For generations, the Gold Coast has been Australia’s capital of fun, embracing and entertaining travelers with a spectacle of golden beaches, legendary theme parks, iconic rain-forests and lively attractions. Though with opportunities for adventure on land, air, and sea, the most difficult question is actually how to fit it all in! Best things to do on the Gold Coast.
To help you out, the following is a 4 day Gold Coast itinerary suited to the luxury adventurer; a terrific combination of adrenalin pumping thrills set on one of Australia’s most spectacular natural stages.
Modeled on our recent trip, follow this guide for rainforest glamping, horse back riding, transparent kayaking over sunken shipwrecks, skydiving over the southern beaches, and suiting up in a harness for Australia’s largest and longest zipline. Best adventure activities on the Gold Coast.
Your days will be full on, though this is the best way to embrace your inner adventurer and let loose! It’s highly likely that you may need a vacation after this vacation. Though that’s the way we roll!
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Day One: Water Adventure
Catch an early flight to arrive on the Gold Coast before 10am. Having booked a 4 day car rental, collect your hire car from the airport. Your first stop on this adventure tour will be Paradise Jetboating. Gold Coast itinerary.
Jet boating is similar to that of a theme park rollercoaster ride, though on the water. And you should expect to get soaked!
Experience full 360° spins, high speed drifting, incredible beach buzzing and other exciting manoeuvres in as little as 10cms of water…while you explore the Gold Coast’s unique waterways. Spend 4 days in Queensland
Address: Mariners Cove Marina, 60 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Free car parking is available right outside the “adventure terminal”. The drive from Gold Coast Airport will take approx 40 minutes.
Have lunch at the pier – there are many waterfront restaurants and cafes to choose from. It’s then time to start the drive to your accommodation.
Glamping on the Gold Coast is a fantastic way to step back from the excess’ and complications of modern life. And immersing yourself in nature and sleeping under the stars no longer means having to sacrifice on comfort.
Book for two nights at Nightfall Wilderness Camp; this is a glamping site in a relatively untouched pocket of paradise, perched delicately beside the crystal-clear tumbling headwaters of Christmas Creek and Queensland’s ancient Lamington National Park rainforests. Glamping in Queensland.
Offering luxury safari tents with designer fireplaces, vintage tin baths, hand basins carved from rock, and generous king size beds with organic linen, Nightfall is redefining the concept of luxury camping.
Book to include delicious fire-cooked organic meals. Their food options are mouth watering. You can spend the afternoon hiking into the tangled forest and Lamington National Park, though the camp is set in a dramatic gorge high in a rugged mountain wilderness itself, so relaxing onsite with a glass of champagne is an equally good choice. Queensland glamping.
Address: 3009 Christmas Creek Rd, Lamington QLD 4285. The drive will take 2 hours from the Gold Coast.
Day 2: Land Adventure
Book for a Hinterland Trail Ride with Gold Coast Equestrian Centre in the morning. There are many World Heritage Listed rainforest trails throughout the hinterland for bushwalking, though it’s a little more unique to explore by horse.
Splash through rivers, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the hinterland along the river’s edge. This is a more leisurely activity. The center is an hour and a half from Nightfall. What to do on the Gold Coast for four days.
Location: 212 Stewart Rd, Guanaba QLD, 4210.
Drive 30 minutes to Thunderbird Park where you will find “Treetop Challenge” and Australia’s largest and longest zipline.
The Canyon Flyer is the newest adventure attraction on the Gold Coast, and easily one of the most extreme! Australia’s best zipline.
This is Australia’s largest and longest guided zipline canopy tour; 7 huge zip lines that cross Cedar Creek Canyon multiple times and fly through the unspoiled rainforest at up to speeds of 70km’s per hour, 60 m off the ground!
The Zipline tour takes about 2.5 – 3 hours, and also includes a fun 4WD experience as they take you from reception to the start of the adventure.
