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Easter long weekend on the Gold Coast: What’s open and things to do

You'll get an extra 2 days off over the Easter long weekend. Here are a few ways you can spend them on the Gold Coast.

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Things to do over Easter on the Gold Coast

Easter DIY

Easter DIY from Classbento

If you'd rather stay home and craft in your PJs why not sign up for an arts and crafts session online? ClassBento has a bundle of pre-recorded and live streaming options to make Easter-themed items such as candles and craft boxes.

  • Location: Your home
  • Price: From $80 per person
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary from Adrenaline

Head to this ecotourism-certified sanctuary to catch a glimpse of magnificent wildlife. See kangaroos fed by hand and a free bird show.

  • Location: 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin QLD 4223
  • Price: $65 per adult, $50 per child
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Glow Worm Evening Eco-Adventure

Glow Worm Evening Eco-Adventure from Viator

Head away from the Gold Coast for a nighttime adventure exploring the rainforest and seeing the glow worms in their natural habitat.

  • Location: Pickup offered
  • Price: $134 per person
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iFly Experience

iFly Experience from

When 10,000 ft seems too daunting you can try the indoor version of skydiving.

  • Location: 3084 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
  • Price: $94 per person
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Paradise Country Aussie Farm Experience

Paradise Country Aussie Farm Experience from Klook

See farm animals up close as well as koalas, kangaroos and dingoes. Learn through educational shows including a variety of Australiana like boomerang throwing, stock whip handling and more.

  • Location: Production Dr, Oxenford QLD 4210
  • Price: $49 per person
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Stand Up Paddle Lesson at Budds Beach

Stand Up Paddle Lesson at Budds Beach from RedBalloon

Get out amongst the sunshine with a stand up paddle board lesson in Surfers Paradise. Enjoy a fully instructed class, calm waters and incredible views of that famous Gold Coast city skyline.

  • Location: Shop 4/19 River Dr, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4215
  • Price: $65 per person
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High Ropes and Flying Fox Adventure

High Ropes and Flying Fox Adventure from RedBalloon

It's an all-day adventure with a 5-course flying fox circuit. Perfect for the whole family, enjoy the fact that there’s no need to queue and challenge yourself on 10 hectares of courses.

  • Location: Cedar Creek, Tamborine Mountain, QLD 4207
  • Price: $65 per person
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Go Karting, Laser Tag and Indoor Climbing Combo

Go Karting, Laser Tag and Indoor Climbing Combo from RedBalloon

Have a ton of fun as you drift through the go karting ring, reach new heights on the clip n climb adventure wall and get your heart rate up in an intense game of laser tag. This one has family fun written all over it.

  • Location: 88 Siganto Dr, Helensvale, QLD 4212
  • Price: $77 per person
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Deep Sea Reef and Game Fishing Charter

Deep Sea Reef and Game Fishing Charter from Adrenaline

Score the catch of the day with a deep sea fishing charter off the Gold Coast. Local hotspots will see you potentially catching mackerel, tuna, marlin, snapper, cobia and more.

  • Location: Muriel Henchman Dr, Main Beach, QLD 4217
  • Price: $160 per person
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Infinity Attraction Entry

Infinity Attraction Entry from Adrenaline

Step into a whole new world with the Gold Coast’s Infinity Attraction. Discover a maze-like dimension that transports all its visitors to a psychedelic funhouse which is sure to wow and amaze.

  • Location: G31 Chevron Renaissance Centre, 3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise, QLD 4217
  • Price: $28.90 per person
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Certified Open Water Scuba Diving

Certified Open Water Scuba Diving from Adrenaline

Bask in the thrill of heading up to 18 metres under the deep blue sea. This certified open water scuba diving course is perfect for those who want to get this exhilarating skill mastered over the long weekend.

  • Location: 60/70 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach, QLD 4217
  • Price: $445 per person
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Shops open over Easter on the Gold Coast 2023

Shopping centreGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster Monday
Australia Fair Shopping CentreClosed9:00am-5:30pm10:30am–4pm10:30am-4pm
Chevron Renaissance Shopping CentreColes
Centre Trading Hours
Centre Trading Hours
Centre Trading Hours
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Harbour Town Outlet Shopping CentreClosed9am-5:30pm10am-5pm10am-5pm
Marina MirageClosed10am-6pm10am-6pm10am-6pm
Pacific Fair Shopping CentreClosed9am–7pm9am–6pm9am–6pm
Paradise Centre9am-late (individual store hours may vary)9am-late (individual store hours may vary)9am-late (individual store hours may vary)9am-late (individual store hours may vary)
Robina Town CentreClosed9am-5:30pm10am-4pm10am-4pm
Runaway Bay Centre9am–5:30pm9am–5pm10am–4pm9am–5:30pm
Soul Boardwalk9am–9pm9am–9pm9am–7pm9am–9pm
Southport Park Shopping Centre9am–5:30pm9am–5pm10:30am–4pm9am–5:30pm
Westfield HelensvaleClosed9am–5pm10am–4pm10am–4pm

