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Things to Do and See on the Gold Coast

We have put together a list of major attractions, theme parks, shows and activities for you to enjoy during your holiday on the Gold Coast.

Things to Do and See on the Gold Coast

The choice is almost limitless – from high adrenaline activity, to plain old “R&R”, there’s more than something on the Gold Coast to suit all tastes and budgets.

We’ve classified some of the options into the following categories:

  • Major Attractions – Theme Parks and Shows
  • Other Attractions & Activities
  • Shopping

Major Attractions

Theme Parks and Shows

Theme Parks - the Gold Coast has seven of them:

All these major Attractions have a high level of audience involvement with rides, shows and exhibits.

Other Major Attractions

Many accommodation places sell tickets to these Theme Parks and other attractions, but if you want to buy online, we think that it’s best to go to Experience OZ or Expedia.

Other Attractions & Activities

Regular Shows or Dinner Shows

What’s on by Calendar

Sometimes, you don’t want to know what’s on at a given venue, but rather what’s on wherever.

Destination Gold Coast has the most eclectic range of things to do, presented by dates and covering all interests!

Then there’s the Gold Coast Gig Guide, telling you what’s on and when at just about every location that plays live music.

Add Event Finda to your discovery list and you have all bases covered.

Other Activities

  • Whale Watching – seasonal from late May to early November. There are at least 10 different operators from Coolangatta to Runaway Bay – just Google “Whale Watching Gold Coast”.
  • Canal cruising – with morning, lunch, afternoon, and dinner cruises available, there’s plenty of choice to suit all budgets and timetables. You can choose between purpose-built canal boats, venetian gondolas, or old-fashioned ferry style boats. Just Google “Canal Cruising”, or we like Seaworld Cruises.
  • Other Cruises – South Stradbroke Island; Sanctuary Cove and Coomera River; Tweed River.
  • Other Aqua Activity – Hire your own boat; Fishing charters; Jet Boat rides; Aquaduck Safaris; Jet Ski Safari;

The best hikes or walks on the Gold Coast? – Look up Urban List. Read our information on the famous Gold Coast Beaches and other swimming areas, plus information on the Gold Coast Golf Courses.

To find out about other attractions and things to do, simply click on the links below:

Attractions in or near Surfers Paradise

Attractions in other parts of the Gold Coast

Major Shopping Centres

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Burleigh Tourism FCA Gold Coast Central Chamber of Commerce
MTA Queensland Gold Coast Airport

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