Top 5 Things to Do on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is Australia’s number one holiday destination, and it hasn’t earned this title for no reason. There are countless charming and fun things you can do on the Coast, whether you prefer spending time in nature or in great company. There’s a little bit of everything for every kind of interest. Wondering where you should go first? Let’s see the best options available.


Cycle the Oceanway

If you’re fond of bike riding, there’s no better place to be. The Gold Coast has quite a few biking paths and trails that are well-worth trying out. If you like long rides by the ocean, there are more than enough of them to choose from here.

Ride down to the Gold Coast Oceanway and you’ll get some views that will make you want to ride on forever. The Gold Coast Oceanway is a network of bike pathways that stretch along the coast. Some of them are up to four kilometers long, which his more than enough to absorb the raw, natural beauty of the Gold Coast. 

If that doesn’t feel like enough to sate your tastes, you don’t have to worry. There are more than enough of these pathways to satisfy your viewing pleasures. You’ll get a good view of the water while the gentle ocean breeze caresses you.


Take a hike

There are very few activities that are as versatile as walking. You can visit just about any destination you please. You don’t have to worry about roads or their quality while making your way through somewhere. Let’s not forget, walking and hiking don’t cost you a thing. The only money you might have to spend is on a pair of durable walking shoes. 

There’s no shortage of gorgeous views you can check out while hiking on the Gold Coast. Most of all, there’s an abundance of beautiful natural views. If there’s anything Australia doesn’t lack, it’s national parks. This is especially true on the golden coast. 

Burleigh Heads National Park is one such place that is worth visiting. The park is full of scenic views that are only accessible by going on foot. Take a two-kilometer coastal walk around the headland and you might run into Tallebudgera Creek. Tumgun Lookout might also be up your alley. It gives some great views over Palm Beach as well.


Hit the beaches

Going to the beach might seem like a fairly obvious thing you might want to do on the Gold Coast, but you might not realise how many gorgeous beaches there are. It’s hard to decide which one to visit first. It’s not called the Gold Coast without a reason. You’re not going to be mining for gold unless you consider it a valid metaphor for finding the right beach.

Where do you start with the beaches? Rainbow Bay is a nice and picturesque start. It’s Queensland’s most southern town and it boasts some incredible beaches. If you like snorkelling, the clear waters will overjoy you. The swimming conditions are pretty safe, so you don’t have to worry about being stung by the wrong aquatic creature. Worst case scenario – you have too much fun at the beach.

Burleigh Heads is a great choice for surfing enthusiasts. If you like to hit the waves, check out this beach and its many surf clubs. When you put a couple of beachside drinks into the mix, you’ll never want to leave the beach.


Experience events first hand

It’s one thing to hear about events happening on the Gold Coast, but it’s another thing entirely to experience them first hand. A small festival might not seem like a big deal, but the people here make it a memorable experience. 

If you like surfing, the Quiksilver Pro Surfing Event is something you can’t miss. Here, surfers from all over the world compete on some of the nicest waves you’ll ever see. It’s definitely a sight to behold. If you fancy yourself an art connoisseur, there are lots of jazz and sculpture festivals to choose from. The Broadbeach Jazz Festival is one that you should prioritise when you visit. 

The nightlife is pretty good on the Gold Coast. There are plenty of parties and they feature some great club DJs. You might even come across professional specialty acts from Australia and surrounding countries. It’s just one of many quirky and spontaneous things that club owners organise.

Go whale watching

If there is any animal that is worth watching, it’s the magnificent whale. These huge behemoths often pass by the Gold Coast, giving every passerby a good view if they’re located close to the shore. Better yet, you could get a closer look from the safety of a ship deck.

These whales aren’t swimming too far from shore either. A nice hotel room with some oceanside views can give you a great glimpse of these goliaths. Naturally elevated views are just as viable for whale watching. Point Danger and Tumgun Lookout are some great candidates for unforgettable views. Once you get a look at the whales, however, you’ll quickly forget about your vantage point.


When you find yourself on the Gold Coast, you will never have a shortage of interesting things to do. It’s just that fun of a place to visit. However, you can’t know the absolute best spots worth visiting without doing some research beforehand. Before you decide to hit the Coast, you should plan out your trip and consider some of these activities. You won’t leave disappointed in your trip.

Mianna Korben

Mianna Korben

Mianna is a passionate writer currently living and dreaming in Europe. She is a strong believer that both mental and physical fitness go hand in hand, you can't have one without the other. Her aim is to inspire people to reach their potential, feel confident and to lead a happy life. And like any other girl, she is guilty of falling in love, over and over again, with premium makeup, fashion and champagne.