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9 kids activities in Surfers Paradise

Image supplied by Destination Gold Coast

If you cannot find fun in Surfers Paradise, then the fun cannot be found. The suburb of extreme good times is not just for school leavers and late-night revellers — oh no, it’s the ultimate place to take the kids on the school holidays.

Surfers Paradise is indeed a fun time for families, as demonstrated by the endless kids trailing slowly down Cavill Ave behind mum and dad, eyes wide in awe. There are just so many things to do in this bustling suburb, but we understand it can get a bit overwhelming, so, we have broken it down for you.

Here are the nine family-friendly activities to do in Surfers Paradise.

Padlock’d Escape Rooms
The kids (and you) will LOVE trying to escape from a multitude of immersive themed rooms on a time limit! Work together as a family (or leave the kids to it) to solve the puzzles, crack the codes and escape the madness in a fast-paced hour of fun. Good times.
Where: 3177 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Timezone Hologate (image supplied)
Timezone Hologate (image supplied)

Infinity
It’s an incredible journey through a world of illusion at Infinity. Think futuristic, with a maze-like world of wonder and unique rooms with sensory overloads that will have you laughing, jumping and feeling as though you’re in a dream. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Get an exclusive 15% OFF here using the code: “INFOINSIDEGC”.
Where: Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, G31/3240 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise 

Paradise Centre
The name says it all. From a parent’s point of view, this place has everything covered. You can park the car, amuse the little ones for hours, feed them and even find the time to do a little bit of shopping yourself. They have a Birds of Paradise promotion these holidays with the opportunity for snaps with some rather colourful feathered friends and the chance to win 1 of 5 pairs of Apple AirPods. Count us in!
Where: Paradise Centre, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Timezone
Well, we can’t suggest Paradise Centre without suggesting Timezone… Obviously. Who doesn’t love Timezone? There are hours of entertainment right here in the one fun-filled space. They’ve just added a new section called Hologate too, where you get to battle dragons and robots in virtual reality. Go head-to-head with your kids or play as a team. How good?!
Where: Paradise Centre, Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Odditorium ( image supplied)

Ripley’s Believe it or Not
Known as the Odditorium, Ripley’s is the Coast’s most unusual attraction. There are 16 individually themed galleries filled with 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 and life-size figurines of unusual characters. A recently added Candy Shop with American and Australian lollies will really seal the deal for the kidlets. Click here for a special offer!
Where: Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise

King Tutt’s Putt-Putt
What child doesn’t love mini-golf? None as far as we know. Luckily, Surfers Paradise is home to one of the best mini golf spots around, King Tutt’s. They offer three fully themed courses with 18 holes of pure fun. Two of which are indoor-themed (Ancient Egyptian and Jurassic Putt) and one outdoor-themed (African Jungle). There’s LOTS of fun to be had here.
Where: Surfers Paradise Boulevard & Ocean Avenue, Surfers Paradise

The Wax Museum
Bet you didn’t know the Gold Coast’s wax museum is home to the largest collection of authentic wax figures in the Southern hemisphere. Impressive right? From the famous faces we know and love to the gruesome and gory Torture Chamber figures, there’s something to surprise and delight the kiddies (and you too). Here’s a discount voucher to take along with you.
Where: 56 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise 

Paradise Centre Family Fun (image supplied)
Paradise Centre Family Fun (image supplied)

Surfers Paradise River Cruises
Yep, you guessed it, you can cruise the Surfers Paradise waterways on a super relaxing boat, have someone point out famous peoples’ homes and landmarks along the way and also enjoy a buffet lunch on board. The kids will thoroughly enjoy being out on the water, seeing some stunning sights and maybe even a dolphin or two. But the best part? You won’t have to lift a finger (except to snap some pics). Get 10% off your cruise here.
Where: 63 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Quack’r Duck
All aboard the world’s most modern and environmentally friendly amphibious vehicle, the Quack’r Duck. Offering a land and sea experience like no other, the giant moving duck is tons of fun. Travel along the esplanade, past the ocean and splash into the Broadwater for a cruising adventure. It’s the most fun you can have going from land to sea and back! Grab a special offer here.
Where: 7 Elkhorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Kids playing on the beach
Kids playing on the beach

15 things to do on the Gold Coast with kids

Level Up Arcade Broadbeach (image supplied)
Level Up Arcade Broadbeach (image supplied)

Feels like it’s been five minutes since the kids were on holidays and low and behold, the schools are letting them loose again. Sigh.

