Theme Parks, beaches, wildlife, markets and the world's tallest residential tower – you're never at a loss for things to do on the Gold Coast!
The Gold Coast has more than just sun, surf and sand – but there's plenty of that on offer as well! For 50 years now, the Gold Coast has been one of Australia's leading tourist hotspots and throughout this time it has evolved into a world-class destination. Where else can you go on wine trails, hike rugged mountains, jet-boat and hug koalas all within close range of your Mantra Wings apartment?
The only observation deck in Australia by the beach, Q1 is easily recognisable among the Gold Coast's many high rises. Incredible coastal views throughout the day, but it is also popular during thunderstorms as visitors like to lay out on the floor to watch lightning strike the Q1's impressive 97.7 metre spire. Amazing! Book your discounted tickets online or grab them from the front desk on arrival.
A day at the footy, rugby, or local ironman contest is a great way to keep the whole family entertained. The Titans in the NRL and the Gold Coast Suns in the AFL - all are easily accessible from your Gold Coast apartment.
You're in theme park territory with the big five easily accessible - Dreamworld, Sea World, Movie World, Wet 'n' Wild and WhiteWater World. Stroke a sting ray at Sea World's Ray Reef, experience a virtual V8 Supercar race at Dreamworld or you may opt to visit the string of smaller parks that also guarantee a good time.
Discover the winery trails, the homemade cheeses, fudge and local brews and liquors. Snap up some local produce at a Farmers' Market as well as some arts and craft. For the more adventurous, you can tackle one of the many rainforest walks available on Tamborine Mountain or head down to NSW and Mt Warning.
Enjoy exciting, interactive displays, presentations and dining experiences at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Nestled within 27 hectares of lush eucalyptus and rainforest, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary provides a rare opportunity to get closer to our amazing native wildlife.
For over 30 years Carrara Markets has been a major Gold Coast tourist attraction. Only a stone's throw from your Surfers Paradise apartment, Carrara Markets is the biggest permanent weekend marketplace in Queensland. With over 500 stalls covering 10 acres it's a treasure trove of the curious and the unusual from fresh produce to fashion to bric-a-brac to Luke's Reptile Kingdom with some of the world's most venomous snakes on display.
Things to do in the Gold Coast
- Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
- WhiteWater World
- SkyPoint Observation Deck
- Sea World
- Movie World
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
- Whale Watching
- Surfing lessons
- Whale watching
- Wave Break Island
- South Stradbroke Island
- Jet skiing
- Indoor Go Karting
- Laser Skirmish
- Metricon Stadium
- Harbour Town
- Trade Secret
Gold Coast events not to miss
- Sand Safari, Australian Sand Sculpting - February
- Quicksilver/Roxy Pro - March
- Bleach Festival - March/April
- The Australian Surf Life Saving Championships - March/April
- Cooly Classic Ocean Swim - April
- Surfers Paradise Festival - April
- Gold Coast Triathlon - April
- Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival - May
- Gold Coast International Marine Expo - May
- Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show - May
- Cooly Rocks On - June
- Gold Coast Airport Marathon - July
- Broadbeach Jazz Festival - August
- V8 Supercars Gold Coast 600 - October