Whether you’re sightseeing on a shoestring or looking to spare no expense, the Gold Coast has attractions to suit every budget.
No bank balance is too big or too small for the Gold Coast. From the glitz and glamour of Surfers Paradise to backpacker-friendly beaches like Burleigh, this iconic destination offers the best of both worlds.
Regardless of how much cash you’re willing to splash, every traveller deserves to experience the best of the Gold Coast. Not sure where to start when it comes to travelling within your means? We can help you tailor your itinerary so that it matches your desired level of spending.
Choose from the following sights and attractions to satisfy your wanderlust while making the most of your budget.
If you’re not afraid to treat yourself, taking a hot-air balloon ride is one of the most exhilarating things to do on the Gold Coast. Tickets usually start at around $200, but it’s worth every penny to see this stunning region from a bird’s-eye view. Featuring a unique blend of glittering skyscrapers, lush rainforests and pristine beaches, the scenery will take your breath away.
Floating 600 metres above the ground, you can sit back and relax while an expert guide gently steers your hot-air balloon through the sky. Most hot-air balloon rides take off at dawn, so you can see the Gold Coast come alive as the sun rises. Some dawn tours even come with free breakfast and champagne.
SkyPoint Observation Deck
Don’t have the budget for a hot-air balloon ride? There are plenty of other ways to see the Gold Coast from above. Rising 230 metres above the ground, the SkyPoint observation deck offers incredible views of the city and surrounding countryside. It can be found at the top of the Q1 building, the tallest skyscraper on the Gold Coast.
Surfers Paradise Markets
Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night, the Gold Coast’s most famous esplanade is transformed from a beach lover’s paradise into a haven for bargain hunters. Attracting visitors from far and wide, the Surfers Paradise markets are famous throughout South East Queensland.
With over 100 stalls selling everything from locally grown produce to high-end homewares, this celebrated shopping destination can keep you entertained for hours. Entry is free, making it one of the Gold Coast’s most widely accessible tourist attractions.
Want to explore the Gold Coast in style? The city has a reputation for fancy cars… so when in Rome, right? Given their immense size, hummers can make any road trip more exciting.
From beachside streets to winding dirt tracks in the hinterland, exploring the Gold Coast from the comfort of a hired hummer is a great way to discover the region’s most scenic roads. Most hummer safaris come with a private driver, so you can soak up the sights without having to worry about keeping your eyes on the road.
You can choose from a range of hummer safari itineraries on the Gold Coast.
No matter how much money you’re planning to spend on the Gold Coast, we can help you find accommodation that meets both your cost and comfort requirements. If you want to stay in the heart of the Gold Coast, our Surfers Paradise accommodation has options to suit every budget.