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UPDATED 2021: The Best Things to do on the Gold Coast with Kids

Things to do on the Gold Coast with kids
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If you are looking for things to do on the Gold Coast with kids then you are going to love this article. Because we live here, we have road tested these kids activities and can hand on heart tell you that kids LOVE them.

The weather on the Gold Coast is close to perfect all year round. So whether you are looking for Gold Coast toddler activities or things to do with teens on the Gold Coast, this article will list all the best ideas for your family holiday!

This article is jam-packed with ideas for your Gold Coast holiday – extraordinary Gold Coast kids activities, places to go and once-in-a lifetime experiences guaranteed to capture your kids’ imaginations, enrich, entertain, exhilarate, exercise … or just plain educate and entertain them. We even have listed free family activities Gold Coast style!

We’ve collated some of our favourite Gold Coast kids activities into our local guide so you can start making your bucket list for Gold Coast family adventure.

This list of things to do in Gold Coast with kids will give you lots of information to help you make an informed decision about the best things to do on the Gold Coast with your kids.

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UPDATED over 60 kids activities on the Gold Coast

We update this list every school holidays to make sure all the kids activities Gold Coast style are present and accounted for – offers, deals, discounts and cheap places to go on the Gold Coast are bang up to date for your Easter holiday!

Cheap things to do with kids Gold Coast

We love, love, LOVE the find a bargain … so if you are looking for things to do on the Gold Coast on a budget, this article will help you too!! We know that there is always a cheap offer for Gold Coast kids activities to keep the kids well entertained over the school holidays and on the weekend. So we’ve checked and found the BEST family fun things to do with kids in the Gold Coast and written about them below.

Keep an eye out for the red ‘discount’ or ‘cheap‘ to pay less for your Gold Coast activities for kids (and adults too!)

Gold Coast attractions for families | Gold Coast attractions for kids

Because we are families that live on and near the Gold Coast, the list of Gold Coast kids activities below are tried and tested. These family things to do on the Gold Coast sill suit every budget. These are some of our favourite Gold Coast family activities and Gold Coast attractions for families. As well as that we also have the inside scoop on the best places to eat with kids:

Check out our Kids Eat Free on the Gold Coast article too!

Check out our Kid Friendly Restaurants on the Gold Coast article as well!

And we love, love LOVE celebrating on the Gold Coast when it is Christmas in Australia!

Dreamworld & Whitewater World, Coomera

Dreamworld Thrill Ride

When you think of the Gold Coast, you think of theme parks. And one of th best theme parks on the Gold Coast has to be Dreamworld! Together with its water park, Whitewater World, Dreamworld is suitable for toddlers, kids, tweens. teens and adults! It really does have something for everything.

We love, love LOVE Dreamworld, so much that we write a whole article about what is there and how to get the cheapest Dreamworld entry tickets. If you are a local, get yourself the annual pass and if you are a visitor, you are going to need 2 or 3 days here to really enjoy everything they have to offer. Roller-coasters, rides, shows, waterslides, Australian animals as well as food and shopping. Get amongst this by reading our article linked above!

Mt Tamborine Glow Worm Caves

things to do on the gold coast with kids

Cedar Creek Estate, 104 – 144 Hartley Road, North Tamborine

The Gold Coast’s stunning hinterland is well-placed to deliver some incredible natural surprises.  The Mt Tamborine Glow Worm Caves are purpose-built, realistic caves where your kids can get up close to, and learn about these fascinating local insects without the long hike through the bush at night time.  Cleverly designed as two chambers connected by tunnels, the Mt Tamborine Glow Worm Caves are open from 10am to 4pm daily and provide easy access to one of this area’s most unique and family-friendly attractions. Click here.

We’ve got the BEST discount tickets for families for the Glow Worm Caves here.

Walk to the Natural Bridge at Springbrook

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If you want to see the Gold Coast’s glow worms in their natural habitat, then the Natural Bridge at Springbrook National Park is the place to do it.  Take a meandering walk down through the rainforest with its dark canopy of murderous strangler figs and abundant local fauna to reach the breathtakingly beautiful rock formation at the bottom:  The Natural Bridge. Click here for more information. 

The Springbrook National Park offers a wide variety of trips and walks for families.

This is one of our top picks for free family activities Gold Coast style!

Visit Cavill Avenue in the heart of Surfers Paradise

Located in the centre of the bustling shopping hub of Surfers Paradise, Cavill Avenue and the streets around it host a huge variety of family fun things for the kids to do if you’re willing to spend a bit of money.

One such place is Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium. Filled with curiosities and oddities from around the world, kids will be amazed by everything they see. Just down the road from the Odditorium is the 7D cinema. Hosting a variety of short movies, the 7D cinema is unique in that it incorporates not just sight and sound, but also vibrating chairs and other special effects.

