The Gold Coast has some amazing views from the water, but keep in mind that there are also heaps of activities that you can do on land and under the water! Spend some time away from the boat and have some serious fun.

Walk around the Spit

If you’d like to get a feel for the local non-human wildlife, Federation Walk is a fairly easy 3.5 km trek through bushland with some amazing views. Find out more at Federation Walk’s website.

Surf on South Stradbroke Island

Take a trip out to South Stradbroke Island, then hike through bushland to some of the best hidden surf spots on the coast. Check the current surf conditions.

Play at the Broadwater

A range of family-friendly events are on at the Broadwater Parklands throughout the year. The Aquasplash inflatable obstacle course is fun for all ages, and regular swimming competitions are held in the Aquatic Centre. The Rockpools are a great waterplay and amusement area for kids, with a number of fun activities to try. See which events are on at the moment.

Jet ski safari

This company runs a number of different jet ski group tours around the Gold Coast, from half-hour quickies to 2.5-hour Ultimate Adventures. Check them out on TripAdvisor.

Scuba diving

The Gold Coast has some amazing diving destinations. You can view historical sunken ships, watch marine life, and explore the beautiful underwater worlds hidden from casual sight. Numerous companies offer scuba diving adventures in special locations around the coast.

Jet-powered adventures

Water-powered jets offer an extra level of adrenaline adventure. Soar above the beach with a Jet Pack or use a Flyboard to skim over and under the waves like a dolphin. Check out Jetpack Flyboard Adventures on TripAdvisor.

Family surfing lesson

Get the whole family out on the break with surfing lessons designed for the whole family. Children from just 8 years old can participate, and instructors will do their best to get you all experiencing the thrill of surfing a wave in a single lesson. Check out Get Wet Surf School on TripAdvisor.

Go shopping

Marina Mirage shopping centre offers a unique combination of shopping and ambience in a gorgeous location. Browse local or international fashion labels, freshen up your look at a hairdresser or spa, and buy some quality souvenirs at one of the many gift and homewares shops. Read more about Marina Mirage on their website.

Indulge at a local restaurant

Gold Coast has a wealth of great restaurants that cater to all sorts of tastes. French, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Indian… and of course, a number of seafood restaurants offering tasty seafood fresh from the trawlers. Many of these are just a quick stroll from a beach, too. TripAdvisor lists restaurants by cuisine and price range.