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Pocket Friendy Things to do in Gold Coast

Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Tallebudgera Creek, Dracula's Haunted House, Currumbin Rock Pools, 
Glow Worm Caves, Ten Pin Bowling, Home of the Arts Gallery and many more!

There are many outdoor activities to choose from when you are looking for top 
things to do in Gold Coast on a budget on the famous beaches of the Coast. Swimming and sunbathing are just a couple of the leisurely vacation options available. If you want to feel the adrenaline rush then you can try Paddle Boarding at Tallebudgera Creek which is also one of the best things to do in Gold Coast on a budget. Additionally, there are numerous flea markets on the Gold Coast where you can find a lot of stalls giving away free samples.

Visit the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens and admire many attractions that the city has to offer. You can also head over to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and feed the Lorikeets which are native Australian birds. Other cheap things to do on Gold Coast are whale watching from the headlands and swimming in the Currumbin Rock Pools

Here is the list of best things to do in Gold Coast on a budget:

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Lorikeet Feeding at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Native Australian species of parrots, Lorikeets are beautiful colorful birds who spend their time on trees and eat pollen, fruit, nectar, and insects.

  • The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has both morning and afternoon feeding sessions and is one of the best things to do in gold coast on a budget  as it is completely free.

  • Simply hold out a plate of bread covered in sweet syrup, and the birds will flock to you to eat or even accompany you by sitting on your shoulder.

  • Head out to see the birds in their natural habitat and enjoy the beautiful weather on the Gold coast.

  • This incredible experience can be had without purchasing tickets to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
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Paddle Boarding at Tallebudgera Creek

  • If you are looking for cheap things to do on the Gold Coast, head over to the Tallebudgera Creek to indulge in water activities like stand-up paddling. 

  • It is one of the best things to do in gold coast on a budget.You can explore Echo beach towards the north and witness the beautiful blue waters and greenery around.

  • The Tallebudgera Creek is one of the best places if you are looking to have a peaceful and relaxed time. 

  • You can easily rent a paddle board at the Cheyne Horan Shop which is located at the Tallebudgera Creek Recreation Center.

  • The three outdoor swimming pools, beach campground, and free self-parking are the area's top attractions after you've finished paddle boarding, making this trip reasonably priced.

Checkout Glow Worm Caves

  • One of the most beautiful things to do in gold coast on a budget is to witness the cave illuminated by the light of millions of tiny worms. 
  • Visit the world UNESCO heritage site, the Springbrook National Park, and head over to the natural bridge.
  • The walking trail towards the bridge is easy at only one kilometer and once you reach the natural bridge waterfall, you can head to the natural cave.
  • Visit the cave at night when you can see the small flies or beetles that glow a small blue light to attract other bugs.
  • The experience is free and you can capture these beautiful creatures from December to March every year.
Location: Cedar Creek Estate, 104-144 Hartley Rd, QLD 4272, Australia 

Timings:10:00 AM - 3:30 PM


Go Whale Watching From the Headlands

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  • Whale watching from the headlands is one of the top things to do in gold coast on a budget as it will give you an adrenaline rush.  

  • Whales are known to cross by the Gold coast from May to November and you can just head out to the highlands and see if you can spot a whale.

  • Some of the top viewpoints for whale watching are Point Danger at Coolangatta, Kirra Hill at Kirra, Tumgun Lookout/Burleigh point at Burleigh Heads, and Miami Hill at Miami.A can make it a picnic day and pack a blanket, snacks, and cameras along with you. 

  • You can also get your binoculars and witness these huge marine creatures. 

Have Fun at Ten Pin Bowling

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  • One of the best cheap things to do on Gold Coast, Strike Bowling Bar is located in the surfer's paradise. 

  • If you are looking for some fun activities with friends or families, you can enjoy the traditional bowling experience.

  • You can also enjoy some drinks at the bar, play at the pool table, or even head over to the private karaoke rooms and enjoy singing some latest hits. 
Location: Circle on Cavill South Tower, 3200 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

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Checkout Dracula's Haunted House

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  • If you are looking for some fun activities, one of the top things to do in gold coast on a budget is to enter Dracula's Haunted House and have a thrilling experience.

  • The Dracula's Haunted House walk is for 30 minutes where you go through five floors of spine-chilling optical illusions, horror displays, and many special effects.