Infinity is another fantastic place to visit on Cavill Avenue (check the link below to see if we’ve got any current discounts). The 40-minute experience includes spectacular laser lights and rooms filled with fun. The kids will beg you to visit again!

If you are looking for family friendly Surfers Paradise activities take a look at our detailed article for Things to do in Surfers Paradise with Kids. We wrote it to help families who are centrally located and want to stay near their hotel.

Burleigh Heads


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One of the most beautiful beaches along the Gold Coast, Burleigh Beach is a wonderful place to visit with the kids. Your kids will be safe swimming in the protected waters of the beach, which isn’t as rough as some of the other beaches around the Gold Coast.

BBQ areas are everywhere and with the option of oceanfront dining, you and the kids won’t be going hungry. (They even made our list of top spots for fish and chips!)If you’re lucky, you may even catch a local arts and crafts market going on along the foreshore. So if you’re looking for a great beach to visit, check out Burleigh Heads.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Do the kids love wildlife? If you are visiting or living on the Gold Coast with kids, you really should take them down to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and you’ll be sure they’ll have a great time. Read our “Toddler adventuring at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary” article here to see how it works with tiny tots! Gold Coast activities for toddlers don’t get much better than the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary!

Currumbin houses a huge variety of Australian animals for kids to visit, including kangaroos, koalas, dingos and Tasmanian devils. Some of the best highlights of the Wildlife Sanctuary including a free bird feeding show, sheep dog experience, Segway safari, photo opportunities and Salt Water croc feeding. Enjoy a family fun day out by visiting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Adults get in at kids prices on our discount link here.

Gold Coast Butterflies

Where to see Butterflies around Brisbane

Gold Coast Butterflies enable city inhabitants to experience close encounters with nature without the need of going into the wild. Their all-weather butterfly house boasts numerous species that live in a purpose-built tropical surrounding. Gold Coast Butterflies also help expand their guests’ knowledge on how to save butterflies by planting their very own habitat.

You can get a discounted pass to Gold Coast Butterflies here.

Game Over Go karting, lazer tag, climbing & more

Game Over on the Gold Coast

Address: 88 Siganto Dr, Helensvale

Game Over is the Gold Coast’s largest indoor family entertainment centre. The centre caters for all ages and ability levels with Junior (1-12yo) and adult go karting, clip’n’climb adventure rock climbing, Leap of Faith experience, super hi tech lazer Ttg, indoor zip coaster, GO-VR experiences and a range of Arcade machines.

Entry to the Centre is free, and activities are priced individually depending on which ones you would like to experience, we also have a range of combo packs that provide discounts for purchasing multiple activities. The Centre is all indoors and air conditioned, perfect for wet weather or avoiding the Gold Coast heat.

You can get a discounted entry to Game Over here

Currumbin Rock Pools

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Guineas Creek Road, Currumbin Valley

One of the Gold Coast’s best-kept secrets for kids, this local swimming spot has an added bonus – it’s also free!  If you want to escape the heat, hustle and humidity of the bustling Gold Coast, pack a picnic and head for the hills where you can cool your heels at the Currumbin rock pools. The Currumbin rock pools are one of our favourite Gold Coast activities for families. Read our review about our trip to the Currumbin rock pools here.

Best family friendly accommodation on the Gold Coast – click here

Aquaduck Safaris

Aquaduck Surfers Paradise

36 Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise

A tour bus that doubles as a boat?  Your kids won’t believe their eyes!  We LOVED this when we went!! You can read all about our adventures on the Aquaduck here.

If you want an activity with an exciting twist, then an Aquaduck Safari could be exactly what you’re looking for.  Take your kids on an extraordinary tour of Surfers Paradise and out across the spectacular Broadwater, weave through the canals and take a cheeky sneak peek at the homes of the Gold Coast’s rich and famous. 

We’ve got a discount for Aquaduck (cheaper than booking directly!) – click here

Aquaduck tours provide a unique and exhilarating experience on the Gold Coast for kids. Click here for their website.

Nerang Cinemas

Nerang Cinemas & Markets are the Gold Coast’s Cheapest movies these holidays (… and every day)! To escape the heat or the rain this is a great option when you are looking for things to do with kids on the Gold Coast. Check them out – click here!


Holoverse Review

59 Nerang Street, Southport

Holoverse is a holographic entertainment centre located in Southport. The facility’s 40 rooms provide a host of holographic experiences, including an African safari, patting turtles in an aquarium, walking through walls, and flying through the sky. The centre is family-friendly, encouraging children and adults to try out this advanced technology for a unique gaming experience.

