Got only a short time to spend in the beautiful Sunshine State? Better have a solid itinerary! You must ensure to tick off all the best experiences to be had. In this short and sweet article, we’ll quickly cover the top 10 things you must experience in Brisbane and Gold Coast on your next visit here.
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10 – Hot air ballooning

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre – By Gccec2012 [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], from Wikimedia Commons

Want a truly magical experience? Wake up early and go for a hot air balloon ride over the Gold Coast hinterland. This is surely the best way to experience Queensland – standing in the basket for an hour taking in the gorgeous view of the picturesque Gold Coast and beyond. Make sure to add ‘hot air balloon ride’ to your itinerary and bucket list!

09 – Skydiving

View south from Q1

View south from Q1 – By Lisa Miller (Greg Miller) [CC BY-SA 3.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re not afraid of heights or are looking to conquer that fear, then skydiving has to be one of the most exciting things to try and experience here. For adrenaline junkies, make sure to head over to Jump the Beach at Redcliffe, which is a 30-minutes’ drive from Brisbane. You’ll be assisted by professional instructors so you’ll definitely be in safe hands. All you have to do was get all strapped up, get on a plane, and jump off at 14,000 feet, landing on a gorgeous beach!

08 – Shopping frenzy

Adelaide v Gold Coast

Adelaide v Gold Coast – By Michael Coghlan ( [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Queensland offers some of the most amazing places for shopping with fantastic discounts! Don’t miss Harbour Town if you’re on the Gold Coast you, it’s an outlet shopping area that is full of famous global and local Australian high street brands. Grab a Tourism card as well for further discounts. Make your way to the Queen Street Mall if you’re in Brisbane as it is the central shopping district full of the best high street stores and cafes, making it the perfect place to spend your day.

07 – Seafood platter bonanza

Gold Coast Skyline

Gold Coast Skyline – By de:Benutzer:AlterVista [CC BY-SA 3.0 de], from Wikimedia Commons

Love seafood? You’re in the right place! Here you can eat loads of seafood platters and dare we say that the seafood platter at Hurricane’s Grill in Surfers Paradise is perhaps one of the best seafood platters you’ll find anywhere. Try it out and taste for yourself!

06 – Jet boating

Gold Coast summer

Gold Coast summer – By Kerrie Brailsford [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

This is an adrenaline-packed adventure with high-speed spins, slides and turns. Go to the Broadwater with Paradise Jet Boating for an epic experience. Don’t forget to wear shorts and a towel because you’ll be drenched!

05 – Jamie’s Italian cuisine

Goldcoast Queensland

Goldcoast Queensland – I, Toksave [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.5 ], from Wikimedia Commons

When you’re in Brisbane, you must not deprive yourself of one of the best Italian cuisine experiences. Visit Jamie’s Italian in Brisbane and relish in a beautiful, rustic but delicious meal. Don’t forget to try their Bolognese. Best. Ever.

04 – Surfing time

Gold Coast

Gold Coast – By Petra [CC BY 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re in Queensland, then you must sign up for a surf lesson. If it’s your first time, you can enrol in a two-hour surf lesson with Go Ride a Wave on the Gold Coast. Definitely worth a try even for those who have poor coordination – like me.

03 – Koala snuggles

Koala climbing tree

Koala climbing tree – By Diliff [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons

Take time out to spend perhaps half a day at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, which is the largest koala sanctuary in the world with around 130 koalas. After cuddling the koalas, make sure to feed the friendly kangaroos – heck you can even pet or have a selfie with them.

02 – Bazaar fun

Love a nice, big buffet dinner? Head over to the Bazaar restaurant in the QT Gold Coast hotel, where the traditional marketplace is blended with a modern twist. You’ll be offered a huge variety of dishes to choose from, some made-to-order and plated up but the kickers are the oyster bar and the sundae station!

01 – Rainforest stroll

Purling Brook Falls

Purling Brook Falls – By Tatters ✾ from Brisbane, Australia (Rainforest from Purling Brook Falls lookout) [CC BY-SA 2.0 ], via Wikimedia Commons

Your next destination is to the Tamborine Mountain from the Gold Coast where you can walk through the beautiful rainforest featuring hundreds of species of plants and birds. If you’re lucky you might even see a sleeping koala. The dense forest will be unlike any other places you’ve visited before.
With these adventures, you’ll definitely have a lot on your plate during your stay. If you find that the charm of these cities begins to grow on you and you’re considering to stay for good, check out the house and land near Brisbane or Gold Coast. Communities like Yarrabilba is a perfect place to start looking at your new address in this side of Sunshine State.
That’s it! Time to invite your travelling buddies on an adventure of a lifetime. Have fun!