Top 10 things to do on the Gold Coast

Thrilling theme parks, stunning ocean views, world-class cultural attractions, glitter, glitz and glamour; the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations, attracting more than 12 million visitors a year.

At Ocean Plaza Resort, perfectly located in beautiful family-friendly Coolangatta, you can escape the hustle and bustle of Surfers Paradise without missing out on all the major attractions of the Gold Coast.

Planning a trip to stay with us at Coolangatta? Here’s Ocean Plaza Resort’s list of top 10 things to do on the Gold Coast.

1. Visit a theme park

You say Gold Coast, we say theme park. Dreamworld, Sea World, Movie World and Wet and Wild are iconic Gold Coast attractions and only 30 minutes drive from your accommodation at Ocean Plaza Resort. We have an in-house tour desk – skip the lines and pick your tickets up from us before heading for a wild and fun family day out!

2. Whale watching

Stay with us during the winter whale watching season and enjoy seeing these majestic creatures from your balcony at Ocean Plaza Resort! Take advantage of our partnership with Coolangatta Whale Watch and receive a discount on an up close and personal whale watching tour and free shuttle bus pick up.

3. Catch some sport

With home teams from all codes there’s no doubt the Gold Coast is a top spot to watch incredible athletes give it their all. Throughout the year you can catch the Gold Coast Titans, the Gold Coast Suns or if cars are more your speed, reserve a spot at the V8 supercars.

This weekend the RACV Ladies Golf Masters is on (12-15 February), while later in the month the world’s best surfers will head to the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, located minutes from us at Snapper Rocks. Don’t miss seeing Stephanie Gilmour go for an unprecedented sixth win in a row from 28 February to 11 March.

4. Learn to surf or SUP

Learn to surf at some of the world's best beaches! And don't miss the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro from 27 February to 11 March.

Learn to surf at some of the world’s best beaches! And don’t miss the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro from 28 February to 11 March.

The Coolangatta beaches are simply the best on the coast. Enjoy the sheltered swimming conditions at Rainbow Bay or Greenmount beach or head to Kirra and Snapper Rocks for world class waves. If you’re keen to try surfing or stand up paddle boarding (SUP), Coolangatta Learn to Surf is just steps from your Ocean Plaza Resort apartment at Greenmount Beach.

5. Conquer the Skypoint climb at Q1

This is not for the faint hearted! If you’re looking for an exhilarating experience and the chance to see unparalleled 360-degree views of the entire Gold Coast book in the SkyPoint climb now! You can conquer Australia’s highest external building climb in the day or at twilight. If climbing more than 280 stairs doesn’t appeal, there’s always the SkyPoint observation deck for an unbeatable Gold Coast sunset view.

6. Watch the Australian Outback Spectacular

Overseas and local visitors alike love the dazzling Australian Outback Spectacular dinner show, which combines live music, stunts, animals and stories that demonstrate the famous Australian spirit.

7. See a world heritage listed site at Springbrook National Park

Known for its spectacular natural features, the Springbrook National Park is part of Australia’s world heritage listed Gondwana Rainforest area. Choose a long or short walk, see the glow worm colony at the Natural Bridge and stand on the rim of an extinct volcano at Best of All Lookout. See it all yourself or take a tour.

8. Have a wild encounter at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

You should never smile at a crocodile, unless you’re at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. In addition to all of the amazing attractions at the park you can take part in once in a lifetime close encounters. Feed a saltwater croc, cuddle a koala or make friends with an echidna, whichever you choose, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will be an unforgettable day out.

9. Head out for live entertainment

There’s pubs, bars, and clubs galore on the Gold Coast. Ocean Plaza Resort is located above local live music hub Coolangatta Hotel and minutes away from Twin Towns, so no matter what your preference is for a fantastic night out, you’ll find it here. Further afield, Jupiters Casino and Gold Coast favourite Dracula’s are guaranteed fun.

From 6-22 March don’t miss the fourth annual Bleach* Festival, which showcases the art and culture of the Southern Gold Coast. Musicians such as Tiki Taane, Juzzie Smith and Clare Bowditch are all part of the program, which promises to be one of the best yet!

10. Relax at a beachfront restaurant

There’s nothing quite like an icy cold drink and great food with waves crashing in the background. While the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro is on this month why not try the Rainbow Bay Surf Club at Snapper Rocks for a prime view of all the surfing action?

Valentine’s Day Special

We’re celebrating Valentine’s Day by offering you an amazing special. Stay for two nights in February in a one bedroom fully self-contained apartment for a total of $298! Your stay must be between a Sunday night and a Friday morning.

Mention this special offer when booking to receive FREE chocolates on arrival and enjoy a luxurious sleep-in with a late 11am checkout.

Book now online using the form to your right!

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