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

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

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Everybody loves an extra long weekend, but finding ways to fill it can be a bit of a task. We've done the hard work for you so all you have to do is pick whatever activity floats your boat.

Discover the top things to do, what's open in the city and the events that you won't want to miss.


Things to do over Easter on the Gold Coast

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: Surfers Paradise
  • Price: $55 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 five-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: Tamborine Mountain
  • Price: $60 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: Helensvale
  • Price: $69 per person
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Gold Coast Wake Park Entry

Gold Coast Wake Park Entry from RedBalloon

If the sun is out this upcoming Easter long weekend, why not get out onto the wake park. With cable skiing, wakeboarding and kneeboarding options, the circuit options are great for beginners as well as the experts.

  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price: $44.95 per person
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5 Attractions Pass on the Gold Coast

5 Attractions Pass on the Gold Coast from RedBalloon

Want to access the top attractions that our beloved Gold Coast has to offer in one easy purchase? Look no further than this multi-pass, with your choice of five experiences. Attractions include Aquaduck Safaris, Australian Kayak Adventures, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Gold Coast Watersports.

  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price: $199 per person
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Gold Coast Scenic River and Canal Midday Cruise

Gold Coast Scenic River and Canal Midday Cruise from RedBalloon

Sit back and relax as you float down the Gold Coast’s scenic river and waterways. This 90-minute experience includes expert commentary and a licensed bar for any drinks you wish to purchase.

  • Location: Surfers Paradise
  • Price: $25 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: Main Beach
  • Price: $140 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: Surfers Paradise
  • Price: $27.90 per person
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Australian Outback Spectacular, Dinner and Show

Australian Outback Spectacular, Dinner and Show from Adrenaline

Running on 3 April, the Australian Outback Spectacular is offering an evening filled with live entertainment and dinner. Watch as talented Aussie actors bring Heartland to life as you indulge in eye-fillet steaks, woodfired vegetables and rich dark chocolate flan.

  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price: $120 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: Main Beach
  • Price: $395 per person
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Shops open over Easter on the Gold Coast

Shopping centreGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster Monday
Australia Fair Shopping CentreClosed9am-5:30pm10:30am-4pm10:30am-4pm
Chevron Renaissance Shopping CentreColes
6am-10pm
Specialty stores
Closed
Restaurants and cafes
10am-late
Coles
7am-10pm
Specialty stores
10am-6pm
Restaurants and cafes
10am-late
Coles
7am-9pm
Specialty stores
10:30am-4:30pm
Restaurants and cafes
10am-late
Coles
6am-10pm
Specialty stores
10am-6pm
Restaurants and cafes
10am-late
Harbour Town Outlet Shopping CentreClosed9am-5pm10am-5pm9am-5:30pm
Marina MirageClosed10am-6pm10am-6pm10am-6pm
Pacific Fair Shopping CentreGeneral
9am-5:30 pm
Resort
10am-6pm
Dining
10am-9pm
General
9am-5:30 pm
Resort
10am-6pm
Dining
10am-9pm
General
9am-5:00 pm
Resort
10am-6pm
Dining
10am-9pm
General
9am-5:30 pm
Resort
10am-6pm
Dining
10am-9pm
Paradise Centre9am-10pm9am-10pm9am-10pm9am-10pm
Robina Town CentreClosed9am-5:30pm10am-4pm10am-4pm
Runaway Bay Centre9am-5:30pm9am-5pm10am-4pm9am-5:30pm
Soul Broadwalk10am-9pm10am-9pm10am-7pm10am-9pm
Southport Park Shopping Centre9am-5:30pm9am-5:00pm10:30am-4pm9am-5:30pm
Westfield Helensvale9am-5:30pm9am-5:30pm9am-5pm10am-4pm

Attractions open over Easter on the Gold Coast

AttractionGood FridaySaturdayEaster SundayEaster MondayWhere to book
SkyPoint Observation DeckOpenOpenOpenOpenExperience Oz
Currumbin Wildlife SanctuaryOpenOpenOpenOpenRedBalloon
Tamborine Rainforest SkywalkOpenOpenOpenOpenExperience Oz
Gold Coast Wax MuseumOpenOpenOpenOpenExperience Oz
Dreamworld and WhiteWater WorldOpenOpenOpenOpenExperience Oz
Movie WorldOpenOpenOpenOpenRedBalloon
High Ropes and Flying Fox Adventure in Tamborine National ParkOpenOpenOpenOpenRedBalloon
Surfers Paradise TourClosedOpenClosedClosedFinder

