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Things to do on the Gold Coast

Attractions, activities, shopping and more!

Located just 30 minutes from Gold Coast Airport and only an hour’s drive to Brisbane Domestic & International Airports, Mercure Gold Coast Resort is the perfect choice of accommodation for experiencing everything Australia’s undisputed entertainment capital has to offer.

Our convenient location is perfect for sports enthusiasts travelling to support their NRL and AFL teams with CBUS Super Stadium, Metricon Stadium, Carrara Sports & Leisure Centre located nearby.  Golfers also have their pick of the Gold Coast’s best golf courses with Lakelands, The Glades, Palmer Colonial or Palmer Robina, along with Palm Meadows, all within easy reach.

In addition to being only minutes from beautiful Gold Coast beaches and hinterland, our resort is close to top attractions and activities like Dreamworld, Warner Bros Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park, Sea World, Australian Outback Spectacular and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

For the best shopping the Gold Coast has to offer, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Robina Town Centre, Gold Coast’s largest undercover shopping centre, is situated just down the road from Mercure Gold Coast Resort.


View of Currumbin Rock Pools near Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Currumbin Rock Pools

A 40 minute drive south of Mercure Gold Coast Resort you'll come across the Currumbin Rock Pools.

Hot air balloons near Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Balloon Aloft

The gift of a hot air balloon flight will live long in your memory and is probably something you or someone close to you has had on their bucket list for many years.

People dining Inside Miami Marketta near Mercure Gold Coast

Miami Marketta

It could be the back streets of Thailand, Barcelona or New York City but it is right there in Miami on the Gold Coast. It's where the locals go and it's only eight minutes from Broadbeach.

Gold Coast Hinterland near Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Gold Coast Hinterland

A short 30-minute drive from Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Discover the beautiful Gold coast hinterland and visit natural wonders including Springbrook Valley, Beechmont, Binna Burra, Numinbah Valley and Mount Tamborine.

Tourist enjoying Carrara Markets near Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Carrara Markets

Carrara Markets are Australia's biggest permanent markets. With over 400 stalls covering 10 acres it's a treasure trove of the curious and the unusual. It's also the original home of discount shopping when it comes to fresh produce, homewares, pots, plants, bric a brac, arts and crafts and just about everything else.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary near Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

A short 15-minute drive

Every day at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a new adventure! Nestled within 27 hectares of lush rainforest lies some native Australian widlife. Cuddle up to a koala, feed the lorikeets (or a crocodile if you dare!) or lose yourelf in the Lost Valley! 

Aerial view of Cbus Stadium near Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Cbus Stadium

Cbus Stadium is Queensland’s newest rectangular sporting and entertainment venue, brimming with atmosphere and purpose built to suit life on the Gold Coast.

Sports and Leisure Centre near Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre

The revamped Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre is home to many national and international sporting events. Attending or participating at an event at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre? Then look no further for your accommodation needs at Mercure Gold Coast Resort.


Tourists enjoying the Broadbeach near Mercure Gold Coast Resort


A leisurely 8 minute drive Spend your day along one of the many famous Gold Coast beaches and precints. 

Topgolf near Mercure Gold Coast Resort


25 minute drive next to Movie World

The perfect venue for family and friends! Play fun and competitive golf games in a climate-controlled "bay" and order from the impressive food and drink menu. Keep the competition friendly as the acurracy and distance of each ball is relayed back to your bay's screen.

Exterior view of Pacific Fair near Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Pacific Fair

8 minute drive to your shopping dreams!

Centrally located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Pacific Fair is your retail therapy destination! One of Australia's top five shopping centres, with high-street fashion, unrivalled dining and bar experiences, a world-class indoor/outdoor leisure and entertainment precinct and more than 400 specialty stores framed by tropical landscapes and gently-flowing water.

Interior of Robina Town Centre near Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Robina Town Centre

10 minute drive from the hustle and bustle

Home to over 400 retail and specialty stores for all your fashion, homewares, and leisure needs makes for your ultimate shopping destination. When you need a break, rejuvenate in the 900 seated Food Atrium or really treat yourself at one of our lakeside restaurants on The Promenade or at our new food playground, The Kitchens. 

Dreamworld theme park near Mercure Gold Coast Resort


A cruisey 25 minute drive down the highway

The ultimate family attraction! Enjoy roller coasts for all ages and the biggest thrill seekers, WhiteWater World or Tiger Island! From the biggest and best thrill rides in the country (Giant Drop, Tower of Terror and Buzz Saw to name a few), to the most legendary family rides (ABC Kids World and the Dreamworks Experience) the only dedicated home of its animation movie characters Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and Puss In Boots.  

Wet’n’Wild Water World near Mercure Gold Coast Resort


Take a 25 minute splash drive

With something for all the family splash into another world at Wet'n'Wild. Get the adrenaline pumping on the AquaLoop or Tornado or unleash new heights on Australia's first Constrictor. Splash into Wet’n’Wild Junior, a huge zone designed just for little adventures. They won't feel left out as they experience miniature versions of the larger thrill slides like Tornado and the Aqua Racers. Get wet and go wild at Australia's biggest and best water park this summer, this amazing area will keep little adventurers entertained all day.

Sea world adventures near Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Sea World

Experience your favourite marine animals at Sea World! Fun for all the family with adventure playgrounds, rides and get up close and personal swimming with dolphines or a kiss from a seal! Visit the largest land carnivore, the polar bears as they swim and play beneath the water.

Movie World near Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Movie World

Meet your favourite super-heroes and stars as you lose yourself in a world of fantasy and fun! Experience pure exhileration on world-class rides such as The Joker or Superman, even mini-me's can go wild in the mini Warner Brothers area! With plenty of specialty stores from your favourite movies and food stalls to keep you satisfied.

Australian Outback Spectacular near Mercure Gold Coast Resort

Australian Outback Spectacular

A quick 25-minute drive

Saddle up and  enjoy a captivating journey to the snow peaked mountains of the high country where enchanted whispers and legendary yarns come alive with the most inspiring stories of Australian characters. Be amazed with death defying stunts and aerial performances while the real stars of the show gallop around! Accommpanied by a stirring muscial score whilst you sit back and enjoy a gourmet Australian feast with your choice of beer, wine or soft-drink. Witness the bravery, beauty and courage of the greatest Australian stories never told... High Country Legends. Proudly presented by R.M.Williams at the Australian Outback Spectacular