Exploring the Gold Coast’s Best Coastal Activities

With its white sand beaches, lush green hinterland and sparkling blue ocean views, the Gold Coast is a must-visit destination for those looking to explore Australia’s coastal beauty, so here are some of the Gold Coast’s best coastal activities. Whether you’re a keen fisho, an excited tourist or just looking for a fun-filled family day out, there’s sure to be something on this list for you.


The Gold Coast boasts one of the safest bar crossings on the south east coast of Queensland, the gateway to diverse and plentiful fishing grounds within mere miles. The GC is a great area for anglers of all levels to practice their craft. From deep sea fishing offshore to beach and estuary shore fishing, there are plenty of opportunities to catch fish from bream and whiting to acrobatic marlin, mahi mahi and more. For those looking to really up their game, consider chartering a fishing boat or taking an experienced guide with you on your next trip.


With its perfect waves and year-round sunshine, the Gold Coast is considered one of the world’s best surfing destinations. Whether you’re looking for gentle waves suitable for beginners or more challenging swells for experienced surfers, there are plenty of spots along this stunning coastline that can meet your needs. If you need help getting started or want to refine your technique further, try booking a surf lesson with one of the many experienced instructors available in the area.


Snorkeling/Freediving/Scuba Diving
The Gold Coast is a gateway to some amazing dive sites, making it a suitable base for divers of all levels. You can explore sea walls, coral reefs, shipwrecks, and even a world first floating artificial reef; Wonder Reef, which is situated just off the coast of Surfers Paradise. For those looking to gain experience in their scuba diving skills, there are plenty of PADI certified instructors available who can provide lessons and advice in a supportive environment. We recommend Gold Coast Dive Adventures, who dive not only the Gold Coast, but also various sites from Moreton Bay right down to Cook Island & 9 Mile Reef.

Palm Beach Reef & The Scottish Prince Shipwreck with GC Dive Adventures

Whale Watching
Whale watching has become one of the most popular activities for tourists and locals alike on the Gold Coast. Every year between June to October, thousands of visitors flock to the area to spot these majestic creatures in their natural habitats, making this a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the area. Whether you’re a wildlife enthusiast or just looking for a fun activity to do with your family, whale watching on the Gold Coast is a must-do! Gold Coast Whale Watch provide an intimate experience on the GC’s most comfortable small whale watching vessel. With a maximum of 12 whale watchers, fast engines, complimentary drinks and an on board toilet, they come highly recommended.


Dolphin Watching
The Gold Coast is home to several pods of wild dolphins that can often be spotted playing in the wild surf or swimming close to shore– especially in the Gold Coast Seaway. To get up close and personal with these majestic creatures without disturbing them in their natural habitat, why not book yourself onto one of many sight seeing tours that take visitors out on boats into open waters? This is definitely an experience no visitor should miss out on!


No matter what type of coastal activity you’re after – from fishing, surfing and diving to whale and dolphin watching – you won’t be disappointed when exploring the stunning beauty of Australia’s Gold Coast! So grab your rod, board or camera and head to the Gold Coast for an unforgettable adventure!


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