Summer on the Gold Coast, it feels like...

Things are heating up on the Gold Coast. From day break until sun-down the city is abuzz with exciting things to see and do this summer.

Fill your basket with fresh produce at the many local markets, catch live riffs at your local, immerse in the colourful cultural festivals and get loud at the Gold Coast’s summer sports.

From the beach to the Broadwater, hinterland to our city heart and all the neighbourhood treasures in between – nowhere does summer like the Gold Coast.

Summer Stories

Waterfalls, hikes and nature galore – 9 must-see Gold Coast hinterland gems

The Gold Coast is home to an impressive natural landscape, from stretches of golden beaches to lush valleys, rugged mountains and cascading waterfalls. Read more
Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year: Out with the Rat and in with the Ox

Despite 2021's current Covid-climate, Lunar New Year traditions, customs and delicious dinners will go ahead across the Gold Coast, with locals celebrating the Year of the Ox in their own special way. Read more
(@Mo's Desert Clubhouse

10 ways to inject some culture into your weekend

Art isn’t limited to paint on a canvas; it’s in everything from live gigs, stage shows, film, galleries and museums to our heritage. Here are 10 different ways to inject some Gold Coast culture into your life. Read more

Quaint Gold Coast Teahouses And High Tea

On the contrary to popular belief, the Gold Coast is not all coastal bars and cocktails. Venture off the beaten track to discover quaint teahouses, vintage high tea parlours, provincial gardens and a good dollop of old-world charm. Read more
Aviary Rooftop Bar

Best Gold Coast spots for sunset drinks

With over 300 days of sunshine on average a year, the Gold Coast is one of the best locations to enjoy a world-class sunset year-round. To help keep your 'gram game on point, we've narrowed down some of the best... Read more

Romantic things to do on the Gold Coast

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And while February 14 is recognised as the day of love in many regions of the world, any day is a good time to celebrate love - whether it’s the passion of your... Read more

The Gold Coast’s best hidden bars

We're taking you off the beaten track, slipping down alleyways and solving riddles to find the best clandestine hangouts and hidden bars on the Gold Coast. Read more

The best northern Gold Coast playgrounds for kids of all ages

The northern Gold Coast is emerging as the playground epicentre of the city. As new residential developments come to life so do the expansive playgrounds, sporting fields and manicured green spaces. Read more

Best BBQ spots on the Gold Coast

Nothing beats the smell of onions and snags sizzling away on the BBQ. Thankfully the Gold Coast has more than 380 public BBQs to get your fix this summer. Read more
The Wallaby Hotel

9 Gold Coast pubs with playgrounds

We have scoured the Gold Coast for venues that make it an easy night out for families. Check out nine Gold Coast pubs with playgrounds. Read more
Palm Beach Surf Club

Gold Coast venues get Ocean Friendly

Venues across the Gold Coast are jumping on board the Surfrider Foundation’s Ocean Friendly program. Read more

9 Challenging Gold Coast bushwalks for adrenaline junkies

If you’re an adrenaline junkie always up for a new adventure, why not run or cycle your way through some of the Gold Coast’s most challenging trails. Read more
Beyond The Sand

Gold Coast major events guide 2021

We Are Gold Coast has compiled a guide of all major events happening in the city in 2021 from sports competitions to arts and cultural festivals. Read more

Gold Coast’s Best Breweries

Local business people and even world surfing champions are recognising the burgeoning craft beer market as a smart investment and they are reaping the rewards. While this trend towards home-grown breweries is sweeping the world, the Gold Coast is establishing... Read more

The best Gold Coast mountain biking tracks for beginners

Mountain bike riding is fun and provides a full body workout, building strength and cardio fitness. The Gold Coast has plenty of trails for riders new to mountain bike riding. Read more

The ultimate dog-friendly guide to the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is home to over 60,000 registered dogs, so it’s no surprise local cafes, restaurants and bars are getting on board to ensure our pawesome pals can join us when we are out and about. Read more
Ronnie Long Park, Tallebudgera

