How to Spend a Week on the Gold Coast

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If you are planning a week’s trip, then the Gold Coast can be one of the best places to visit. Travelling for a week to this vibrant, sun-kissed coast will be more than just a vacation. Spread over an area of 1400 square kilometres, it has an exciting combination of lively nightlife, thrilling theme parks, and stunning beaches. Whether you are a person who is looking for some thrill and adventure or simply to relax and enjoy, this coastal paradise offers something unique as per everyone’s taste and preference. You’ll find a variety of interesting activities to spend your time here, from world-class restaurants and lively nightlife to exciting water activities and amazing strolling. After arriving at the Gold Coast, you can check for the best hotels to stay at, like Voco Gold Coast, an IHG hotel, and Wyndham Hotel Surfers Paradise. These two are the best hotels near this amazing coast that will offer you all the premium facilities. Once you have checked in, you can freshen up and have your breakfast provided by the hotel staff itself.  Come along for a well-planned trip as we reveal the most effective ways to utilise your seven days at this gorgeous coastal location, where each sunrise offers fresh opportunities and each sunset transforms the sky into a magical canvas.

Day 1: SkyPoint Observation Deck

SkyPoint Observation Deck

It’s your first day on the Gold Coast so why not make the most of it! You can move ahead to your first destination, Visit the Skypoint Observation Deck, Located just 8 minutes from Gold Coast  City, this location promises a unique and breathtaking experience. From this deck, you can take in a 360-degree view of the city skyline, Pacific Ocean, and countryside. This is Australia’s highest external building, located at a height of 270 metres above sea level. The most adventurous thing at SkyPoint Observation Deck is to climb to the top of the Q1 building. There is a proper guide who will take you to the top of the deck. This thrilling experience will also offer you some of the most stunning views of the Gold Coast.

Once you have explored the surroundings, you can have your lunch at Bistro + Bar, where you can choose anything from a wide menu and enjoy it in the sun while enjoying some breathtaking views. Along with your meals, you can opt for a variety of beers, wines, and cocktails from their licensed bar, available to all guests.

After having your lunch, walk over to the SkyPoint Observation Deck on Level 77, where you will get a chance to explore the outdoor and indoor observation areas.

You can explore the stunning Surfers Paradise skyline, golden beaches, grassy Gold Coast landscape, wide Pacific Ocean, and a lot more, stretching as far as the eye can see. Along with this, you will also be able to see a museum, theater, weather station, and bar lounge

Finally, don’t forget to enjoy the most delicious Italian food at Alfresco Italian Restaurant which is located at just a short distance from the SkyPoint Observation Deck. After enjoying your delicious meals and drinks, you can now move back to your hotel and rest there to relax and prepare for your next day of the trip.

Name SkyPoint Observation Deck
Address Level 77, q1 building/9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
Ticket Price Check Here
Opening Hours Monday 7:30 am – 9 pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 7:30 am – 9 pm
Thursday 7:30 am – 9 pm
Friday 7:30 am – 9 pm
Saturday 7:30 am – 9 pm
Sunday 7:30 am – 9 pm
Direction Google Maps
Google Review: “I just love coming to SkyPoint Observation Deck. The view is absolutely amazing and I could happily spend hours here. The staff are just great. A must do at the Gold Coast.” – Bav – Foodie

Day 2: Dreamworld


Today is the day to explore a popular theme park known for its diverse range of rides, shows, and interactive experiences, none other than Dreamworld. Once you get up, get ready for this exciting journey, Which is just 20 to 25 minutes from the Gold Coast City. Don’t forget to have your breakfast in the hotel where you are staying, since reaching this destination will take some time. 

Try to arrive early to make the most of your time at Dreamworld. Once you arrive, go buy tickets first. As soon as you enter, you will witness the fact that Dreamworld is a park that has a wide range of thrilling rides to suit everyone’s excitement levels. There is something for everyone, from family-friendly attractions like the DreamWorks Experience to exhilarating roller coasters like the Giant Drop and BuzzSaw. Don’t forget to explore the Big 9 thrill rides, which will give adventure seekers the thrill of a lifetime. Along with this, this park offers you a variety of water slides that add to your overall thrilling experience at this place.

After enjoying the thrilling rides, it’s time to eat something. For this, Dreamworld offers you a variety of delicious cuisine and refreshing drinks. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, including delicious schnitzels and burgers as well as sweets like ice cream and more. You can choose your menu according to your taste and preference. After enjoying your meal, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the flavour and refreshing coffee at Green Bean Coffee Co.

