About Gold Coast Tours
Gold Coast Tours & Attractions
Welcome to the Gold Coast, a dazzling blend of natural beauty, adventure, and relaxation. Renowned for its stunning beaches, lush hinterland, and vibrant city life, this Queensland gem offers an array of day tour options that cater to every interest. Whether you're seeking thrilling encounters with nature, peaceful explorations, or cultural immersions, the Gold Coast's day tours are designed to create memorable experiences.
The Gold Coast is synonymous with its beaches. Stretching over 57 kilometers, the coastline offers some of the world's most renowned surfing spots, including the iconic Surfers Paradise, laid-back Coolangatta, and the pristine sands of Burleigh Heads. Whether you're a seasoned surfer or a beginner, the Gold Coast's waves cater to all levels.
Visit the Hinterland
Escape to the serene Gold Coast Hinterland, where ancient rainforests, cascading waterfalls, and quaint mountain villages await. Tours to Springbrook and Lamington National Parks offer guided walks through lush landscapes, with opportunities to spot exotic wildlife and visit natural wonders like the Natural Bridge.
For a taste of local culture, explore the artisanal shops and cafes of Mount Tamborine.
- Mount Tambourine Glow Worm Tour
- Natural Bridge Tour
- Scenic Rim Farm, Food & Wine Experience
- Lamington National Park & O’Reilly’s and Vineyard Tour
- Mount Tamborine Food & Wine Tour
Scenic Lunch & Dinner Cruises
Experience the Gold Coast's spectacular waterways with two unforgettable cruising options, each offering its own unique blend of scenic beauty and culinary delights aboard the luxurious "Spirit of Elston."
Gold Coast Buffet Dinner Sightseeing Cruise
This is a 2.5-hour dinner cruise departing from Sea World Cruises Terminal. This voyage combines breathtaking nighttime views of the Gold Coast skyline, including landmarks like Marina Mirage and Palazzo Versace, with a lavish buffet dinner. Dine on the finest local seasonal produce, complemented by an selection of drinks, while being serenaded by local musicians. The cruise offers various seating options to suit your preference, ensuring a memorable experience under the stars or within the cozy, enclosed main deck.
Gold Coast Buffet Lunch Sightseeing Cruise
Set sail at midday for a two-hour journey that showcases the Gold Coast's stunning daytime vistas. Navigate through the city’s majestic canals and into the open Broadwater, passing by iconic sites such as Sea World and the homes of the rich and famous. A delicious buffet lunch awaits, featuring an array of fresh seafood, meats, salads, and fruits, ensuring a delightful culinary experience. The cruise provides insightful commentary on the region's highlights, making it a perfect blend of relaxation, discovery, and indulgence.
Both cruises are designed with comfort and accessibility in mind, catering to families, solo travelers, and groups with special rates for families and provisions for children and infants.
90 Minute Scenic Gold Coast Cruises
Experience picturesque journey with the 90 Minute Gold Coast Cruises, offering a unique vantage point of the city's stunning skyline and prominent landmarks. With morning, afternoon, and sunset departures, each cruise promises a different experience complemented by the serene beauty of the Gold Coast waterways. Guests can enjoy the luxury of choosing their preferred time to sail.
Starting the day with a morning cruise at 10:30 am featuring complimentary tea and coffee, embarking on an afternoon adventure at 2:00 pm with snacks, or witnessing the breathtaking sunset at 5:00 pm paired with cheese and crackers.
Alongside the scenic views, the cruise includes engaging commentary about the Gold Coast's history and attractions, opportunities for wildlife spotting, and passes by iconic sites like Marina Mirage and Palazzo Versace.
The cruise provides both indoor and outdoor seating, a fully licensed bar with a selection of beverages, and complimentary snacks to enhance your experience.
Departing daily from 63 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise.
Morning Cruise | 10:30am
Departs 10:30am Returns 12.00pm
Complimentary tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes!
Afternoon Cruise | 2:00pm
Departs 2:00pm Returns 3.30pm
Complimentary snacks on board.
Sunset Cruise | 6:30pm
5:00pm, returning at 6:30pm
Complimentary cheese, crackers & savoury nibbles onboard.
Visit Moreton Island
Explore Moreton Island's stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters. Morton Island is just a 75-minute cruise from Brisbane. This tour includes transfers from the Gold Coast, a snorkeling expedition at the Tangalooma Wrecks, a marine discovery tour to spot dolphins and sea turtles, and a tropical buffet lunch.
The Moreton Island day tour tour includes transfers from the Gold Coast. Explore the underwater wonders, enjoy up-close encounters with marine life, and relax on pristine beaches, making for an unforgettable experience in one of Queensland's most beautiful locations.
Transfers from the Gold Coast commence at 7am. You cn also self-drive from the Gold Coast (recommended departure by 7:30 am).
Whale Watching Adventures (May - November)
Every year, between May and November, the majestic humpback whales make their migration from the chilly waters of Antarctica to Queesland's tropical waters.
The Gold Coast, with its pristine waters, offers one of the most spectacular vantage points to see the whales.
Experience the awe-inspiring sight of humpback whales on their annual migration. Gold Coast whale watching tours provide an up-close encounter with these majestic creatures, with options ranging from luxury yachts to more intimate zodiacs.
Witness the whales' playful breaches and tail slaps, and learn about their behaviors from expert guides.
