Fun things to do in Gold Coast this weekend
If you're planning to visit the Gold Coast this weekend or during the Australian school holidays, the destination Gold Coast is one of the best in Australia.
The whole family will enjoy many Gold Coast tourist attractions, stunning beaches, national parks, fantastic theme parks on the Gold Coast, play centres, trampolines, fun indoor activities, and more.
Read on to discover the fun things to do in Gold Coast, ensuring an unforgettable weekend and school holidays for you and your family!
Some of the Best Gold Coast attractions for families are:
Skypoint Observation Deck
Theme parks: Sea World, Warner Bros Movie World, Wet'n'Wild, Dreamworld
Gold Coast beaches: Surfer's Paradise, Broadbeach, Greenmount Beach, Main Beach
Wildlife parks: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Australia Zoo & Paradise Country
National Park & waterfalls: Springbrook National Park and Tamborine Mountain Rainforest
Kayak, snorkel, surfing lessons and waterway activities
Adventure parks and playgrounds, zip lines & treetop challenges
Gold Coast glow worm tours
Indoor playgrounds, trampolines and awesome indoor activities
Gold Coast hot air balloon flights
Popular things to do: Skypoint Observation Deck and Sea World
If you want to have a spectacular view of the Gold Coast, the Skypoint Observation Deck is one of the best things to do in the city. Located on the 77th floor of the Q1 building, the observation deck offers a 360-degree view of the city and the surrounding areas. Amazing photos are guaranteed!
With the Skypoint Observation Deck family pass, the kids can get an unforgettable experience going up on the 77th floor from where the whole family can enjoy a panoramic view of the city, ocean and hinterland.
With this Village Roadshow 3-day Escape Pass, the whole family can enjoy three epic theme parks - Warner Bros Movie World, Wet'n'Wild and the Sea World to see the incredible marine animals and enjoy the adventure rides.
If you want to experience all the thrilling Dreamworld rides with the Dreamworld & SkyPoint Observation Deck Combo Deal, you'll get the best of both worlds!
Visit Dreamworld and Movie World theme parks
Dreamworld and Movie World are two of the top theme parks on the Gold Coast. Dreamworld is renowned for its Big 9 thrill rides and family-friendly attractions. Movie World offers an immersive movie-themed experience with some of the best roller coasters and shows in Australia.
Exploring the Gold Coast beaches
When visiting the Gold Coast, kick off your adventure at the Surfer's Paradise beach. Surfers Paradise is one of the Gold Coast's beautiful and most popular beaches. You can also enjoy sunbathing, paddle board lessons, swimming, surfing lessons, beach games, jet boat ride experience, kayaking tour and other beach activities.
With 57 kilometres of coastline, the Gold Coast is famous for its breathtaking beaches. Visit the beaches early in the morning to catch the sunrise or late in the evening to enjoy the sunset.
Visit Surfers Paradise and its surroundings
Surfers Paradise is the most popular area of the Gold Coast, with its stunning beach, shopping, dining, and nightlife. You can stroll along the Surfers Paradise beach, shop at the Beachfront Markets, or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants.
And don't forget to take a family photo at the iconic Surfers Paradise sign!
At the heart of Surfers Paradise, you'll find a spectacular, futuristic, maze-like world of wonder - Infinity Attraction. This awesome sensory overload is not to be missed!
Check out all the fun things to do in Surfers Paradise for families.
Take your surf skills to the next level
Surfing is one of the top things to do on the Gold Coast, and the city offers some of the best surfing spots in Australia. Even if you've never surfed before, plenty of surfing schools and instructors can teach you the basic techniques and get you up and standing in no time.
You can take beginner-friendly surf lessons on Broadbeach or a 2-hour group surfing lesson @ Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta to learn the basic techniques. Just a few minutes north of Sea World at The Spit, there's also a 2-hour beginner surfing lesson at Main Beach to learn how to surf and take your skills to the next level.
Not a surfing fan? No worries! Take your family out to simply enjoy a mystery picnic adventure near Burleigh Heads.
Interact with koalas at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Australia Zoo
The Gold Coast is home to several amazing wildlife parks where you can interact with Australia's beautiful and unique animals. The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Australia Zoo are two of the most popular wildlife parks in the area.
You can cuddle a koala, feed kangaroos, and learn about Aussie wildlife in an immersive and educational environment.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Discount Tickets (subject to availability)
Embrace the treetop climbing fun at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
If you're visiting Gold Coast with kids, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a perfect destination for families. It offers beautiful gardens, animal shows, the TreeTop Adventure Challenge and interactive experiences.
Is you are looking for an exciting family adventure, get ready to conquer your fear of heights and experience the thrill of climbing and zip-lining among the treetops with the TreeTop Challenge @ Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary!
With over 80 challenges and 11 zip lines, including one that takes you directly over a crocodile pen, there's plenty of fun to be had for everyone.
Explore the Springbrook National Park and Tamborine Mountain Rainforest
The Gold Coast is surrounded by breathtaking national parks with beautiful rainforests, waterfalls, and hiking trails. Springbrook National Park and Tamborine Mountain are two fantastic choices for nature lovers.
You can take a hike, a fantastic Natural Bridge & Springbrook guided tour, or explore the beauty of Tamborine Mountain with the scenic Rainforest Skywalk to enjoy the stunning views.
Kayak, snorkel and waterway activities @ the Gold Coast Broadwater
The Broadwater is great for waterway activities such as fishing, kayaking, or jet skiing.
Broadwater Parklands in Southport is home to Gold Coast Aqua Park, one of Australia's largest inflatable water parks.
If you're looking for your next family adventure, you can embark on a Broadwater dolphin, snorkelling & kayaking tour with friendly guides to kayak, snorkel, have fun, feed hundreds of subtropical fish and spot dolphins, turtles and stingrays!
You can also take a stroll along the Broadwater Parklands and enjoy the stunning views of the sea. The area is also famous for its seafood restaurants.
Take a cruise or a jet boat ride
If you love water activities, the Gold Coast offers a relaxing scenic Tweed River cruise to explore the Gold Coast waterways and enjoy the coastal views.
You can take a thrilling jet boat ride around the coast and feel the wind in your hair! For the ultimate experience, you can also take on the Gold Coast Jet Boating and Aquaduck double aqua adventure combo!
Spot glow worms at night
You can take the Glow Worm guided tour for an evening in the Mount Tamborine National Park to spot the glow worms in their natural habitat. It's a magical experience, and kids will love it!
Experience the fun at Paradise Country
Paradise Country is a fantastic, family-friendly activity on the Gold Coast! It's an authentic Aussie farm where you can experience the traditional Australian bush culture, hand-feed the friendly kangaroos and take a photo with a cuddly koala.
You can also have a ride on the tractor, watch a sheep shearing demonstration, or try boomerang throwing.
Book your Paradise Country Tickets today.
Enjoy Gold Coast Hot Air Balloon Flight
The Gold Coast Hinterland is another beautiful area to explore, with its stunning scenery, small towns and treetop adventures. You can take a Gold Coast hot air balloon ride to see the Hinterland from above.
The Gold Coast is Australia's famous destination for families that offers something for everyone. Whether you're looking for things to do with your family, this list of the best Gold Coast experiences will be handy.
Start planning for your next family adventure during the QLD school holidays today! From surfing lessons, relaxing walks along the beautiful coast and fun places on the Gold Coast to great indoor activities to visit with kids or outdoor fun, you'll find something for all ages and interests!