The Gold Coast’s Best Nights Out

Australia’s Gold Coast is known for it’s spectacular beaches, awesome surfing, and a breathtaking skyline. There are an endless variety of attractions and activities you can engage in to fill your days. But it’s the nightlife that brings many people back again and again.
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Bars, Taverns and Pubs

Surfers Paradise Beer Garden is known for some of the best live music on the Gold Coast. The bar offers different themes daily, such as Ping Pong Monday and Girl Power Wednesday. Friday and Saturday enjoy live bands until five in the morning. On Sundays come join in on something totally different — goldfish racing!

The Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern once hosted a concert by Nirvana. Here you can have a drink on the waterfront, listen to some great tunes by live bands, or even play Keno.

Clubbing the Gold Coast

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There are literally hundreds of places you can dance and party, but beware — three in the morning is lock out time. If you step outside, you will not be allowed back in. Saturday and Sunday are the biggest club nights, with plenty of choices on where to spend them.

Platinum Nightclub

The Platinum is known for it’s large space allowing up to 1,500 people to hang at once. Customers can receive free water at any time, and you will never wait in line for the rest room. DJ Flash is one of Australia’s most popular DJs, and is guaranteed to keep the club hopping all night long.

Ruby Tramp

Ruby Tramp is one of the most awesome clubs to party at, but very picky on who they let in. Maybe you will get lucky and be one of the selected.

Vanity Night Club

The Vanity night club is something totally new. Relax on a bed with your own personal TV, listen to some awesome music, and dance, dance, dance.

Melba’s on the Park

If Top 40’s are what you like to listen to, Melba’s is a great spot. Very touristy, but a lot of fun to meet people and listen to some of your favorites. You can also find 80’s and 90’s, golden oldies, or whatever genre you might prefer.
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Dinner Theater

When it’s time to dine, there are some entertaining dinner shows for you to attend. The Australian Outback Spectacular combines music, lights and some outrageous horses for an awesome show. Add in some cattle, camels and bush vehicles, and you have definitely entered the Outback. While you are intrigued by the show, dig into a scrumptious feast of barbecue tenderloin beef steak and garden vegetables, and baked pavlova for dessert.

If you have flown to the Gold Coast, car rentals are easy to find and very convenient for your sight seeing. You may even have the option to rent a car with your vacation package. Check it out.

Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant is something totally unique. Mix some comedy and music with vampires and what do you get? A super fun evening that will have everyone laughing. A night of B-movie horror that is not for small children. From the moment your “finger” foods arrive to the presentation of your “death by chocolate” dessert, you will be in stitches. Hopefully not literally.

Dracula’s recently opened it’s own Haunted House as well. Do you dare walk through the five levels of Gothic scares, “dare” doors, and the deadly Australian creature? Get up close and personal with a shark, funnel spider and giant crocodile.


The Wax Museum on the Gold Coast is the largest south of the equator. It houses over 110 wax figures in genuine costumes. See villains and movie stars, scientists and explorers who look so real you will do a double take.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium is full of all sorts of strange displays. Enjoy interactive displays, bizarre and unusual exhibits, and amazing illusions. Count how many times you say “I don’t believe it!”

Other Night Attractions

The SkyPoint Observation Deck is the place to go to get the absolute best view of the Gold Coast. Located atop one of the world’s tallest towers, more than 750 feet above the ground, you can see some amazing views. Get a 360 degree view of the Gold Coast and all the surroundings. Take one of the world’s fastest elevators, or climb the 1,331 steps to the very top. Have a drink in the coast’s highest lounge bar, or salsa the night away on the dance floor. The city lights are a breathtaking backdrop to your evening entertainment.

For those who need to get the blood pumping, check out the bungee rocket, sling shot, vomatron or fly coaster. These super adrenaline rides will test your courage. Not to mention your stomach.
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Casino Fun

Jupiter’s Hotel and Casino is great for all your nightlife activities. Play some gaming machines, tables or poker. Have a few drinks at one of the six bars in the casino, enjoy live music, comedy or a meal. Or head to the theatre and be entertained by internationally known artists such as Jason Derulo, Rod Stewart, or Michael Bolton. Be sure to ask about the special casino promotions. The casino also has excellent rooms and service if you choose to stay there.

The Gold Coast is an endless adventure waiting to be explored. No matter the weather, you can find activities indoors or out to keep you going all day and into the night. Whether you are alone, on a romantic holiday or with a group, the attractions available will keep everyone entertained and content.

Plan your next trip to the Gold Coast for the total package. Sun, sand, surf, great dining and shopping, awesome shows, and nightlife that never ends. What more could you ask for in a holiday destination.

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