Long white beaches. Crystal clear water. World-class theme park rides that thrill and terrify you at the same time. These are the things we love about the Gold Coast. But if you dig a little deeper and take the roads less travelled, you’ll find there’s a whole lot more to the Gold Coast than page one of the travel brochure.

To help you discover all that it has to offer, we’ve put together a few of the unexpected things you can do on the Gold Coast.

  1. The Southport Yacht Club

With the glistening water of the marina as its backdrop, Southport Yacht Club offers more than just what’s on the menu. With fresh Oysters Kilpatrick, Macadamia Crusted Barramundi and so much more, Southport Yacht Club serves only the freshest seafood, with a million-dollar view and a healthy side of relaxation.

© Southport Yacht Club

  1. The Fisherman’s Co-Operative

If you’re looking to take it a step further, it doesn’t get much fresher than right off the trawlers at the Fisherman’s Co-Operative, only a short drive from Surfers Paradise. With affordable prices and the freshest fish money can buy, the Fisherman’s Co-Operative is a Gold Coast institution, serving fresh and cooked seafood right from the docks.

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© Freshest Catch

  1. Spend a Weekend in the Rainforest

Just ninety minutes away from the Gold Coast, nestled in the lush Gold Coast hinterland, far removed from the busy beaches, you’ll find the ultimate relaxing getaway: O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. Unwind in the infinity pool, let your troubles melt away in the Lost World Spa, drink in the stunning views and sunsets, or just get back to nature with the many walking trails and guided bird walks. This choice is yours.

© O’Reilly’s

  1. Venture into the Vineyards

Head into the countryside and discover the amazing vineyards just a short drive away

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from Surfers Paradise. O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard, Cedar Creek Estate Vineyard and Winery, even Tamborine Mountain Distillery for something different – the hinterland is full of great food, amazing wine, and experiences like no other. With tree-lined driveway, lush green fields, and some of the best local wines in the country, a vineyard and winery tour in the hinterland might not have been on your to-do list, but it should be.

© Cedar Creek Estate

These are just some of the unexpected things you can do on the Gold Coast on the roads less travelled. Now it’s up to you.

Which road will you take?