The school holidays are well and truly here and yes, you are on the Gold Coast so yes, there are beaches and shopping and theme parks aplenty. But, what happens when the kids are keen for something a little bit different to pass the time?
Never fear parents, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of some of our favourites things to do on the Gold Coast with the little ones.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature-based destination that’ll delight the whole family. Check all your favourite Aussie animals, watch the brand new bird show, Wild Skies, or wander through Lost Valley and gaze at some of the magical creatures of Gondwana Land. Get adult tickets at kids prices here.
Where: 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin
Holoverse is the first holographic theme park in the world. Enter virtual reality and the world of holograms where you can pat animals, fly, smash rocks and can walk through solid walls. We’ve had quite a few fun times there and we know you will too! Get 20% off here.
Where: 59 Nerang St, Southport
Slideways Go Karting World
Get excited for the best time in town. It’s an indoor go karting track with major elevation changes leading into dippers, sweepers and banked turns, giving a sweet European karting experience. Get 15% off two races here.
Where: 232 Old Pacific Highway, Pimpama
What child doesn’t love putt putt golf? None as far as we know. Luckily, the Gold Coast is home to a few sweet putt putt spots and they are dotted throughout the city so you could even make a day of it should that be your thing. Our favourites are King Tutts in Surfers Paradise and Putt Putt Mermaid Beach. We’ve got vouchers for those too – Mermaid Beach and Surfers Paradise.
The kids (and you) will LOVE posing for photos with giant cuddly creatures and deadly Australian wildlife at Surfers Paradise’ brand new attraction Trick Pic. Don’t worry, they aren’t the real deal, just giant interactive 3D scenes and there are five levels to explore! Good times. Don’t forget to check out our 10% discount voucher.
Where: 3177 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
Tropical Fruit World
Only 40 min south of Surfers Paradise is Tropical Fruit World, the perfect day trip away from the Coast. It’s a family-owned farm showcasing more than 500 of the world’s exotic fruit varieties. Go on guided tractor tours, taste delicious fruits or ride the mini train. There’s a also boat cruise and putt-putt. Get adults at kids prices here.
Where: 29 Duranbah Rd, Duranbah
Kingston Park Raceway
If you want an action packed day, Kingston Park Raceway is the way to go! With three separate tracks built on 15 acres of land, make a day of it with BBQ and relaxation areas and don’t forget to have a go at mini golf and the amusement rides too. Buy two races, get one free here.
Where: 20 Mudgee Street, Kingston
It’s an incredible journey through a world of illusion at Infinity. Think futuristic, maze-like world of wonder with unique rooms and sensory overloads that will have you laughing, jumping and feeling as through you’re in a dream. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Get 10% off here.
Where: Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, G31/3240 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise
iPlay Pacific Fair
After you’ve dragged the kids around the shops, reward them with some playtime at iPlay. Fitted with laser tag, 4 bowling lanes, dodgem cars and well over 50 arcade machines – we’re packed with excitement! There’s also food and drinks (including beers) so everyone’s a winner. Get your discount here.
Where: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Blvd, Broadbeach
Obviously. Who doesn’t love Timezone. There’s hours of entertainment right there in the one fun-filled space. We’re big fans of air hockey and that whack ‘em game where the things pop up but you, of course, may choose your own adventure. Get 10% off here (Surfers Paradise) and here (Coolangatta).
Where: The Strand, 72/80 Marine Parade, Coolangatta and Paradise Centre, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
Ripley’s Believe it or Not
Known as the Odditorium (best) Ripley’s is the Coast’s most unusual attraction. There are 16 sixteen individually themed galleries of unbelievable artifacts and interactive exhibits. You’ll come face to face with remarkable relics and rare treasures from around the world including fun interactive games, life-size figurines of unusual characters who actually lived, and unbelievable movies. Get 10% off here.
Where: Cavill Mall, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise
Game Over Adventure Park
Game Over is an epic indoor adventure destination with the very best electric indoor go-kart track, a massive adventure climbing precinct with over 18 individually themed climbing challenges, a video arcade, Australia’s first zip coaster ride and some amazing virtual reality experiences. So everything the kids could want. Get a free lazer tag mission here.
Where: 88/108 Siganto Dr, Helensvale
Go for a picnic
Relaxation, good views and all of the food. It’s an almost free activity and when choosing the right spot can fill up a whole day. Check out our list of the best places to throw down a rug here.
For a real fun time hit up Broadwater Parklands in Southport. There’s a huge range of free activities including the rockpool water playground, giant bouncy pillow, BBQ areas, eats and a little train that fits big kids (you) and little ones.
Where: Marine Pde, Southport
Known as the Gold Coast’s favourite family friendly nightspot for tasty street food, fun cocktails, boutique shopping and live bands, Miami Marketta is so good. Save some coins and share a couple of tapas plates amongst the family. Oh, and watch out for the dessert area too.
Where: 23 Hillcrest Pde, Miami
Currumbin Rock Pools
If you’re looking for something more adventurous and exciting to do, Currumbin Rock Pools is the ticket. The beautiful scenic drive through Currumbin Valley is enough of an attraction in itself, taking you straight to the natural swimming pool next to Currumbin Valley Primary School. There’s lots to do, whether you just want to cool down and splash in the water or enjoy some family time over a BBQ at the designated picnic area.
Where: Currumbin Valley
Take the family and stroll along one of the many local markets on the Coast. They’ve got everything from fresh produce to fashion, homewares, souvenirs and arts and crafts. Our top three favourite markets are Surfers Paradise Beach Front Markets (Wednesday, Friday & Sunday nights, 4pm-9pm), The Village Markets Burleigh Heads (1st & 3rd Sunday, 8am-1pm) and Carrara Markets (every Saturday & Sunday, 7am-4pm). Check out the rest here.