The Best Family Activities On The Gold Coast

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You don’t have to look far to find family-friendly activities on every corner of the Gold Coast. Whether sun, surf and sand are high on your agenda or you’d prefer a more chilled day out exploring the tranquil hinterland, there is something to suit every family. Check out our top six family activities on the Gold Coast to keep you and your clan entertained.

Learn to surf

You can’t go to the Gold Coast without hitting the beach, right?! Make it a day to remember with surf lessons for the whole family. The coast is littered with learn to surf schools catering for kids, beginners and advanced. Currumbin Alley is a prime spot for wannabe-grommets.

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Stand-up paddle boarding

In the height of summer, Currumbin Creek is a colourful (and entertaining) sea of stand-up paddle boarders. Can you picture you and your family serenely gliding on top of the water? Maybe not! Stand-up paddle boarding is a must-do activity for any family sure to bring loads of laughs, plenty of fun, and it will wear the kids out too! Tallebudgera Creek is another popular spot for stand-up paddle boarding with the beautiful Burleigh National Park as its backdrop.

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Broadwater Parklands

You can easily make a day of it at Broadwater Parklands at Southport. There is so much for kids to explore with several different playgrounds, rockpools, water fountains and a jumping pillow. There’s a beach to splash around in, plenty of grassed areas to throw down a picnic rug, electric barbeques, cafes, toilets and more. The only problem you’ll have is tearing your kids away at the end of the day!

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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Get up close and personal with native Australian animals in Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary’s bushland setting. Kids will love to cuddle a koala or feed a kangaroo or two. The wild lorikeet feeding is a colourful, and noisy, display not to be missed. Live entertainment features sheep shearing and the free flight bird show.

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Mt Tamborine Glow Worm Caves

For a unique activity on the coast, head up to Tamborine Mountain for a magical day out at the glow worm caves. This mesmerising underground adventure will captivate the kids as they see thousands of glow worms shine their light into the pitch-black purpose-built caves. The guided tour will fill the kids with fun glow worm facts they’ll be spouting for years to come. Top tip for parents – there’s a cellar door next to the glow worm caves if you’re after a tipple after the tour.

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Theme Parks

When it comes to fun family-friendly activities on the Gold Coast, theme parks are a no-brainer! We’re spoilt for choice in Queensland with an impressive collection of theme parks big on fun. If you’re after interactive live shows, animal experiences and thrill rides, Sea World and Dreamworld are top choices. Movie World is ideal for movie buffs, while Wet’n’Wild or Whitewater World are the perfect place to cool down on a hot summer’s day.

Learn more: Which Gld Coast Theme Park is Right For Your Family

Passes are available for just one or multiple Gold Coast theme parks, so make sure you make the right selections for your family! 


Image Credit: Warner Brothers Movie World


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