9 things to do on Boxing Day on the Gold Coast
Get amongst it all on 26 December with the adrenaline-fuelled or family-friendly activities available on the Gold Coast.
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From enjoying the comforts of your own home to exploring everything that the Gold Coast has to offer, these are the indoor and outdoor activities available to you this coming Boxing Day.
Keep reading to find out where to book, what to do and which venues are open for business.
Top things to do on Boxing day on the Gold Coast
Head out onto the water
Escape those hot December temperatures with the salty seas this Boxing Day. Celebrate a little differently by taking a lesson on how to surf the waves, get splashed on a high-speed jet boat or meet the creatures of the sea with a snorkelling experience.
Gold Coast Beginners Group Surf Lesson
High Speed Jet Boat Ride with 360-Degree Spins
Kayaking with Dolphins and Snorkelling Tour
Go to new heights
See the Gold Coast from a whole new perspective with a plethora of bird's-eye view options. For a gentler experience consider a hot air balloon over the lush hinterlands and for all our adrenaline junkies out there, take flight over the waves with a bit of scenic parasailing.
Scenic Parasail Over the Gold Coast
Jet Boat Ride and Helicopter Flight Combo
Fly Board on the Gold Coast
Get the adrenaline pumping
Live a day on the fast side of life with an adrenaline-fuelled experience. From getting behind the wheel of a supercar to strapping in for a jet boating soak, if adventure is your preference for this Boxing Day then look no further.
Express Jet Boat Ride on the Gold Coast
Express Jet Boat Ride and iFLY Indoor Skydiving Combo
Drive a Ferrari
Enjoy whole family fun
Get the whole family involved with all-day fun. Whether your little ones like a bit of adventure or prefer the classics such as bowling or golf, these are pretty safe bets to ensure smiles all round.
Gold Coast Wake Park Entry
Carrara Mini Golf
Mt Warren Lanes
Cruise your way through Boxing Day
If you want to head out onto the water without the need for a swimsuit, these cruises are just for you. With your choice of a morning or afternoon river cruise, sit back and relax with a drink in hand as you watch the skyline pass you by.
Afternoon Sightseeing Cruise
Scenic River and Canal Morning Cruise
Morning Sightseeing Coffee Cruise
After a year of hard work and busy schedules, take the time this Boxing Day to spoil yourself. Take your pick from a body massage or a facial and let someone else pamper you for a change. Go on, you deserve it.
Facial and Massage Package - 2 hours
Glow Skin Treatment
Binge your favourite TV shows
If the Christmas lunch was just that good, the food coma may call for a Boxing Day spent at home. Have fun from the comfort of your couch with a plethora of streaming options at the ready for the whole family. All that's left for you to do is stock up on the popcorn.
Have a picnic in the park
It's simple yet effective. If your idea of a perfect day off is lounging amongst nature with your favourite book in hand, look no further than a picnic this Boxing Day. The best part is, if organising isn't your cup of tea, you can get someone else to do it for you with Chic Petite Events.
If you're going DIY, we suggest checking out the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens as it has plenty of space for you to set up shop.
Luxury Pop Up Picnic
Picnic Basket and Accessory Set
Waterproof Picnic Blanket Rug with Handle
Have a splash at the beach
No list of things to do on the Gold Coast would be complete without a beach trip. You aren't short on choice, so take your pick from Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, Burleigh Heads, Palm, Currumbin, Greenmount, Nobby and Main beach (just to name a few).
Chances are the shorelines will be busier than usual so we recommend getting there a little earlier.
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Get out and about this Boxing Day with the biggest attractions and your favourite restaurants.
Boxing Day trading hours for attractions on the Gold Coast
|Attraction||Boxing Day trading hours||Where to get tickets|
|Warner Bros. Movie World||9:30 to 5:30pm||RedBalloon|
|Sea World||9:30 to 5pm||RedBalloon|
|SkyPoint Observation Deck||7:30am to 9pm||Experience Oz|
|Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast||10am to 5pm||RedBalloon|
|Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary||9am to 4pm||RedBalloon|
|Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk||9:30am to 5pm||Experience Oz|
|Gold Coast Wax Museum||10am to 6pm||Experience Oz|
|Dreamworld||10am to 5pm||Dreamworld|
|WhiteWater World||10am to 5pm||Dreamworld|
Boxing Day trading hours for restaurants, bars and cafes on the Gold Coast
|Venue||Boxing Day trading hours|
|Papercup Coffee (both locations)||6am to 2pm|
|QT Gold Coast | Bazaar||6:30am to 10:30am and 5:30 to 9pm|
|QT Gold Coast | Stingray Lounge||4pm until late|
|Bam Bam Bakehouse||6:30am to 3pm|
|Elk Espresso||6am to 4pm|
|Finn Poke||11am to 8pm|
|Rosella's||12pm until late|
|Miss Moneypenny's||11:30am until late|
|Buoy Oh Buoy||7am to 11am|
|Chanoyu Japanese Cafe||7am to 2:30pm|
|Crafty's||11am until late|
|Hot Shott||5:30am to 4pm|
|Muso Ramen||11:30am to 2:30pm and 5:30pm to 8:30pm|
|Quay Street Cafe||7am to 2pm|
|Zi Espresso||7am to 11am|
|Alfred's Diner||6:30am to 12pm|
|Arakawa Japanese||5pm until late|
|Beachside Pavilion||6am until late|
|Bine Beer Bar||4pm until late|
|Clifford's Grill and Lounge||6pm until late|
|Crazy Cat Cafe||9:30am to 5:30pm|
|Cucino Vivo||5:30pm to late|
|Don't Gnocc It||11am to late|
|Door50||6am until late|
|Easy Street Diner||5pm until late|
|Fat Freddy's Beach Bar and Diner||11:30am until late|
|Finn McCool's||10am until late|
|Garden Kitchen and Bar||12pm to 10pm|
|Gemelli||5pm until late|
|Harajuku Gyoza||11:30am to 9pm|
|I like ramen||11:30am until late|
|Kiyomi||5:30pm until late|
|Koi||8am until late|
|La Diosa Mexicana||11am to 10pm|
|Little Mermaid||6:30am to 3pm|
|Vapiano||11am to 12am|
|The Henchman||8am until late|
|The Cambus Wallace||5pm until late|
|Trattoria Amici||5pm until late|
|The Loose Moose||8am until late|
|Mamasan Kitchen and Bar||5:30pm until late|
|Mario's Italian||12pm until late|
|Meat and Co||12pm until late|
|Montezuma's||5:30pm until late|
|Mei Wei Dumplings||12pm to 9pm|
|My Gelato||10am to 11pm|
|Muso Ramen||5:30pm until late|
|Nineteen at The Star||4pm until late|
|No Name Lane||6am to 1pm|
|Nobby's Rock||5pm until late|
|Pancakes in Paradise||8am to 8:30pm|
|Paradox Coffee Roasters||8am to 1pm|
|Salt Meats Cheese||5pm to 10pm|
|Sandbar||6am until late|
|Social House||7am until late|
|The Aztec||5pm until late|
|The Bavarian||5pm until late|
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