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Brisbane to Gold Coast Road Trip Places to Stop with Kids

Travelling from Brisbane to Gold Coast and keen for some adventures on your road trip? We’ve compiled a list of the best pit stops between Brisbane to Gold Coast!

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

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We love kayaking near 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!

3. Strawberry Farm

Strawberry picking at Oasis Berries Strawberry Farms Brisbane

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

Stardbroke Island
Gorge Walk

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

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.


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Kids can play at Ikea

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

Paradise Country is the perfect spot for animal lovers.

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

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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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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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