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Brisbane Half Day Trips – Gold Coast Train Line

Days Out – Try These 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. Try these ‘half day trips’ near the Gold Coast line.

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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!

Gold Coast Line

Varsity Lakes Station – Easy

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.

1st stop Varsity Lakes

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 Varsity Lakes playground 2

Varsity Lakes bushwalk Varsity Lakes bbq area

Robina Station – Medium

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 is nice. 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 1 Robina Branch Library 2

Robina Branch Library opening hours:

  • Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 9am-6pm
  • Thurs: 9am-7pm
  • Sat: 9am-4pm
  • Sun: noon-4pm

For more details please see the City of Gold Coast website or call the Robina Branch Library on (07) 5581 1600.

Helensvale Station – Easy

From the Helensvale Train Station you can expect to walk for 5-10 minutes. 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 is located upstairs and has a lovely children’s section located behind a row of bookshelves. 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 2 Helensvale Branch Library 1

Helensvale Branch Library opening hours:

  • Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 9am-6pm
  • Thurs: 9am-7pm
  • Sat: 9am-4pm
  • Sun: noon-4pm

For more details please see the City of Gold Coast website or call the Helensvale Branch Library on (07) 5581 1625.

Beenleigh Station – Easy

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 corner of the library in view of the front desk. Books for younger children have been stacked in moveable shelves for easy access and placed in a circle creating a welcoming space for children to play and learn alongside family and friends.

Free group activities for young children mainly occur at 10am consisting of Baby Time on Tuesdays for children 0-12 months, Toddler Time on Mondays for 1-3 year olds and Story Time on Thursdays and Saturdays for 3-5 year olds. When visiting the library pick up a free ‘What’s on’ brochure for more information.

Beenleigh Library

Beenleigh Library opening hours:

  • Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 9am-6pm
  • Thurs: 9am-8pm
  • Sat: 9am-1pm
  • Sun: closed

For more details please see the Logan City Council website or call the Beenleigh Library on (07) 3412 4130.

Loganlea – Medium

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 enclosed dog park at the other side with plenty of room to run.

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