Outdoor Things To Do on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast in South East Queensland is usually known for its fun-packed Theme Parks and the glitz and glamour of Surfers Paradise. But there is an entirely different side to this coastal strip that extends from Coolangatta in the south, to Hope Island in the north. It is blessed with many natural attributes and pleasant weather all year-round, that is conducive to an abundance of outdoor things to do on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast beach with people

Things To Do on the Gold Coast

1. Enjoy 21 Stunning Beaches

Starting from north to south the Gold Coast is adorned with the most stunning beaches where you can swim, surf, paddle, fish or dive into. And the good thing is that most of the beaches are patrolled by surf lifesavers and are very safe.

Things to do on the Gold Coast | waves crashing on rocks

2. Explore the Two Creeks

Located just off the Gold Coast Highway between Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach, the picturesque Tallebudgera Creek (or Tallie) is the ideal spot for a picnic, water skiing, fishing, lounging on the sandy shores, playing with the kids, snorkelling, paddling a kayak or stand-up paddle boarding or taking a leisurely stroll.

The Currumbin Estuary is a popular family spot for safe swimming in the calm waters of the creek on the southern side of the creek between the new Estuary Bridge and the old wooden bridge. Alternatively, the northern side of the creek on the Palm Beach side offers a safe haven for the kiddies with the bonus of the Pirate Park on the foreshore.

Things to do on the Gold Coast beach

3. Surf Iconic Surf Breaks

The Gold Coast is spoilt for choice for surfing beaches. Try:

  • The artificial reef at Narrowneck, on the northern end of the Gold Coast, that helps create a quality wave.
  • The Superbank at Greenmount on the southern end of the Gold Coast is where World champion locals Joel Parkinson and Mick Fanning are often seen shredding the waves.
  • Snapper Rocks is home to the annual Quiksilver Pro World Surfing League As well as being the first leg of surfing’s world tour Snapper is also the first section of the spectacular Superbank.
  • Burleigh Heads, arguably one of the most consistent waves on the Gold Coast, is a high-performance break that offers perfect waves for surfers.
  • A great place for surfing novices is at the mouth of the Currumbin Estuary at Currumbin Alley.
  • Kirra Point is also another superbank that has been created by sand pumping from the Tweed River.Things to do on the Gold Coast beach

4.  Boating & Fishing on The Broadwater

The Gold Coast Broadwater stretches north from Southport to Paradise Point. The Broadwater is protected by The Spit (to the South) and South Stradbroke Island (to the North) and offers safe access to the Pacific Ocean through the Gold Coast Seaway (at the end of The Spit).

You can launch your boat or jet ski from either the south or north boat ramps at Southport Spit. Once you launch your boat out into The Broadwater, you can cruise in the calm waters and island hop to destinations such as Wavebreak Island and South Stradbroke Island.

There is good fishing with Flathead, Bream, Whiting, Tailor or a Jew Fish in the pristine waters of The Broadwater or try your luck from the breakwall at Southport Seaway.

boating on the Gold Coast

5.  Hike or Bike the Oceanway

The Gold Coast Oceanway is a 36-kilometre network of coastal pathways stretching from the Gold Coast Seaway (The Spit) to the Point Danger Lighthouse (Coolangatta). There are nine segments that make the experience easy and enjoyable with navigable timber and stainless steel distance marker posts that provide information about where you are along the Oceanway.

Finding things to do on the Gold Coast isn’t difficult and these are five great places to start your adventures.

Gold Coast walkway

Outdoor Things To Do on the Gold Coast – is written by Kathy Marris.
Kathy is a 60-year-old who has been blogging at www.50shadesofage.com for the past 4 years. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it. 


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  1. 11/12/2017 / 10:05 am

    Our fave spot on the Goldie is definitely Burleigh Heads. The beach is great for families and there are a couple of playgrounds for the kids.

  2. 11/12/2017 / 1:10 pm

    I took a short bike ride along the beach there a few years ago, it was so good!

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