How many days do you need in Gold Coast?

The Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most exciting thriving tourist cities, a vibrant tropical wonderland sandwiched between gorgeous coastline and lush hinterland.

Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast

There are so many fun things to do on the Gold Coast, whether you’re heading out to the swells as one of the Coast’s world famous beaches, having a family fun day at one of the legendary amusement parks or getting out for some truly serene nature experiences.

We recommend spending at least five days on the Gold Coast, as this will allow you to experience the city and its wondrous surroundings with ease.

So, what are some of the awesome things you can do in this beloved travel gem over five days?

  • Have a beach day

    Because let’s face it: anyone travelling to the Gold Coast is probably going to be keen for a beach day. You can surf, sunbathe, play beach volleyball or jet ski around the region’s world class beaches including Palm Beach, Surfer’s Paradise, Currumbin, Burleigh Heads, or Coolangatta Beach.

  • Cuddle a koala at Currumbin

    The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Australia’s best conservation projects, and it’s one of the best places to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s most beloved unique wildlife. You can cuddle a koala, feed the adorable kangaroos and see the resident saltwater crocodile, Boss Hog, lazing about and feeding.

  • Hit up the theme parks

    The Gold Coast’s theme parks are a family-fun favourite, ranging from water activities at Wet ‘N’ Wild to awesome movie-themed rides at Warner Bros. Movie World. Fly down waterslides, jump in the pool or hop on the Batwing Spaceshot – the choice is yours!

  • Head to the Natural Bridge

    The Natural Bridge, located just outside of the Gold Coast in the Springbrook National Park, is a stunning rock formation that formed from the mighty force of the waterfall cascading over the below cave. While the Natural Bridge is the national park’s main attraction, the walk down to the bridge is equally impressive, and at night you can tour the caves and view the protected glow worm and microbat species.

  • Try your hand at diving

    The Gold Coast Seaway is perfect for both beginner and experienced divers. There are four sections in the seaway, including Wave Break Island, which is ideal for beginners and snorkellers looking to get into this awesome underwater activity.

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