The Gold Coast is a wonderful holiday destination for families because the weather is always good and there is truly something for everyone to enjoy. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, adrenaline-junkie, or you’re just after some much-needed relaxation – Australia’s Gold Coast will have something for you. If you’ve got an upcoming family holiday planned but you’re not sure where to take your young ones, then here’s a helpful list of the top 5 Gold Coast attractions for kids that they are sure to enjoy!
1. Theme Parks
If you’re visiting the Gold Coast with the kids in tow, it’s well and truly worth taking them to some of the nation’s greatest theme parks. Dreamworld, Whitewater World, Sea World, Movie World, and Wet’n’Wild are all a short drive out of the city centre and make for a full day of solid family fun. Spend the day riding roller-coasters, browsing in funky boutique shops, and eating from a number of great food stores. Even if you’re not an adrenaline enthusiast yourself, just walking through the front entrance of Movie World and seeing Looney Tunes, Scooby Doo, and members of your favourite Marvel Comics will overwhelm you with a sense of nostalgic excitement!
2. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Keep the kids entertained while also educating them on Australia’s native wildlife. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a wonderful day-trip destination, and home to some of nature’s greatest, including dingos, crocodiles, kangaroos, and echidnas. There are several daily shows to choose from – you can watch birds of prey free-flying or crocodiles being fed. Or, if you’re more drawn to the soft and cuddly, then you can pose for a photo with a koala. If the kids are a bit older, you could offer them a truly unique experience by booking a Tree-top Challenge session which enables you to take in all that the park has to offer from a tree-top view! Why walk around the park when you can zipline across it?
3. The Beach
For a fun-filled-day that won’t put a dent in your holiday budget, you can’t beat the beach! You can head over to the seaside hub of the Gold Coast, Surfers Paradise, and spend the day soaking up the sun or catching waves. For those who aren’t as keen on surfing, the Gold Coast Seaway is also just a short drive away. Be sure to pack goggles though, because the rocks surrounding the quiet strip of water are home to some amazing sea life! Alternatively, if you’re further down the coast, you might want to venture over to Mermaid Beach or Burleigh Heads Beach.
4. Pacific Fair Mall
Recently refurbished and now home to over 400 stores, Pacific Fair is more like a must-see Gold Coast attraction than a shopping mall. If you’re here on holiday, be sure to reserve some time for shopping and making the most of local in-store sales – maybe even get a headstart on your Christmas shopping this year. Alongside its many amazing places to shop, eat, drink, and be pampered – the mall also has a dedicated parents room, WiFi, showers, and medical facilities.
5. Burleigh Head National Park
Seek refuge from the grilling summer sun under the shade of the rainforest and surrounding eucalyptus trees at Burleigh Head National Park. There are several scenic strolls to choose from, and amazing panoramic views to take in. You can have a picnic lunch alongside the mangrove forests or by Tallebudgera Creek, and then spend the afternoon paddle-boarding or kayaking at Echo Beach. Sometimes, if you’re lucky and the timing is right, you may even catch glimpse of whales breaching or sea-eagles soaring along the coast.