Brisbane to Gold Coast with Kids | How to make the trip FUNNER!

Brisbane to Gold Coast journey
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Travelling from Brisbane to Gold Coast and keen for some adventures along the way? We’ve compiled a list of the best pit stops between Brisbane to Gold Coast!

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1. Yatala Pies

Yatala Pies are iconic to Queenslanders and tourists alike – and for good reason! With a wide range of delicious pies (savoury and dessert, in both individual and family sizing) there’s something to please every hungry tummy! Grab a classic chunky steak or give the spicy mango chicken a try for something different.

2. Coochiemudlo Island

Known to locals fondly as “Coochie”, Coochiemudlo Island is a heat pit stop for some fun in the sun en route to the coast! Accessible by a short and sweet 10 minute ferry ride from Redland Bay, Coochie Island is a relaxing place to stop for a breather. Measuring only 5 square kilometres, the island is small enough to explore by foot and offers calm shallow waters for little ones to splash in! Check out our review of an awesome spot for a family vacay – it’s so nice you’re going to want to make a stop over!

Brisbane to Gold Coast pelican

3. Strawberry Farm

Stop by the strawberry farm in Chambers Flat to stretch your legs and have a healthy snack! The kids will love checking out the farm and choosing a locally made jam to bring home! If you’re in the mood for berries, there are heaps of great spots to get a pickin’ around the Brisbane area! 

4. Stradbroke Island

Hop on the barge to South Stradbroke Island for some fun in the sun and gorgeous sea air! The Island offers gorgeous beaches as well as native fauna and flora; this pit stop may easily turn into an overnight stop!

5. Robina Library

Prevent road trip boredom and drop by Robina library! There’s rhyme time or story time sessions for the little ones to enjoy and borrowing a few books will ensure the rest of the car trip goes smoothly.


Ikea is a great place to pick up some homewares (and Swedish meatballs) or simply to let the kids walk off some energy! The huge megastore is a great pit stop to stretch your legs and find a few gorgeous purchases for your home while you’re at it!

7. Paradise Country

Do you have an animal lover in your family? They will LOVE Paradise Country! This farmstay offers close encounters with animals such as horses, sheep and goats. Enjoy the countryside vibes and watch your kids have a blast.

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8. Dreamworld

Dreamworld is a thrilling pit stop for the whole family! Boasting a fun and interactive ABC World with heaps of kid friendly rides, the kids will be jumping for joy. For those wanting a more relaxing theme park experience, check out the adorable tigers and have a yummy lunch instead!

9. Movieworld

Do you have a movie buff in the family? They’ll love the Hollywood feel of Movieworld! Meet all your favourite characters from Batman to Tweety Bird. The Kids WB Fun Zone features heaps of interactive activities and rides to tire out the kids! It’s one of our TOP PICKS for toddler friendly theme parks.

10. Wet and Wild

Driving from Brisbane to Gold Coast and can’t wait to hit the beach? Stop in at Wet and Wild for a splash! Cool off in one of the relaxing pools or get your heart racing on one of the huge slides.

Brisbane to Gold Coast? All aboard!

There are heaps of fun and exciting stops between Brisbane to Gold Coast! Are you traveling by train? Check out our guide on easy stops on the Gold Coast line.

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