There are few Australian holiday destinations more popular with families than Queensland’s beautiful Gold Coast. And it’s no surprise! The weather is superb year-round and there is no shortage of fun and family-friendly things to do. So if you’re looking for activities on the Gold Coast, read on to discover five of the best.
1. Beach Day
No trip to the sunny Gold Coast is complete without a day at the beach! Making the most of the endless sunshine is easy with a variety of pristine beaches to choose from. If you’re staying in the heart of Surfer’s, the beach is just a quick stroll away. But if you prefer something a little quieter for the family, consider heading to Mermaid Beach, Burleigh Heads or Currumbin Beach. Or if you’re thinking you’d like to avoid the sand and surf, consider the Currumbin Rock Pools. They’re about 12 km further up the Currumbin Valley and the car ride there will have the kids exclaiming at the gorgeous scenery.
2. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Home to hundreds of native Australian animals including kangaroos, lorikeets and Tasmanian devils, kids and parents alike will enjoy exploring the 27 hectares of natural bushland and rainforest. If you’ve always wanted to cuddle a koala, you can add on the Koala Cuddle and Photo experience with the moment captured by a professional photographer. Or perhaps feeding a crocodile is more your scene. This and many other add-on experiences can round out a truly memorable visit.
And for future vets, a visit to the Wildlife Hospital is a must. Floor to ceiling windows on the back deck give you a prime position to watch the vets treating sick and injured animals.
3. Theme Parks
Who doesn’t love a theme park? They’re designed for the young and young-at-heart and the Gold Coast boasts not one but five of the very best theme parks in the country. The hard part is choosing which ones to visit!
Families with older kids who are super-duper keen to hit the Big 8 Thrill Rides will love Dreamworld. Movie World is a favourite for younger families as the roaming characters and WB Fun Zone cater for smaller children. Wet’n’Wild will thrill older kids and WhiteWater World, with its hugely popular Wiggle Bay, is a lovely choice for littlies. Sea World, with its stunt, character and animal shows as well as thrill rides, has something for everyone.
4. Broadwater Parklands
Be sure to include Broadwater Parklands on your itinerary of activities on the Gold Coast. The recently opened Rockpools is a sculptural water playground featuring water fountains and marine-themed play equipment. There are also tidal rockpools and a creek bed to splash in. Next, head to the Bouncy Pillow to burn off some energy. Make a day of it by utilising the free BBQs.
5. Quack’rDuck Guided Tours
Don’t leave the Gold Coast without experiencing the ultimate in unique family adventures, the Quack’rDuck Guided Tour! This is sightseeing with a difference as the Quack’rDuck bus has been designed to travel over both land and sea. Hop aboard and let your tour guide show you the Gold Coast like you’ve never seen it before. As well as enjoying viewing the city, beaches and even SeaWorld from your exclusive vantage point, the Quack’rDuck then dips into the water to take in Marina Mirage and Paradise Waters. Over an hour long tour, you can settle back in comfort and take in the Gold Coast at a slower pace. Operating seven days a week, the whole family will love the awesome and amphibious Quack’rDuck.
If you’re planning family activities on the Gold Coast, be sure to include your own amphibious adventure. Book your Quack’rDuck Land and Sea Tour NOW on (07) 5679 3279.