10 FREE things to do on the Gold Coast

Jul 7, 2022

The Gold Coast is the land of endless perfect beaches, luscious foliage in the Hinterland, Theme Park heaven and a nightlife that will keep you dancing all night long. Whether you planning a visit for a day or 2 weeks, the Gold Coast has a plethora of activities and attractions to keep everyone entertained, but if your looking for things to do a budget than the team at Nobby Beach Holiday Village have put together their go to list

Top 10 things to do on the Gold Coast

1. Spend a day in the village – relax poolside, take on our mega waterslide, run wide in the Junior Playground or challenge family and friends to our Ninja Course. 

2. Local beaches – Recognised around the world for over 70kms of never ending idyllic surf beaches and combined with the sun-drenched climate, the Gold Coast beaches are perfect for swimming, sunbaking and walking along. Experience the sense of freedom and exhilaration like no other, while learning to surf as the power of the ocean carries you towards the white sands of the beach. The folllowing beaches are all within walking distance:

  • Miami Beach: 400m walk – Head north up the Gold Coast Highway, cross the road and take a right at the roundabout, walk to the end of Charlift Ave, where you will find Miami Beach. 
  • Nobby Beach: 400m walk – Head north up the Gold Coast Highway, cross the road and take a right at Heron Ave, walk to the end of of the road, where you will find Nobby Beach. Alternatively, take the scenic 1.5km route from Miami Beach and walk north on the esplanade until you reach Nobby Beach.  
  • North Burleigh Beach: 1.7km walk – Head south on on the Gold Coast Highway, cross the highway at Pacific Ave and continue south, turn left onto Kelly Ave, turn right onto Gold Coast OCeanway until you reach North Burleigh Beach. Take the scenic 2km walk from Miami Beach and head south on Marine Parade, climb the rainbow stairs to North Burleigh Lookout and then follow the path down the hill until you reach North Burleigh Beach.
  • Mermaid Beach: 2.1km walk – Head north up the Gold Coast Highway, take a right at Venice St, walk to the end where you will find Mermaid Beach. 

3. Paddle board at Tallebudgera Creek or Learn to Surf – bring your own boards or hire them from the Hire companies parked year round on Tallebudgera Beach.

4. Visit the Gold Coast Hinterland – bushwalks, waterfalls, wineries. Just 45 minutes west of Nobby Beach Holiday Village, rolling landscapes give way to more than 100,000 hectares of national parks, world heritage-listed rainforests with waterfalls, hiking tracks and panoramic views of the coast at Tamborine, Lamington and Springbrook National Parks. Walk through the treetops at O’Reilly’s or enjoy spectacular cascading falls at Purling Brook Falls.

5. Visit local Markets – on any day of the week, you can peruse one of the many Gold Coast markets, including, Miami Marketta only a 5min walk away, Carrara Markets, the Village Markets. Check out the full list of markets nearby here. 

6. Surfers Paradise – A visit to the Gold Coast, is never complete until you visit the famous glitter strip. The nocturnal paradise offers an array of cosmopolitan experiences right on the doorstep of one of the world’s most iconic golden beaches. An array of cafés and restaurants for all tastes and budgets, an eclectic array of shops from stylish boutiques to quirky speciality shops, and home to a multitude of water sports, day spas, bars and clubs.

7. Visit local Playgrounds – The Gold Coast is home to a treasure trove of council mega playgrounds, which have everything from a Jumping Pillow to BMX tracks. Below is a few of our favourite that are nearby:


8. Pizzey Park Skatepark – An Olympic standard skateboarding precinct only a 1.2km walk away. With over 3,000 square metres of skateble surface. perfect for skateboards, scooters, rollerskaters and BMX.

9. Putt Putt Mermaid Beach – while this may not be free, you may be lucky to win a family pass during the School Holidays when taking part in our Amazing Races or Scavengers Hunt. See the events page for our next event.

10. Pacific Fair – Window shop till your hearts content at one of the Gold Coast’s biggest shopping centres, only a short 3km drive away. Take advantage of the free courtesy bus that operates during School Holidays and picks you up at our doorstep.  If your the mood for more shopping, the Gold Coast is home to numerous shopping precincts. Grab a bargain at Harbour Town Discount Shopping Outlet, or shop till you drop at Westfield Helensvale, Australia Fair, Centro Surfers Paradise, Pacific Fair, Robina Town Centre or the Billabong Factory Outlet in Ashmore.


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