When you’ve finished your meal, the next thing to explore at Dreamworld is its wildlife conservation park. Dreamworld is also the world’s largest zoological contributor to tiger conservation, along with being a theme park. At this place, you can see amazing tiger performances and even have the opportunity to participate in a special tiger encounter. Along with the tigers, you can also witness Australia’s native wildlife, which includes koalas, cassowaries, red kangaroos, emus, eagles, dingoes, and many more animals.

After enjoying this adventurous theme park, you can plan your visit back to the hotel. You can have dinner on your way back to the hotel, as there are some exciting restaurant options on your way, like Nonna’s Italian Harbourtown Hungry, Jack’s Burgers Helensvale, and Sandy’s Bar + Grill. These eateries are among the best along the route and will offer you mouthwatering dishes from a variety of cuisines that suit your taste.

Name Dreamworld
Address Dreamworld Pkwy, Coomera QLD 4209, Australia
Ticket Price Check Here
Opening Hours Monday 10:30 am – 4 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am – 4 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am – 4 pm
Thursday 10:30 am – 4 pm
Friday 10:30 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
Direction Google Maps
Google Review: “Best family theme park on the Gold Coast. Thrill rides, shows and animal experiences at dreamworld then a swim and slides to finish off in the afternoon. Great value for money.” – Cynder Joy Pedrosa

Day 3: Burleigh Head National Park

Burleigh Head National Park

Another day, another park. Today is the day to explore Burleigh Head National Park, situated just 20 to 25 minutes from the Gold Coast City. Like previous days, have your breakfast in the hotel you are staying in, and then head over to start your journey towards this national park.

Once reached, you can now explore the diverse flora and fauna of this beautiful place. Despite being small in size, this natural park has beautiful surroundings. It also hosts a variety of native plant species, such as grey ironbark, brush box, native hibiscus tree, pandanus palms, and forest red gum. Along with the diverse plant species, this national park has amazing wildlife as well. Animals such as Australian brush turkeys, red-backed sea eagles, and koalas can be seen in this park. Situated near the beach, this national park offers some of the most stunning views to its visitors.

After exploring this park, now it’s time to have lunch. Keeping in mind animal’s safety, there are no restaurants inside this national park, so you have to move out to have lunch. You can have your lunch at The Yiros Shop, Burleigh Heads, and Rick Shores, the two most famous restaurants situated near Burleigh Head National Park. These two restaurants provide a wide variety of menus that suit everyone’s taste.

After finishing your lunch, now it’s time for a beautiful coastal walk to be done on a track known as Oceanview Track. The track connects Burleigh Heads with Tallebudgera Creek, providing you with the most stunning views of the landscape. This walk will provide you with a chance to witness the diverse plant and animal kingdom as well. On your way, you will find a rainforest circuit that is situated 88 metres above sea level, where you can see whales in the spring and winter seasons.

After enjoying this beautiful coastal walk, now it’s time to have some dinner. As it’s your 3rd day on this trip and considering such a long walk you had today, you can reach back to your hotel to have your dinner and take some rest so that you get up fresh and energetic for the next day.

Name Burleigh Head National Park
Address Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads QLD 4220, Australia
Ticket Price Free Entry
Opening Hours Open 24 hours
Direction Google Maps
Google Review: “Great views with a short hike to the top. The park has three entrances so make sure you know where you parked your car. Home to Wild turkeys and Geckos” – SAad Fitbeard

Day 4: Sea World

Sea World

Gold Coast being the “theme park capital of Australia” comes with another fascinating option named Sea World. This is one of Australia’s top marine parks, situated just 15 to 20 minutes away from the Gold Coast City. You can quickly get ready and have your breakfast at the hotel you are staying in before proceeding to your destination.

Sea World is a park that gives you an exciting and thrilling experience of marine life. It is a place that will give you a lot of different experiences in a single place. At this park, you can explore the nine amazing exhibits that will give you a thrilling and mesmerising experience of all the behind-the-scenes action taking place. You will also discover various animal’s behaviour in a very good manner.

The exhibits range from Penguin Encounter to Polar Bear Shores, Ray Reef, Shark Bay, and many more. Along with the exhibits, there are a variety of shows and presentations that the animals present to give you a more enjoyable and exciting experience on your journey.

Once you have explored the exhibits and shows of these amazing creatures, it’s time to have lunch. Sea World offers you a lot of dining options to overcome your hunger. You can come and explore some of the top restaurants at SeaWorld, such as Pizza Shack, Top Terrace Cafe, Prime Burgers, and many more. Quickly grab your meal since more thrilling and exciting activities are waiting for you.

