Gold Coast Holiday with Kids – Family Guide

With over 50 kilometres of pristine beaches, a heritage-listed hinterland and action-packed adventure for the little ones (and big ones!), Queensland’s Gold Coast seriously has it all. Throw in a chilled out vibe, more theme parks than you can poke a stick at and delicious foodie fare, there is every reason to visit the Goldy.

Sure, the Gold Coast boasts some of the best surf in the world (think Surfers Paradise, Burleigh, Coolangatta and Budd’s Beach), but dig deeper and you will find a city that is starting to come of age culturally and artistically.

And with the Gold Coast playing host to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, expect a plethora of sporting activities with an international flavour. Game on!

Best family things to do Gold Coast

Hands down, the theme parks. Between Dreamworld, Wet n’ Wild, Sea World and Movie World, thrill seekers will be more than satisfied. Daredevil rides, native wildlife, adrenaline-filled shows and street performers will more than entertain the family for a whole day at each park.

You’re at the beach, so learning to surf is a no brainer. From pipelines to pockets and pop-outs to pearlers, you can learn it all. Hang ten at any number of surf schools along the stretches of Gold Coast beaches.

Breathe in the fresh sea air and hire a bike to ride along the beachfront bikeway. Is there a better way to spend the day with the family at the beach?

Explore the hinterland – it’s the green behind the gold. The Lamington National Park and Tamborine Mountain (part of the Border Ranges) offer some truly lush rainforest hikes (including an amazing Tree Top Walk), quaint cafes, ropes course or simply wander through the local craft stores.

Pirate Park Palm Beach Parklands

Summary: Looking for a great adventure park for the whole family with plenty of entertaining options? Palm Beach Parklands, otherwise known as Pirate Park Gold Coast [...]
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945 Gold Coast Hwy, Palm Beach, QLD, 4221, Australia, Gold Coast
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Burleigh Heads Beach – Gold Coast kids

Summary: Burleigh Heads Beach has been voted as one of the top ten beaches in Australia with good reason. Not only is it renowned for its’ [...]
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The Esplanade, Burleigh Heads, Queensland, 4220, Australia, Gold Coast
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Movie World for kids

Summary: Warner Bros. Movie World for kids Why we love it Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast is very popular with super-hero loving kids and big [...]
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Warner Bros. Movie World, Oxenford, Queensland, Australia, Gold Coast
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Summary: If you want to cuddle a koala, get up close to a crocodile, pat and feed kangaroos, or check out reptiles, birds and marsupials, this [...]
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28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin, QLD, 4223, Australia, Gold Coast
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Sea World Resort and Water Park

Summary: A stay at Sea World Resort with kids will not only provides flexibility of access to the theme park (via the monorail) but also gives [...]
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Gold Coast, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Queensland, 4217, Australia, Gold Coast
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Paradise Resort Surfers Paradise

Summary: Paradise Resort Surfers Paradise Why we love it This place is the ultimate children’s resort. Paradise Resort Surfers Paradise is designed specifically for families, offering great facilities [...]
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122 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217, Australia, Gold Coast
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Marriott Surfers Paradise Resort and Spa

Summary: A firm family favourite on the Gold Coast, the pool alone is worth a stay at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa with kids!
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158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise, QLD, 4217, Australia, Gold Coast
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For more Gold Coast family accommodation take a look at our My Guide travel directory for reviews on the best budget, mid-range and luxury.

Know before you go

Gold Coast food

Breakfast beachside is the perfect way to start your day. Tuckered out after a day exploring? Fish and chips on the beach at sunset may be just what the family needs. There are literally hundreds of cafes, restaurants, bars and bistros to choose from on the Gold Coast. Check out some of the best ones here.

Want to know the best kid friendly cafes and restaurants on the Gold Coast? Take a look at our reviews in our My Guide travel directory.

Getting from the airport

The Gold Coast is serviced by two international and domestic airports. The Gold Coast Airport is a 30-minute drive south Surfers Paradise, while Brisbane Airport is a one-hour drive north. The Gold Coast Tourist Shuttle is an easy way to travel from the Coolangatta-based airport to your hotel, while transfers to and from the Brisbane airport are simple to schedule through Con-X-ion or Link Transfers. For more detailed information, visit Gold Coast Airport website.

Public transport Gold Coast

Buses, trains and the new tram system will get you wherever you need to go. A Go Card electronic ticket is all you need to travel on and between all bus, train and tram services. Visit TransLink for travel planning, fare and timetable information. Children under five travel free – bonus!

Driving on the Gold Coast

If you want to explore the greater Gold Coast, hiring a car may be the best way to go, especially if you want to drive through the lush hinterlands of Tamborine Mountain, Binna Burra or the Gondwanan Rainforest (which we totally recommend). Check latest prices from all the major rental companies at Rental Cars.

Parking Gold Coast

For a useful and detailed guide of where to park on the Gold Coast, check out the interactive parking locations map on the Gold Coast PayStay App which includes maximum stay times and parking fees.

Weather Gold Coast

The Gold Coast boasts almost 300 days of sunshine a year – yes, you read that right: 300 days. Its sub-tropical climate means outdoor adventure is nearly always comfortable year-round. Summer is from December to February with an average temperature of 19-29 degrees while winter can hit a high of 22 degrees. Nice.

Favourite Family Events Gold Coast

Aquasplash, 2018 Burleigh Pro Surfing Champs, Bleach Festival, Gold Coast Superhero Weekend, Swell Sculpture Festival.

Feature image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

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