You can read our detailed review – we took twins recently! Click here.

HOTA, Home of the Arts

135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise.

The Gold Coast is a feast for the senses, but sometimes you need to balance all noise, colour and movement something a little more sedate yet equally interesting.   The centrally -located Home of the Arts offers a range of kid-friendly exhibitions and activities that will help inspire your kids to dig deep and discover their own creativity.

Click here for HOTA website.

Gold Coast War Museum

42 John Rogers Road, Mudgereebah

The Gold Coast War Museum gives your kids an opportunity to get up close to genuine war artefacts and the stories that will fire their imaginations and help bring history to life.  The Gold Coast’s stunningly beautiful Burleigh Heads is home to one of the Queensland’s largest annual ANZAC day services, so the Gold Coast War Museum is a great stepping stone bridging the gap between the commemoration of historical events and the people forever affected by them. Click here for their website.

Amazing Hot Air Balloon Experience

Incredible hot air balloon experience for your family for a special treat for the kids to see the view from ‘upon high’. Take to the skies on a majestic hot air balloon journey over the Gold Coast and its lush hinterland!

I did this recently and will be writing up the experience.  I got a good deal through the link below.

Find about the discount offer for hot air ballooning here.

Iceland – Bundall

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15 Strathaird Road, Bundall

Iceland gives visitors the chance to strap on a pair of blades and take to a full size ice skating rink. Master ice skating or ice hockey while escaping the heat outside. Littlies can celebrate birthdays while their parents can take some time out enjoying a warm drink and something to eat at the kiosk.

Horse Riding with kids on the Gold Coast

Who doesn’t love a bit of a gallop or trot? Horse riding can be an awesome day out and may places cater for all ages and abilities. You can find our list of horse riding places on the Gold Coast right here.

Kids can ride for 90 minutes at Gummies Farm for discounted $39!!

O’Reilly’s Treetop Walk

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Lamington National Park Road, Canungra

Perfectly positioned in the Lamington National Park, Gold Coast hinterland, O’Reilly’s Tree Top walk is an easy 800 metre circuit through stunning bushland.  The walk incorporates 9 suspension bridges and a gradual rise up into the sub-tropical rainforest canopy.  While you’re at O’Reilly’s your kids can kick back and watch the bird of prey show and make friends with the rosellas and king parrots that call the rainforest home.

Click here to see a day trip out to O’Reilly’s that will show you Curtis Falls, let you meet Australian wildlife and try your hand at boomerang throwing.

O’Reilly’s isn’t just a great destination for a day trip though, there’s a great range of accommodation options on offer if you’re thinking about staying longer in the area.

Click here to see some gorgeous accommodation options for your family!

Ecopark Fishing World and Farmstay

Things to do on the Gold Coast with kids

2 Halls Road, Luscombe

If your kids want to try their hands at catch and release fishing, then a day trip to Ecopark will be a perfect outing for them.  Ecopark also offers farm stay experiences and camp outs, as well as facilities suitable for conferences and birthday parties. Click here for their website.

Grab your discounted entry to Ecopark Gishing World and Farmstay here.

Surfers Paradise River Cruises

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Surfers Paradise River Cruises offers an extensive range of experiences on the water to suit all types of seafarers. Morning, afternoon and lunch river cruises depart seven days a week, offering a leisurely experience along the Gold Coast waterways. The business can also organise private party and senior citizen cruises. Meal packages are available to suit any budget. The vessel is designed with comfort in mind, featuring a covered indoor seating area, sightseeing deck and step-free access.

We found a cheap Surfers Paradise River Cruise deal on Groupon for $24!!

Cedar Creek Falls, Mt Tamborine

Cedar Creek Falls Rd, Tamborine

If you want to get out into the hinterland and into a bit of creek swimming, then you cant go past Cedar Creek Falls at Mt Tamborine. Frequented by families with children, Cedar Creek Falls is a great natural outdoor day trip. There are three rock pools in which you are allowed to swim although the water is often very cold. It makes a great place to cool down on a sweltering summer’s day. The top rock pool is quite deep and it has a couple of ledge areas which children can sit and paddle their feet quite easily. The two other rock pools are further down the rock face. There are picnic facilities and BBQ’s for us.

Families Tip: This place can get PACKED. You may well find that the car park is full by the time you arrive so anticipate a bit of a walk down to the creek. Because we live nearby, we wrote a detailed review (and made a video that shows you much more) with additional tips.

Indoor Skydiving Gold Coast, iFLY

3084 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise

We’ve got a discount voucher here for indoor skydiving on the Gold Coast! When you skydive indoors you can twist and turn, spin and enjoy all kinds of fun, without the months and months of training involved with outdoor skydiving. AND your family and friends can watch all the action from an all-glass viewing platform just a few feet away! What a super fun way to spin the day away!

