As the dawn of a new year graces the Gold Coast, seize the opportunity to kickstart a year filled with adventure, relaxation, and exploration. Here’s your guide to beginning the year on the right note in this coastal paradise.

1. Make the Most of Morning/Afternoon Swims at Local Beaches

Budds guest enjoying swimming on new year's day

There’s no better way to invigorate your spirit than with a refreshing dip in the pristine waters of the Gold Coast. From the iconic Surfers Paradise to the tranquil shores of Burleigh Heads, make a habit of starting or ending your day with the therapeutic embrace of the ocean. Let the rhythmic sound of the waves set the tone for a year that flows as smoothly as the tides.

2. Explore Cafes and Restaurants

Embark on a culinary journey through the vibrant cafes and restaurants that dot the Gold Coast. From cozy beachside cafes to chic dining establishments, savour the diverse flavours this region has to offer. Treat your taste buds to a delightful array of dishes, and make it a resolution to try something new each week. The Gold Coast’s culinary scene is as eclectic as its beaches, promising a delightful exploration of flavours.

3. Taking Advantage of Budd’s Free Activities

Budss backpacker guests enjoying Budds in Surfers free activities on new year's day

Budds in Surfers isn’t just a Hostel; it’s a vibrant hub of free activities ready to be explored. Dive headfirst into the buzz at Budds, where complimentary activities unfold in the heart of the Gold Coast. Budd’s activities are the perfect way to spice up your downtime with laughter and camaraderie during yoga sessions, sunset picnics and more. Grab your crew, unleash the fun, and let our Hostel be the lively stage where connections bloom!

4. Checking Free Activities on Destination Gold Coast

Explore the plethora of free activities listed on Destination Gold Coast. The city is alive with events and experiences that won’t cost you a dime. From cultural festivals to outdoor concerts, there’s always something happening on the Gold Coast. Make it a point to check the events calendar regularly and immerse yourself in the vibrant community spirit.

5. Road Tripping/Exploring Down the Coast from Surfers

Hit the open road and embark on a road trip down the coast from Surfers Paradise. Discover hidden gems, scenic lookouts, and charming coastal towns along the way. Whether you venture south to Coolangatta or north to Southport, the Gold Coast’s coastline unfolds a tapestry of beauty that’s best experienced through the freedom of a road trip.


As the sun sets on another year, let the Gold Coast be the canvas on which you paint the vibrant strokes of your new beginnings. From sandy shores to bustling cafes, this coastal haven offers the perfect backdrop for a year filled with exploration, relaxation, and the promise of endless possibilities. Here’s to starting your new year the right way on the Gold Coast!