A global city with the heart of a coastal village, the Gold Coast has such a wide variety of activities that anyone can have their ideal day spent their favourite way. Here are five different ways to spend the perfect day on the Gold Coast.

Shop 'til you drop

Whether you get a rush from snagging the best outlet bargain, splurging on the latest designer threads or taking home a handmade trinket, the Gold Coast has shops for you. Find beautiful, hand-crafted local pieces at one of the many markets along the Coast or visit the likes of Marina Mirage surrounded by the sparking Broadwater or the incredible resort style shopping at Pacific Fair.

Woman trying on dress in clothing shop

Taste the coast

Tantalising treats are on every corner of the Gold Coast. Five star feasts await your reservation, with five hatted restaurants dotted along the Coast to please your inner food critic. Casual street eats are in abundance as well. Check out Miami Marketta and NightQuarter for something delicious and informal. Or get the true local experience by trying  a whole, healthy vegan salad.

Exquisite food on two plates

Splash around

Take to the water any way you like: chase the waves at first light in Surfers Paradise, sunbake on the sand or dip into the ocean for a cool-down. Grab a stand up paddle board and cruise the calm waters of Currumbin Creek or cruise through more canals than Amsterdam and Venice combined in the Gold Coast inland waterways.

Little girl on paddleboard at beach

Go natural

Steer westward for a healthy dose of fresh air and adventure. The hinterland is home to verdant valleys, ancient rainforests and epicurean wonders to top it all off. Take a scenic drive or walk and come face to face with stunning waterfalls.

Woman on a bush walk

Pamper Yourself

Slow down and robe up with a serene stint at a blissful day spa – or really recharge the batteries at a hinterland health and wellness retreat. It’s easy to find your version of luxury on the Gold Coast.

Mother with child under cabana