Top 62 Family-Friendly Activities to Do on the Gold Coast
Mums & Bubs
Are you dreaming of a spectacular getaway to the glorious Gold Coast for the upcoming school holidays? Or are you already there, basking in the sun and looking for exciting adventures to entertain the little ones?
The Gold Coast is your ultimate amusement park! It's a place bubbling over with activities and family memories waiting to be made.
Sun, Fun, and Family: Your Ultimate Gold Coast Adventure Guide!
We've worked with our friends at Experience Oz to create this family-friendly holiday planning companion. Here to assist you in crafting the most fabulous holiday plan, tailored to your budget, family size, and craving for adventure.
Whether you're an adrenaline enthusiast, a nature lover, or someone who wants to relax and unwind, we've got something for everyone to ensure your Gold Coast experience is nothing short of extraordinary!
Our first Tip? Experience Oz offers the best value for family activities, ensuring your trip is both fun and affordable. If in any doubt, make sure to head to the Experience Oz website when planning your day time.
Please note: General Age Guidelines
- Theme Parks: Usually have attractions suitable for all ages, but some rides may have height and age restrictions.
- Cruises: Typically suitable for all ages, but infants may require special accommodations.
- Dinner Shows: Generally suitable for all ages, but some may have content more appropriate for adults.
- Wildlife and Nature: Suitable for all ages.
- Adventure and Sports: May have age, height, and weight restrictions, typically more suitable for older children, teenagers, and adults.
- City Tours and River Cruises: Suitable for all ages.
- Observation and Views: Suitable for all ages.
Ready for a rollercoaster of fun? Discover the ultimate family-friendly experiences with this brilliant selection of theme parks! We've got you covered whether you're seeking adrenaline-pumping rides or enchanting attractions. Enjoy the thrills and spills at delightfully cheaper prices than the gate price, and with flexible ticket options to accommodate every budget and holiday duration. It's all about maximising your joy and minimising the hassle.
- Village Roadshow 3 Day Escape Pass
- 7-Day Theme Park Pass
- Dreamworld 1 Day Ticket
- Dreamworld, WhiteWater World & SkyPoint 3 Day Ticket
- 3 Day Theme Park Pass + Hopo All Day Ferry Pass
- 14 Day Pass to Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild & Paradise Country
- Dreamworld + SkyPoint Observation Deck 2-Day Ticket
- Dreamworld, WhiteWater World & SkyPoint Locals Annual Pass
Make a splash with exhilarating water sports activities, perfect for adventure enthusiasts and families alike! Whether you’re into high-speed jet rides or serene snorkelling tours, we have options to suit every taste and budget.
Dive into packages ranging from 1 to 2.5 hours, tailored to your adventure appetite. It’s time to embrace the aquatic thrill and explore the wonders beneath the waves. So, grab your swimsuit and surf through the list, where unforgettable aquatic adventures and splashes of fun are waiting to be discovered by water lovers of all ages.
- Gold Coast Express Jetboat Ride from Main Beach
- Surfers Paradise Ultimate 55-minute Jetboat Ride
- Gold Coast Snorkelling Tours
- Jet Ski Safari Jet Express - 30 Minutes
- Jet Ski Safari The Ultimate Adventure - 2.5 Hours
- Gold Coast Tandem Parasail and Jet Boat Package
- 1-hour Guided Jet Ski Tour
- Introductory Scuba Diving Tour at Wave Break Island
Seeking a respite from the sun? Explore a myriad of indoor activities, offering a refuge filled with entertainment and relaxation. Whether your family is drawn to the mysteries of museums or the excitement of escape rooms, there are endless options to cater to all ages and preferences. It’s ideal for families to unwind, let the children discover, and perhaps acquire new knowledge. So, for those desiring a break from the outdoor fervour, delve into our curated selection, where a world of indoor enchantment and serene escapes await every family
- Gold Coast Indoor Skydiving
- Infinity Attraction Tickets
- Gold Coast Wax Museum Tickets
- ArtVo Gold Coast Tickets
- Illusions Magic Show
- Gold Coast Escape Room Experience & Bar
- Go Karting, Laser Tag and Indoor Climbing Combo
Whether you prefer half-day excursions or full-day adventures, there are a variety of options to suit every family’s schedule. Explore breathtaking landscapes, encounter unique wildlife, and immerse yourself in local cultures.