After completing your lunch, it’s time to move ahead and explore the thrilling rides at SeaWorld. This place, along with its animal experience, provides you with a lot of adventurous rides. It consists of Jet Rescue Coaster, Storm Coaster, and Donatello’s Ninja Flyers, and along with this, they also have some new rides such as Leviathan, Trident, and Sky Fortress. Explore all the options to make your experience more adventurous and exciting. At this destination, there are some rides as per the age group, so along with the adults, children can also explore and enjoy themselves to the fullest.

After enjoying one full day at this captivating park, now it is time to return to your hotel. And on your way to the hotel, have your dinner at restaurants like Ladybird Restaurant & Bar and Glass Dining & Lounge Bar. These restaurants are among the most liked since they offer you a beautiful seaside atmosphere while you enjoy your dinner.

Name Sea World
Address Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217, Australia
Ticket Price Check Here
Opening Hours Monday 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday 10 am – 5 pm
Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
Direction Google Maps
Google Review: “Great rides! Great themes! We went to Movie World the day before but enjoyed the atmosphere here more. You can touch stingrays, go on rides, watch dolphin shows, and see the aquarium!” – Ann K

Day 5: Ripley's Believe It or Not! Surfers Paradise

Believe It or Not!

Now it’s time to explore one of the most famous surfers paradises on the Gold Coast, i.e., Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Surfers Paradise. Situated just 5 to 10 minutes from the Gold Coast City, this place is quite renowned for its family-friendly destination. After having breakfast, start getting ready to visit this place. Considering the last day’s activities, this is the perfect place to hang out and get relaxed.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Surfers Paradise is a unique and attractive indoor place to visit. At this place, you will find more than 300 exhibits based on illusion and science. You can also find a lot of unique and exciting things to get engaged in, such as the Art Gallery, Candy Factory, Impossible LaseRace, and Space Odyssey. This place also features Cavill Mall, which has approximately 15 different themed galleries of artefacts and interactive exhibits, giving you a more exciting experience. After you are done with this, it’s time for you to participate in other co-related activities based on adventure and history, magic, mystery, remarkable illusions, and some interesting interactive games.

Excited to explore something more at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! but ran out of energy. Worry not, as you just need to step out of this mall to have a delicious meal to satisfy your cravings. Options such as Vapiano Soul Boardwalk, Grill’d Surfers Paradise, and Brazilian Flame Bar & Grill are the best ones to visit.

After finishing with your lunch, come back and enjoy Ripley’s 7D Moving Theatre Surfers Paradise. This 7D moving theatre is an 8-seater that is a new addition to the mall. At this place, you will get the excitement of participating in a video game while sitting on a motion simulator. After enjoying your video game, the next thing to do is enjoy Ripley’s Mirror Maze Surfers Paradise. At Mirror Maze, immerse yourself in a world full of LED lights filled with endless mirrors.

After spending a great day at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Surfers Paradise, it’s time for some delicious meals to eat as dinner. You can have your dinner at Alfresco Italian Restaurant, and to make it more exciting, don’t forget to taste their desserts, which are one of their specialties. After having your dinner and enjoying the delicious ice cream, now it’s time to go back to your hotel to take some rest.

Name Ripley's Believe It or Not! Surfers Paradise
Address Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
Ticket Price Check Here
Opening Hours Monday 9 am – 10 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 10 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 10 pm
Thursday 9 am – 10 pm
Friday 9 am – 10 pm
Saturday 9 am – 10 pm
Sunday 9 am – 10 pm
Direction Google Maps
Google Review: “This was place was pretty interesting! I found it interactive for all ages, and reasonably priced for what it offered. I found it to be a long wait for the 7D cinema but at least it was fun. Overall I enjoyed this venue.” – kayla quay

Day 6: The Spit Gold Coast

The Spit Gold Coast

Excited about today’s trip but feeling a little low since it’s the second last day at Gold Coast? Don’t worry, as your excitement to visit a new place will soar. The place that we will visit today is the Spit Gold Coast, which carries a very significant role in the hearts of locals as well as tourists. This place is located at a distance of 20 to 25 minutes from the Gold Coast City. Have your breakfast on your way to the Spit Gold Coast or in the hotel you are staying in.

The Spit Gold Coast is 5 km long, starting from the main beach and extending to the seaway where Broadwater meets the Pacific Ocean. When you enter this location, you will find people enjoying themselves and spending quality time with their friends and family. This jetty extends out of the beach, giving you some outstanding views of the ocean and the surrounding area as well. The area near this jetty has become a popular spot for picnics, fishing, boating, and relaxing. This place is also famous because dogs are allowed at this spot. Just at the beginning of the spot comes a beach where you can indulge in activities like swimming and surfing.

