Check out Point Danger, Snapper Rocks, Greenmount & Coolangatta beaches on the Southern Gold Coast.
Photo: Tourism Queensland

Where is Gold Coast?

Welcome to the Gold Coast

There are lots of fun things to do on the Gold Coast.  It's known as the ‘glitter strip’ and combines glamour, beaches and resort living. The Gold Coast has so many outdoor activities to choose from, making it a mecca for holiday makers.

Lounge about on the beaches, swim in the clear blue water, or even book a surf lesson and try your hand at 'hanging five'. You'll need to visit our ubber-cool Gold Coast theme parks, and make time for a bushwalk and picnic in one of the Gold Coast national parks.​​ I promise you that a Gold Coast holiday has something for everyone.

Life's a beach on the Gold Coast!  Beaches & water activities

Gold Coast has some of the best beaches in the world. Feel the soft white sand between your toes and swim in blue waters. Even better, you can swim all year round because of our warm climate.
  • A popular pastime on the Gold Coast is surfing. Learn to surf with one of the local surf schools.  You'll be standing up by the end of your first lesson! I promise, you'll have a blast.
  Couple surfing on the Gold Coast beaches
Surfing on the Gold Coast.
Photo: Jamie MacFadyen, Tourism Australia

Stand up paddle boarding at Currumbin Creek

Stand up paddle boarding at Currumbin Creek

  • Looking for calmer waters, head south to Currumbin Creek. Hire a stand up paddle board. Further along the foreshore, you’ll find Elephant Rock. Look closely and you'll see the resemblance to its namesake. Around the corner from Currumbin beach are the Currumbin Rock Pools
  • Go kayaking on the Broadwater and paddle past all kinds of marine life including dolphins, turtles and sub-tropical fish.

  • Gold Coast beaches are the perfect place to relax, build sandcastles or swim by the waters edge. There are so many great beaches to choose from including Greenmount, Duranbah (or D’bah as the locals say), North Kirra, Broadbeach, North Burleigh, Miami, Tallebudgera, and Nobby Beach.
  • Head off on a snorkeling and diving safari to the Cook Island Marine Reserve.
Kids playing at the Berleigh Rock Pools, Gold Coast
The kids will love playing at the beach.
Photo: Jamie MacFadyen, Tourism Australia

2 men walking along Greenmount Beach, Gold Coast Australia
Go surfing at Greenmount Beach (or any beach for that matter). 
  • Most Gold Coast beaches have free BBQ facilities for you to use, playgrounds and shaded grassy areas. Our beaches are popular among families with young children, and are the best free fun you can have.
  • See dolphin pods visiting Snapper Rocks, or whales passing by during migration season. And don’t forget to bring your binoculars!

Get back to nature on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast hinterland is a bushwalkers paradise. Head off to
O-Reilly’s Lamington National Park, Mount Tambourine or Springbrook National Park.  Why not pack a picnic  and explore the Gold Coast national parks with your family and friends, or join an
organised tour.​

Safety note: Always stay on the walking trails, tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return, take water, and check weather forecasts.
See the koalas up close at Currumbin Wildlife sanctuary
Experience the Gold Coast rainforests.
Photo: Darren Jew, Tourism Australia

Tamborine Mountains rainforest skywalk.
Photo: Jamie MacFayden, Tourism Australia

Visit Tamborine Village - the fudge shop has lots of yummy sweets
Gallery Walk in the Tamborine Mountains.
​Photo: Jamie MacFayden, Tourism Australia

  • Mount Tamborine is one of the world’s oldest rainforests with lots of things to see and do. For an unforgettable experience view the Scenic Rim by hot air balloon. There are several walking circuits to choose from, with easy graded tracks at Cedar Creek Falls, Palm Grove Rainforest, Sandy Creek (Knoll section) and Macdonald Rainforest circuits. For moderate graded tracks go to Curtis Falls (Joalah section), Jenyns Falls (Palm Grove section), Witches Falls, Witches Chase and the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
  • Visit Tamborine Mountain Botanical Gardens with themed gardens including the rose, Japanese, and cottage gardens.
  • After dark, grab your torch and head to the Natural Bridge where a colony of luminous glow-worms have made themselves at home. During the summer months fireflies and glowing mushrooms will also enchant you.

  • Visit the World Heritage listed Springbrook National Park with its ancient trees, cascading waterfalls and spectacular lookouts. Set off on one of the many walking trails and maybe find a swimming hole along the way. Why not pack a picnic and take time to spot some wildlife. Be sure to explore the Purling Brook Falls, Goormoolahra Falls, Rainbow Falls, Canyon Lookout, Mount Cougal Cascades and Best of All Lookout.
Girl doing the splits at Springbrook, Gold CoastGet the best views from Springbrook Mountains
O Reilly's in the Gold Coast Hinterland
O'Reilly's in the Lamington National Park
Photo: Brisbane Marketing

  • Doing a canopy walk is a must when you're visiting the Gold Coast Hinterland. The two canopy walks are the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk at Mount Tamborine and the O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk at Lamington National Park. Pack your camera and get a selfie on your skywalk. Check park alerts in case walking tracks are temporarily closed.

  • Burleigh Heads National Park is a haven for migrating birds such as ospreys, sea eagles, whistling and brahminy kites. This walking track will also lead you to the “secret” Echo Beach; just take a right at the fork in the path. Take a left at the fork and you will be on the Rainforest circuit. Follow this track to Tumgun Lookout, for incredible panoramic views.
  • Head to Kirra Hill Lookout for gorgeous coastal views. Kirra Hill is easy to find with its iconic iron eagle. Kirra Hill is also the perfect place to spot a skydiver or two landing on Kirra beach. To arrange your own adrenaline pumping experience, contact the team at Gold Coast Skydive, who are the only tandem skydiving company on the Gold Coast.

Get your shoes on and let's explore the parks

So stop dreaming and start booking your Gold Coast holiday.
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