Grab your beach towel, sunscreen and cozzie – it’s time to give the air con a break and dive into Gold Coast water activities guaranteed to help you beat the heat. When the temperature is rising, there’s no better place to keep cool than the Gold Coast’s beaches, creeks, rock pools and canals. Always abuzz with everything from stand-up paddle boarding to jet skiing, the only problem you’ll have is deciding what to try first.
Ready to dip your toes in? Here’s our top five Gold Coast water activities to escape the heat.
Quack’rDuck land and sea tour
Have a quacking good time aboard the Quack’rDuck amphibious duck bus. A sightseeing service with a twist, Quack’rDuck takes you on a land and sea tour of the Gold Coast you won’t soon forget. Enjoy the sea breezes in the open air bus as you tour through Surfers Paradise and beyond to Sea World, before making a splash into the Broadwater. See how the other half live as you cruise past Marina Mirage and the multi-million dollar homes of Paradise Waters before returning an hour later to Surfers Paradise. You won’t get wet, but you will have a quack-tastic time. Quack’rDuck runs seven days a week departing from Surfers Paradise. Book your very own duck tour now!
Stand-up paddle boarding
The stand-up paddle boarding craze shows no sign of waning with every man and his dog keen to give the sport a go. Currumbin and Tallebudgera Creeks are the ideal spot for wobbly newbies and those who want to experience the serenity of stand-up paddle boarding in gentle conditions. (It can help you improve your balance and coordination too). Adventure-seekers should head toward the Currumbin and Tallebudgera river mouths to negotiate the waves. Bonus tip: SUP is mega-fun, plus you get a wicked workout from it too. Hire a board to give stand-up paddle boarding a go yourself, or book a lesson at one of the many hire places along the coast.
Grab your mask and snorkel and take in the beauty of Tallebudgera Creek from under the sea. Keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles, stingray and schools of fish. You can easily swim from one side of the creek to the other and out to the mouth of the river, before floating back down the creek. The current can be strong at times at Talle, so try not to get too lost in your underwater world. There is a host of snorkelling and scuba tours available on the coast, if you prefer a guided tour or day trip.
Learn to surf
Wanna hang 10 on a hot day? There’s no shortage of learn to surf schools across the Gold Coast catering for kids, beginners, and advanced. The gentle waves in Currumbin Alley make it a top choice for learners, while Greenmount, Kirra and Duranbah are hot spots for the more advanced. Burleigh Mountain under the picturesque Pandanus trees provides a great vantage point to scope out serious surfers carving up the waves.
The Gold Coast’s Broadwater and waterways are the perfect playground to whip up extreme jet skiing fun. Feel the wind in your hair and the ocean spray hitting your face as you reach speeds of more than 100km/h. Ride solo or take a partner with you for double the fun. There are a number of jet ski hire places available along the coast. If you’re feeling super adventurous, check out the fly boarding, jet boating and parasailing. Make sure you search online for the best deals.
Whether you have a sweet spot for stand-up paddle boarding or prefer something more adventurous, there are endless Gold Coast attractions and water activities to help you escape the heat and have fun while you’re at it.