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Moving to a new country isn’t exactly cheap, even if you do choose an affordable moving company, but you still want to have fun when you get there.

If you’re moving to the Gold Coast, it’s not hard to have an amazing time without spending too much money.

Here are 20 fantastic Gold Coast activities you can do for $20 or less:

1. Explore the Village Markets

Gold Coast locals are proud of the unique mix of arty Bohemianism and surfer culture that suffuses their part of the world. Nowhere is this spirit more purely distilled than the Village Markets in Burleigh Heads.

The markets run from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on the first and third Sunday of every month, and entry is completely free. Get lost amongst the stalls featuring clothes and jewellery from local artisans, indulge in the smells and flavours of world cuisine from the street food vendors, and enjoy free live music.

2. Get down to the beach!

Beaches are the ultimate example of the best things in life being free. You can swim, surf, socialise, sunbake, explore, play sport, or just lay on the sand and read. Beaches are open all day and night, and there’s no cover charge!

The Gold Coast features kilometre after kilometre of stunning beaches, so you’re spoilt for choice. Some of the best spots to check out are:

  • Mellow times at Main Beach – just stay between the flags, the surf can get wild.
  • BBQ at Broadbeach – with a backdrop of high-rise hotels, you can swim and sunbathe then take advantage of the free BBQs while the kids enjoy the large playground.
  • Bohemian Burleigh Heads – brush shoulders with local hippies and surfers under majestic Norfolk Pines.

3. Enjoy live music with Sofar Sounds

Since 2009, the musical phenomenon that is Sofar Sounds has been bringing intimate live music performances to the lounge rooms of the world.

Gold Coast has a flourishing scene with pop-up concert events happening every month. All you need to do is register your email address and you’ll have the secret location sent to your inbox the day before each event.

You can bring your own drinks and tickets are usually $10-20. Bring some friends along or go solo and make some new ones!

4. Get amongst the farmers

Get your hands dirty by heading along to one of these local Gold Coast farms where you can explore, learn about farming in the region, and buy farm-fresh produce at great prices!

5. Mini-golf at Holey Moley

With the ingenious move of combining indoor mini-golf with karaoke, burgers, beer, wine, and spirits, Holey Moley has quickly become an Australian institution.

Karaoke is $80 per room, so with four friends or more, you’ll only be forking out $20 or less each. You can also get 9 holes of putt-putt golf in for just $15. Even if you’ve never played golf before, you’ll soon get the hang of it, and the creative designs of the courses alone are worth the price of admission.

Just be careful at the bar – those espresso martinis are addictive and might ruin your budgetary plans!

6. Explore local breweries

If you love beer, you’ll be psyched to discover the Gold Coast’s thriving (and growing) craft beer scene. Explore breweries like Black Hops, Lost Palms, Burleigh Brewing Co, and Balter Brewing Company.

You can find plenty of affordable brews, so long as you pace yourself and don’t drink the places dry.

7. Sample local tea and coffee

Opting for tea and coffee over booze is always a good way to save money, and the Gold Coast offers some pretty special places to enjoy these hot bevvies.

You can warm yourself with herbal tea – the real deal, with lemon, mint, ginger, and more plucked fresh from the garden – at Currumbin Valley Harvest.

Or make a day of it and climb Tomewin Range to get coffee and homemade cake, paired with mind-blowing views, at Freeman’s Organic Farm.

8. Go for a hike or bushwalk

Put your sneakers or hiking boots on and go explore some of the Gold Coast’s rainforests. note: hyperlink to ‘Gold Coast Rainforests’ blog

One of the best things about moving to the Gold Coast is the strip of pristine forest that runs just behind the inhabited area of the coast. You can find unique plant life, wild native animals, and some gorgeous waterfalls.

9. Stand-up paddleboarding

If you don’t know how to surf, or just want a calmer way to stand up on the water, try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). You can hire boards from The Boat Shed in Currumbin Creek for just $15 an hour.

As well as being fun to learn (be ready to fall in the water a lot) and do, SUP is a great way to explore Gold Coast waterways.

10. Bakery brekkies are cheaper

As great as the Gold Coast cafe scene is, cafe breakfasts are quite pricey. By the time you get your eggs and bacon and a coffee, you’ll likely have already spent more than $20! The solution: bakeries!

Grab a flaky pastry and coffee for brekkie or lunch with a coffee and you’ll probably still be shy of $10. Have a look at this list to get you started.

11. Swim at Cougal Cascades

If you have a car, take a winding 20-kilometre drive through Currumbin Valley for a swim at Cougal Cascades.

This is a true slice of paradise hidden in lush QLD forest. If you prefer quiet forest and still, clear water to the sun, waves, and bustle of the beach, this could be your Gold Coast escape!

12. Free and cheap fitness classes

Gold Coast City Council runs an Active and Healthy that is quite impressive. It’s one of the country’s most extensive health and exercise programs for residents and visitors. You can try everything from boot camps to Tai Chi to Xtend Barre, all for either a very low fee or totally free!

13. Pack a picnic for Burleigh Hill

In our opinion, Burleigh Hill is the single best place on the Gold Coast for a picnic. The place can get crowded, and you might struggle to find parking, but that’s only because it’s so amazing.

From the top of the hill, you can enjoy sweeping views of the coast and the atmosphere is relaxed and weekendy, even on a Monday afternoon. So, wait until the weather is great, grab some supplies from the supermarket, and head to Burleigh!

14. Whale Watching

From May to November, whales migrate up the coast and you can see them performing acts of general splishing, splashing, and spouting from a bunch of great vantage points on the Gold Coast.

Some of the best places to get a view of these magnificent beasts are Burleigh Hill, Point Danger, The Spit and Miami Lookout.

15. Go to the drive-in

Do you love movies? Well, take a date, a friend, or yourself along to Yatala drive-in cinema. The tickets are dirt-cheap – two tickets are only $15, and only $20 for a double feature – which means you’ll have money left over for popcorn or choc-coated ice cream cones.

16. Take your (push)bike out for a spin

The Gold Coast has a lot of great places to ride your bike. It’s especially lovely to pedal your way along the foreshore as the sun is setting or rising, and the sea air is great for your health.

If schadenfreude is your thing, take your ride at peak hour near one of the main roads. There’s nothing like cruising by with the wind in your hair while everyone else is fuming in traffic.

17. Jog or walk around your new home

Slip your best walking shoes on and get acquainted with your new home. Walking is the best way to discover a new place.

Wander the streets, discover bars and cafes and shops for yourself, or else just take in the scenery on one of the Gold Coast’s many scenic walks.

18. Go camping

Grab a swag or blankets, your cuddliest buddies, a phone with some choice playlists, food and drink, and your tent. Then head to one of the Gold Coast’s many great camping spots and escape from civilisation for a while.

19. Play Barefoot Bowls

Book in a session for you and some friends at Burleigh Heads Barefoot Bowls. You can book games between midday and 5:00 pm on Sundays and, if you’ve never played barefoot bowls before, you’re in for a treat.

It’s a game equal parts laziness and skill, and one of the few sports you can play with a beer in hand. Oh, and did we mention it’s only $8 to book a game, including all the equipment you need to play?

20. Explore the Gold Coast art scene

Like a lot of coastal towns and cities, the Gold Coast has attracted a treasure-trove of talented artists who now call the area home.

You can start discovering their work at The Walls in Miami, Home of the Arts in Bundall, or 19 Karen Artspace in Mermaid Beach. Or you can drop into one of the many markets on the Gold Coast to mingle with artists and makers – and maybe snag a bargain on some as-yet-undiscovered artist’s work. Happy exploring!

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