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Five ultimate itineraries to explore the Gold Coast

From romance to adrenaline-inducing adventures, these five itineraries are the ultimate way to explore the Gold Coast in any season.

We have curated the perfect getaways, from a weekend with friends, three days of romance, four days of culinary experiences or adventures and six days of relaxation. Follow the whole itinerary or pick out your favourite Gold Coast activities.

The Gold Coast is a city that gets under your skin. Yes, there’s the enviable bounty of beaches with powdery sand and waves that attract surfers the world over. But this pocket of Queensland is also blessed with swathes of rainforest, cooled by waterfalls and dotted with talented growers, makers, distillers and producers.

Over the past 50 years, the Gold Coast has evolved from a small beachside holiday destination into a world-class city with a sophisticated side – think luxury hotels, incredible cultural events, waterfront venues, boutique distilleries and breweries, and fine dining. Plus, you can get from the coast to the lush hinterland in less than 30 minutes. There aren’t many other places on the planet where that’s possible.

Enjoy, and the Gold Coast looks forward to seeing you soon!

These Gold Coast itineraries showcase the Gold Coast’s diversity and personality. Helping you to enjoy the 300 days of sunshine a year, 57-kilometre-long strip of postcard-perfect coastline, average daily temperatures of 25°C and an irresistible (and addictive) subtropical lifestyle.

A gourmet Gold Coast itinerary will take you from Broadbeach to the Hinterland on a unique culinary circuit. Spend four days siping, savouring and sampling the best cafes, breweries, fine-dining establishments and wineries. Plus, a fudge shop and a classic pub with all the old-country charm to boot.

In need of some relaxation? You can restore your inner peace in six days with this Gold Coast wellness itinerary. Watch waves lap while surfers’ glide over turquoise waters. Meander through dense forests to freshwater springs that flow through fern and palm glades.

A romantic Gold Coast itinerary will take you sailing the seas, hot air ballooning with bubbles. From your base at a new beachfront luxury hotel, you can sample contemporary restaurants, locally made gin and spend a sun-kissed afternoon drinking coconut-infused mojitos.

Bring your sense of adventure and your stamina on an adventure Gold Coast itinerary. From scaling Australia’s tallest residential tower and ziplining one of Australia’s longest – and most thrilling zip lines to taking to the skies at dawn in a hot air balloon flight, experience the Gold Coast like never before with this four-day itinerary.

Travelling with a group? The ultimate Gold Coast weekend itinerary for you and your friends takes into account accommodation that is great for groups. Grab your closest friends and head out for a Gold Coast weekend getaway full of fun, frivolities and fantastic food.

Whether you’re a foodie, thrill-seeker, romantic or are just looking to relax and revive, we welcome you to discover a new side to the Gold Coast.

These Gold Coast itineraries were created in partnership with Destination Gold Coast.