Location: Cedar Creek Falls Rd, QLD, 4272.
At this point you have two options. You’re heading to Moreton Island to explore the Tangalooma Shipwrecks in transparent kayaks the next day. This means a 5.30am pick up from the Gold Coast.
If you have chosen to stay two nights at Nightfall, drive back to camp. Spending a second night on this amazing property is well worth the 3am wake up on the third day (two hour drive to the Gold Coast).
Or you can book to spend one night at Nightfall, and then two nights at Q1 Resort and Spa in Surfers Paradise – Australian Sunset Safaris will pick you up from the Q1 hotel lobby for your Moreton Island tour on the third day.
Day 3 – Moreton Island
Day trip to Moreton Island: The third largest sand island in the world, this is a unique paradise of golden beaches, massive sand dunes and beautiful fresh water lakes. Best adventure activities from the Gold Coast.
Book with Sunset Safaris for their “Get Wrecked” 1 day tour. You will be picked up from the Gold Coast at 5.30 and bused to Brisbane for the ferry to Moreton Island. What to do on the Gold Coast. Gold Coast Adventure itinerary.
The day will consist of sand tobogganing, snorkeling, swimming, 4WDing along the beach and sand tracks, as well as exploring the stunning Tangalooma Shipwrecks on transparent kayaks. See fish and coral like never before without having to go under the water! Moreton Island from the Gold Coast.
You will get back to the Gold Coast around 6pm that evening. If you have the time, consider booking a 2 day tour to space the activities out and enjoy the transparent kayaks at night. This is the opportunity to navigate eerie sunken shipwrecks with brilliant underwater lights.
Check into Q1 Resort and Spa; Ideally positioned, just a short stroll from the energy and excitement of Surfers Paradise and metres away from the beach, Q1 offers breathtaking ocean and hinterland views, and world-class facilities. The day tour will drop you directly at the hotel.
Location: 9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise
Day 4: Air Adventure
Check out of Q1 Resort & Spa – there are many cafes for breakfast located along the Gold Coast strip. Enjoy a relaxing stroll of the beach in the morning before making the 40 minute drive to the airport.
But you’re not heading home yet. Take a scenic flight over the Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches; however you’ll be taking the quickest route down to the ground! Free falling at 200 kph after having jumped mid flight.
Gold Coast Skydive is the only Skydive center on the Gold Coast and offers tandem skydivers the unique experience of landing on the beautiful and iconic sandy Kirra Beach. What to do in four days on the Gold Coast.
Pro Tip: Pay the extra for video and photos. Preserving this memory is absolutely worthwhile. How to spend four days on the Gold Coast.
Location: 78 Musgrave Street, Coolangatta. This is a shopfront above a cafe – street parking in the area is free.
You’re right next to the airport, so head over to check in your bags and catch your flight home. Ideas for luxury adventure on the Gold Coast.
The Official Gold Coast Visitor Guide contains some great information for you to make the most out of your visit. Accommodation and dining options, fun things to do both day and night, treating yourself to some luxury, insider shopping tips, safety and climate details and local travel information will all help you discover that the Gold Coast truly is ‘Famous for Fun’.
For more information: VisitGoldCoast.com
- It is recommended to bring a hat, sunglasses and water resistant sunscreen.
- Casual, lightweight clothing is suitable for most of the year, however if you are visiting during the winter months of June to August, bring along a light jacket or cardigan.
- If travelling to the Hinterland bring warmer clothes as the temperatures are lower than on the coast.
- Comfortable walking shoes or boots are a must in National Parks.
- Smart casual clothing is required in restaurants, hotels and bars.
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Photo credits: Gold Coast Skyline/Landscape used in feature photo by Aristocrats-hat. Jet boating by Paradise Jetboating. Skydiving by Gold Coast Skydive. All other photos by Travel Ling and Mapping Megan.
Disclosure: For this itinerary we were guests of Visit Gold Coast.