Located on the southeast coast of Australia in Queensland, Gold Coast is a beautiful city that is home to 591,473 people. Gold Coast is extremely popular with tourists from around the world because of its glittering beaches, vibrant nightlife and exciting outdoor activities. Check out the top 10 things to do when you get away to Gold Coast this weekend.
1. Hang Out at the Beach
No trip to Gold Coast is complete without spending some of your time on the beach. Gold Coast has over 70 kilometres of coastline and some of the most stunning beaches in Australia, including favourites like the relaxing Broadwater, active Surfers Paradise, family-friendly Mermaid Beach and picturesque Currumbin.
2. Get Active
Whether you’re seeking thrills or just hoping to enjoy the lovely weather, there are plenty of ways to get active at Gold Coast. Take surfing lessons, go deep sea fishing or try scuba diving. You can also have fun and stay dry with a helicopter tour or go-kart ride.
3. Visit the SkyPoint Observation Deck at Q1
Q1 is the tallest residential tower in the world, and visitors can enjoy an impressive view of Queensland from the SkyPoint Observation Deck. When you visit during the day, the coastline expands in both directions as far as your eyes can see.
4. Shop at Robina Town Centre
If retail therapy is your favourite way to relax, you don’t want to miss out on the amazing stores and bargains at Robina Town Centre. The shopping centre recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation and is now home to many top international fashion houses.
5. Go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride
For the most spectacular view of Gold Coast you can find, take a hot air balloon ride. You’ll be able to see the endless coast, parts of nearby Brisbane and the Tamborine Mountain. A hot air balloon ride is a perfect romantic activity for couples.
6. See the Purlingbrook Falls at Springbrook National Park
There are plenty of paths to hike at Springbrook National Park, but one of the most beautiful walks goes to Purlingbrook Falls. The path is relatively easy for visitors who aren’t experienced hikers, and you’ll end up at a gorgeous green valley in front of a stunning waterfall.
7. Take the Kids to Burleigh Heads
Burleigh Heads is one of the most popular Gold Coast beaches for families with young kids. The beach has a sheltered bay area where kids can swim safely while their parents watch. There are also several playgrounds with slides, swings and shaded park areas where your family can enjoy a peaceful picnic together.
8. Relax at a Spa
There are few better ways to relax during your getaway than by booking a luxurious spa treatment for yourself. Get a massage or facial treatment at the popular Golden Door Spa & Health Club or schedule an appointment for one of Gold Coast’s top facilities like the Couran Cove Island Resort & Day Spa.
9. Try Fresh, Delicious Seafood
After a long day of relaxation or outdoor activities, sink your teeth into a delicious seafood feast at one of Gold Coast’s top restaurants. You can also buy and cook your own fish from local markets or try catching your own dinner on a “catch-a-crab cruise.”
10. Join a Guided Pub Crawl
Adults who are eager to experience Gold Coast’s nightlife can try out some of the area’s best bars on a guided pub crawl. Several local facilitators offer guided tours that take you to Gold Coast’s top drinking establishments and clubs to enjoy drink specials, dancing and music.