Gold Coast Bucket List

Gold Coast Bucket List

20 Dec 2023

These are the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you’ll remember forever. How many of the these iconic Gold Coast attractions have you ticked off?

SkyPoint Climb

Conquer Australia’s highest external building climb, the Skypoint Climb atop of the Q1 building in Surfers Paradise. Get suited up and start your climb to the summit, a whopping 270 metres above sea level. Regular stops will be taken along the climb so you can admire the stunning 360 degree views of the Gold Coast region including the golden beaches, city skyline and lush green hinterland. All up the experience takes about 90 minutes including the briefing session. 

Hot Air Balloon Ride over the Hinterland

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness nature's grandeur from an unrivalled vantage point - up in the clouds. Enjoy sweeping views from your balloon basket across the rolling hills of the majestic Gold Coast Hinterland as the morning sun bathes the landscape in the first light. End the experience with a champagne breakfast at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard Grand Homestead. 


Skydive over Kirra Beach

Combine the thrill of free-fall with a spectacular aerial view of one of Australia's most stunning coastlines. Take the leap of a lifetime with Gold Coast Skydive as you free-fall 12,000 feet to gently land on the beautiful Kirra Beach.

Visit Waterfalls

You might have originally been drawn to the Gold Coast because of our incredible beaches, but our amazing Hinterland and waterfall tracks are just as beautiful. It may take you a few trips to tick them all off but three waterfalls that are definitely worthy of being on your Bucket List include:
Purling Brook Falls (Springbrook National Park)
Moran Falls (Lamington National Park)
Elabana Falls (Lamington National Park)

Ride the Tallest, Longest & Fastest HyperCoaster in the Southern Hemisphere

We’re known as the theme park capital of Australia for a reason and you need to visit the theme parks at least ONCE in your life. The DC Rivals Hypercoaster at Movie World is one for our serious thrill seekers. Speed along the 1.4km track and experience one of the world’s first non-inverted loops. 

Whale Watching

Our seaside city is one of the best places in Australia to see Humpback whales on their annual migration - an estimated 40,000 swim past our shores each year! The good news is, that unlike many other locations - you don't need to spend hours on a boat to see them. A short 20 minute trip out to sea, and you're right there on the Humpback Highway with a VIP view of these graceful mammals swimming, blowing and breaching.There are so many of them during whale season (July - October) that whale watching tours have a 100% whale guarantee.

Longest, Fastest Zipline In Australia

Fly across stunning rainforest on Australia’s largest zipline, the Canyon Flyer, at Treetop Challenge on Tamborine Mountain. While you’re there, challenge yourself at Australia's largest adult adventure park, Treetop Challenge which has 8 high ropes courses and over 140 elements to tackle. High levels of fun for everyone! 

Float in Tallebudgera Creek

This is less of a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience and more of a ‘must-do’ when visiting the Gold Coast. This stunning iconic swimming spot on the south side of Burleigh Headland is famous for its calm, sparkling waters, fringed by pandanus palms and the wilderness of Burleigh Heads National Park. 

Want to explore more? Check out our blogs for all the amazing things to see and do in our city.

Sarah Thompson
Sarah Thompson

Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Sarah is the creative guru behind Destination Gold Coast's social channels. When she isn’t long lunching with friends, hiking through the Hinterland, or scrolling Tik Tok, you’ll find her on the hunt for the Gold Coast’s best cocktails…especially Espresso Martinis.


Destination Gold Coast acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. 
We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout Southeast Queensland.