Unveiling the Gold Coast: A Newcomer’s Guide to Endless Fun


Are you organising the refit of your vessel at GCCM? Welcome to the vibrant Gold Coast, where endless excitement awaits newcomers 🙂 Here are some destination ideas during your stay! From pristine beaches and thrilling theme parks to lush hinterland adventures and diverse dining options, this coastal paradise offers a treasure trove of experiences. Dive into turquoise waters, catch a wave, or bask in the sun on golden sands. Explore bustling Surfers Paradise, immerse yourself in the beauty of Burleigh Heads, and indulge in world-class dining. Mooring at the Marina unlocks thrilling possibilities with vibrant restaurants and attractions just steps away. Conveniently located, anchor your boat, step ashore, and embark on an unforgettable journey of discovery and delight. The Gold Coast is ready to welcome you with open arms and a plethora of exciting activities for all ages.


Looking for a fine dining experience after a long day? Give one of these Gold Coast Gems a try!



Located at ex-Palazzo Versace, now Imperial Hotel in Main Beach, Vanitas offers a sophisticated dining experience with a focus on modern Australian cuisine.



Situated at The Sofitel Broadbeach, Room81 presents an innovative menu showcasing contemporary Australian flavours in an elegant setting.


The Fish House

Nestled in Burleigh Heads, The Fish House is renowned for its fresh seafood, refined dishes, and breathtaking ocean views.



Found within the iconic Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, Seaduction combines stunning ocean views with a creative menu highlighting local produce.


Nineteen at The Star

Situated within The Star Gold Coast, Nineteen offers a refined dining experience with a focus on modern Australian and international cuisine.


Mamasan Kitchen + Bar

Located in Broadbeach, Mamasan is known for its upscale Asian fusion cuisine, stylish decor, and vibrant atmosphere.



Found within The Star Gold Coast, Kiyomi showcases contemporary Japanese cuisine crafted by award-winning chefs in a sophisticated setting.


Social Eating House + Bar

Located in Broadbeach, this trendy restaurant offers a fine dining experience with its creative menu and chic ambience.


The Little Truffle Dining Room & Bar

Situated in Mermaid Beach, The Little Truffle offers an intimate and refined dining experience with its modern Australian menu and attention to detail.



Fancy some wine?


While the Gold Coast is more commonly associated with its stunning beaches and vibrant attractions, there are a few wineries in the nearby regions that offer delightful wine-tasting experiences. Here are a couple of wineries near the Gold Coast:


Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard & Winery

Located in Mount Tamborine, just a short drive from the Gold Coast, Cedar Creek Estate is known for its picturesque vineyard setting and award-winning wines. Enjoy wine tastings, cellar door experiences, and take in the beautiful surroundings.


O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards

Situated in the scenic Canungra Valley, O’Reilly’s is a family-owned vineyard that offers wine tastings, vineyard tours, and a restaurant with stunning views. Sample their selection of handcrafted wines and enjoy a relaxing day in the countryside.





Have the kids with you? Keep them occupied with all the amazing activities the Gold Coast has to offer.


Warner Bros. Movie World

This iconic theme park offers thrilling rides, live entertainment, and opportunities to meet favourite movie characters.


Sea World

Dive into the wonders of marine life at Sea World, where kids can enjoy animal shows, interact with dolphins, and experience exciting rides.



Beat the heat and have a splashing good time at Wet’n’Wild water park, with its slides, pools, and water attractions for all ages.


Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Get up close and personal with Australian wildlife, feed kangaroos, cuddle koalas, and enjoy daily wildlife shows.


Infinity Attraction

Let the kids’ imaginations run wild at Infinity, an immersive and mind-bending journey through a maze of futuristic special effects.


Timezone Surfers Paradise

A haven of arcade games and interactive entertainment, Timezone is perfect for kids who love games and fun-filled activities.


Broadwater Parklands

This waterfront park in Southport offers playgrounds, water features, and picnic areas, providing a great place for family outings and relaxation.



Or just want to experience all the nature the Gold Coast has to offer?


The Gold Coast is blessed with stunning natural areas that are perfect for exploring and immersing yourself in the beauty of nature. Here’s a list of must-visit nature areas on the Gold Coast:


Lamington National Park

A World Heritage-listed rainforest paradise with breathtaking waterfalls, hiking trails, and diverse flora and fauna.


Burleigh Headland National Park

Located in Burleigh Heads, this coastal park offers scenic walking trails, stunning ocean views, and a chance to spot wildlife.


Springbrook National Park

Explore ancient rainforests, marvel at the Natural Bridge, and take in panoramic views from the various lookouts.


Tamborine Mountain

Discover lush rainforests, stunning waterfalls, charming village vibes, and enjoy the famous Tamborine Mountain Skywalk.


David Fleay Wildlife Park

Located in Burleigh Heads, this park is dedicated to showcasing native wildlife and provides educational experiences for visitors.


Tallebudgera Creek

A pristine waterway where you can enjoy swimming, kayaking, and picnicking surrounded by scenic beauty.


Currumbin Valley

Experience the tranquillity of the Currumbin Valley with its rolling hills, rural landscapes, and charming villages.


Hinze Dam

A picturesque spot for picnics, fishing, and bushwalking, offering beautiful views of the surrounding hinterland.


South Stradbroke Island

Just off the coast of the Gold Coast, this untouched island offers pristine beaches, wildlife encounters, and a peaceful escape from the bustling city.


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