Gold Coast Family Holiday Ideas

Looking for some great Gold Coast family holiday and vacation ideas? We have com up with some activities and adventures that are sure to keep the whole family entertained. 

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Gold Coast Theme Parks

Let's start by getting the ever popular and well promoted theme parks dealt with and then move onto some more unusual and intriguing options. Love them or hate them Gold Coast theme parks are sure to make the agenda of most families visiting the Gold Coast at some stage. Many will in fact will center their entire vacation around these attractions which bring obvious comparisons with Orlando Florida. 

While you can get individual and family theme park tickets Multi Day and Multi Pass tickets usually offer the best value for most families. The major parks of Movie World, Sea World, and Wet and Wild in the first major alliance.  You can usually get an adult 3 days consecutive visiting to each of these parks for about $90.  Dreamworld combines tickets with White Water world. If you are on the gold Coast a little longer you may also like to check out offers like the 30 day open passes which offer greater savings further.

There are also more than 20 other theme park and amusement activities on the Gold Coast some of which sometimes are included on multi pass tickets. See the reviews on Gold Coast Theme Parks here.

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The Rockpools

These water fueled kids playgrounds are on the Southport Broadwater and offer a number of pools and squirting pop jets for children to play in. The pools simulate a coastal creek with in and out flows.  The opening hours can change from the following:

  • 7am to 7pm from December to January
  • February - April: 8am - 6pm.
  • May - November: 9am to 5pm
  • Closed Tuesday morning for maintenance.

The Southport Broadwater is also home to a jumping castle, barbecues, strolling, and swimming, and midday sports on the Great Lawn.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Apart from providing a great day out for the family, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a not for profit organisation which filters it's profits back into the environment and animal welfare. The 27 hectares of natural bushland and rainforest offers great displays including a bird show, a high ropes course for a little extra koalas. Segway safaris are an interesting alternative for exploring the park.

Gold Coast Family Accommodation

Treasure Island Resort & Family Holiday Park

This family friendly resort is great for camping, cabins or more luxury options. You will always find things to do with three resort pools, tennis, challenge, mini golf, family restaurants, go karts, acres of jumping pillow and kids activities running all year. This is our top option despite that it is about 10 minutes from Surfers Paradise beach. There are also great connections to all the popular attractions from here. Not hard to see why this was named on the top TripAdvisor accommodations for families in 2014. Video Below. Find more information here:

Main Beach Beachfront Tourist Park

If you would like a family tourist park to stay at close to the beach than try the Main Beach park. Surrounded by high rise buildings it's hard to believe you could find a quality camping place right by the main strip. Video follows treasure island video.

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Best Gold Coast Beach for the Family Holiday

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Peopple often ask, what is the best Gold Coast beach for a family vacation. This is a little difficult to answer because some families prefer a quiet pool of water for their toddler to play near 

Curumbin or Southport Braadwater, others will like good walking trails and parks of Burleigh Heads. Others prefer to get close to the action central at Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach with good access to the theme parks and high octane environment. I also think Main Beach a little north or Surfers and close to Sea World on the spit offers a little of the best of both worlds and has good family accommodation options. 

This video playlist below provides guidance on some of the best options. Included is an aboriginal perspective of Burleigh taking in some of the traditional natural features and their traditional perspective. Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is a great way to go beyond the surface and really get to know and interact with the local beach environment.

Families love Broadbeach

Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast

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Surfers Paradise

Currumbin Rock Pool 

One of the highlights of any Gold Coast vacation for us is to experience the hinterland. Natural Arch and the Glow worms, fantastic views over looking the coast and cooler temperatures make for an amazing and easily accessible day trip. If you have even more time then head to Lamington National Park. Realy you will appreciate this amazing part of the world. Here is a video of a little family entertainment at the Currumbin Rock Pool.