Powered by multiple fans located at the top of the flight chamber, the vertical wind tunnel produces a wall-to-wall air flow that is indistinguishable from free falling during a 14,000ft skydive. Professional instructors assist you to make the most of the air flow so you can truly experience the closest thing to human flight. This is the perfect experience for all ages – from the young to the young at heart.

Skypoint Observation Deck and the Skypoint Climb

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Levels 77- 78 of the Q1 Building 3 / 3003 Surfers Paradise Boulevard, Surfers Paradise

The Skypoint Observation Deck is the perfect location for your kids to experience breathtaking, 360 degree views of the Gold Coast and its stunning hinterland.

At just $27 for an adults, $19 for a child or $74 for a family, this Skypoint Observation Deck admission discount is good value for money.

Want to climb the Skypoint?

If your kids are 12 years of age or over, and at least 130 cm tall, they’ll also be able to participate in a Skypoint Climb, one of the most exhilarating experiences that the Gold Coast has to offer.

Children over 12 can climb Skypoint – grab your discount here.


Ground level, shop 31 Chevron Renaissance Centre, Surfers Paradise

If you’re looking for an indoor, all-weather activity on the Gold Coast for kids, you’ll find that Infinity fits the bill perfectly.  Infinity offers a fully-immersive sensory experience for kids aged 8 years and over, full to the brim with mind-blowing mazes and illusions that will keep your kids on their toes at every turn.

Get your discounted entry to Infinity here.

Click here for more information.

Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre

1711 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads

The Gold Coast’s also home to the internationally acclaimed Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre.  Offering a range of aboriginal cultural walking tours, your kids can experience a corroboree, smoking ceremony and ochre anointment.  They’ll get to know the history of the local aboriginal people and their unbreakable link to the coast. Click here for more information. 

Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

Cavill Mall, Cavill Avenue Surfer’s Paradise

If you’re looking for a fascinating way to fill in a couple of hours on the Gold Coast for kids, Ripley’s Believe it or Not! is a museum with a difference.  Housing an irreplaceable and fascinating collection of oddities and curiosities, historical artifacts and mind-bending illusions, it’s a great way to spend a few hours on the Gold Coast for kids.

Click here for more information.

Ripley’s Impossible LaserRace

Cavill Mall, Cavill Avenue Surfer’s Paradise

Ripley’s Impossible LaserRace is the perfect place on the Gold Coast for kids who want to pit themselves against the clock in the ultimate test of agility.  A seemingly impossible maze of lights, music and laser beams, the LaserRace adds up to an exciting test of manual dexterity, co-ordination and forward-planning.

Click here for more information.

Go Bowling – Ashmore

137 Currumburra Rd, Ashmore

Go Bowling provides tenpin bowling for children and adults alike. Small or large parties can enjoy group games along with music, video clips and disco lighting for an all-around experience. The venue has an on-site restaurant and fully licensed bar, making it possible to be used for corporate events, parties and special occasions.

Find their latest rates here.

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Southport

Broadwater Parklands, Southport

Head to the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre and take advantage of their (heated to 27 degrees) public swimming pools. There is a great freeform splash pool with water play features that is perfect or little kids. Find out more.

Superbee Honeyworld

Located in: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, 35 Tomewin St, Currumbin.

Albert Einstein once said that if the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, we would only have four years of life left.  Superbee Honey World is the perfect place for your kids to discover the amazing properties of this incredible superfood and to appreciate why the honey bee is such a critical and threatened part of our food chain.

Find out more about entry to Superbee Honeyworld here.

Psst… it’s not “Gold Coast” but if you’re as bee-obsessed as we are, drive to the Sunshine Coast and visit The Ginger Factory for their SUPER BEE TOUR.

Gold Coast bike ways

Looking to get away from the Gold Coast’s traffic snarls and congestion?  A great way of exploring the beautiful Gold Coast for kids is by bike.  It’s easy to hire bikes and helmets and explore some of the Gold Coast’s 800 kilometres of linked bikeways, at least 36km of which skirt the spectacular Pacific Ocean. 

The area’s best parks and beaches straddle the most popular of the Gold Coast bikeways, making it a great way to get out and get active as a family. Click here.

We’ve had one of our family’s personally test out Galleon Way Park. Check out their review to see what they thought.

Pelican Feeding

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Ian Dimple Lagoon, 371 Marine Parade, Labrador

The Gold Coast’s the best place for your kids to get up close and personal with of one of the biggest seabirds around:  The Pelican.  Ian Dimple Lagoon plays host to pelican feeding daily at 1:30pm.  Be prepared to make some amazing memories with your kids.

