Not sure what to do on the Gold Coast? Grab some tickets for attractions and more here ! The Gold Coast is without doubt Australia's premier holiday destination for all occasions from family holidays with kids to those solely for adults. Mention what to do on the Gold Coast to any Australian and what almost certainly comes to mind is the dazzling array of Gold Coast theme parks like Dream World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World, Sea World, the nightclubs, beaches, and much more.
For a dazzling night out, experience the new stage show at Jupiters Casino or, if you prefer to be daring, climb to the top of the tallest residential building in the world with the Q1 Skypoint Climb. Other nightlife options include dancing all night and a dawn walk on the world renowned golden sand beaches of Surfers Paradise is more to your liking.
A large number of guided tours to the Hinterland are available which allow you to picnic at rock pools and cascading waterfalls, visit glowworm caves, go bush walking or horse riding. There are even vineyards and mountain villages to visit. Or if you feel more drawn to the water, we have tickets to a bevy of aquatic activities including fishing, jet boating, scuba diving, island and waterway cruises which are available year round. The Gold Coast is also one of the best place to go whale watching on the east coast of Australia. Search below to find tickets for your Gold Coast experience, or for more information on what to do in Queensland as a whole, or for some ideas on making a great Gold Coast itinerary be sure to check out our information pages and city guide in the menu above, and click here if you're looking for Gold Coast bus timetables to make getting around easier.
Useful Information for Visiting the Gold Coast
- Emergency: Police, Fire & Ambulance: 000
- International dialing code: +61
- Local operator: 1234
There are numerous accommodation options ranging from backpackers to five-star resorts offered all over the Gold Coast; our recommended providers are:
- Spring (September to November): 15-28C/59-77F
- Summer (December to February): 20-35C/68-83F
- Autumn (March to May): 16-26C/61-77F
- Winter (June to August): 11-24C/52-70F
Sun and Surf Safety
Australian beaches are beautiful, however never underestimate the power of the Pacific Ocean. Always swim between the red and yellow flags in a patrolled beach and heed lifeguards’ advice. Gold Coast beaches are patrolled by professional lifeguards and volunteers (weekends and school holidays). Remember, SLIP, SLOP and SLAP!
Banks are open from 9.00am till 4.30pm Monday to Friday with selected banks open Saturday morning. ATMs are widely used, however most charge a $2 transaction fee.
Australian Dollars are available from one of many foreign exchange kiosks, most banks and both the Brisbane and Coolangatta Airports.
Australian Eastern Standard Time (EST) GMT +10hrs.
Australians do not expect tips, however not many say “no” to one either.
The minimum age for the purchase and consumption of alcohol is 18.
Queensland has a strict “No Smoking” policy in indoor public places, and around shopping and dining areas. The minimum age for purchasing cigarettes is 18 years.
For expert advice, we recommend seeing your hotel tour desk, or visiting the official Gold Coast Tourism Information & Booking Centres located at Harbour Town Shopping Centre, Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta. If your after quality accommodation in Main Beach, we recommend The Meriton on Main Beach