NEW YEAR, NEW YOU: 10 Gold Coast activities to try this year

When was the last time you tried something new?

Life is all about experiences, so why not make 2022 the year you have a crack at some of the cool activities on offer across the Gold Coast.

From hydrofoiling along Currumbin Creek, to tearing around the Nerang National Park on a Mountain Bike, here are 10 epic activities you should put on your bucket list this year:



Enjoy the sensation of flying over water! Hydrofoiling is the fastest growing watersport on the planet, and it’s not hard to see why. Not only is it a whole heap of fun, it’s super easy to learn, and suitable for ages 12 and up. You can give it a whirl on some of Gold Coast’s most gorgeous waterways including the Broadwater and Currumbin Creek with Gold Coast Hydrofoil Tours and eFoil GC.

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Roller skating

This retro pastime is experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity! This summer, you can let the good times roll at HOTA’s pop up Roller Rink, which is located outside the gallery until January 23. Alternatively, Fun Daze can help you push your skating boundaries or build your skills with their range of lessons and adventure days.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking ticks the box for mental, physical and emotional health. Here on the Gold Coast, there is a rich and diverse range of trails and mountain bike experiences to enjoy. Here are some of our favourites:

  • For beginners – Nerang National Park
  • For intermediate – NV Gravity Park
  • For thrill seekers – Boomerang Farm

Want to join a community of fellow mountain bikers? The Gold Coast Mountain Bike Club hold rides for beginners to learn essential skills, plus you can meet new people and explore new trails on their social rides.

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Paddleboard yoga

Want to improve your core strength while having some fun! Paddleboard yoga is a great activity for the summer, because if you fall off, you’re swimming in crystal clear waters! Pure Aloha holds SUP Yoga lessons on Tallebudgera Creek. For that extra zen, book a full moon sunset experience.

Axe throwing

Unleash your inner barbarian and try your hand at axe throwing at Lumber Punks in Miami. If you love it, you can join the Lumber Punks Axe League and take part in solo and team competitions. Whilst this activity is mainly for the 18+ crowd, children aged 14-17 can take part with a parent present and participate in the session.

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Go karting

Get your adrenaline fix with a whip around one of the go kart tracks on the Gold Coast! Slideways Go Karting has two tracks – an outdoor track in Pimpama, and an indoor track in Nerang, which features a specially surfaced track made for drifting round corners. At Xtreme Karting in Pimpama you can race on tarmac or dirt circuits (and enter competitive racing events once you’ve honed your skills).

Scuba diving

Scuba divers are spoilt for choice on the Gold Coast with several islands just offshore, as well as natural reefs teeming with sea life and numerous shipwrecks ripe for exploring. Plus, there will soon be a world-class underwater attraction to discover in the brand-new Wonder Reef. Rick’s Dive School, Gold Coast Dive Adventures and Queensland Scuba Dive all offer courses and special diving adventures to help you enjoy the ocean like never before!


Get on the water and give wakeboarding a go this summer! Often referred to as a combination of surfing, snowboarding and water-skiing, wakeboarding is a very social sport and is an activity the whole family can enjoy. The Gold Coast Wake Park at Oxenford is a great place to learn – they have an after school program, kids club, ladies classes and plenty of events, including expression sessions for experienced riders.

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Rock climbing

Rock climbing is the ultimate full body work out that will strengthen and stretch every muscle in your body! Get your fix at one of the many indoor rock climbing studios on the Gold Coast. Our picks are Paramount at Burleigh, Core Climbing at Carrara, and Alpine Indoor Climbing at Robina!


Enjoy 360 views of the city skyline, South Stradbroke Island, the ocean and the hinterland while soaring through the sky like a bird! You can parasail solo or tandem, and this activity is accessible for all abilities. You can give it a go at Gold Coast Watersports.

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