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Things to do in the Gold Coast

As Queensland's top holiday destination, you’ll find there are many things to do on the Gold Coast. You'll need to stay for at least a weekend or a week to properly savour the experience. Swim and surf at different beaches, enjoy the nightlife, and feel the rush at a theme park. You can even enjoy a few sporting events if you time your holiday right!

Gold Coast Beaches

Because of its long coastline, the Gold Coast has a lot of beaches that offer various experiences. If you're looking for some good surfing, visit Coolangatta and Burleigh. If you want to do some dog-watching, check out The Spit at the northern end of Main Beach. You can also soak up the sun and the sea at Palm Beach and Surfers Paradise.
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Surfers Paradise Aerial

Q1 Observation Deck

Who wouldn't want a breathtaking view of the Gold Coast from inside Q1, the tallest building in Australia? The SkyPoint Observation Deck is 230m above Surfers Paradise. By night, the deck transforms into a high-altitude lounge, so you can have a couple of drinks and listen to live music while enjoying the view.
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Glistening city lights of the Gold Coast at Surfers Paradise

Tamborine Mountain

Located in the Gold Coast hinterland, Tamborine Mountain has many treasures for you to discover. You can enjoy a stroll on the Skywalk, an elevated steel platform and viewing deck, or you can go into caves that are lit up by glow worms. There are also day spas, galleries, eateries, and local producers to check out.
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Skywalk, Tamborine Mountain

Lamington National Park

One of the most beautiful places on the Gold Coast is Lamington National Park. It has waterfalls, lookouts, and interesting geological formations. When you go on a bushwalk, you'll encounter plants and animals that are unique to the region (perhaps you'll spot a Richmond birdwing butterfly, for example). If you prefer a quicker way of seeing the forest, try the zip-line that lets you soar between the tree trunks.
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Lamington National Park

Gold Coast Theme Parks

Some of the most popular Gold Coast tourist attractions are for the young and the young of heart. If you're a film buff, check out Warner Bros. Movie World lot. If an exciting swim is more your thing, ride down one of the many slides at Wet'n'Wild or White Water World. True thrill seekers should also leave time in their itinerary for a trip to Dreamworld, home of the Tower of Terror, Wipeout, and other high-adrenaline rides.
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Lethal Weapon, Warner Bros. Movie World