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

NameAddressOpening hoursCuisineWhere to book
Galaxy Seafood & Mediterranean RestaurantShop 6/50 Marine Parade, SouthportTBCMediterraneanGroupon
GelatissimoShop 2/15 Cavill Avenue, Surfers ParadiseSunday-Thursday:
10am-10pm
Friday-Saturday:
10am-11pm
DessertGroupon
The Cardamom PodShop 1/2685 Gold Coast Highway, BroadbeachTBCVegetarianGroupon
The Miami2043-2047 Gold Coast Highway, Gold CoastMonday-Saturday:
10am-3:30am
Sunday:
10am-1:30am
Dining and bar
Artichoke Restaurant44c The Promenade, Hope IslandSaturday - Monday
6:30am-3pm
Modern Australian
Anchor Buoy10a Frank Street, Labrador, Gold CoastFriday-Monday:
7am-3pm
Bar
Athenia Restaurant & Bar80/3030 The Boulevard, CarraraFriday-Sunday:
12pm-2pm, 5pm-9pm
Monday: Closed
Bar
Bine Bar & Dining1/28 Chairlift Avenue, Mermaid BeachFriday:
Closed
Saturday - Sunday:
12pm-12am
Monday:
Closed
Bar
Bistro 195 Masthead Way, Hope IslandSunday-Monday:
7am-2pm
Bar
Blackboard7/240 Varsity Parade, Varsity LakesFriday-Saturday:
6am-3pm
Sunday-Monday:
6am-3pm
Cafe
Cafe Dbar275 Boundary Street, CoolangattaFriday-Monday:
6am-4pm
Cafe
Dragon Cove Chinese Cuisine1 Masthead Way, Hope IslandFriday-Monday:
11:30am-3pm, 5pm-9pm
Chinese
Domanis1/19-21 Tedder Avenue, Main BeachFriday:
4pm-late
Saturday:
3pm-late
Sunday:
11:30am-late
Monday:
3pm-late
Italian
Edgewater DiningShop 3 G7 Capri on Via Roma, Via Roma, Surfers ParadiseFriday - Monday:
12pm-late
Modern Australian, American
Frigg10A Frank Steet, LabradorFriday-Monday:
7am-2pm
Cafe
Jonez on FoodShop 39d Masthead Way, Hope IslandFriday-Saturday:
11:30pm-11pm
Sunday:
11:30am-3pm
Monday: Closed
Cafe
Justin Lane1708-1710 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh HeadsFriday-Saturday:
12pm-12am
Sunday-Monday:
5-10pm
Italian
Iku Yakitori Bar1730 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh HeadsFriday:
5:30pm-12am
Saturday-Sunday:
12pm-12am
Monday: Closed
Japanese
I Like Ramen2251 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid BeachFriday-Sunday:
11:30am-9pm
Monday: Closed
Japanese
Le Cafe Gourmand2545 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid BeachFriday-Sunday:
7am-2pm, 6:30pm-8pm
Saturday-Sunday:
7am-2pm
Cafe
Lucky Bao6/90 Markeri Street, Mermaid WatersFriday:
11:30am-3pm,
5:30pm-9pm
Saturday:
11:30am-9pm
Sunday:
11:30am-8:30pm
Monday:
11:30am-3pm,
5:30pm-8:30pm
Asian
Manolas BrosCapri on Via Roma, 3G 14/15-21 Via Roma, Surfers ParadiseFriday-Monday:
7am-5pm
Continental
Margarita Cartel2/1840 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh HeadsFriday-Saturday:
5pm-8:30pm
Sunday:
5pm-8pm
Monday: Closed
Mexican
Miss Moneypenny's50 Surf Parade, BroadbeachFriday-Monday:
12pm-11:30pm
Mediterranean
Moana Restaurant and Bar Seafood2G01, 15 Via Roma, Surfers ParadiseFriday: Closed Saturday - Sunday: 11am-late Monday: ClosedBar
Surfers Paradise Thai Restaurant & Cafe3100 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers ParadiseFriday:
4pm-9:30pm
Saturday:
12pm-9:30pm
Sunday:
12pm-9:30pm
Monday:
4pm-9:30pm
Thai, Halal
Alachati Tapas, Turkish90 Surf Parade, BroadbeachFriday:
11am-11pm
Saturday:
11am-12am
Sunday-Monday:
11am-11pm
Turkish
Chabbi'z Tandoori Kitchen119 Scarborough Street, SouthportFriday:
11:30am-2:15pm,
5pm-10:30pm
Saturday:
5pm-10:30pm
Sunday:
5pm-10:30pm
Monday:
5pm-10:30pm
Indian
Arunya1/34 The Esplanade, Paradise PointFriday:
11:30am-3pm
5pm-9pm
Saturday-Sunday:
5pm-9pm
Monday: Closed
Thai
Balboa1069 Gold Coast Highway, Palm BeachFriday-Sunday:
12pm-2:30pm,
5pm-9pm
Monday:
5pm-9pm
Italian
Burleigh Pavilion3a/43 Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh HeadsFriday-Monday:
11am-12am
Australian
Cha Cha Japanese Restaurant2705 Gold Coast Highway, BroadbeachFriday-Sunday:
5:30-10pm
Monday: Closed
Japanese
Chiangmai Thai Restaurant Broadbeach2779 Gold Coast Highway, BroadbeachFriday-Monday:
5pm-9:30pm
Thai
Coco Cubano Pacific FairPacific Fair Shopping Centre, Level 1, K2006, Broadbeach WatersFriday-Monday: 8am-lateAmerican, Burgers
Dumpling Noodle On Circle3184 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers ParadiseFriday-Monday:
11am-9pm
Chinese
Gusu RestaurantShop G23/3197 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers ParadiseFriday-Monday:
11am-8pm
Chinese
ArtichokeThe Marine Village, 4601 Masthead Way, Sanctuary CoveFriday-Sunday:
12pm-12am
Monday: Closed
Bar
Beachside PavilionOasis Shopping Centre, Surf Parade, BroadbeachFriday-Saturday:
6am-9pm
Sunday-Monday:
6am-8:30pm
Bar

