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5 Fun Half Day Trips on the Gold Coast Train Line

We know that when you have little people that need naps, you don’t always want to do a full-day trip.

You can still explore in half a day though, and there is so much to see and do from the Gold Coast train line! The best part is, you don’t even need a car as you can just jump on the train!

We’ve put together this list of 6 epic half day trips from the Gold Coast train line, so grab a backpack and jump on a train to explore and enjoy a fun day out!

Days Out – Half Day Trips on the Gold Coast Train Line!

Caboolture Line | City Stations | Shorncliffe Line | Ferny Grove | Beenleigh

Easy (Green): A nice easy walk. Expect less than 6/7 minutes from station to the destination. Usually one or two very close destinations for a nice, relaxing half day out.

Medium (Yellow): Looking for a bit more of an adventure? These stations are usually no more than 15 minutes from their fun destinations. These stations often have multiple destinations too so there is tons of fun stuff to see and do!

Hard (Red): An adventurous day out. Expect longer than 15 minute walks from the station to the destination and there may be multiple destinations. A great choice for those who want to enjoy a good walk and have an active day out!

1 Varsity Lakes station – Easy

Varsity Lakes playground - exploring on the Gold Coast train line

The initial walk from the train station was short as we made our way up the central road towards the lights. We spotted a small park hidden behind a row of tall shrubs across the road where there is a covered picnic area and small section of play equipment ideal for young children.

The walk took only a few minutes from the station and would be an ideal pit stop for children to have a quick drink and slip on the slide.

From here we took a right from the lights making our way up a slight hill which soon sloped down towards another set of lights, turning left into Bayswater Avenue. Here there is a larger section of play equipment hidden slightly amongst the trees with covered seating area and barbecue, waterlily filled pond teaming with birdlife, and a paved walkway which circles through the bush and around the water.

From the train station the walk took only about 5 minutes, making for an easy half day trip.

Varsity Lakes Pond - visited from the Gold Coast train line
Varsity Lakes Playground  - visited from the Gold Coast train line

2 Robina station – Medium

Robina Library visited from the Gold Coast train line

In order to get from Robina Train Station to Robina Branch Library you will need to cross at a few sets of lights and make your way over a bridge following Robina Town Centre Drive. It takes approximately 10 minutes to make your way to the library but the walk isn’t too difficult.

There is a children’s section in which Baby Rhyme Time, Toddler Time and Story Time are held at various stages of the day each week. For detailed timetables visit the City of Gold Coast site. Note that you will have to book ahead in order to attend these sessions. Be sure to check out the art gallery while you are there.

Robina Branch Library opening hours:

  • Mon to Fri: 9am-6pm
  • Sat and Sun: 9am-4pm

For more details please see the City of Gold Coast website or call the Robina Branch Library on 07 5667 5940.

3 Helensvale station – Easy

Helensvale Library - visited on the Gold Coast train line

From the Helensvale Train Station you can expect to walk for 5-10 minutes to get to the library. The Helensvale Branch Library is easy to find by following the walkway to the street directly adjacent to the station. Follow it to the end and go beneath an underground walkway which leads to the Helensvale Plaza Shops and carpark.

The library has a lovely children’s section. The Helensvale Branch Library hosts Story Time, Baby Rhyme Time alongside art and craft activities at various times throughout the week. For more details visit the City of Gold Coast site.

Helensvale Branch Library opening hours:

  • Mon to Fri: 9am-6pm
  • Sat: 9am-4pm
  • Sun: Closed

For more details please see the City of Gold Coast website or call the Helensvale Branch Library on 07 5667 5940.

Inside Helensvale Library - visited from the Gold Coast train line

4 Beenleigh station – Easy

Inside Beenleigh Library - visited from Gold Coast train line

From the station to Beenleigh Library you can expect the walk to take you around 5 minutes. Connected to the Beenleigh Events Centre, the library faces out onto a small park with a war memorial and shaded seating. Within the library there is an extensive range of books and by making use of the libraries free sign up policy for all ages you will receive a library card and access to book borrowing, computer use and Wi-Fi.

The children’s section is set in a prominent section of the library and they’ve created a welcoming space for kids to enjoy books with their family.

Free group activities for young children include family time activities such as baby rhyme time, toddler time and story time. When visiting the library pick up a free ‘What’s on’ brochure for more information.

Beenleigh Library opening hours:

  • Mon, Wed and Fri: 9am-5pm
  • Tues and Thurs: 9am-8pm
  • Sat: 9am-4pm
  • Sun: Closed

For more details please see the Logan City Council website or call the Beenleigh Library on (07) 2899 7300.

5 Loganlea station – Medium

Sturdee Park near Loganlea Train station on the Gold Coast train line

Sturdee Park is located a 5-10 minute walk from the Loganlea Train Station. Take a right and walk to the blue police station located at the corner. Turn left onto Haig Road, make a right at Keyes Street and left onto Dianne Street to find the park. There is an undercover seating area, large play area with multiple slides, and an off leash dog park at the other side. There are toilet facilities, BBQ points and basketball court with plenty of room to run around.

Which half-day trips will you choose on the Gold Coast train line?

There are lots of half-day trips on the Gold Coast train line and it’s so easy to explore on the train. Which one will you choose next?

Kids love trains? Check out these half day trips from City StationsFerny Grove Line, Shorncliffe Line, Caboolture and Beenleigh!

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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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