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10 Best Things To Do On The Gold Coast At Night - Updated 2020

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Not sure what there is to do when the sun sets on the “Sunshine State”? Read on to find out about the top things to do on the Gold Coast, Queensland at night.

Home to Surfers Paradise, the Gold Coast is famous for its beaches and activities in the sun. However, there exists a myriad of other things to do. There’s no need to retire to your hotels when there are numerous things to do on the Gold Coast at night; from activities for the whole family, to games where you can pit your skills against each other, there’s something for everyone even at night.

No bedtime for kids

On holiday and insisting on the kids go to bed early? Considering it’s a vacation, below is some of the best things to do in the Gold Coast with kids at night:

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1. Sink holes at Putt Putt Golf, Mermaid Beach (from USD 14.0)

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You can spend some quality bonding time at the Putt Putt golf course making your way through 18 holes with your kids. Take it nice and slow, and before you know it, it’s close time at 10:00pm and you are all ready to hit the sack.

Putt Putt Golf at Mermaid Beach

Address: 2492 Gold Coast Hwy, Mermaid Beach - Gold Coast QLD 4218, Australia

Website: Putt Putt Golf

Putt Putt Mermaid Beach

Duration: 30 to 135 minutes

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2. Fun activities under one roof at Timezone

Phoenix MarketCity, Timezone store front
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Watch your kids lose it when you walk into Timezone, a gamer’s mecca. They have gaming machines, air hockey, putt putt and laser skirmish, which will have them occupied for a good amount of time. For even more fun, join them and enjoy the bonding time you will have.

Timezone

Address: Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia

Website: Timezone

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3. Tickle their artistic mind at The Art Center

The Arts Centre Gold Coast
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Their little child minds would be taken in by the fascinating art exhibitions and performances at The Art Center. Best thing about The Art Center is the fact that they have activities and programs designed for youths at night, so you do not have to worry about what to do.

The Art Center

Address: 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia

Website: The Art Center

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Competitive edge at night

Put on your game face and get ready to demolish records at the following competitive centers:

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4. Racecenter

Car racing simulator - SBR Racing, Construma, 2015.04.17
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With the most advanced racing simulation technology, you will have the most fun with your group of friends or with your family as you vie for the top position for the best virtual racing winner. Feel like Vettel or Hamilton as you race in their real-time, professional simulators. Do not be surprised if Hamilton or Vettel walk in for some driving sessions with you, the race drivers are known to stroll in for a session or two. Have a realistic racing experience on the best racing tracks in the world. Choose from a variety of cars like Lamborghini, Drift, GT3 and of course a Ferrari. They are so on demand that they have opened other centers in South Wales, Darling Harbor and Slideways Karting Brisbane.

Racecenter

Address: (within Strike Bowling Bar), 9 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia

Website: Racecenter

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5. Knock down some pins at AMF Bowling

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With closing hours at midnight on Satudays (10pm on Sunday to Wednesday, 10.30pm on Thursday and 11.30pm on Friday), have a ball of a time at the AMF Bowling center. If you are tired of bowling over your competition, you can also engage in a friendly round of laser tag or just take it easy at the arcade. This place is perfect for a night of fun and activities for groups!

AMF Bowling Robina

Address: Robina Town Centre Robina QLD, 4230

Website: AMF Bowling Robina

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6. Sling Shot Park

SlingShot at Canada's Wonderland (2)
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Taking the mechanism of the little sling shot toy, this park will catapult you vertically at breakneck speed up in the sky. The exhilarating part is usually the anticipation of it and when you are released, you enjoy the tranquility of it all as you soar up in the sky.

Sling Shot Park

Address: 6 Palm Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia

Website: Sling Shot Park

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Night markets

There is something about night markets that is always so endearing. I do not know whether it is the street foods on offer, the bargaining prices or just the energetic feeling all around. You should not miss these markets in the Gold Coast:

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7. Miami Marketta Street Food

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This is a trendy event that always has great and exciting turnouts as people mill around the grounds tasting and savoring the street foods on offer. The market does not lack anything, enjoy the coffee at the permanently located café Rabbit Radio, tickle your arty mind at the many art spaces in the area and dance away at the concerts that are usually held there. Food, music and great energy all around, what else can one ask for?

Miami Marketta Street Food

Address: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami QLD 4221, Australia

Website: Miami Marketta Street Food

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8. NightQuarter Markets

Enjoy the scene at the night market
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Night markets always come with a whole bag of tricks and the NightQuarter is no exception. Known for its festive vibe, enter a world of live music, street food, market stalls and shipping container boutiques blanketed with stringed lights. The energy is transferrable which will have you beaming as you move from one stall to another while chewing on delicious street food. There are six bars at the market, so if you opt to enjoy a drink while people watching, then you are welcome in one of them as they serve you cocktails, wine, or craft beer. All the activities are going on with background music from best Gold Coast emerging musicians and touring acts. Everything for your senses in one place.

NightQuarter Markets

Address: 1 Town Centre Dr, Helensvale QLD 4212, Australia

Website: NightQuarter Markets

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9. Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

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Enjoy some retail therapy after dark at Surfers Paradise Beachfront Market. Find great bargains and collectables at great prices. This market is characterized by colorful stalls that offer you the best of locally produced arts and crafts, fashion, jewelry, homewares and health and beauty products made from natural ingredients. Have your fortune told by the fortune tellers on site, get dazzled by the many magicians and have wholesome entertainment from the performers on site. This is where you can get a one-of-a-kind gift for someone. Recharge in one of the many cafés and restaurants on site before continuing with your shopping experience.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Address: Esplanade, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia

Website: Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

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Drink, dance and be merry

The Gold Coast has the best bars and nightclubs for an evening full of laughter, dancing and all round fun:

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10. 1 two 3 Lounge Bar

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A lounge at the Gold Coast that serves you starters, entrées, main courses and topped off with dessert! 1 two 3 is a marvel on its own that goes out of the way to make its patrons happy. Or for a great club scene, don’t miss SinCity Nightclub and East 88 for a great night on the dance floor.

1 two 3 Lounge Bar

Address: Shop 10 & 11 Phoenician Tower East Surf Pde, Broadbeach QLD 4218, Australia

Website: 1 two 3 Lounge Bar

SinCity Nightclub

Address: 22 Orchid Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia

Website: SinCity Nightclub

East 88

Address: 1/88 Surf Parade, Broadbeach QLD 4218, Australia

Website: East 88

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Gold Coast at night

Gold-Coast-Skyline-at-Night
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As you have seen, there is plenty to do when the night falls at the Gold Coast. Take time and experience some of these activities. It will be an unforgettable experience.

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