Keeping them occupied— and you sane — will need some carefully considered tact. But let’s face facts here: you are on the Gold Coast. That means beachesshopping and theme parks on your doorstep that other people would vacation here for. Nevertheless, what happens when the kids are keen for something a bit more diverse to pass the time?

Never fear, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of some of our favourite things to do on the Gold Coast when school is out.

Level Up Arcade
The Arcade is the 80s and 90s incarnate. Found on the first floor of the Oasis Shopping Centre in Broadbeach, Level Up features 62 of the best games from this era. With Lane Master Bowling, pool table, 3D pong, limited edition pinballs, a classic arcade with 40 of your old school games, LA Lakers hoops, big buck hunter, Jurassic Park, down the clown, ring toss and plenty more. Worn out kids by the end of the day are guaranteed.
Where: The Oasis Shopping Centre, 75 Surf Parade, Broadbeach

Padlock’d
With 60 minutes on the clock, you and the family are left in a mysterious room to solve puzzles, crack riddles, open locks and escape the madness. It’s a fast-paced hour where you will either come out with big old smiles on your faces — or in need of a big old glass of wine. It’s such a fun time either way though.
Where: 3177 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Ripleys Surfers Paradise (image supplied by Lisa Tucker)
Ripleys Surfers Paradise (image supplied by Lisa Tucker)

Ripley’s Believe it or Not
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium is Surfers Paradise’s most unusual and far-fetched attraction. Found in Soul Boardwalk, Ripley’s offers sixteen individually themed galleries of unbelievable artifacts and interactive exhibits where you will come face to face with remarkable relics and rare treasures from around the world. Experience the weird and unbelievable, see shrunken heads, survive a walk through the spinning vortex tunnel, unusual artwork, and things that make you go eww. Get a discount here!
Where: Soul Boardwalk, Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise

Currumbin Boatshed
Found at the edge of Currumbin Creek, Currumbin Boatshed Bait and Tackle offers plenty of choices to ensure you and the kids get to have the best possible time on the water. They’ve got fishing gear, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, surfboards and much more. All are available for purchase or they also have hire options for kayaks, SUPs and fishing gear. Ever seen somebody on a SUP and thought you’d like to give it a go? Well, here’s your chance folks, as they offer regular SUP lessons for beginners!
Where: 1/2-4 Thrower Drive, Currumbin

Lollie Land
It’s the perfect place for big and small kids alike. Spend some time choosing from over 1,000 different sweet treats, American brands like Hershey’s, Reese’s, Trolli, Twizzler and Cheeto’s, to your local favourites like Allen’s and Nestle. There’s also a wide variety of liquorice, rock candy and pick and mix sweets to choose from. From gobsmackers to chocolate fudge, you’re sure to find something to satiate your taste buds.
Where: Shop 1/3179 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Mini Golf
What child doesn’t love a bit of mini-golf? None, as far as we know. Luckily, the Gold Coast is home to a collection of enjoyable putt-putt spots, and they are dotted throughout the city — so you could even make a day of it and visit several of them — should that be your kind of thing! Our favourites are King Tutts and Mini Golf in Surfers Paradise and Putt Putt Mermaid Beach.
Where: Various locations

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (image supplied)
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (image supplied)

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature-based institution that’s been delighting families for the last 70 years. Check all your favourite Aussie animals, watch the bird show Wild Skies or wander through Lost Valley and gaze at some of the magical creatures that existed when Australia was part of the ancient supercontinent Gondwana. If you haven’t been before or it’s been a while, it’s about time you went and spent a fun day in Currumbin with some furry and feathered friends.
Where: 28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin

Infinity
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 though you’re in a dream. HIGHLY RECOMMEND. Get an exclusive discount here!
Where: Chevron Renaissance Shopping Centre, G31/3240 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Theme Parks
It goes without saying the Coast’s theme parks are some of our biggest attractions for visitors. From Movie World with its themed rides, wandering movie stars and cartoon characters; to Dreamworld with its big thrill rides; Seaworld; with impressive sea creatures and mind-blowing live shows; Wet n Wild with all of the epic waterslides and a giant wave pool; Outback Spectacular with incredible special effects, a story of outback Australia and some absolutely beautiful animals. All SUCH a good time and the kids will be thrilled to be at any one of them.