Seven fun playgrounds to wear the kids out

It is a question that most parents ask themselves every morning: “what is a fun way to wear the kids out?" Check out our list of imaginative playgrounds on the Gold Coast that will keep the whole family happy... Read more

The Gold Coast’s summer of sport set to sizzle

The Gold Coast summer sporting calendar heats up from December to February to host big-ticket contests from across the sporting spectrum. Read more
Night Markets

Best night markets on the Gold Coast

Phenomenal fare and drool-worthy desserts aren’t the only delights luring locals and visitors to the Gold Coast’s burgeoning night market scene. These twilight gatherings reflect the city’s unique and contemporary vibe by serving up a culturally-diverse atmosphere that’s buzzing with... Read more
Paradise Country

Easter school holiday activities to try on the Gold Coast

There’s no need for school holiday boredom on the Gold Coast. There’s so much to see and do, and the summer school holidays are the perfect time for the kids to get out and try something new. Read more

24 must-do Gold Coast experiences to tick off your bucket list this summer

Some may argue summer never truly leaves the Gold Coast, but if you’re keen to make the most of the warmer weather we’ve got you covered with our must-do bucket list. Read more

Top waterway spots for summer fun

You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to waterway spots to enjoy on the Gold Coast, with the city boasting an abundance of picturesque lagoons, parks and swimming enclosures. Read more
Ursula Watts

Live Like A Local – Summer Days on the GC

With the festive season in swing and summer holidays about to hit, five locals tell us how they’d spend an ideal summer’s day on the Gold Coast. Read more

Parkrun: the community changing lives one step at a time

It’s the fitness phenomenon that has taken the world by storm, connecting communities across the globe. Parkrun’s concept is simple: turn up, walk or run five kilometres, and join the movement. Read more
At Boomers (Photo credit: Eduardo Knoch)

Six challenging mountain bike trails for thrill seekers

The Goldie is home to a stack of mountain bike trails, perfect for riders keen on fast winding tracks and challenging obstacles. Read more

Every epic event to pencil into your calendar this summer season

As the sensational season of summer hits the Gold Coast, we have an exceptional line-up of unmissable ‘Epic Events’ to fill your calendar with. Read more
The Chats

Feedback Festival drops second line-up

The Gold Coast welcomes back live music and scores Australia's newest summer music festival, landing this December 3-13. Read more

Gold Coast sets sail in Sydney to Hobart

Every Boxing Day, a kaleidoscope of colour erupts across Sydney Harbour in what is considered one of the most iconic scenes in Australian sport – the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race. Read more
Aerial view of the southern Gold Coast

The best Gold Coast surf breaks

Why our city is one great, big, wave-making and surf star-producing machine Read more
markets, shop local

13 Gold Coast markets where you can eat, shop and support local

Whether it’s organic produce that you can’t live without, incredible street food that will make your tastebuds dance or unique handmade artisan creations, the following ‘must do’ Gold Coast markets are sure to please. Read more
Bally Mountain Conservation Area

Hidden gems on the Gold Coast

With a wealth of natural beauty at its fingertips, the Gold Coast is bursting with hidden gems waiting to be discovered. If you’re looking for some lesser-known locations to explore on the Gold Coast, get off the beaten track and... Read more

Gold Coast Summer of Music – The Ultimate Gig Guide

It’s been a tough year for lovers of live music. While they’ve been hit hard by the consequences of COVID-19, the people, performers, fans and venues who make up our local music scene have been innovative in adapting to accommodate... Read more

11 of the best skate parks for beginners

The Gold Coast is home to the most skate and BMX parks per capita than any other city in Australia. That’s wheely good news for those looking to kick-flip their way through the festive season. Read more

7 short family walks on the Gold Coast kids will love!

