Top 10 things to do on the gorgeous Gold Coast

From hitting the hills with a picnic packed and Google maps set to ‘waterfall’, to salty days spent running barefoot in the sand, indulging with a spot of shopping, or feasting al fresco in truly superb settings – this unique beach-meets-bush backyard will ensure your itinerary overflows with one-of-a-kind adventures

1- Scale the tallest residential building… in the Southern Hemisphere: the Q1 on the SkyPoint Climb, a 90-minute adventure atop one of Queensland’s most famous landmarks

2- Chase waterfalls in the hinterland… and fly through sub-tropical rainforest on the Canyon Flyer Zipline Tour, which is guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping

3- Glide through scenic waterways… on a thrilling jet-ski safari, giving you privileged access to secret spots most visitors won’t see from the Broadwater marina at Main Beach.

4- Feel childlike wonder at the region’s fun-loving theme parks and tee off at Topgolf, which has climate-controlled playing bays similar to bowling lanes – plus delicious food and drink

5- Learn to surf with pro-surfers such as Cheyne Horan at pristine beaches – there are a wealth of friendly surf schools to choose from

6- Stand-Up Paddleboard along Tallebudgera… or Currumbin Creek with a guide from Local Yokl, which specialises in private tours with expert locals

7- Enjoy live music and street food… at nocturnal street-markets Miami Marketta in a hidden revamped industrial estate or NightQuarter, a huge weekend night market located in Helensvale

8- Float above ocean and hinterland… in a hot-air balloon, followed by a champagne breakfast at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards

9- Give yourself a Queensland makeover… with help from a personal stylist at Pacific Fair, the Gold Coast’s premier retail and dining destination

10- Meet Aussie wildlife… and take in Aboriginal culture at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, a heritage-listed zoological wildlife hospital and park

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