Walkin on Water
Walkin On Water Surf School can be found at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta and uses the town’s beautiful beaches to their full potential — which are the perfect places for all levels of surfer. These guys pride themselves on offering group and private lessons for all ages and surfing abilities, from the age of 4 right through to those in their 80’s. Greenmount is an amazing location for beginners and early intermediates, having a good amount of protection from southerly swells it is renowned, amongst others, as the ideal learn-to-surf location on the Gold Coast. Get $25 OFF here.
Where: Marine Parade, Coolangatta

Infinity, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)
Infinity, Surfers Paradise (image supplied)

FREE ACTIVITIES

Go for a picnic
Relaxation, good views and all of the food. It’s an almost free activity (you have to buy the food we’re afraid) and when choosing the right spot (maybe nearby a playground), can fill up a whole day. Check out our list of the best places to throw down a rug here.

Broadwater Parklands
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 Parade, Southport

Miami Marketta
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 so good. Save some coins and share a couple of tapas-style plates amongst the whole family. Oh, and make sure you check out the dessert area too.
Where: 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami

Currumbin Rock Pools
If you’re looking for something more adventurous and exciting to do, Currumbin Rock Pools is just 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. In utter tranquillity, you may 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 Creek Road, Currumbin Valley

Family Picnic on Currumbin Beach
Family Picnic on Currumbin Beach

Local Markets
Take the family and stroll along one of our many local markets on the coast. There’s everything from fresh locally grown produce to fashion, homewares, souvenirs, arts and crafts. Our top three favourite markets are Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets (4pm-9pm Wednesday, Friday & Sunday nights), The Village Markets Burleigh Heads (8am-1pm, 1st & 3rd Sundays) and Carrara Markets (7am-4pm every Saturday & Sunday). Check out the rest here.

Words by Alex Mitcheson.

Warner Bros. Movie World (image from Destination Gold Coast)
Warner Bros. Movie World (image from Destination Gold Coast)

10 must-dine Surfers Paradise restaurants

Alfresco Italian Restaurant (Image supplied)

Surfers Paradise is playing a big game in the food department these days and that is just fine by us.

We’ve put together a list of 10 must-dine restaurants around the place if you get through them all, never fear, there’s plenty more to try.

Happy eating.

Alfresco Italian Restaurant
After 11 years as Surfers’ favourite Italian restaurant, it was time for a facelift at Alfresco. The venue has recently completed an extensive reno using recycled timbers, textured walls and mood lighting by Owen Thompson and the team. They have created intimate spaces for a romantic dinner, areas perfect for your next celebration or function and anything in between. The new bar is warm and inviting complete with a new signature cocktail menu inspired by the South of Italy. Early favourites are Tony’s chilli margarita, the long island limocello and the alalfi mule. Of course, they are offering the same amazing pizza, pasta, seafood, weekly specials and friendly hospitality. Open seven nights from 4.30pm. Bookings essential. Takeaway and delivery available.
Where: 2/3 3018 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Shiraz Persian Restaurant 
Open daily for lunch and dinner, Shiraz’ menu consists of authentic Persian style entrees, kebabs, lamb shanks, marinated lamb cutlets, chicken skewers, baklava, tiramisu and much more. Vegetarian options are also available and all dishes are enriched with unique, delicious spices that are unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. It’s perfect for couples, families and large group bookings with easy access to parking, central location and prompt friendly service. Do yourself a favour and sample it all for yourself, owner Erfan Jalilian looks forward to welcoming you.
Where: 3106 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

The Island Gold Coast
Goldie’s
is the perfect bar and bistro for those wanting the best casual drinking and dining experience on the sunny Gold Coast. With impressive burgers, seafood, steaks, wood oven pizzas and fresh locally-sourced produce, what better way to round out the perfect dining experience than an accompaniment of cocktails, delectable wines and the coldest beers? You can also head on up to The Island Rooftop Bar for beautiful views of the Gold Coast skyline plus a range of delicious cocktails, share platters and more wood-fired pizzas. The perfect spot to spend the day.
Where: 3128 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Hyde Paradiso interior (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

Hyde Paradiso
With 180-degree ocean views and an interior that is absolutely to die for, Hyde Paradiso burst on the Surfers Paradise scene to rave reviews and MANY an excited Insta-loving local. The new weekend breakfast menu offers patrons the chance to have your morning coffee and Bacon & Eggs with a spectacular view of the beach. A revamped lunch and dinner menu features tasty dishes too like the Cape Grim ribeye steak, Sea barrumundi and Grilled Portugese chicken, washed down of course, by a stunning (and delicious) cocktail or two. Perfection.
Where: Peppers Soul Surfers Paradise, Level 2, 8 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

