The best things to do near RACV Resorts in Queensland

man and woman walking with a surfboard and bag through Noosa National Park


Posted March 05, 2024

A getaway to Southeast Queensland has sunshine (it’s known as the Sunshine State, after all), iconic landmarks, thrilling attractions, and abundant natural wonders. It’s the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate, and recapture your zest for life.

With two RACV resorts in Queensland – the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast and RACV Noosa Resort – the best of Southeast Queensland is on your doorstep. Use this handy guide to plan your perfect Queensland holiday.


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RACV Royal Pines Gold Coast Resort

RACV Noosa

RACV Royal Pines Resort Gold Coast

A luxurious stay at the five-star RACV Royal Pines Resort leaves you wanting for nothing. With stylish, well-appointed rooms and suites and a range of resort amenities, including a 27-hole golf course, pool, spa, and multiple restaurants, bars and memorable foodie experiences, there’s plenty to keep you entertained.

Best attractions on the Gold Coast

Centrally located, the RACV Royal Pines Resort is only a short drive from Surfers Paradise’s gorgeous white-sand beach, vibrant attractions, shops, and restaurants. Looking for thrills? Go to SkyPoint Climb at Q1, Australia’s tallest building. 

The Gold Coast is home to some of Australia’s best theme parks and wildlife parks. Warner Bros. Movie World is ideal for its entertainment, Dreamworld has adrenaline-pumping gravity-defying rides, and on sunny days, cool down at Wet‘n’Wild or WhiteWater World. At Currumbin Wildlife Park you have the chance to cuddle a Koala, pat a kangaroo, feed a crocodile and much more.


people on a rollercoaster at Movie World

The Gold Coast is home to some of Australia's best theme parks. Image: Supplied

Best free things to do on the Gold Coast

Travelling on a budget? There’s an array of free things to do on the Gold Coast. Enjoy a low-cost day at one of the Gold Coast’s amazing beaches, with Burleigh Heads and Currumbin as top picks. For a refreshing swim, visit the Currumbin Rock Pools or Tallebudgera Creek.

Best shopping on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is more pockets of neighbourhoods than a city, and each have delightful shops, malls, and markets to peruse. Burleigh Heads' stylish boutiques on James Street appeal, as does Australia’s prettiest mall, Pacific Fair.

For bargain lovers, the Harbour Town Premium Outlets offers amazing finds. So does the Sunday Arts and Crafts Markets, which rotate between four Gold Coast neighbourhoods.

Best Gold Coast arts destinations

For the Gold Coast’s premier art destination, head to the Home of the Arts (HOTA). The building itself is a work of art, complementing the national and international exhibits within.

For contemporary art lovers, stop by 19 Karen in Mermaid Beach to discover what’s new and who’s hot on the pop, surrealism, and Avant Garde art scene. Both are great on the rare Gold Coast rainy day.


people relaxing at Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads is a picturesque beach on the Gold Coast. Image: Getty

Best walks on the Gold Coast

With so many brilliant coastal walks, hinterland trails, and paths through the canal waterways, you’re spoilt for choice. The 45-minute Burleigh Heads National Park trail and walk along the Spit are popular Gold Coast walks.

For invigorating bush walks under the ancient rainforest canopy, consider the 3-kilometre Witches Fall trail at Tamborine Mountain. The two-hour hike Twin Falls loop at Springbrook National Park and well-marked Lamington National Park trails appeal, too.

Best Gold Coast day trips

The Gold Coast’s central location is ideal for day trips from RACV Royal Pines Resort to nearby hotspots, like Byron Bay an hour south with its laidback vibes, diverse dining and pampering spa centres. 

Alternatively, drive an hour north to reach the Queensland capital, Brisbane. Walk the Brisbane River, explore the city’s cultural gems, or take a ferry to peaceful Stradbroke Island.


two women walking on Hastings Street

Noosa's Hastings Street is an iconic shopping destination. Image: Destination Queensland

RACV Noosa Resort, Sunshine Coast

Known for its tranquil atmosphere and luxurious accommodation, the centrally-located RACV Noosa Resort is an ideal base to explore Noosa and the Sunshine Coast. The upscale rooms and villas complement the natural beauty of the resort and its quality amenities, including two outdoor pools and a full-service spa.

Best attractions on the Sunshine Coast

To experience Noosa’s best scenery, take a hike along the Noosa National Park Coastal Walk, passing secluded beaches, native flora, and possibly a shy koala or two. Offshore, watch for dolphins and migrating whales. There’s a free shuttle from the RACV Noosa Resort to near the start of the trail.

Other Noosa top attractions include the broad golden sands of Noosa Main Beach, learning to surf on Noosa Beach, or canoeing the Noosa Everglades. One of only two Everglades in the world, this is an eco-adventure worthy of your time.

Best free things to do on the Sunshine Coast

Free entry to the Noosa Botanic Gardens allows you to walk the garden paths and discover native and exotic plants (and the 90+ birds they attract) at your leisure. 

Further afield, day trip to one of the best beaches in the South Pacific, Mooloolaba Beach. Pack a picnic, beach games, and a snorkel for a fun-filled free day out.


two kids running down Mooloolaba Beach with their parents behind them

Mooloolaba Beach is the Sunshine Coast's most popular beach. Image: Tourism & Events Queensland

Best shopping on the Sunshine Coast

Hastings Street is Noosa’s most renowned shopping destination. Browse the high-quality items along this upscale row of boutique fashion, homeware stores, and art galleries. Take breaks in the trendy Hastings Street cafés and restaurants. 

For charming craftware and community vibes, take a trip to Eumundi Markets on a Wednesday or Saturday (a 25-minute drive) or Maleny on a Sunday (an hour away). Sampling the local produce is part of the fun.

Best Sunshine Coast arts destinations

The Noosa Regional Gallery is perfect for art lovers. Free to enter, there’s a range of traditional and contemporary paintings, sculptures, and multimedia installations to enjoy. 

An hour south, find two artsy offerings: the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery and the Caloundra Art Trail, a 1.7-kilometre route passing nine bold murals.


two men walking up Mt Coolum

Mount Coolum offers ocean and mountain views. Image: Tourism & Events Queensland

Best walks on the Sunshine Coast

For the best views on the Sunshine Coast, hike the (steep) Mount Coolum Summit Track. Panoramic coastal and hinterland views are your rewards.  On a clear day, you can even see the imposing Glass House Mountains.

Hell’s Gate Walk is a rewarding coastal hike with breathtaking ocean views with dolphin and whale sightings common. In the hinterland, connect with nature on the 1.7-kilometre Mary Cairncross Rainforest Walk or enjoy the 54,000 planted trees on the longer Maleny Trail.

Best Sunshine Coast day trips

The Glasshouse Mountains are a must-do Sunshine Coast excursion. The iconic volcanic peaks, impressive lookouts, well-marked hiking trails and other adventure activities wow visitors. Visit charming Montville and Maleny, too, for the perfect hinterland day out. 

Enjoy island life an hour from Noosa on Bribie Island. With stunning beaches, bush tracks, and the Bribie Island Seaside Museum, a Bribie Island day trip offers a fun contrast to Noosa.

For familiesAustralia Zoo’s wildlife conservation facilities and native and international wildlife delight.


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