Discovering Paradise: The 10 Best Tours and Experiences on the Gold Coast

Nestled along the eastern coastline of Australia, the Gold Coast is a treasure trove of stunning landscapes, thrilling adventures and vibrant culture. Whether you’re a nature lover, an adrenaline junkie or a culture enthusiast, the Gold Coast offers a diverse range of tours and experiences that cater to all interests.

To help make your Gold Coast holiday truly unforgettable, we’ve curated a list of our Top 10 tours and experiences that should definitely make your “must-do” list.

1. Gold Coast Theme Parks:

As one of the Gold Coast’s most popular and well-known attractions, the theme parks of the Gold Coast are absolutely a must-do experience for any Gold Coast holiday. Perfect for kids and adults, you can choose from Dreamworld & White Water World, Sea World, Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild or experience traditional Australian bush culture at Paradise Country. Better yet, grab yourself a multi-day or multi-park pass and experience them all!

2. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary:

Get up close and personal with Australia’s iconic wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. From feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas to watching mesmerising bird shows, this sanctuary offers an authentic Australian wildlife experience.

3. Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Hinterland:

Take to the skies and witness the breathtaking Gold Coast Hinterland from a hot air balloon. The serene beauty of the landscape and the sunrise views will leave you in awe.

4. Mt Tamborine Evening Rainforest Walk & Glow Worm Tour:

Experience an exciting night time tour with stargazing, delicious dessert at a local restaurant and a fully guided rainforest walk through the Mt Tamborine National Park to the picturesque Curtis Falls waterfall and glow worm cave. This is a great tour for you to discover the bio-network of a rainforest and to experience nocturnal wildlife spotting.

5. Jet Boat Adventure:

For an adrenaline rush, hop aboard a jet boat for a thrilling ride along the Gold Coast waterways. Hold on tight as you experience high-speed spins, slides, and manoeuvres that will leave you exhilarated.

6. Whale Watching Cruise:

During the migration season (June to November), join a whale watching cruise to witness the majestic humpback whales as they journey along the coastline. It’s an awe-inspiring encounter with these gentle giants.

7. Gold Coast Hinterland Winery Tour:

Indulge your senses with a wine tasting tour through the Gold Coast Hinterland. Explore boutique wineries, sample local wines, and savour gourmet delights against the backdrop of picturesque vineyards.

8. Gold Coast Surfing Lessons:

What better activity to do in the home of “Surfers Paradise” then learning to surf! With friendly instructors, simple “beginner-friendly” instruction and all equipment provided, this is the perfect time to tick surfing off your bucket list!

9. Gold Coast Helicopter Tour:

Soar above the coastline on a helicopter tour that offers panoramic views of the golden beaches, city skyline, and lush hinterland. It’s a luxurious and unforgettable way to see the region.

10. Gold Coast Canal Cruise:

Relax and unwind on a tranquil canal cruise, gliding through the waterways of the Gold Coast. Marvel at the stunning waterfront homes, cityscapes, and scenic landscapes that make up the city’s unique charm.

From wildlife encounters to adrenaline-pumping adventures and serene natural wonders, the Gold Coast presents an incredible array of tours and experiences for every type of traveler. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, excitement, or cultural enrichment, these 10 experiences will help you create lasting memories of your visit to this coastal paradise.

So pack your bags, prepare your sense of wonder, and get ready to explore the diverse treasures of the Gold Coast.

Looking for Gold Coast Accommodation?

We recommend the following quality Gold Coast resorts when holidaying in this slice of paradise:


This spectacular award winning Gold Coast resort is perfectly located in the heart of Broadbeach. Offering sophisticated and spacious 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments with views of Broadbeach or water views, plus stunning 3 bedroom sub penthouse apartments with easterly views. Learn More »


Contemporary 1, 2 & 3 bedroom fully self-contained Broadbeach apartments with stunning ocean views, perfect for families and couples who prefer the cosmopolitan hub of the Gold Coast. Ultra Broadbeach is conveniently located just minutes from shops, cafes, restaurants & one of the Gold Coast’s most popular family beaches. Learn More »


When fun family holidays on the Gold Coast are paramount, there is only one choice and that’s Turtle Beach Resort. This award winning resort is the premier Gold Coast holiday accommodation choice for families looking for activities and fun on-site. Turtle Beach Resort offers an endless amount of family centered facilities so parents can relax and sit back knowing their children are having plenty of fun without having to leave the resort. Learn More »


Reflections Coolangatta Beach is the ideal choice for guests seeking beachside Coolangatta accommodation. The laidback ambiance of Coolangatta reflects throughout the two towers allowing guests to relax in comfort with stunning views. Choose from one, two & three bedroom apartments as well as luxurious skyhomes and sub penthouse. Learn More »


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