White Rhino
One of the newer venues on the block, White Rhino is a spacious, double-storey venue bringing all your Jumanji dreams to life. The menu offers both fine and casual styles of dining (turning into a pumping bar later in the evening) and it is all of exceptional quality. Think pasta dishes, plenty of high quality seafood, pizzas, dishes from the grill and a Slow Cook Beef Ragu that’ll absolutely melt-in-your-mouth. The cocktails are a good time too with one in particular a bit of a show-stopper – Beauty & the Beast. Trust us, order it. White Rhino is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so plenty of time to try everything.
Where: 55 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Beer Garden
Always a good time with cold beer, tasty eats and live music, Surfers Paradise Beer Garden can be found in the heart of Surfers Paradise. Recently undergoing a multi-million dollar transformation the interior has changed from an entirely indoor area to a sunlit courtyard complete with bench-style seating. The menu is large and filled with goodness which is, of course, our favourite kind of menu. Think eats like share-style seafood and antipasto platters, small plates to share along the lines of Blue Corn Nachos, Pulled Pork Sliders, BBQ Pork Ribs and Southern Fried Chicken. Make sure to grab a spot along the balcony to take in the bustling Cavill Avenue below.
Where: Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise Beer Garden courtyard (Image: © 2019 Inside Gold Coast)

La Diosa Mexicana
La Diosa Mexicana
is the perfect addition to the Circle on Cavill precinct and if you’re a fan of high quality, flavour-filled feasts, you’re in for a treat. The entire menu is a dream come true if you ask us, filled with all your favourites including Tostadas, Enchiladas, Quesadillas, Nachos and, of course, the beloved Burrito. We recommend starting with a share plate or two, the Grilled Mexican street corn with coriander crema, paprika, queso and lime because they are the absolute goods and the Albondigas is meat balls with house beans and queso fresco. Flavour sensations. Order yourself a margarita and you’ve got yourself a time.
Where: Shop 11, Circle on Cavill, 3184 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

Seascape Restaurant + Bar
If beautifully prepared seafood, tasty beverages and a stunning view are for you, Seascape Restaurant + Bar is the place to be. Specialising in the freshest of seafood, it’s hard to go past the shellfish cold platter with oysters, prawns, Moreton Bay bugs and Harvey Bay scallops and the soft shell crab tempura with a glass of crisp white wine. If seafood isn’t your thing, try the Braised Pork Belly or Cape Grim Sirloin Steak and gaze out over the ocean, thinking about how lucky you are.
Where: Level 1 & 2, Soul Boardwalk, The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise

Yamagen Japanese Izakaya
Oh Japanese food how you have our hearts. Yamagen is the goods guys and if you haven’t been, bump it up to the top of your list. Featuring traditional Japanese food overseen by Executive Chef Adam Lane with a modern twist, you can devour everything from sashimi to skewers AND watch it all being prepared before your eyes. Wash it down with some Japanese whisky and life made.
Where: QT Gold Coast, 7 Staghorn Avenue, Surfers Paradise 

Black Angus
If a perfectly cooked, high-quality steak is what you’re after, look no further than Black Angus. Having moved to Surfers Paradise earlier in the year with a very loyal fanbase already in place, the Black Angus team have continued to deliver their exceptional dishes. We’re big fans of the Hot Rock dish which is your choice of meat brought out slightly seared and you can cook it to perfection yourself on a rock that’s heated to 300 degrees. So good.
Where: 2893 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers Paradise

Words by Kirra Smith

Black Angus (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)
Black Angus (Image: © 2020 Inside Gold Coast)

Surfers Paradise River Cruises

Is there anything better than cruising through the Gold Coast waterways with the sun on your back and the wind in your hair?

Whether you’re a visitor or a local, the Coast by boat is one of the most scenic and relaxing ways to experience the beauty of the city and you can do it for just $20.

Beginning in the heart of Surfers Paradise, the cruise makes its way through the canals, past the Gold Coast Arts Centre and countless homes of the rich and famous and into the Broadwater.

Lunch is served as soon as the boat leaves it’s mooring and is made up of fresh salads, cold meat and bread rolls. All of which can be enjoyed inside or on the sightseeing deck in the open air.

Drinks can be purchased from the on board bar and range from specialty cocktails to soft drinks for the kids.

The morning cruise option offers cake, biscuits and tea and coffee while the afternoon cruise provides guests with cheese and biscuits.

Who could resist a drink on the deck while scoping out Jackie Chan’s waterfront home from a legal distance and don’t forget to keep an eye out for the local pod of dolphins who call the Gold Coast waterways home!.

Grab your friends and get on board.

TOURS: 10.30am to 12pm

12.30pm to 2pm

2.30pm to 4pm

LOCATION: Surfers Paradise River Cruises, 63 Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise (next to the big Tiki statue)

Words and photos by Kirra Smith.

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