  • There are three zones to choose from, the Phobia Level, the Carnival of Freaks, and the Dead Zone.Go on a walk at the haunted house and find many creatures like creepy creepers, ghouls, witches, and spiders who will give you terrors. 
Location: 3177 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia

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Go Visit Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens

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  • Set on 21 hectares of land, visiting the Botanic gardens is one of the top things to do in Gold coast on a budget where you can indulge in many activities.

  • Eucalyptus Open Woodland, Freshwater Wetlands, Horticultural Display Gardens are some of the best ones.

  • The Butterfly Garden and the Araucaria Forest, and Blackbutt are just a few of the attractions you can visit.

  • You can also visit the sensory garden to get a sense of the smells and textures of the plants and flowers. 

  • Take a guided walk to see lots of bees and local birds.The park offers many amenities like a BBQ, picnic areas, and a children's playground, so you can go there with your family and enjoy a picnic
Location: 230 Ashmore Rd, Benowa QLD 4217, Australia

5:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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Visit Currumbin Rock Pools

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  • Just a 15-minute drive from Currumbin Beach, swimming in the  Currumbin Rock Pools is one cheap things to do on Gold Coast.

  • The Currumbin Rock Pools is an excellent spot for a day out or a weekend getaway as they have many facilities like picnic tables, BBQs, and washrooms.

  • There are many pool depths for everyone to enjoy and other attractions like rope swings, rock slides and ledges to jump off can be enjoyed here. 

  • You can also go on an 800-meter walking trail to cascading waterfalls, and enjoy more rock pools and a historic bush sawmill. 
Location:  Currumbin Creek Rd, Currumbin Valley QLD 4223, Australia

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Visit Home of the Arts Gallery

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  • When looking for things to do in Gold Coast on a budget,the home of the art gallery is one of the top destinations as you can visit and explore the art gallery for free.

  • You can look at colorful sculptures and artwork from many recognized artists.

  • There are four levels with many exhibitions and artworks from the City Collection.

  • Also head outdoors to admire art and sculptures in the parklands.

  • Visit the 5th floor to grab a bite at the restaurant or enjoy lounging in the rooftop bar
Location: 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia

9:00 AM - 7:30 PM

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Checkout Laser Skirmish

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  • If you are looking for things to do in Gold Coast on a budget with your family, head over to the Laser Skirmish to spend some quality time. 

  • You can enjoy your day with tactical fun and battle your rivals.

  • Complete mazes, dark tunnels, and ramps to win against your opponent 

  • You have to aim at your opponent with a laser using strategic, reflexive aiming.

  • Enjoy many indoor activities like an indoor go-karting track and a Clip N Climb.
Location: Elliott Ave, Parkville

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People Also Ask About Gold Coast

  1. What are the famous attractions to visit in Australia that you can book via Thrillophilia?

    Following, are the famous attractions to visit in Australia that you can book via Thrillophilia:
    1. Sea Life Sydney Tickets
    2. Madame Tussauds Sydney Tickets
    3. Sydney Tower Eye Tickets
    4. Sydney Opera House Tour
    5. Symbio Wildlife Park Tickets
  2. Which are popular outdoor activities to do in Gold Coast?

    Some of the popular outdoor activities to do in the Gold Coast are: -
    1. TreeTop Challenges
    2. Hiking at Lamington National Park
    3. Hot air balloon over the Hinterland
    4. Visit Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
    5. Whale-watching tour
  3. What is the best time to visit the Gold Coast?

    December to February is the best time to visit the Gold coast. There are many things to do in the gold coast on a budget during summer in Australia, many indulging in outdoor activities like swimming and sunbathing.
  4. What is there to do in Gold Coast Besides theme parks?

    1. Visit AquaDuck.
    2. Take a walk in Coast Aqua Park
    3. Explore Gold Coast Wake Park
    4. Meet many animals at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
    5. Broadwater Parklands, Southport
    6. Explore Pratten Park, Kurrawa Beach, Broadbeach
    7. Go on a Hot air balloon ride
    8. Shop in Flea markets
  5. Which are the famous beaches in Gold Coast?

    1. Snapper Rocks 
    2. Rainbow bay
    3. Surfers Paradise
    4. Currumbin beach
    5. Burleigh's heads
    6. Tallebudgera creek
    7. Kirra beach
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