- Kokomo Whale Watching Cruise
- 3 Hour Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruise
- Swim with Whales Gold Coast
Learn to Surf on the Gold Coast
Dive into the essence of Australian beach culture with a two-hour beginner surfing lesson on the iconic Gold Coast. This lesson opens up the exhilarating world of surfing to those new to the sport, offering a chance to catch waves on one of the country's most celebrated shores. Designed with fun, safety, and learning in mind, it caters to both adults and teenagers over 13, with specialized classes for children aged 6-12 to ensure a customized experience for all skill levels.
With small group sizes ensuring a low student-to-instructor ratio, personalized attention is guaranteed to help you make the most of your time in the water. Instructors are not only friendly and professional but also deeply passionate about surfing, providing in-water support and guidance throughout the lesson. Safety is a top priority, with lessons conducted in waist-deep water to focus on the fundamentals, including board handling, surf awareness, and the initial steps to standing up and riding a wave.
All necessary equipment is provided, so participants only need to bring their swimwear, a towel, flip-flops, and water. Additionally, discounted rates are available for students, making this an accessible opportunity for those looking to immerse themselves in a new adventure. Beyond group lessons, private sessions are available for those seeking a more tailored surfing experience, focusing on individual goals and skills development, from catching your first wave to refining your technique. This beginner surfing lesson is not just about learning to surf; it's an invitation to a new lifestyle, promising unforgettable fun and the thrill of riding the Gold Coast waves.
Gold Coast Kayaking and Snorkeling Tours
Dive into the refreshing waters of the Gold Coast with our exclusive Kayaking and Snorkeling experiences. Whether you're looking to paddle through serene waterways or explore vibrant underwater worlds, these tours offer something for every adventurer.
Gold Coast Kayaking & Snorkeling Tour
Start your morning with a 3-hour journey that combines kayaking through calm waters and snorkeling at Wavebreak Island. Along with a continental breakfast, explore South Stradbroke Island and its renowned surfing beach. This tour is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts and those new to kayaking, offering a stable and safe experience with Aqua II kayaks. Departing from 464 Marine Parade Biggera Waters at 7:30 am, ensure to bring your swimsuit, sun protection, and a spirit of adventure.
Broadwater Kayak & Snorkeling Tour
This 2-hour excursion invites you to paddle amidst the Gold Coast's beauty, with opportunities to spot dolphins and turtles en route to Wavebreak Island for a snorkeling adventure among tropical fish. Ideal for first-timers and families, the tour promises personalized guidance and safety with flotation vests provided. Choose from two convenient times, either 11:00 am to 1:00 pm or 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, meeting at the same location as the morning tour.
Gold Coast Snorkeling Tour
Explore the secluded Wave Break Island, a snorkeler's paradise with over 50 species of fish in clear, shallow waters. This tour offers a unique opportunity for both beginners and certified divers, with intro dives led by PADI instructors and shallow water dives for the experienced. Refreshments are available onboard, with tours timed according to the tides for the best experience. Check-in is at the Marina Dive Centre, with free parking available at Mariners Cove Marina.
All tours are designed with safety and enjoyment in mind, suitable for all ages and skill levels. Special rates for families ensure an accessible experience for everyone. Pre-booking is essential to secure your spot on these popular tours, promising an unforgettable Gold Coast adventure. Bring along your swimwear, towel, and eco-friendly sunblock for a day of fun in the sun and under the sea.
Gold Coast Tours at a Glance
Mount Tambourine Glow Worm Tour
typically such tours offer a magical evening experience exploring the natural phenomenon of glow worms in their natural habitat in the rainforest
Gold Coast Natural Bridge Tour
tours to the Natural Bridge typically include guided walks through ancient forests to see the unique rock formation and waterfall at Springbrook National Park
Scenic Rim Farm, Food & Wine Experience
expect a culinary journey through the Scenic Rim region, tasting local wines, fresh produce, and artisanal goods
Lamington National Park & O’Reilly’s and Vineyard Tour
tours usually feature guided walks in the rainforest, bird feeding, and a visit to a local vineyard for wine tasting
Mount Tamborine Food & Wine Tour
this tour likely includes visits to wineries, distilleries, and specialty food producers on Mount Tamborine
Aquaduck | Gold Coast Scenic Cruise
Aquaduck tours are known for their unique amphibious vehicles, offering a combined city and river tour
Gold Coast Snorkeling Tour
expect to explore underwater worlds at local reefs, seeing a variety of marine life
Gold Coast Tandem Skydiving
tandem skydiving offers thrilling aerial views of the Gold Coast, with no experience necessary
Broadwater Kayak & Snorkeling Tour
such tours combine peaceful kayaking with exciting snorkeling adventures
Gold Coast Kayaking & Snorkeling Tour
Similar to the Broadwater tour, expect kayaking along serene waters followed by snorkeling
Surfers Paradise Sunset Kayak Experience
evening kayaking tours offer a unique way to see the skyline of Surfers Paradise at sunset
Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruise
Witness the majesty of humpback whales on their annual migration with options ranging from luxury yachts to intimate zodiacs, offering close encounters and educational experiences led by expert guides【10†source】.
3 Hour Gold Coast Whale Watching Cruise
expect a shorter, focused experience on spotting whales and learning about their behaviors
Swim with Whales Gold Coast
this immersive experience allows you to swim close to the gentle giants in their natural environment
Two Hour Gold Coast Surfing Lesson
surfing lessons cater to all skill levels, focusing on safety, technique, and having fun in the waves
Gold Coast Tours
The Gold Coast is located in the southeastern corner of Queensland, Australia. Distances from the Gold Coast to each of Australia's capital cities. Brisbane: 71 km Sydney: 683 km Canberra: 903 km Melbourne: 1,343 km Hobart: 1,741 km Adelaide: 1,598 km Perth: 3,624 km Darwin: 2,911 km