Top 10 Things to Do on the Gold Coast

Theme parks, beaches, surfing and rainforests are to be found in the top 10 list of things to do on the Gold Coast.

Whether it's a family holiday, beach break or sophisticated resort, the Gold Coast has it covered. Find a hip bar and restaurant scene, great shopping, and cafés among the villages along the coast. Enjoy golf courses, thrill-seek your way around world-class theme parks or simply hit the iconic beaches and surf in year-round sunshine.

Swim and Surf the Gold Coast’s Best Beaches

Watch the sun rise above sandy beaches and the sparkling Pacific Ocean – you’ll be spoiled for choice with the 57 kilometres of coastline this city boasts. Walk along the sand with the locals, or head to Surfers Paradise for seaside fun and easy access to drinks and ice cream. If surfing is your thing, catch amazing waves at The Spit or Mermaid Beach... you can even get lessons if you've always wanted to learn.

Find water parks, extreme rollercoasters and favourite movie characters at the Gold Coast theme parks. Experience the Justice League 3D ride and meet cartoon characters on Main Street at Warner Bros. Movie World. Splash down at Wet’n’Wild, frolic with dolphins at Sea World or head to Dreamworld and experience its Big Eight thrill rides.

Explore the Gold Coast’s Lush Hinterland

Turn away from the beach and explore the magic of the Great Hinterland Walk. Pass through World Heritage rainforests Lamington and Springbrook, where you access an ancient volcano and spectacular waterfall amidst incredible beauty and native wildlife. Get up close with a crocodile or cuddle koalas at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Every balcony has a glorious ocean view. Just a few steps from the golden Gold Coast surf beaches, Emerald Sands Holiday Apartments boast a set of fully self-contained ocean view apartments that include your own private balcony and living space to really enjoy your stay.

We are located on the beaches of Surfers Paradise – Emerald Sands Holiday Apartments are only a short stroll to world class Gold Coast dining, shopping, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets and kilometres of parklands and golden beaches.

Hire a bike and tour the Gold Coast

Explore the Gold Coast’s distinct neighbourhoods, each with their own vibe. Hire a bike and ride Old Burleigh Road, from buzzy Surfers Paradise to chic Broadbeach with its array of cafés, such as vegetarian delight Cardamom Pod. Stay in upmarket Southport or Main Beach, while Nobby Beach and Burleigh Heads are hip and chilled-out surfie neighbourhoods.

See nature from a different angle as you stroll through the rainforest...15 metres above the ground! O'Reilly's Tree Top Walkway, spans nine suspension bridges and puts you right in the midst of the Lamington National park canopy, where you’ll be surrounded by birds, flowers and – once you reach the 30m-high Observation Deck – the sky. O'Reilly's also offer a range of tours through Lamington National Park.

Play a Round of Golf at the Gold Coast’s Top Courses

Beautiful, challenging golf courses await you on the Gold Coast. Choose a resort course like Palmer Gold Coast, carved out of 65 hectares of native woodlands, the RACV Royal Pines Resort which holds the Australian PGA Championships or the Intercontinental which give you access to Sanctuary Cove’s The Palms and The Pines courses. Alternatively try the public courses Parkwood International, an 18 hole course set in contoured bushland, or Links which is located on Hope Island just a 20 minute drive from the Gold Coast.

Jet Ski, Surf and Scuba Dive

Ride jet skis on an exhilarating coastal tour. Get your adrenalin rush on a jet boat. Learn to paddleboard or surf at one of the many great schools along the coast. See turtles, stingrays and seahorses as you dive, or for beginners, learn via the Discover Scuba Diving experience.

Find vintage threads and an eclectic bohemian vibe at the Village Markets on Sundays at Burleigh Heads. Or head to Carrara Markets, where 500 stalls and lots of free entertainment will keep you entertained all weekend. Hit up Harbour Town outlet mall for some serious bargains and get a fashion fix at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.

Graze at the Top Restaurants and Cafés

Pull up a waterview table at Bumbles on Budds Beach. Hit Black Coffee Lyrics in Surfers Paradise for sublime coffee and a cool night scene. Try the lamb at fantastic Hellenika at Nobby Beach, or hit the high-end food at celebrity chef Luke Mangan’s Salt Grill.