Things to do in Gold Coast, Queensland

One of the best destinations in the world for fun in the sun, the Gold Coast is all about beaches, glitzy hotels, theme parks, and a riotous nightlife. Surfer's Paradise is the holiday hub on the Gold Coast and the main lure for travellers, with glorious shopping, partying and dining options to tantalise visitors. For a brilliant view of Surfer's Paradise, climb up to the Observation Deck of the Q1 building, the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.

Favourite theme parks along the Gold Coast include Sea World, Movie World, Wet n Wild, WhiteWater World and Dreamworld.

Those who want to meet the local (non-human) wildlife, should head to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, David Fleays Wildlife Park or Paradise Country for close encounters with animals like koalas. And those wanting a break from the beach festivities and the serious business of getting a perfect tan, should explore the beautiful national parks in the region, which include Lamington and Springbrook. A visit to Tamborine National Park is another popular excursion from the coast.