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Top 10 things to do on the Gold Coast this summer

What can we say? La vie is certainly belle on the Gold Coast! From our postcard-perfect beaches, to the lush natural beauty of the hinterland, to action-packed attractions and sightseeing galore, it’s easy to see why visitors fall in love with this exciting corner of the world.

Whether you want to get the adrenaline pumping on some wild rides, get lost in nature or simply cool off in the ocean, you’ll never be short of fun things to do on the Gold Coast this summer. 

1. Soak up the sun at our beautiful beaches

No Gold Coast summer holiday would be complete without spending a few days soaking up le soleil on some of our stunning beaches. The Gold Coast boasts a seemingly endless stretch of white sand hugged by the crystal blue ocean, from the iconic Surfers Paradise, to the laidback Burleigh Heads, and our very own Broadbeach just steps from the hotel. Most beaches in the area are patrolled for your safety (remember to always swim between the red and yellow flags), so all you need to worry about is claiming your patch of sand du jour, rolling out your towel and setting yourself to relaxation mode.

2. Experience true joie de vivre at our famous theme parks

A family favourite for the young and the young at heart, the Gold Coast’s famous theme parks are a summer holiday staple. At Warner Bros. Movie World you can meet all your favourite stars, Looney Tunes characters and DC superheroes, while enjoying thrilling rides, attractions and shows. Sea World boasts world-class marine exhibits featuring dolphins, seals, polar bears, penguins and more, as well as rides and The Reef at Castaway Bay – an aquatic adventure zone just for kids. Make a splash at Wet’n’Wild with 9 thrill water slides and 3 family slides, as well as a Giant Wave Pool, Calypso Beach lazy river and more. Dream World is Australia’s biggest theme park, boasting heart-racing rides, WhiteWater World water park, a wildlife park and exciting live entertainment.

To find out more information or to book your tickets, just ask our friendly Concierge team.

3. Perfect picnics at Kurrawa Park

Make the most of the sunny summer days and balmy evenings with a picnic on the grass at the beachfront Kurrawa Park, just minutes from the hotel. Whether you want a classic Aussie BBQ with the family or a little fromage and vin for two at sunset, Kurrawa Park is the ideal spot to settle in for a few hours or for the day. With a playground for the little ones, lush lawn to laze on and a safe swimming beach all within a few metres, Kurrawa Park has it all, non?

4. Have a chic Sunday Session poolside at Sofitel

Take your Sunday Session poolside with Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach, every Sunday from 12pm to 5pm on Level 3. Savour a délicieux new poolside menu, sip on signature cocktails and cool off in our sparkling pool, all while DJ Dezastar spins the soundtrack to your Sunday. You can also book a private cabana including a bottle of sparkling Chandon for $120 – just ask our Concierge to secure your spot. Available to both guests and the public, Sofitel boasts the ultimate Sunday session on the Gold Coast this summer.

5. Get back to nature at Tambourine Mountain

Located approximately an hour’s drive from Broadbeach, Tambourine Mountain offers adventurous hiking trails through the ancient rainforest, mystical waterfalls and plenty of lookouts to take in the sweeping mountain views. See the rainforest from above on the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, a one-and-a-half kilometre walk suspended high above the canopy floor. If you find yourself in need of a pick-me-up after all that exploring, mosey into the Tambourine Mountain Distillery to treat your tastebuds to their award-winning liqueurs, spirits and cocktails, mixed with a dash of old world charm.

6. Indulge in a fresh seafood feast at Bistro On3

Nothing says summer on the Gold Coast quite like fresh seafood and a cold glass of vin blanc – and no restaurant in Broadbeach does a seafood feast better than Bistro On3. Offering a scrumptious seafood buffet every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Bistro On3 delivers one of the best summer dining experiences on the Gold Coast. Choose between two seating times, 5:30pm and 8pm, then call 07 5592 2250 to make your reservation. Bon appétit!

7. Take your holiday to all new heights with SkyPoint Climb

SkyPoint Climb takes you 270 metres above Surfers Paradise on top of the soaring Q1 building. Offering one of Australia’s highest external building walks, Skypoint Climb is certainly not for the faint-hearted, but delivers an unforgettable 360-degree view of the Gold Coast’s golden beaches, city skyline and verdant hinterland. To book your sky-high adventure, chat to our Concierge team.

8. Make some furry friends at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

 Immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of the Currumbin rainforest as you wander through open animal enclosures and say Bonjour! to some of the native wildlife along the way. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary offers a wildlife experience like no other where you can feed kangaroos, cuddle a koala and marvel at the colourful lorikeets. You can also watch a traditional Aboriginal performance, discover the ancient world of Gondwana in Lost Valley or take on the exhilarating TreeTops Challenge High Ropes Course. Our Concierge team can gladly assist you in booking tickets and organising transport to Currumbin.

9. Discover the Natural Bridge at Springbrook National Park

While Springbrook National Park offers many picturesque hiking trails through the ancient Gondwana rainforest, it’s the Natural Bridge section that continually captures the hearts of visitors and locals alike. Featuring an incredible rock formation, carved out by the force of the waterfall over the basalt cave, the Natural Bridge is one of nature’s truly magnifique creations. The site is easily accessibly via a one kilometre walking circuit from the car park and is located about an hour’s drive from Broadbeach.

 10. Have a tres Happy Hour at Room81

 After a fun-filled day on the Gold Coast, it’s time to relax with a drink in hand – the French way, bien sûr! And where better to enjoy an evening apéritif than at Broadbeach’s only French Lounge Brasserie, Room 81. With Happy Hour every day from 4pm to 6pm, you can toast to the day’s adventures with some superb drink specials while enjoying live music from Danny Faifai (from The Voice and The Koi Boys) every Friday and Sunday afternoon. Tchin-tchin!

Say au revoir to your cares and bonjour to a sun-kissed Gold Coast getaway this summer. Book two nights with Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach and save up to 25% with our special Summertime offer!

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