The Gold Coast has it all - pristine beaches, tropical rainforests, the coolest bars and restaurants and perfect weather nearly every day of the year. The vibrant city has something for everybody, whether you’re a fitness nut, foodie or history buff (and everything in between!). Keen to visit already? The local team at TakeMeTour has found the best Gold Coast activities that will let you experience the city to the max and create precious memories that will last you a lifetime! Here’s a list of the 7 things you have to do in the Gold Coast:
1. Discover Australia's amazing wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is fantastic for anyone who wants to see Australia’s unique and beautiful wildlife up close and personal. Watch lorikeet and Tasmanian Devil feedings, hold a koala, feed a kangaroo and pet a rare Albino Dingo. The park has a massive range of the world's most venomous reptiles and native birds including emus, cassowaries, pelicans, and eagles. You can even see Australia’s colourful parrots in the walk-through aviary.
2. Explore the natural wonders at Tamborine National Park
Tamborine National Park is another place you absolutely have to visit. It's the perfect escape from the city, as you immerse yourself in the mountainous rainforest landscape that offers a glimpse of the Gold Coast city, Pacific Ocean and the Scenic Rim. There are walks for both beginners and the more adventurous through the park's pristine waterfalls, creeks, and ancient rock formations. If you’re lucky, you might see a Koala or even an Echidna! If you want to take your experience to the skies, you do the Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk and walk 30 metres above the forest floor.
3. Adventure in the Gold Coast Hinterland
The hinterland has is best for experiencing the dramatic landscapes of the inland Gold Coast. This area is filled with secluded bubbling creeks, waterfalls and unspoiled Gwondana tropical rainforests - perfect for couples or singles that are a fan of hiking or relaxing. Also nestled away in the mountains are little villages with artisan galleries and the freshest produce.
4. Recharge with nature at Tallebudgera Creek
Tallebudgera Creek is the Gold Coast’s best-kept secret. Famous for its vibrant blue and crystal clear waters, it offers a safe haven for tropical fish and locals looking for a relaxing weekend getaway. It’s the perfect destination for anyone wanting to kayak, swim, picnic or fish. You can also catch some killer waves in Palm Beach and Burleigh Heads National Park. If that’s not your thing, Burleigh Beach and Palm Beach offer the best local markets and food on the Gold Coast shoreline.
5. Be a night owl in Surfers Paradise
Interested in the nightlife? Lucky for you, the Gold Coast has plenty of fun in store for you! Surfers Paradise is renowned for its nightlife, with plenty of restaurants, bars, and clubs only a block away from the beach. Enjoy a fantastic view at Seascape Restaurant and Bar or go up to the SkyPoint Observation Deck, where you’ll see fantastic 360 views of the mountainous Gold Coast hinterland, Pacific Ocean and the glittering city.
6. Go back in time at Springbrook National Park
Springbrook National Park is the crown jewel of Queensland’s natural attractions and one of the best Gold Coast places for nature-lovers. The trees and rock formations are so old, that they existed at a time when Australia was still connected to Antarctica. The best part is you only need to take the park's short walks through the cool ferny rainforest to witness the spectacular nature. The most popular attraction is the Natural Bridge, where if you're lucky, you might even see some glow worms in a nearby cave!
7. Enjoy a fun day out at the theme parks
The Gold Coast is the home of Australian Theme-parks. We think it’s a must to visit at least one of these iconic locations. The Gold Coast has an attraction for everybody, with 5 big parks in the area. For the most thrill, check out the rollercoasters at Movie World or the waterslides at Wet n' Wild. If you're looking for a relaxing family outing, enjoy learning about wildlife conservation at Seaworld and Dreamworld. For the biggest splash, Whitewater World is a good bet!