Read more about Pelican feeding Gold Coast here.

Abseiling at Binna Burra

Binna Burra Road, Beechmont

Lamington National Park is also one of best locations on the Gold Coast for kids when it comes to abseiling.  Binna Burra’s local volcanic rock formations mean that there are cliff faces suitable for all levels from beginner to expert.  With some of the most experienced guides on hand to show you the ropes, Binna Burra Mountain Lodge is the perfect spot on the Gold Coast for kids to safely experience this exciting outdoor activity.

We love camping at Binna Burra!

RELATED: Here’s some more information on what’s great about this campsite for families

Dracula’s Cabaret – dinner and a show!

1 Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach, Gold Coast

If you have kids aged 15 years and above, you may like to book into Dracula’s Cabaret dinner and show.

You will spend the night being entertained by a devilishly talented cast as they pay tribute to the Carnaval de la carnage; the Mexican Day of the Dead. This energetic after dark experience will fill the room with laughter and applause as the Dracula’s Gold Coast cast tease and entertain with their singing, dancing, burlesque, magic and aerial performances.

You can get tickets to dinner and a show here.

Click here for their website.

Binna Burra Lodge’s other activities for kids

Binna Burra Lodge, Binna Burra Road, Beechmont

The Binna Burra Lodge is back after being rebuilt due to fire in 2018. Binna Burra offers an awesome range of activities on the Gold Coast for kids.  You don’t have to be a guest at the lodge to join in.  They’re also open to casual visitors on the weekend or during school holidays as well! 

Your kids will love to whizz through the tree tops on the 165m long Flying Fox or try their hand at archery.  They can also exercise their imaginations in the adventure playground on site.  Binna Burra Lodge also offers spotlight walks after dark, so it’s a great destination for a family getaway, with a range of accommodation options to suit most budgets.

Find out more about their activities here.

Snorkelling at Tallebudgera Creek

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Turtles, dolphins, large schools of beautiful fish and even cranky crabs – all of this is on offer in the beautiful crystal clear waters of Tallebudgera creek. Both sides of the creek have beach entry, and it’s not too wide, so at parts you can swim right across . Be warned – there are occasionally strong currents but if you stick to snorkelling at the top of the tide when the current is minimal and the water is the clearest you are sure to make some beautiful memories.

We wrote much more about Tullebudgera Creek with kids here.

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Gold Coast Regional Botanical Gardens

258 Ashmore Road, Benowa

The Gold Coast’s Regional Botanical Gardens is a delight for kids of all ages.  Set on 31 hectares of lush, beautifully designed gardens, it offers a range of activities for kids including a playground, sensory garden mountains to mangroves walk and butterfly garden.  Pack a picnic and encourage your kids to explore this oasis of calm just 10 minutes from the heart of Surfer’s Paradise. Click here.

Mt Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

Tamborine Mountain Rainforest Skywalk

333 Geissmann Drive, North Tamborine

Another activity on the Gold Coast for kids is the Mt Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk.  The skywalk is a 1.5km round trip of steel bridges and ground level bush trails that allow you to take your time as a family to experience the sights and smells of this pristine and uniquely beautiful sub-tropical rainforest.

You can get your tickets to the skywalk here.

Click here for the rainforest skywalk website.

Kayaking and stand up paddle boarding at Currumbin Creek

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If you’re looking for outdoor activities on the Gold Coast for kids, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better combination of water and fun than kayaking or stand up paddleboarding.  Currumbin Creek is the perfect location on the Gold Coast for kids to learn the basics from a local expert before hiring all the gear you’ll need to head out and explore the local waterways as a family.

We’ve also got a discount voucher for SUP for $55 here.

Visit Surf World Museum

1st Floor, 35 Tomewin Street, Currumbin

What would the Gold Coast be without its world-class surf beaches and surfing legends?  Your kids can explore the history of surfing on the Gold Coast at the Surf World Museum at Currumbin. Click here.

Daisy Hill Conservation Park and the Daisy Hill Koala Centre

Daisy Hill Koala Centre – a Free Local Family Destination!

Hill Road, Daisy Hill, QLD

Set right at the northern fringe of the Gold Coast, the Daisy Hill Conservation Park and Koala Centre offers kids the chance to learn about these uniquely Australian marsupials. It’s a great FREE family attraction on the northern end of the Gold Coast kids and their grown ups! Click here.

Thunderbird Park

Tamborine Mountain Road, Queensland

Getting your kids outside and active is one of the great challenges of modern parenting.  What better way than to take them on a treasure hunt for thunder eggs at Thunderbird Park?  Thunder eggs are spherical rocks formed within volcanoes.  They might look like nothing special from the outside but once cut can be breathtakingly beautiful.  Your kids can spend hours fossicking for thunder eggs and then have them expertly cut to reveal the treasures glinting within. Click here for their website.

