Things to do on the Gold Coast During COVID-19

COVID-19 has impacted what you can and can’t do on the Gold Coast, which is why we’ve provided this helpful blog to get you through these uncertain times. To get some ideas on restaurants, bars and family-friendly activities, keep reading.

The whole world has seen huge changes in recent months, but there are still so many things you can do on the Gold Coast during COVID-19. With Melbourne back in lockdown and the USA still down the drain, many are thankful to be living on the Gold Coast. If you find yourself bored, you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading for more COVID-19 information and top tips on things you can do despite the Coronavirus.

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5 Things to do on the Gold Coast During COVID-19

1. Enjoy our lovely Gold Coast beaches.

We all know the Gold Coast is famous for its beautiful beaches. From Kira to Broadbeach, nothing beats our crystal-clear water and soft-as-butter sand. As an avid beach lover, I can safely say Burleigh is the most beautiful beach on the Gold Coast.  However, Nobby’s Beach remains my personal favourite, with more space to spread out and enjoy the ‘rays. This is a relaxing and stress-free way to spend your day, plus you can get the vitamin D you’ve been lacking during lockdown.

2. Recreational activities.

Many of us have welcomed quieter schedules due to COVID-19, giving us the opportunity to take on new activities. The Gold Coast is a beautiful place to surf, hike, parasail, whale watch and jet ski — just to name a few. With a warm climate and pristine beaches, the Gold Coast has the perfect environment for water-based activities which are available year-round.

3. Sunset drinks.

As a Gold Coast local, there is nothing better than enjoying a drink while watching the sunset. A few of my favourites include Burleigh Pavilion, The Island, Mexicali, Nineteen at the Star and Justin Lane. Head over to any of these locations at dusk and you will not be disappointed, especially while having a drink in-hand.

4. Restaurants

The Gold Coast is primarily known for its beaches, yet the hospitality industry is one-of-a-kind — no matter the cuisine, there is something for everybody. From Teppanyaki to Pizzerias, you will never run out of options. The top Gold Coast locations for the most diverse options include Burleigh Heads (near James Street), Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise and Palm Beach.

5. Theme parks & attractions

Theme parks are also a major Gold Coast attraction. Wet ‘n’ Wild, Topgolf, Movie World and Sea World are some of the top things to do during COVID-19. While many of them are operating at reduced capacity and hours, you can still ride your favourite rollercoaster — the crowds are reduced too. Below is a list of theme parks and attractions with their COVID-19 hours:

  • Wet ‘n’ Wild is open from Thursday to Sunday.
  • Top Golf is open daily.
  • Movie World is open daily.
  • Sea World is open daily.
    *Check for weekly updates.

5 Things You Can’t do on the Gold Coast During COVID-19

1. Dance.

Unfortunately, all the dance floors are still off-limits in Queensland, although you can still go to bars and clubs — only if you take a seat 1.5 metres away from anyone not in your party. A great alternative where you are allowed to stand and drink on the Gold Coast is Holey Moley in Surfers Paradise, where you can grab a drink while enjoying mini golf, karaoke or bowling!

2. Stand up in restaurants.

Standing up in restaurants may not currently be allowed, but don’t worry, you can still stand up to use the restroom, order at the bar and pay. Do not challenge these requirements, otherwise you might be getting “removed” from El Camino after too many margaritas on a Tuesday afternoon (not speaking from personal experience or anything…).

3. Festivals.

Sadly, for all of us, festivals have been either cancelled or postponed. Large, sweaty crowds probably are not the best place to be in the middle of a pandemic, which is why we’ll have to wait until next year. In the meantime, you finally have the time to pre-plan all your perfect festival fits — Depop is my current go-to for curating one-of-a-kind pieces to fit my festival aesthetic.

4. Drive past Tweed.

While everyone loves heading down south, whether it be to enjoy Byron Bay beaches or Stone & Wood’s brewery, this is currently not an option. However, if you’re missing the Stone & Wood brewery, something similar you can do on the Gold Coast during COVID-19 is make your own gin at Granddad Jack’s Craft Distillery or grab a tasting paddle at the Lucky Squire. In the meantime, we’ll have to keep to Queensland beaches and head up north if we’re looking for a change of scenery.

5. Sneeze in public without getting dirty looks.

Remember when you used to be able to sneeze and have multiple people say, “Bless you,” without feeling guilty? Nowadays, it’s skilful to have the ability to hold in sneezes and coughs. If you can’t control these, then it’s the feeling of guilt that comes immediately after; knowing that those around you will assume you’ve got Coronavirus.

The information provided in this article is true at the time of publication. Localsearch nor the author is not liable for the misuse of information. Please consult the individual venues and government websites for the most up-to-date information.

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