before. Cruise along the glorious Gold Coast beaches, then up to the magnificent Palazzo Versace and Marina Mirage. That's where the Aquaduck gets to show its true colors with a bit of 'duck diving' into the spectacular Broadwater. Experience the thrill of the big splash and take in the sights of the beautiful waterways and of course the fabulous millionaires row. Kids get the unique experience of Captain the Aquaduck while cruising the waterways and will receive their free Official Aquaduck Licence Certificate.

Gold Coast: Jet Boat Ride and Scenic Helicopter Tour

8. Gold Coast: Jet Boat Ride and Scenic Helicopter Tour

Make the most of your time on the Gold Coast and embark on an adrenaline-packed adventure. Start the trip with a 55-minute jet boat ride and feel the rush of adrenaline buzz through your body as you make a splash out on the water. Next, head to the Gold Coast’s Marina Mirage heliport where yet more thrill-seeking awaits! Hop in the helicopter and set off into the skies for a sightseeing cruise across the Gold Coast. From your unique birds-eye perspective, soak up panoramic views of the city and the coastline, as well as Royal Pines, the Star Casino, Q1, and Broad Beach. Then, navigate north along the foreshores of Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, SeaWorld, and South Stradbroke Island before returning to the heliport.

Gold Coast: Whale Watching Cruise from Sea World Port

9. Gold Coast: Whale Watching Cruise from Sea World Port

Departing from Sea World on the Gold Coast, this is one of Australia’s premier whale watching experiences. Join marine experts for a close encounter with majestic Humpback Whales aboard one of Australia’s newest and luxurious whale watching vessels.  Within minutes of the Gold Coast, cruise to the “Humpback Highway” and gaze upon the world’s largest animals from 6 spacious viewing platforms from sea level to the sundeck with a spectacular backdrop of the Surfers Paradise skyline. During the 2.5 hour cruise learn more about these fascinating marine creatures and listen to unique whale songs live with an underwater microphone on board. The Gold Coast whale watching season runs from early June to November and whale watching cruises will depart daily from the Sea World Cruise Terminal at 7:30 AM, 10:00 AM, 12:30 PM and 3:00 PM. Enjoy an early morning cruise before a day of activities on the Gold Coast or relax and sleep in with late afternoon departures available. If your whale watching cruise fails to sight a whale, you will recieve a voucher for another cruise.

Surfers Paradise: Guided Gold Coast Amphibious Bus Tour

10. Surfers Paradise: Guided Gold Coast Amphibious Bus Tour

Discover the best of the Gold Coast, from both land and sea, with this guided tour by amphibious bus. Experience a sightseeing activity with a twist, as your tour vehicle transforms from a bus into a cruise boat. Set off from the heart of Surfers Paradise on a tour that journeys from roads into the Gold Coast Broadwater. Kids and adults will feel the thrill as the duck-themed vessel splashes into the water, transitioning from a bus tour into a relaxing cruise. See homes of the rich and famous in Paradise Waters, and admire super yachts in Southport Yacht Club. Keep a look out for local wildlife, and enjoy the informative commentary, before returning to Surfers Paradise.

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What people are saying about Gold Coast

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,711 reviews

Marc, is excellent. Unique, educational and inspirational. Thank you so much for the amazing night, Gold Coast is so much more than the beaches and this experience is like no other. Thank you, Thank you, thank you!

The trip was awesome! Tour guide was really passionate and would explain things in the outmost interesting way! Would recommend this tour, thank you!

Fantastic day fantastic guides Corey n Jack, funny informative n made to feel safe at all times.

It’s a must do If your on the Gold cost Very organised & friendly team

Excellent customer service. Good fun for kids and adults as well.