Attractions open over Easter on the Gold Coast

AttractionGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster MondayWhere to book
SkyPoint Observation Deck7am-8:30pm7am-8:30pm7am-8:30pm7am-8:30pmKlook
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary9am-4pm9am-4pm9am-4pm9am-4pmRedBalloon
Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk9:30am-4pm9:30am-4pm9:30am-4pm9:30am-4pmExperience Oz
Treetop Challenge in Tamborine National Park8.30am-2pm8.30am-2pm8.30am-2pm8.30am-2pmRedBalloon
Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World & Wet'n'WildGates open at 9.30amGates open at 9.30amGates open at 9.30amGates open at 9.30amAdrenaline
Infinity Attraction10am-10pm10am-10pm10am-10pm10am-10pmKlook

Restaurants, cafes and bars open over Easter on the Gold Coast

NameAddressOpening hoursCuisineWhere to book
Galaxy Seafood & Mediterranean RestaurantShop 6/50 Marine Parade, SouthportFriday-Monday:
The Peacock Inn Chinese RestaurantShop 1, 2705 Gold Coast Highway,, Broadbeach Gold CoastFriday-Monday:
Surfers Pavilion30-34 Ferny Avenue, Surfers ParadiseThursday-Sunday: 11:30am-2:30pm, 5:30pm-9:30pmModern AmericanGroupon
Season Buffet80 Scarborough Street, SouthportFriday-Monday: 11am-8pmMexicanGroupon
Shiraz Persian Restaurant Plus Bar2893 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers ParadiseMonday-Sunday: 11:30am-10pmPersianGroupon
A'bistro Kitchen Bar82 Scarborough St, SouthportMonday-Tuesday,Thursday-Sunday: 11:30am-11pmModern AsianGroupon

  • Note: The above is accurate as of 19 March 2024. Public holidays may affect normal trading hours. Contact the venue before visiting to confirm their trading hours for 29 March–1 April 2024.

Events happening over Easter on the Gold Coast

  • Easter in the Laneway: Cavill Lane will come to life over the Easter long weekend (March 30 - April 1) with daily performances between 12pm and 8pm by local artists. The Easter Bunny will also be making an appearance for photo opportunities and festive face painting.
  • Broadwater Pavilion Markets Easter Market: Come along to the Easter Market at the Broadwater Pavilion Markets on March 23rd. Play lawn games, meet the Easter Bunny, and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
  • Relaxing Cruises: If you're looking for a more relaxing way to spend Easter weekend, there are a number of cruises available on the Gold Coast Broadwater. You can enjoy a delicious seafood lunch or dinner cruise, or take a scenic sunset cruise.
  • Byron Bay Bluesfest: While not exactly on the Gold Coast, Byron Bay Bluesfest is a popular Easter weekend destination for many people. This year's festival will feature a lineup of international and Australian acts, including Ocean Alley, Hozier, Kasey Chambers, Ben Harper, and Jack Johnson.
  • Other Easter Egg Hunts: There are a number of Easter egg hunts happening all over the Gold Coast throughout Easter weekend. Here are a few options:
    • Ashmore Community Easter Egg Hunt (Free Event) at Girral Park on Friday, March 22nd.
    • 2024 Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Merrimac State School on Sunday, March 24th.
    • FREE Family Fun Day Easter Eggstravaganza at Imagine Childcare and Kindergarten Marsden on Saturday, March 23rd.

Free things to do on the Gold Coast over the long weekend

  • Visit the beach: Take your pick – Main Beach, Surfers Paradise, Mermaid Beach, Palm Beach. In the Gold Coast you're spoilt for choice.
  • See the Natural Bridge rock formation in Springbrook National Park.
  • Pop down to the markets.
  • Take a dip in the Currumbin Rock Pools.
  • Have a picnic at Point Lookout, Burleigh Head National Park or the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens.
  • Tour the Gold Coast City Gallery.
  • Head for a walk along the Evandale Sculpture Walk.
  • Visit the Broadwater Parklands, there's always something on.

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