fun things to do on the Gold Coast



The Gold Coast is well known for its luxury hotels, trendy cafes and laid-back bars, but did you know that you can have fun on the Gold Coast, too? There’s so much to see and do on the Gold Coast, and if you’re feeling adventurous, there are plenty of fun things to do on the Gold Coast. From art exhibitions to wine tasting, tours to theme parks, and live music to markets and fairs, there’s always something interesting happening on the Gold Coast.

Here are some of the best fun things to do on the Gold Coast:

1. Skypoint Observation Deck

Skypoint Observation Deck

One of the best fun things to do on the Gold Coast is an hour south of Brisbane with fine dining and a view to die for but that’s not the only thing the Skypoint Observation Deck is renowned for.

“If you are feeling a little more adventurous, conquer the SkyPoint Climb! This is Australia’s highest external climb, starting on level 77 at SkyPoint Observation Deck. Following a Climb guide, participants will then walk up towards the eagles’ nest located at the highest point of the climb at around 270 metres above the ground. Regular stops will be taken to admire the stunning 360-degree views of the Gold Coast region, including the golden beaches, city skyline, and lush green hinterland.”

For more information, check out the link to their website.

2. Ultimate Jet Boat Ride Gold Coast

Jet Boat Ride Gold Coast

Adrenaline more your thing? Taking a thrill ride on a jet boat for under $70 with Ultimate Jet Boat Ride Gold Coast. “This exhilarating jet boat ride departs from the heart of Surfers Paradise. It is a 55-minute ride that offers great value and a novel way to check out the stunning Gold Coast from the local waterways. Sit back and enjoy the thrill of the jet boat’s 650hp twin jet-power turbo engines that will let you take in the sights of the Gold Coast at speeds of up to and over 80kph on the water. All this with low-level engine noise and well-known safety features of diesel turbo engines. Experienced, hand-selected jet boat drivers ensure both fun and safety on the extreme ocean playground.”

3. Pick A Beach Any Beach

Gold Coast Beach

The best place to be on the Gold Coast is any one of the beaches that line the entire East Coast of Queensland. Located in the sweetest spot on earth, the climate is perfect for twelve months of the year. The water rarely drops below 20 degrees Celsius and is usually around 27 degrees Celsius. Once you are in the water, you won’t want to get out again! There are no bad beaches. The most popular ones with tourists and locals are:

  • Snapper Rocks and Kirra Beach
  • Coolangatta Beach
  • Main Beach
  • Currumbin Beach
  • Palm Beach
  • Burleigh Beach
  • Surfer’s Paradise
  • Miami Beach
  • Mermaid Beach

The list goes on, and the best way to discover them is to pick one and then start walking north or south to discover all the others!

4. Flying Fox High Ropes Adventure Park

High Ropes Adventure Park

With courses ranging from easy to extreme and spreading through nine acres of lush Australian bushland and rainforest. The Tree Top Challenge at Tamborine Mountain is Australia’s largest High Ropes Adventure Park. You will be able to explore more than 120 Tree Top Activities, including 10 thrilling ziplines. Their website suggests it will take you approximately 3-4 hours to complete the entire adventure park. You can spend your time flying through the treetops, taking on rope obstacles, and having a lot of exciting fun, from $50 for children and $60 for adults.

5. Hot Air Balloon Flight with Breakfast

Hot Air Balloon

A Hot Air Balloon and Breakfast is the perfect fun things to do on the Gold Coast to treat yourself and do something a little bit out of the ordinary.

“Soar over a stunning landscape with colourful hot air balloons dotted across the morning sky, and watch the sun rise over Queensland’s magnificent Hinterland region. You will be transferred to the launch site with pick up around 4 am from the Gold Coast or your selected pick-up spot. Once there, you’ll be given a briefing from your flight operator before jumping into your hot air balloon and soaring up and away for 40 minutes to an hour (depending on the wind).  

Capture incredible bird’s eye view photographs and revel in the sunrise at extraordinary heights. Look far below as you soar over lush rainforest, waterfalls, and national parks before you touch back down for a delicious breakfast at a local winery. Once back on solid ground, you’ll be driven a short distance to O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard and treated to a delicious spread of fresh pastries and fruits, sizzling bacon and eggs, plus cereals, juices, and of course, your glass of bubbles to toast the incredible morning!”

6. Clay and Sip Pottery Class

Clay and Sip Pottery Class

For those with a tighter budget looking for something different to do on a date or for yourself, try your hand at pottery for around $30. Join Wesley Taylor Art Studios for a spot of clay and sip art. Over two hours, you will work with air-drying clay to create a beautiful flower-shaped candle holder that you can take home and display with pride! We will also make an amazing rose piece, which is very popular, then with the remaining clay, make a piece of your own creation. All the materials for your unique pottery piece will be supplied, and at the end of the class, you will return home with your own self-made masterpiece. You can get all the details here.

7. National Parks, Heritage Sites

National Parks in Gold Coast

With so many fun things to do on the Gold Coast to choose from, your options are plentiful if you seek the wilderness and rainforests to explore. We suggest you start your google search and time organisation with these gems:

  • Lamington National Park
  • Springbrook National Park
  • Hinterland
  • Glass House Mountains
  • Burleigh Head National Park
  • Tamborine National Park

 All of these parks can be found with a google search and have a variety of things to do and places to visit.

8. Wildlife Sanctuary's

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

A visit to the Gold Coast has not been concluded successfully without paying a visit to the globally renown Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Feed Rainbow Lorikeets and take the mini train tour around the park to see the ever-growing flora and fauna behind the gates. Check their website for cost and details here.

While you are in the area, take the time to visit these gems.


“Home to millions of bees and an extensive selection of delicious honey products and sweets from iconic Queensland brands. 

You will be sure to find something delicious at Honeyworld!

A visit to Honeyworld will teach you about the processes involved in making and collecting honey. Learn how the honey goes from the hive to your home and enjoy a free tasting of several honey varieties.”

Surf World Gold Coast  

“Surf World is a unique museum that showcases Australia’s largest collection of Surfboards and presents permanent exhibitions of photographs, oral histories, surf movies, surf craft and all related memorabilia that explores the culture and character of the Gold Coast and Australia’s surf heritage.”

9. Theme Parks

Theme Parks in Gold Coast

A lot of exercise and fun things to do on the Gold Coast can be found at any of the theme parks on offer for the thrill-seekers and those who like to stand in long queues. Get in early and hit the highly popular rides because they queue up fast.

Visit the website for details to check out ticket prices, day passes, and family passes.

10. Hire A Party Boat For Wave Break Island

Wave Break Island

Hiring a boat is an easy undertaking on the Gold Coast, no matter your budget or occasion. Hire a party boat or buy a ticket for your chance to take in Wave Break Island and do some snorkelling, swimming, walk the sandy shores and exploring the island. The only to get to Wave Break Island is via watercraft or helicopter. Multiple options are to be had, but start here with Budget Cruise and go from there.

We hope this list of fun things to do on the Gold Coast has helped and inspired you to plan your itinerary and get the most out of your stay on the Gold Coast!

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