The Gold Coast, Queensland has it all for a perfect family vacation with beautiful animal experiences, wild water sports, different theme parks and plenty of scenic views. Irrespective of where you visit, there are a plethora of activities to keep kids occupied while having a fun time.
Here, families can combine surfing and beach together or enjoy a road trip to the Hinterland Rainforest. Besides this, there are plenty of other beaches that are absolutely safe and protected for your little ones and yet a few that will totally thrill the ones who want to experience parasailing, diving, kite surfing and snorkelling. If you are looking at family-friendly things to do on your trip to the Gold Coast, here’s what we would recommend for your visit:
a) Head over to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has been voted as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Australia. There are four major areas in the main sanctuary and three of them are located on the eastern side of the highway: reserve lands near Flat Rock Creek, picnic spot towards the north of Tomewin Street and the original sanctuary site is located on the south of Tomewin Street. There’s also a tunnel under the highway that links eastern and western parts of the sanctuary. While exploring this 27-hectare park, on the way you will come across open animal enclosures as you move along you can cuddle koalas and even feed kangaroos! Apart from enjoying the flora and fauna, there’s also a large outdoor themed playground for kids. Plus, you can also experience free flight bird shows or visit the sanctuary market and wildlife hospital. There’s plenty to do for families and friends here!
b) Experience driving a buggy along the beach
A Buggy Tour at Gold Coast Island is something you should definitely get your hands on! This half a day tour begins with a cruise from Mariners Cove to South Stadbroke Island. Along this cruise, relax and take in the beautiful views and along the way and if you’re lucky, you might spot a dolphin or two! Once on land, after prepping, get ready to jump into your 4wd buggy. Your journey will cross paths with different terrains such as sand dune, tranquil forests, magnificent unspoilt beaches and naturally built obstacles. Plus, you will make a short stop at a lookout point to enjoy the magnificent views of the island and Gold Coast. A half-day tour allows you to also try your hand at riding a Segway and going on a tour through the dense bush. Your tour is not complete without spotting some wallabies. After this thrilling experience, you get to unwind with some chill beverages. It’s the perfect family package to experience unique modes of transport and have a fun-filled day.
c) Visit Dreamworld
The Gold Coast is a city which presents a myriad of attractions such as a surfing, sightseeing, nightlife, dining and holidaying. Amidst all this, lies Dreamworld one of the largest theme parks in Australia consisting of more than 40 different rides, including five enthralling roller coasters. This theme park is divided into a number of series of different themed areas with an extensive choice of shows, shops, rides and other quality attractions. From Tiger Island to The Dreamworks Experience to ABC Kids World to Whitewater World, etc. Dreamworld is spread over 30 hectares and is sure to tickle every bone in your body. Regardless of what your age is, there’s something for everyone at the Dreamworld.
d) Dive into a family day out at Wet ‘n’ Wild Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is popularly known for its fancy beaches, theme parks, thrilling rides, scenic views and limitless entertainment at any time of the year. Wet ‘n’ Wild Gold Coast is listed as one of the largest water parks that is operated and owned by Village Roadshow Theme parks. Irrespective of the season, the park is functional throughout the year with slides and pools heated during the winter season. Have a relaxing time with a dip in the pool or get set for a thrilling experience on the sky coaster. The Aqua Loop Slide is one gripping experience that you and your kids cannot miss.
e) Experience the shopping madness at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre
Not many people visualize Gold Coast as an entertainment hub. Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre is one those exciting places for a full day family outing. With more than two hundred odd stores and food joints, the shopping centre has some of the most celebrated brands from across the world. Besides being a luxurious store, the shopping centre is also home to a bunch of great restaurants to satiate your taste buds. Right from local homeware to health to fashion and beauty stores, the shopping centre has everything you could possibly want. After a tiring day of shopping, you can enjoy an evening at the Reading Cinemas with about four gigantic screens running the latest blockbusters. The shopping centre is open for 7 days a week, from 9.00 am up till late in the evening.
It doesn’t matter if this is your first trip or your 10th visit; the Gold Coast is a perfect spot for a family holiday surrounded with world-class beaches, water sports, lush rainforests and satisfying meals for the whole family.