After indulging in different activities, you might be feeling hungry. So now it is time to move to a nearby restaurant and take in some of the most famous dishes available there. The restaurants available near the jetty are Glass Dining & Lounge Bar, Ladybird Restaurant & Bar, and Omeros Brothers Seafood Restaurant. All these restaurants will provide you with stunning views and delicious meals in one place.

After enjoying your meals, now it’s time to experience the sunset from the edge of the jetty, as it will give you an extremely unforgettable experience. The peaceful coastline, chirping sounds of birds, and beautiful evening combined with the delicate colours of the sun will give you the most pleasant evening feeling you have ever experienced. After watching the sunset, you can stroll back to the beach. 

After a full day out at The Spit Gold Coast, now it’s time to come back to your hotel, where you can enjoy some mouth-watering dinner at its nearby restaurants. Explore the menu and choose the top dishes of the chosen restaurant. After this, it’s time to go back to the hotel. Since tomorrow is the last day of your trip, you need to pack your bags and get ready to move back to your place.

Name The Spit Gold Coast
Address Seaworld Dr, Main Beach QLD 4217, Australia
Ticket Price Free Entry
Opening Hours Open 24 hours
Direction Google Maps
Google Review: “You should never miss this spot on your gold coast tour. It’s an amazing place. You would experience the sea, the air, and the city view etc. overall a well recommended place” – Arif Uzzaman

Day 7: Infinity Attraction

Today is the last day of your Gold Coast trip, so before you depart back to your house let’s not miss the chance to explore the wonderful destination that this Coast has to offer. So get ready for an exciting and adventurous journey to the Infinity Attraction. Have your breakfast at the hotel you are staying in and then depart for your destination, which is just 5 to 10 minutes from Gold Coast City.

Infinity Attraction is an exciting, unique, and mind-blowing place that will take you to an amazing future instance of magic. It is a place that will activate your imagination and test the limits of your senses. At this place, you will experience 20 multi-sensory play locations with different special effects, such as fascinating atmospheric sounds, tempting smells, extremely awesome tunes, and breathtaking illusions that seem to go on forever. Along with this, it will take you to an imaginary world when you enter the time tunnel, which will give you a unique and exciting experience that you have never had before. People who visited this place described it as a “chemical-free trip into other dimensions of your imagination that explodes your senses”.

After exploring the beautiful attraction, it’s time to enjoy some culinary delights. To have a good lunch, you can explore these two restaurants: Betty’s Burgers and Costa D’Oro Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, which are located near the Infinity Attraction itself. After having your meal, it’s time to say goodbye to the Gold Coast and depart back to your home.

Name Infinity Attraction
Address G31 Chevron Renaissance Centre, 3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
Ticket Price Check Here
Opening Hours Monday: 10am – 10pm
Tuesday: 10am – 10pm
Wednesday: 10am – 10pm
Thursday: 10am – 10pm
Friday: 10am – 10pm
Saturday: 10am – 10pm
Sunday: 10am – 10pm
Direction Google Maps
Google Review: “Me and my partner went on a week night, and it was relatively quiet which was nice. This was a really cool experience, and quite different to any I’ve done before. Some of the rooms can be a bit of a sensory overload, but very unique attraction.” – Cailen Lee


We can conclude by saying that spending a week on the Gold Coast provides you with an amazing experience, from the thrilling heights to the peaceful beaches. It gives you a lot of memories to take with you as you depart from this beautiful place. This location gives all its visitors an outstanding experience, despite the fact that in which activities you are involved.

This location meets the needs of all types of travellers, whether they prefer to relax on beautiful beaches, explore the natural beauty of the natural parks, or indulge in heart-pounding activities like surfing and amusement parks. So, it is time to pack your bags and get ready to take in the allure of this beautiful destination that is full of sun, surf, and timeless opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions

The minimum time required to explore the Gold Coast would be 3 days. But it is preferred to plan a trip for at least 5 to 7 days so that you can enjoy everything that this city offers you, from the stunning theme parks and thrilling and exciting water activities to the beautiful flora and fauna of the parks.
The best months to visit the Gold Coast would be between May and October since at this time the weather is warm and ideal for water activities.
Gold Coast is said to be the third-most expensive city in Australia.
The Gold Coast is one of the most visited attractions in Australia. Being famous for its surf paradise, beaches, shopping, and nightlife, this city attracts a lot of families from all over Australia.
The Gold Coast offers you a lot of options to travel around from the buses, trains, taxis, and ferries that make getting around easy. Whether your preference is for the comfort of cabs or a rental car, or you’re a thrill-seeker looking for a breathtaking ferry journey, we have a lot of options that suit every budget and preference.
One of the most prominent areas on the Gold Coast is the Surfers Paradise is a very popular location and the most expensive suburb on the Gold Coast.

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