If you are considering a trip to the Gold Coast, then make a day or a weekend of it. Here’s our tips on what to do, where to stay and what to see…

Places to stay…

QT special offer for the race-goer
Located on the Surfers Paradise city fringe, metres from the beach, rest and recuperate at QT Gold Coast with two nights accommodation, daily breakfast for two and a marketplace dinner for two at the hotels signature restaurant, Bazaar.

To ensure you are in tip-top shape for the big race, QT Gold Coast is also offering complimentary bottled water in-room and two x 30 minute passes to spaQ’s Hammam inspired steam room.

The Two Night QT Gold Coast Marathon Package is $295 per night. To book, visit: www.qtgoldcoast.com.au, promo code GCMARA.

Come for the marathon or school holidays
InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort is helping you to create moments that make life memorable.

Stay for the marathon or book in for the school holidays. While you relax or recuperate, the kids will love the new Family Fun Zone with a giant chess set, threehole putting green as well as cricket sets, bocci and inflatable pool toys. Build sandcastles on the exclusive beach lagoon pool, explore the gardens and spot kangaroos in their natural habitat.

To book: 1800 781 066 or visit: www.intercontinentalsanctuarycove.com

To do…

Visit a theme park, zoo or attraction
So many to choose from…discover O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk, the Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk or the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk!

Spend a day at Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (pictured), Sea World, Infinity Attraction, Dracula’s Haunted House in Surfers, Tropical Fruit World, Ripleys Believe It Or Not! Odditorium, The Wax Museum… you get the picture!

Shop or eat out

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining and shopping. For great ideas, visit: www.visitgoldcoast.com/things-to-do/

See a show at Dracula’s with their special offer for race-goers
Wind down before or after the run with a great night at Dracula’s. Their current show Sin & Tonic – adult cabaret with a twist, is a swizzled mix of Berlin Burlesque mischievous comedy skits and carnival style novelty acts.

As a bmag reader or a Gold Coast Airport Marathon runner/cheerleader, Dracula’s has a special offer. Enjoy a complimentary Sin & Tonic upgrade to a VIP A-Reserve seating and a souvenir gift. Valid to 4 July 2014.

For information or to book visit: www.draculas.com.au or call 3722 8527 and mention bmag.

Discover nature
Rediscover the kilometres of beach, some of the best in the world with its white sand and rolling (and crashing) surf. Remember to swim between the flags. Visit the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens, just 10 minutes drive from Surfers Paradise at Ashmore Road, Benowa set on 31 hectares or Burleigh Head National Park.