Carrara Markets

Gooding Drive and Manchester Road, Carrara

Want to take the kids to the markets? The Carrara Markets are the biggest permanent markets in Queensland. Open weekends, the markets have over 400 stalls for you and the kids to peruse. Along with regular stalls, the markets feature plenty of fun things for the kids to see and do. These include; Butterfly House, the cheapest putt putt mini golf in Australia, a baby animal nursery, pony rides, face painting, a bungy trampoline and much more! The kids will have a fun day here and you will too. Click here for their website.

We’ve got a great overview of kid-friendly Gold Coast markets right here! Check it out!

David Fleay Wildlife Park

West Burleigh Road, Burleigh Heads

The David Fleay Wildlife Park offers a relatively inexpensive way to get your kids interested in the care, conservation and welfare of the wildlife commonly found on the Gold Coast and further afield in Australia.  As an education-focused heritage-listed park, it offers a quieter, more easily accessible alternative to some of the bigger parks in the area, especially if you’re pushing a pram. Click here.

Jetboating on the Gold Coast with kids

A white-knuckle ride on a jetboat through the Gold Coast’s canals and out onto open water will provide your kids with an experience they won’t forget in a hurry.  Suitable for kids aged 4 and up, there are range of different tours and experiences to choose from, depending on your budget and how wet you want to get!

Click here for information about a great discount!

Currumbin Tree Top Challenge

28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin

If you’re looking for something extraordinary on the Gold Coast for kids, you should consider the Currumbin Tree Top Challenge.  It’s a high ropes adventure course located within Currumbin Sanctuary.  The course includes a once-in-a-lifetime zip line experience near enclosures containing real-life crocodiles, Tasmanian devils and dingos, making it a must-do activity on the Gold Coast for kids.

You’ll get a discount on the treetop challenge here.

Mt Tamborine Treetop Challenge

Cedar Creek Falls Road, North Tamborine

If you are not going to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, but still fancy a treetop challenge, then consdier the Mt Tamborine Treetop Challenge. Comprising 11 zip lines, suspension bridges and the canyon flyer zip line, the Treetop Challenge offers kids the perfect combination of adrenaline sport and beautiful bush setting.

Find a discount to Mt Tamborine Treetop Challenge here.

Indoor and outdoor rock climbing, Paramount Adventure Centre

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38 Hutchinson Street, West Burleigh

The Gold Coast’s Paramount Adventure Centre offers kids five years and older a unique introduction to the sport of rock climbing either through casual visits or through a dedicated indoor and outdoor rock climbing program. Click here.

Go-Karting at Pimpama

Get ready for an extreme Rush of Adrenalin with this sensational Outdoor Go Karting Package on the Gold Coast. You will love your 2 x 15 Minute Outdoor Karting sessions on Sodi GT 5 Karts!

Find the best go-karting discounts on offer here.

Go-Karting at Kingston Park Raceway

20 Mudgee Street, Kingston

Kingston Park Raceway is the spiritual home of go-karting, and it’s only a short 35 minute drive north from the Gold Coast.  Catering for even the smallest petrol heads in your family, kids aged 5 and up can take the wheel of a purpose-built kart.  There are a range of different karts to choose from, depending on their age and skill level.  Go-karting on the Gold Coast for kids is a great way to introduce them to motor sport in a controlled, safe and fun environment.

Find out more about Kingston Park Raceway here.

You can get discounted rides at Kingston Park Raceway here

Surf Lifesaving QLD’s Junior Activities Programs (Nippers)

If your Gold Coast stay is an extended one, then Nippers is a great way to give your kids a head start when it comes to water safety.  The Junior Activities Program, better known as Nippers, is offered by every Surf Lifesaving Club on the Gold Coast. 

Offering a beach-based program of fun and challenging activities for your kids, there’s plenty of scope for you to get involved too.  Nippers is the perfect activity for kids on the Gold Coast as it will assist your kids to develop the necessary skills and confidence to safely navigate some of the most treacherous surf in Australia. Click here.

Pssssst… we’ve found the BEST surf club dinners for your little nippers! 

Mini Golf at King Tutt’s Putt Putt

Corner of Surfer’s Paradise Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, Surfers Paradise

King Tutt’s Putt Putt is a mini golf experience with a difference.  If you’re fast running out of options for all-weather activities on the Gold Coast for kids, challenge your kids to a golf-off.  There’s three courses all up:  Two are uniquely-themed Jurassic Putt and the Egyptian Course with its psychedelic, glow in the dark caves.  There’s also a third, more challenging 18-hole outdoor course.

Find discount passes to King Tutts here.

