Gold Coast Australia Main Attractions

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Theme Park rollercoaster rides are one of the attractions of the Gold Coast

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What are Gold Coast Australia main attractions?

Whilst the Gold Coast is famous for its theme parks, there are in fact many other attractions for tourists.

In helping many people plan out their itineraries over years, I have found that most don't realise when they start planning what is possible.

I encourage you to look at the options and activities. You'll find them below, split out into categories - Man-made Fun, Natural Fun and Night-time Fun.

Take a little time to do some research and planning, You will find there is so much more to see and do in the Gold Coast. You don't want to kick yourself that you missed out!

If you haven't already got your planning cheat sheets, they are really helpful at this part of your holiday planning. You'll find extra resources, tips and planning sheets to help put your whole itinerary together. So what are you waiting for....

Favourite Gold Coast Attractions

Here's my list of favourite Gold Coast attractions in order!

Top picks for Gold Coast Australia main attractions, activities and things you can do here.

Gold Coast activities can be booked now for a set date, sometimes there is an opportunity to change the dates but check when booking. You can also organise gift vouchers too.

Some activities are good to do even on rainy days in the Gold Coast. If you want some ideas check out the Rainy Day Activity guide.

Natural Stuff with some Man-Made FUN!

Beaches & Ocean

Islands, Broadwater, Canals and River systems

Australian Animals, Scenery and Plants

Totally Man-Made and lots of FUN!

Theme Parks

Family Fun

Adrenalin Junky and Extreme Activities

Golf Courses

Shopping & Markets

  • Shopping Guide - full guide to shopping on the Gold Coast
  • Australia Fair - in Southport
  • Pacific Fair - in Broadbeach
  • Harbour Town - our famous outlet shopping centre
  • Marina Mirage - boutique international and local designers, cafes and restaurants in Main Beach
  • Robina Town Centre - in Robina
  • Westfield Helensvale - in Helensvale
  • Carrara Markets - open on Saturdays and Sundays, it's a local institution.
  • Ferry Road Markets - where the locals go to get fine produce in Southport.
  • Surfers Paradise Beachfront Night Markets - every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evening.
  • Gold Coast Markets - there are many other markets in Gold Coast, check them all out.
Gold Coast Theme Park Rides are one of the main attractions.

Man Made Fun at Theme Parks

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Night-time Activities and Fun

Night Time Entertainment

The Star Gold Coast Shows

Formerly Conrad Jupiters Hotel and Casino

The shows, concerts and visiting artists change regularly.

Gold Coast Australia Main Attractions Transfers

Getting around the Gold Coast can be easy if you plan ahead. You can hire a car or use one of the other attraction transfer options.

If you choose to use the commercial attraction transfers you have don't have the stress of trying to find each location, but you don't have quite the flexibility.

What To Do If The Weather Isn't Great?

There are many activities you can do on or around the Gold Coast. Occassionally, we do have a rainy day or two!

That definitely doesn't mean the fun stops!

In fact there is still loads to see and do! My rainy day guide covers some of the Gold Coast Australia main attractions that are suitable for rainy days.

As well as the usual indoor activities there are even some hints and tips on how to enjoy some of the other Gold Coast activities and attractions when the weather isn't so great.

To Book Ahead Or Not?

If you want to remain flexible, you can book your tours or activities when you arrive. However, if you want to keep to a plan and a budget it can be a great idea to book in advance so you lock in your spot on a tour which can be very handy especially in peak periods.

Using a local Gold Coast booking service ensures that you are dealing with the real tour operators and I find the information is kept up to date more effectively. I cannot tell you how much rubbish I read about the Gold Coast, I swear some people haven't set foot in Australia let alone been on the Gold Coast.

To get the most out of your Gold Coast experience book all your Gold Coast Australia main attractions, tours, activities, theme park tickets and transfers in one spot.

Your Questions & Stories

Ask A Question Or Tell Us About Something You Have Done On the Gold Coast

Ask a question about activities or itineraries for you Gold Coast holiday. I will try to answer it or point you in the right direction!

Or tell us a story about one of the activities or attractions you have been to on the Gold Coast.

What Other Visitors Have Asked or Written About

Click below to see questions and stories from other visitors about Gold Coast attractions, activities and itineraries.

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