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: Jet Boat Ride and Scenic Helicopter Tour

3. 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 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 services prides themselves on their 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. When reserving your shared shuttle, please provide your flight arrival details and hotel information. Upon booking, you will receive a travel voucher to present to the driver. You can pre-book your return transfer too! Accommodation Zones:  Zone 1 - Hotels or homes in Coolangatta, Tweed Heads, Main Beach , Surfers Paradise, Chevron Island, Broadbeach, Miami, Burleigh Heads Zone 2 – Hotels or homes in Palm Beach, Currumbin, Tugun, Zone 2 – Hotels or homes in Palm Beach, Currumbin, Tugun, Billinga Zone 3 – Hotels or homes in Robina, Elanora, Clear Island Waters, Stevens, Burleigh Waters, Reedy Creek Zone 4 - Hotels or homes in Labrador, Southport, Ashmore, Benowa, Carrara Merrimac, Molendinar, Sorrento, Bundall, Broadbeach Waters, Isle of Capri Zone 5 - Hotels or homes in Mudgeeraba, Runaway Bay, Worongary, Nerang, Hollywell, Coombabah, Arundel, Parkwood, Biggera Waters Zone 6 - Hotels or homes in Sanctuary Cove, Hope Island, Oxenford, Monterey Keys, Gaven, Studio Village, Pacific Pines, Santa Barbara, Helensvale Zone 7 - Hotels or homes in Coomera, Upper Coomera Waters

Gold Coast: Australian Sunrise 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight

5. Gold Coast: Australian Sunrise 1-Hour Hot Air Balloon Flight

Experience the thrill and excitement of a hot air balloon flight on an early morning tour, floating above the coastal scenery of Australia’s Gold Coast. Float like a cloud, as you watch the sunrise climbing over the horizon. See reflections off the myriad canals and waterways, and view the surrounding forested mountains of the hinterland. During your flight you will feel no wind, because you have become the wind! This is the unique sensation of hot air ballooning. You will be transported on an aerial nature tour, via the world's oldest and most romantic form of flight. The pilot will navigate you above the coast, before gliding back to ground. Then, you will be presented with your personal flight certificate as a memento of your hot air balloon flight.

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

6. 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: Evening Rainforest and Glow Worm Experience

7. Gold Coast: Evening Rainforest and Glow Worm Experience

Experience a unique night-time activity heading out to the rainforest with local commentary on nocturnal flora and fauna as you travel. Towards the end of your tour, you will experience glow worms in their natural environment alongside a secluded national park waterfall. Your fully-guided experience from start to finish is all about getting you into the forest to experience something that many have not. This is more than just a glow-worm tour, it’s all about seeing the rainforest come to life at night time. After you've been picked up from your hotel in a Mercedes vehicle, travel to the top of the famous Tamborine Mountain. You can gaze up at the starry sky and out over the distant city lights of the Gold Coast as you warm up over a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate and some delicious cake, before setting out for a guided rainforest walk. Your guide will provide insight into the unique plants and animals that call this ancient ecosystem home. After you arrive at Curtis Falls, you will discover a peaceful cascade tucked deep within the forest within which a colony of glowworms thrives.

Gold Coast: Aquaduck City Tour and River Cruise

8. 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: Snorkelling in Wave Break Island

9. Gold Coast: Snorkelling in Wave Break Island

Spend time with the fishes on this snorkeling adventure. Wave Break has one of the highest amounts of fish in Australia and is a fantastic site for snorkeling. There are over 50 different species of fish with depths ranging from  0–15 meters. Many of the fish school in their hundreds and are very people friendly. This site is ideal for both the beginner and the advanced due to the location there is minimum swell. All snorkellers can be assisted with a guide on the basics of snorkeling and the areas that are best for photography and fish feeding. Snap some cool photos of the fishes underwater and hand-feed the fish. Take a break from snorkeling and pend some time exploring what Wave Break has to offer, including a beautiful stretch of the beach secluded from other boating activities. Or float on a boogie board with view holes to watch the sea life pass you by.  Get dropped off at your hotel with your photos and unforgettable memories. eturn hotel transfers from Main Beah and Surfers Paradise.

Gold Coast: Parasail Flight by Boat

10. Gold Coast: Parasail Flight by Boat

Take a boat trip out to sea, then soar 400 feet in the air on this unforgettable parasailing experience. Marvel at the crystal blue waters of the Broadwater below and savor the spectacular panoramic views. Start your parasailing adventure by meeting your crew at Main Beach's Marina Mirage. Listen to a short briefing before boarding a purpose-built boat. Cruise away from the bustling waterfront shopping precinct and head out to sea. Get ready for your turn to parasail. You will be securely harnessed and attached to the famous smiley parachute which will gradually carry you up into the sky. Feel the adrenaline as you rise to reach a maximum height of 400 feet. Take in the outstanding 360 degree vistas of the Gold Coast and surroundings on this experience to remember.

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We went on the ‘Natural Bridge & Springbrook Waterfalls Tour‘ and had such a fun time !! Our tour guide Paul was so passionate and informative about the area which made the tour so much more enjoyable. The weather was awful but that didn’t stop us from seeing some amazing waterfalls !! highly recommend this tour company, everything was run on time and very organised from the beginning.

The name speaks for itself - SPECTACULAR!! Everything was exceptional! The show was amazing, the choreography is out of this world! The horsemanship is unbelievable! I have been to every show since Outback Spectacular started & it just keeps getting better & better!! The food is delightfully delectable!

I enjoyed some much the adventurous tour. The places around Moreton Island are so beautiful. The tourist guys were super friendly. Special thanks to Chris who found my GoPro, lost in the ocean somewhere around Moreton Island, after 12 days. Incredible honest guy

Awsome trip on the boat, wonderful scenery & friendly staff.Lunch was amazing & plentiful,cocktails were great too.Definitely advise people to do this trip

Duffy was an awesome tour guide. We enjoyed the experience and knowledge he had to offer all for a reasonable price. Would highly recommend.