Find out more on King Tutts – click here.

A night out at Adrenaline Park

6 Palm Avenue (corner of Gold Coast Highway) Surfers Paradise

Best experienced at night with its incredible display of multi-coloured lights, Adrenaline Park houses some of the scariest, stomach-churning amusement park rides on the planet.   Your kids can experience the aptly-names Slingshot, Vomatron, Fly Coaster and bungy trampolines without having to set foot outside Surfers Paradise.  Maybe best to keep it in mind as an activity on the Gold Coast best reserved for kids with empty stomachs. Click here.

Surfing lessons on the Gold Coast for kids

Family Surfing Lessons little girl catching wave into shore with help from an instructor

What’s the point of being on the Gold Coast if your kids don’t have the skills necessary to hang ten and tackle the surf?   The Currumbin Alley Surf School is just one of many surf schools offering lessons on the Gold Coast for kids. Click here.

Another great surf school is found at Coolangatta Beach. They offer 2 hour group surfing lessons which are perfect for beginners or those looking to refresh their skills. Complete beginners can experience the rush of catching their first wave in a beautiful location which is renowned as a perfect spot to learn.

For beginners you will start on the beach where a professional surf instructor will take you through the techniques required to get you riding a wave. All the lessons are run by professional fully qualified Surfing Australia or International Surfing Association Surf Instructors who also hold first aid and lifeguard qualifications to ensure everyone is in safe hands.

This surfing deal is cheap on Groupon!

Check out this discount for surfing lessons at Coolangatta Beach here.

Here’s why YOU should think about surfing lessons for your family!

Air Factory Trampoline Park is now Bounce Inc

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5 Sunlight Drive, Burleigh Waters

BOUNCE Trampoline Park Gold Coast in Burleigh Waters is Australia’s biggest indoor action adventure playground! The new mega venue at the massive site in Burleigh Waters has fully upgraded features and everything you love about BOUNCE plus heaps more, from huge performance tramps to their craziest X-Park yet. Be the first to experience the awesomeness of BOUNCE Gold Coast! Click here.

Trail Riding at Numinbah Valley

2524 Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, Numinbah Valley

Numinbah Valley Adventure Trails offer a great range of trail rides if your kids want to combine a horse riding adventure with the spectacular scenery of Yowgurrabah, a 2500 acre working cattle Station.  It doesn’t matter if your kids are new to horses or experienced riders.  There’s options encompassing everything from a 30 minute lead ride right up to a 3 hour trail ride complete with billy tea, damper and an invigorating dip in the Nerang River. Click here.

Check out our horse riding for Gold Coast kids list here! 

Tropical Fruit World

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Tropical Fruit World things-to-do-on-the-gold-coast-with-kids

29 Duranbah Road, Duranbah NSW

A former research station, Tropical Fruit World is now a working tropical fruit farm with a difference.  It’s a fabulous place for kids to visit!  Your kids can enjoy a tractor ride through the farm itself, stopping off along the way to taste macadamias and bananas.  They’ll also get to stroll down to the animal farm yard with plenty of farm animals to feed and pat, before enjoying a short boat ride to the Island recreational area and its extensive playground and miniature railway.  Though not strictly speaking on the Gold Coast, Tropical Fruit World is a just short trip across into New South Wales.

Read our comprehensive review of Tropical Fruit World here!

Gold Coast Aqua Park

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Southport, Broadwater

GC Aqua Park, Southport invites adults and children to bounce, slide and have fun on over 300m of inflatables. The centre welcomes individuals and group bookings and is happy to cater to special occasions such as birthday parties, team-building experiences or corporate events. GC Aqua Park is nestled opposite Australia Fair Shopping Centre.

You can find a discount right here

Ice Skating at Planet Chill

Paradise Resort, 122 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Paradise resort’s favourite attraction isn’t just reserved for guests staying there.  Planet Chill, the resort’s ice skating rink, is open to everyone on the Gold Coast.  If you’ve got kids aged 3 and older, they can experience all the thrills, spills and magic of ice skating for themselves, 365 days of the year.

Read our detailed review of Paradise Resort here.

Get your ice-skates on at these Gold Coast venues! 

Best of All Lookout, Springbrook

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Repeater Station Road, Springbrook

Springbrook National Park is renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty.  The hard bit can be getting your kids out of the car and away from their tablets and devices for long enough to see it first-hand!  The Best of All Lookout is a relatively short 600 metre return trip through the remains of an astonishingly beautiful and ancient Antarctic beech forest.  Providing the weather is clear, your kids will be rewarded for their efforts with stunning views across to New South Wales, Mt Warning and all the way down to the Gold Coast and Pacific Ocean.

