The Gold Coast of Australia is one of the most often visited areas in the world and for good reason. Its spectacular beaches and other natural attractions combined with rich cultural offerings, fantastic dining, and diverse entertainment make it a top destination for visitors of all ages and interests.
When most people think of the Gold Coast they think of its beaches and the relaxation and entertainment they provide. And, while the Gold Coast beaches are certainly among the most beautiful in the world and one of the many benefits of visiting this area, they are far from the only option for things to do. Let’s explore some of the lesser-known, but equally enjoyable, things to do on the Gold Coast.
Galleries & Museums
The beaches aside, the Gold Coast is an artist’s haven and, as such, celebrates a community rich with cultural options. A sampling of galleries and museums in the Gold Coast area include Surf World Gold Coast (the only surfing museum in Queensland), Gallery Works (specializing in the works of Australian artists), The Wax Museum, Gold Coast City Art Gallery, and for those who appreciate the extraordinary, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium.
One of the benefits of exploring this area of Australia is the history it holds. Some of the places to visit to better get to know the region include Historic Rivermill, an arrowroot processing facility dating back to 1910 and now home to an Australian agricultural museum and Hinze Dam originally opened in 1976 and recently reopened for public visits.
The Gold Coast has much to offer and its natural resources are among its most amazing. Springbrook National Park offers a Natural Bridge Rainforest circuit allowing visitors to see the scenery up close and personal. Or, visit the Tree Top Walkway in O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and An Island Hideaway, a private four-acre subtropical paradise in South Stradbroke Island’s National Park.
Walking some of the area’s most beautiful areas allows you the time to leisurely explore some of the best the Gold Coast has to offer. Try the Natural Bridge Rainforest circuit in Springbrook National Park, Coomera circuit, Tooloona Creek circuit, Caves circuit, Purling Brook Falls circuit, Rainforest track, and more.
If you love shopping, you’ll love everything about the Gold Coast where shopping is considered a sport in and of itself. Shoppers will find a bevy of choices – day and night – including Surfer’s Paradise Beachfront Markets on Wednesday and Friday nights, The High Street Surfer’s Paradise, Burleigh Art & Craft Market on the last Sunday of every month, Oasis Shopping Centre in Broadbeach, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, and more.
One of the best things about the Gold Coast is its natural surroundings – making it the perfect spot for enjoying sports of every variety. Surfing is, of course, one of the most popular draws of the Gold Coast and, to that end, there are several surf schools in the area that help beginners and more experienced surfers alike. Beyond the beach, there’s plenty of golf – championship courses and Putt-Putt alike, kart racing, horseback riding, and more.
Australian wine has continued to grow in popularity and the Gold Coast has some of the region’s most well-known wineries including Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery and O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards. Wine, not your thing? Check out some of the area’s brewery tours and learn how the region’s best beers are made.
You can’t make a visit to the Gold Coast without getting to know the wildlife. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary gives visitors an up-close view of Australian animals and walking tours throughout the area give tourists an intimate view of the region and its inhabitants.
The Gold Coast is home to some of the country’s most well-known amusement and theme parks, solidifying it as a premier family holiday destination. Choices include Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Adventure Parc, Full Day Stunt Academy (for those who have always wanted to try their hand at movie stunts), Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World, Dreamworld, Dracula’s Haunted House, and more.
One of the many reasons that the Gold Coast is so popular is the fact that there is so much to do; so many diverse offerings for an equally diverse tourist base. If you choose to visit this fantastic locale, do yourself the favor of familiarizing yourself with all of the very best it has to offer. You won’t be disappointed!