Taking young children on short walks and adventures in and around the Gold Coast is a sure-fire way to help them develop a lifelong love of nature and wildlife. Read more

The Gold Coast guide to mountain bike riding

The Gold Coast is home to a rich and diverse range of trails and mountain bike experiences. Discovering these trails can result in a fun outing with the family, an epic adventure up into the hills or an exhilarating shred with... Read more
NV Gravity Park. Photographer: Sam Rochaix

9 must-do Gold Coast mountain bike destinations for every skill level

From the ocean to the mountains, Gold Coast mountain bike parks are home to a multitude of trails, with a track to suit most abilities. Read more
Cali Beach Club Artist Impression

Gold Coast takes beach bar to a whole new level

The Gold Coast is set to welcome a brand new mega entertainment rooftop precinct in early 2021 – taking beach bars to a whole new level. Cali Beach Club is the latest development revealed by leading Australian hospitality group Artesian... Read more
Little Toy Library

Where to source sustainable children’s toys on the Gold Coast

As the idea of ethical consumerism takes a greater hold on the general population, Gold Coast is seeing a rise in sustainably-minded shoppers, keen to spend their hard-earned cash on quality products from small local businesses. Read more
Second hand Santa - Thryft GC

Gold Coast Christmas gift ideas doing good for the planet

After such a hectic year, taking care of ourselves, each other and the planet need to be top priorities these holidays. So when you show your loved ones you care with a gift this Christmas, why not also show the... Read more

Australia Day 2021 Guide to Gold Coast fun

From Hottest 100 countdowns at your local watering hole to glamorous beach parties - there really is something for everyone this Australia Day and Australia Day weekend. Read more
Shop local, Mt Tamborine

The Gold Coast guide to gifting local

With Christmas only days away, the days to finalise your presents are slowly running out. If you’re eager to avoid the mad rush of the major shopping centres and want to support local business, why not fill your Santa sack... Read more
Gold Coast Beach aerial

The 12 Beaches of Christmas

On the first day of Christmas, our Gold Coast gave to us; glorious weather at Greenmount beach. Read more

Covid, Carols, and Christmas at Currumbin with Casey Barnes

Australian country rock royalty and local legend Casey Barnes has ridden the wave of 2020 to new career heights. Read more
The trawlers at Seaworld Drive, Main Beach

Where to find the freshest produce for your Christmas lunch

Blessed with such a lush environment, abundant goods and talented producers as we are here on the Gold Coast, it makes perfect sense to make our Christmas feasts as local as possible. Read more
Scoop at HOTA

Ice cream with a sprinkle of circus at SCOOP!

Summer-time vibes at HOTA this January Everything you love about summer in one sweet weekend! From 15-17 Jan SCOOP! will take over the HOTA, Home of the Arts precinct with an ice cream flavoured, carnival-inspired program taking place around our... Read more
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Thursday April 15
Gold Coast Film Festival 2021

Gold Coast Film Festival

Gold Coast
Friday April 16
Wilbur the Optical Whale

Wilbur the Optical Whale

10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Surfers Paradise
Sky High Cinema Skypoint

Sky High Cinema

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Surfers Paradise
Duke’s Parlour Mixed Bag of LOLs Stand-up Comedy Night

Duke’s Parlour Mixed Bag of LOLs Stand-up Comedy Night

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Gold Coast
Saturday April 17

School Holidays Musical Theatre Workshop

9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Varsity Lakes
Supanova Comic Con & Gaming

Supanova Comic Con & Gaming

10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Doug Jennings Park, The Spit

For The Love music festival

1:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Main Beach
Sunday April 18
Broadbeach Art and Craft markets

Broadbeach Art & Craft Markets

8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Burleigh Cinema at Burleigh Brewing

Burleigh Cinema at Burleigh Brewing

6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Burleigh Heads
Tuesday April 20
Music and Movie Trivia, Gold Coast Film Festival, QT

Music & Movie Trivia

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Surfers Paradise

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