  • Note: The above is accurate as of 5 March 2021. Public holidays may affect normal trading hours. Contact the venue before visiting to confirm their trading hours for 2 - 5 April 2021.

Events happening over Easter on the Gold Coast

  • Bethania Easter Hunt: Hosted by the Bethania Community Centre, this Easter Egg Hunt has something for everyone. As the little ones eagerly hunt down chocolate eggs around the gardens, the adults can sit back and relax with a catered BBQ. Tickets are free.
    Good Friday Seafood Marketta: Name a better way to spend Good Friday than immersed in fresh seafood, live music and cocktail specials. Tickets are $5 per person.
  • Easter Sunday Brunch: Begin your Easter Sunday with a non-denomination church service, followed by brunch at Tin Cup Cafe. It's whole family fun as the kids create their own masterpieces at the Easter Hat workshop and hunt for chocolate in the Easter egg hunt. Indulge in a menu featuring bacon, honey-glazed ham, hash browns, sausages, Roma tomatoes, tropical fruit, pancakes and a whole lot more. Adult tickets are $49, kids 5-12 are $19.95 and children under 4 are free.
  • Easter Long Weekend at Dog and Parrot Tavern: Make the most of a delicious menu this long weekend at the Dog and Parrot Tavern. Dining is available all day long, activities will be running for the kids and there's even an Easter surprise that comes with the kids menus.

Top Gold Coast travel and activity deals

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Expires 11 Dec 2021
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Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $100. Activities include hot air balloon flights, tandem skydives and attraction passes. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Cairns, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and more. Exclusive for new members. T&Cs apply.
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Australia-wide flights from $26 each way

Expires 26 Jul 2021
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Available on experiences across Australia including Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Sunshine Coast and more. Minimum spend of $300 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, hop-on hop-off bus tours, whale watching cruises, skydives, high teas, quad biking experiences and more. T&Cs apply.
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