Find out why you should take a day trip to Springbrook National Park with kids.

Inflatable World Burleigh

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3 Fremantle Street, Burleigh West

Inflatable World is an indoor, inflatable playground experience on the Gold Coast for kids and adults alike.  If your kids have energy to burn,  a two-hour session at Inflatable World Burleigh is sure to have them sleeping soundly at night.  A word of warning though:  All children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Get set to enjoy the best workout of your life… and more than just a few laughs with your kids. Click here.

Gold Coast local parks and playgrounds

Children’s activities Gold Coast style just scream… PLAYGROUND!!

If you kids need to stretch their legs and blow off a little steam, a great, local park or playground could be just the ticket.  There’s a huge array of wonderful parks and playground on the Gold Coast for kids.  They all provide a fantastic opportunity for your kids to enjoy the wonderful Gold Coast climate and engage in some spontaneous, unstructured play, the perfect antidote to any theme park experience! 

Most also provide toilets and barbecue or picnic facilities, meaning that you could spend an entire day on the Gold Coast and the most you might have to pay is for the parking.  To find out more about the best parks and playground on the Gold Coast for your active kids.

Our pick of the best park-based activities on the Gold Coast for kids include:

Laguna Park

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Laguna park things-to-do-on-the-gold-coast-with-kids

Palm Beach, Laguna Avenue, Palm Beach.

Hailed as one of the very best parks on the Gold Coast for kids, this park has a riot of brightly coloured equipment for kids of all ages.   The pirate ship and pedal-powered monorail circling the playground is sure to get your kids excited, outdoors and active.

Washington Waters Park

Marine Parade, Southport, Gold Coast Highway

Washington Waters Park is yet another of the Gold Coast’s amazing parks for kids.  It also boasts its fair share of rock pools for the littlies, a monorail, mini bike circuit, enclosed swimming area and plenty of space for them to run around!

Kurrawa Pratten Park

Old Burleigh Road, Broadbeach.

If you are looking for things to do in Broadbeach, this park is one of our favourites. This is a fantastic beachside park with plenty of open space, bike paths and shady trees.  It’s also home to Ben and Jerry’s Open Air Cinema which runs throughout summer.  A cinema experience with a backdrop of sparkling skyscrapers and stars…It doesn’t get any more spectacular than this!

Pacific Pines Central Park

Hotham Drive, Pacific Pines

This park is the perfect backdrop for a pirate-themed adventure on the Gold Coast for your kids.    Complete with a lake and sunken ship-themed adventure playground, stationary train and flying fox, this is yet another Gold Coast park that takes playing on the Gold Coast to an entirely new level of awesome and encourages your kids to put the electronic devices down and get active.

Broadwater Parklands and Rockpools Playground Southport

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Marine Parade, Southport

The Broadwater Parklands is a massive recreational area running parallel to the coast.  Best of all, it incorporates a range of different play areas to suit kids of all ages.  The Rockpools playground forms part of the Broadwater Parklands and is best described as a water park that mimics its natural surroundings, offering a safe way to cool off on the Gold Coast for kids.

One of the loveliest parks on the Gold Coast, the Broadwater Parklands is the perfect place for a family day out. Featuring a giant water play area, make sure the kids bring along togs so they can enjoy the fun. The parklands also feature a playground which includes swings, slides and a pedal powered monorail. For kids who love trampolines there is a giant undercover bouncy pillow. Bring along a picnic or enjoy parklands dining once you are ready for a break. The Broadwater Parklands has so much to offer and you’ll be sure your kids will be sound asleep during the ride home.

Or take a discounted cruise out from the Broadwater from $29 – click here

Things to do with toddlers Gold Coast – indoor playcentres

If you’re looking for some things to do with toddlers on the Gold Coast while you (potentially) grab a coffee and relax (kind of), we’ve got a list of the best indoor play centers on the Gold Coast. 

We’ve found discounts for indoor play centres on the Gold Coast here.

Whatever you choose to do on the Gold Coast with kids, you are bound to have a wonderful time with all the family friendly options on offer!

Travelling north?

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If you are looking for cheap Australia Zoo tickets, find out how to get FREE tickets to Australia Zoo here.

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If you are travelling north to Brisbane, check out our article: Things to do with Visitors in Brisbane

Travelling South?

If you are travelling further south, why not check out things to do between Brisbane and Sydney here.

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2 responses to “UPDATED 2021: The Best Things to do on the Gold Coast with Kids”

  1. Katie Harris says:

    Great list! Lots of things I’d forgotten about or hadn’t thought of! Thank you 🤙🏻

  2. Alison says:

    A night out at Adrenaline Park no longer has a lot of the things mentioned. It only has the Slingshot, mini golf and the Bungy trampolines.

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