Seven hidden gems on the Gold Coast you need to know about

Whether you are visiting the Gold Coast for a day or a week there is always something new to discover.

Six hidden gems on the Gold Coast you need to know about

Whether you are visiting the Gold Coast for a day or a week there is always something new to discover.

Visitors can enjoy endless options when planning their perfect getaway in the Sunshine State. Check out some of the top hidden gems from around the Gold Coast that you need to add to your bucket list.

Take a craft workshop at The Craft Parlour 

There was quite a buzz when The Craft Parlour opened its doors five years ago and since that time it’s built a solid reputation for delivering craft-based workshops to an enormous range of people – visitors and locals alike. Resin jewellery, basket-weaving, botanical dyeing, ceramics and macrame all get a look in and there are art-based workshops, like a monthly paint-and-sip session as well as charity sewing bees. 

Have a drink at Granddad Jack’s Distillery

Built with upcycled materials, this old surfboard warehouse has been converted to expose a raw and rustic, one-of-a-kind distillery. David and Luke Ridden are recreating age-old family recipes in memory of David's grandfather and Luke's great grandfather at Granddad Jack’s Distillery. Each of their spirits are handcrafted and made from locally or nationally sourced raw materials. Production is on full show to visitors from the tasting room and distillery tours and tastings are available over the weekend. Learn about the history of Granddad Jack and enjoy a complimentary gin and tonic on arrival and tastings of their three flagship gins throughout the tour. 

Find a work of art at the Burleigh Art and Craft Markets

The Burleigh Art and Craft Markets offer a great family day out on the last Sunday of every month, all year round. With over 150 stalls of locally made arts, crafts, fresh produce, preserves, cookies, and cakes there is something for everyone. Spend a leisurely Sunday strolling around Justin's Park, near the beachfront in Burleigh Heads. Whether you are after handmade fashion, jewellery, homewares, skincare, toys, fresh produce, or just something unique you won't find in the shops, there's something here for everyone. The markets operate between 8am and 2pm, weather permitting.

Chase a waterfall in the Gold Coast Hinterland

While the Gold Coast is so commonly known for its sun, sand and surf, it’s the enchanting hinterland and its waterfalls are often overlooked. For those who want to explore the Gold Coast beyond its iconic beaches, why not venture into the hinterland and discover some of nature's finest water features? From Curtis Falls and Natural Bridge, to Morans Falls and many more, the Gold Coast Hinterland houses a number of breathtaking spots to sit and enjoy the sunset across the myriad of stunning National Parks it encompasses.

Sharpen your skills at Lumber Punks Axe Throwing

If the weather isn’t going your way and you’re looking for something to keep you entertained indoors, why not put your viking skills to the test with axe throwing. Lumber Punks have coached thousands of first-time throwers across their three venues since 2017 with their experienced team taking you through a formatted session. Each session comprises a safety briefing, practising your technique, coaching from expert throwers and a final axe throwing challenge to battle your group for eternal glory.

Explore the beautiful Coombabah Parklands

Giving their visitors a memorable experience and excellent customer service is what Aussie Wildlife, Parklands and Sunset Tours are all about. Enjoy this unique opportunity to see Aussie wildlife in its natural environment. See kangaroos and wallabies and other native animals such as bush turkeys, water hens,
koalas and possible sightings of various native birds such as kookaburras, cockatoos, spoonbills, egrets, parrots and more. Enjoy the beautiful Paradise Point Parklands, offering panoramic views of the famous Gold Coast Broadwater and residential islands. Sunsets are often spectacular when viewed across the water in the Coombabah Lakelands.

Take a dip in calmer waters

Enjoy some freshwater swimming at Currumbin Rock Pools, just 15 minutes’ drive from Currumbin Beach. There’s shelter, picnic tables, barbecues and toilets, so just pack a picnic and enjoy a day immersed in the natural beauty of Currumbin Valley. Or leave the picnic at home and take advantage of the cafe located just across the road. Feeling adventurous? Challenge yourself on the walking trails in Mount Cougal National Park before cooling off with a swim.