- Australian Outback Spectacular Heartland Dinner and Show
- Whale Watching Cruise from Sea World
- Whale Watching Cruise from Surfers Paradise
- Natural Bridge Glow Worm Night Tour
- Byron Bay Day Tour departing Gold Coast
- Moreton Bay Cruise with Dolphin Feeding and Whale Watching
- Tangalooma Island Resort Day Cruise, Dolphin Feeding and Desert Safari Tour
- Canungra Valley Vineyards and Alpaca Farm Half Day Tour
- Mt Tamborine Rainforest Walk Half Day Tour
Uncover a world of excitement with our eclectic mix of attractions! From wildlife sanctuaries to surfing lessons, this list provides activities to satisfy every curiosity and interest. Discover hidden gems, learn new skills, and create unforgettable memories.
- Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Tickets
- Topgolf Gold Coast Packages
- Aquaduck Gold Coast City Tour and River Cruis
- QuackrDuck Gold Coast City Tour and River Cruise
- Croc Express to Australia Zoo from Gold Coast
- SkyPoint Day Climb
- TreeTop Challenge at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
- Gold Coast Kayaking and Snorkelling Tour to Wavebreak Island
- Tropical Fruit World Tickets
- Paradise Country Single Day Pass
- Surfers Paradise Surfing Lessons
- Kingston Park Raceway Go Karting
- Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk Tickets
- TreeTop Challenge & Currumbin Sanctuary Ticket Combo
- Gold Coast Hop On Hop Off All Day Ferry Pass
- Crystal Castle Byron Bay General Admission Tickets
- Tangalooma Island Resort Day Tour with Transfers from Gold Coast
- Cook Island Aquatic Reserve Snorkelling Experience
- Sea World Seal Encounter
- Tangalooma Marine Discovery Cruise with Dolphin Viewing & Transfers from Gold Coast
- Gold Coast Hinterland Zip Line Tour with 4WD Experience
- Gold Coast Aqua Park
- Cheyne Horan School of Surf Learn to Surf
- Learn to Surf at Broadbeach
- Gold Coast Wakeboarding and Kneeboarding Park
Elevate your perspective with this selection of observation decks! Experience panoramic views, witness stunning sunsets, and gaze at the twinkling city lights.
- SkyPoint Observation Deck and Dine Combo Ticket
- SkyPoint Observation Deck Entry Ticket
- SkyPoint Observation Deck Family Pass
- SkyPoint Observation Deck 3 Day Ticket
Explore the Great Outdoors:
- Coomera Circuit Hike: For those who love hiking, the Coomera circuit is a must-try. It offers gorges, waterfalls, creek crossings, valley views, and an abundance of wildlife. It's approximately 18km long and can be completed in around 4-5 hours. It's manageable for beginner hikers and offers several spots for basic rock hopping across creeks.
- Springbrook Adventure: Another recommended hiking spot is Springbrook. However, you would need a car or a ride-share to get there. It offers a variety of trails and stunning views. Warrie Circuit is a good walk to start with, but there are plenty of other options available at Springbrook.
- Kayaking in the Broadwater: Rent a kayak in the Broadwater and explore the area. However, it's advised to avoid weekends due to high traffic on the water.
- Snorkel/Dive at The Spit: The Spit, located on the other side of the Broadwater, is a popular spot for snorkelling and diving.
Relax at the Beach:
- Burleigh Heads and Coolangatta: Burleigh Heads is not only great for food, bars, and cafes but also offers a beautiful beach and headland track. Coolangatta is another recommended beach, especially for those staying in the southern end of the coast.
- Tallebudgera Creek: A bus or car can take you to this lovely spot, ideal for a walk along Palm Beach.
Entertainment and Shopping:
- Theme Parks: The Gold Coast is home to several theme parks like Movieworld, Wet n Wild, and Seaworld. A 3-day pass is recommended to explore them all.
- Shopping at Pacific Fair: For shopaholics, Pacific Fair offers a huge shopping centre with high-end designer shops, cute boutiques, and other popular Aussie stores.
- Gamble at The Star Casino: For those who enjoy a bit of gambling, The Star Casino offers beautiful restaurants and nice drinks along with the gaming experience.
- Rent a Lime Ebike: To get around the Broadwater area and down to The Spit, you can rent a Lime e-bike.
- Use Tram and Go Card: The Tram can be used with a credit card/phone, but for the bus or train, you need a Go Card available from Newsagents.
- The Tram can be used with a credit card/phone, but for the bus or train, you need a Go Card available from Newsagents.
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