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How to Spend 1 Day on the Gold Coast

How to Spend 1 Day on the Gold Coast

The sunbaked shores of the Gold Coast are Queensland’s flagship beach destination thanks to their year-round sun, sand, and surf. While it’s tempting to spend the whole day at lounging on the beach, there’s plenty more to see and do along the coast. Here’s how to spend the perfect day on the Gold Coast.

Morning: Hit the Beach

Early morning is the best time to chase the waves around Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, and Burleigh Heads, so join the locals out on the water. If you don’t fancy surfing, there are plenty of other water sports to get your adrenaline pumping. Perhaps kick off the day with a jet boat ride along the Gold Coast Broadwater, a Jet Ski safari, or a stand-up paddle board excursion along the Nerang River. For lunch, head to a waterfront restaurant in Surfers Paradise to feast on fresh seafood or set sail on a lunchtime sightseeing cruise.

Afternoon: Seafront Sightseeing

Each of the beach towns along the Gold Coast has its own character, but with limited time, it’s best to pick just one for the afternoon. At Surfers Paradise, explore the scenic canals on a walking tour, take in the views from SkyPoint Observation Deck, or zip along the beachfront promenades on a Segway. Alternatively, take a half-day tour to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can see Aussie animals including koalas, crocodiles, Tasmanian devils, emus, and dingoes. 

Night: Sunsets and Sundowners

Gold Coast sunsets are best observed from the beach, and both Surfers Paradise and Burleigh Heads combine sunset views with a happening coastal nightlife scene. Enjoy drinks with a view at one of the many rooftop bars, tuck into street food at the Miami Marketta night market, or join a pub crawl and party until the early hours. 

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Dracula's Cabaret - Gold Coast

Dracula's Cabaret - Gold Coast

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Get set for a thrilling night of cocktails, canapés and cabaret on the Gold Coast, with this 3.5-hour evening dinner show. Enter the legendary Dracula’s Cabaret and be whisked off for drinks (own expense) at the Graveyard Cocktail Lounge. Brave a ride on the Ghost Train, then settle into your seats in the Theatre of the Vampyre for a delicious 3-course dinner (included). The fun doesn’t end there – prepare to be entertained by a dazzling show including carnival and circus acts, puppetry displays, comedy skits and live music.
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  • 4 hours
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Gold Coast Sunset Cruise with sparkling wine & nibbles platter

Gold Coast Sunset Cruise with sparkling wine & nibbles platter

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Go sailing on the Gold Coast Broadwater at sunset aboard a luxury sailboat. Glide past landmarks such as the Southport Yacht Club, Marina Mirage, Wave Break Island and Surfers Paradise on this romantic and relaxing 2-hour sunset cruise. Travel in a small group with a maximum of 10 people, and enjoy complimentary sparkling wine and appetizers during your sunset cruise. Have the option to upgrade to include a gourmet dinner featuring fresh Australian seafood.
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  • 2 hours
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary General Entry Ticket

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary General Entry Ticket

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Enjoy a close encounter with Australia's native animals at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, located on the Gold Coast. Your ticket includes admission to the park plus daily keeper presentations and animal shows. Admire critters such as the kangaroo, Tasmanian devil, koala, wombat, echidna and reptiles that live in natural-style bush and rainforest habitats. Walk through the stunning 5-acre forest of the Lost Valley and see unique flora and wildlife such as lemurs, red pandas, capybaras and other exotic reptiles.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Wave break Island water Bike & Snorkeling Tour

Wave break Island water Bike & Snorkeling Tour

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The Gold Coast’s tropical waters have long been a drawcard for tourists, which often means crowded beaches and stuffed waterfront restaurants. Experience the waters away from the crowds on this morning or afternoon water bike trip across the Broadwater – part of the region’s protected Moreton Bay Marine Park – to Wave Break Island. Swim or snorkel around the island (snorkelling gear included), and discover colourful local marine life, or relax on the island’s quiet white beaches.
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  • 2 hours
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Gold Coast Airport Arrival Transfer

Gold Coast Airport Arrival Transfer

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Start your visit to the Gold Coast with hassle-free airport pickup and easy transport to your hotel. This convenient and economical shared transfer service meets you at Gold Coast Airport (OOL) and provides door-to-door service to your hotel in the Gold Coast, from Coolangatta to Sanctuary Cove. No need to look for airport taxis or wait in long lines, simply pre-book your transfer service to travel in comfort with a courteous professional driver and climate-controlled coach.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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Lunch Buffet Cruise on the Gold Coast

Lunch Buffet Cruise on the Gold Coast

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Soak up the sights of the Gold Coast on this lunch cruise that departs from Surfers Paradise and travels up the Nerang River to the Broadwater. Hear live commentary about landmarks that you pass such as the Southport Yacht Club, Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace hotel, Wave Break Island and South Stradbroke Island. Enjoy a buffet lunch with seafood and chicken main dishes, and have the option to purchase drinks at the bar.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Jet Boat Ride: 55 Minutes

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast Jet Boat Ride: 55 Minutes

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Enjoy the thrills, splashes, and spins of a jet boat ride on the Gold Coast Broadwater from Surfers Paradise. Zip through the scenic waterway, passing landmarks such as Southport Yacht Club, the Versace Hotel, and SeaWorld. Hang on as your expert captain takes your high-speed vessel through a series of high-octane tricks that are tons of fun.
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  • 55 minutes
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Gold Coast Segway Safari Adventure: 90-minutes

Gold Coast Segway Safari Adventure: 90-minutes

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Easily travel around Sydney’s Gold Coast on this Segway tour. Hop on your all-terrain Segway and ride along the Main Beach pathway into the Federation Walk Coastal Reserve, an undeveloped sand dune system along the coast. The Segway will allow you to smoothly tackle gravel, sand, and concrete in the bush and rainforest on this short tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Gold Coast Airport Departure Transfer

Gold Coast Airport Departure Transfer

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When it’s time to say goodbye to the Gold Coast, end your trip the easy way with this shared departure transfer by bus or minicoach to Gold Coast Airport (sometimes known as Coolangatta Airport). It’s a budget-friendly alternative to the pricey private taxi rides.
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  • 1 hour
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Surfers Paradise Stand Up Paddle Tour

Surfers Paradise Stand Up Paddle Tour

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The Nerang River runs through the heart of Surfers Paradise, one of the Gold Coast’s most popular resort areas. See the city’s landmarks while avoiding the city’s on this morning paddle-board tour down the river. After a quick lesson, paddle down the calm Nerang River waters, checking out the skyscrapers towering above you and the tropical fish swimming below.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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