The Gold Coast is known for fun; after all, it is where the bikini bathing suit was born! Gold Coast is located in the southeast corner of Queensland close to the New South Wales border, so it is easily accessible. The Gold Coast is famous for its beaches and surfing and is also a great destination for shopping and dining. There are also a large concentration of amazing holiday destinations that are great for kids, so families should take note of the Gold Coast when planning the next family holiday adventure. There are a lot of fun things for families with kids to do in and around Gold Coast.

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Getting to the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is located on the east coast of Australia in Queensland. It is 69 kilometres south of Brisbane, or about an hour long trip by car. If you are up for a road trip, Gold Coast is about a 9 hour road trip north of Sydney. There is also an airport located in nearby Coolangatta. You can hire a car at a number of different locations  because you will want to be able to have the freedom to travel around on your own and visit all of the kid friendly places in the area. A rental car allows you to come and go as you please on your family’s timing and not anyone else’s schedule.

Things to Do on the Gold Coast

  • The Beaches: The Gold Coast has 22 beaches and many of them are world famous, so we have to mention beach fun first on our list of kid friendly activities in Gold Coast.  Some of the beaches are known for waves and surfing while some are more quiet and secluded. Here are the top beaches to bring the family:
  • Currumbin Beach is a clean beach with some amazing views everywhere you look. Families enjoy this beach because of the gentle surf and rock pools.
  • Kurrawa Beach is a safe spot for families since it is home to the Kurrawa Surf Life Saving Club, so you know these beaches are patrolled and closely watched. You can barabeque on the beach and the kids can play at the playground and duck pond. There are nearby parks, dining, and shopping.
  • Narrowneck Beach is a great opportunity for family fun since the water conditions are excellent for swimming and surfing. The beach is protected by an artificial reef and is an open beach.
    Palm Beach features a boardwalk with tables and chairs so you can have lunch or just people watch while the children play in the playground.
  • Tugun Beach has a great BBQ and picnic area. It is an open beach, which makes it ideal for visiting families.
  • Surfers Paradise Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world, so we have to mention it here. The soft rolling waves make learning to surf fun and safe for the family. It is a large beach at about 3 kilometres and is home to cafes and shopping areas nearby.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary:

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Get up close and personal with the famous animals of Australia. Many of the animal encounters let you get up close and personal with the wildlife. You can hug a koala and feed kangaroos and Lorikeets. There are also several educational shows including the Free-flight Bird Show, Australiana Sheep Shearing and an Aboriginal presentation with didgeridoo music and dancing.

Warner Brothers Movie World:

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The Movie World theme park is a day of roller coasters and costumed characters. It is a big change from the beaches and the rainforests, but for families with children, it is a fun getaway. The Gold Coast is also known as Australia’s theme park capital.

Sea World:

Sea World - Gold Coast

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SeaWorld is a safe but exciting way for the whole family to see the ocean’s creatures. See seals, dolphins, sharks, penguins, polar bears and more. Some of the attractions even let you get up close and swim with the dolphins or be a trainer for a day. There is still excitement in the different rides that the theme park offers.

Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk:

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The Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is an adventure that lets you and your family explore the canopy of the rainforest. The walking tour is self-paced and safe for children and can accommodate all fitness levels. Even wheelchair access is available for a portion of the walk. Along the walk, enjoy a bird’s eye view 30 metres above the valley of the rainforest. You can also check out the Tamborine Rainforest Centre where there is a gallery. In the Rainforest Eco Gallery you can see displays and learn about the flora and fauna of the rainforest.

Dreamworld and Whitewater World:


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Dreamworld is the largest theme park in Australia and as such, there is something fun for everyone in the family. There are rides for kids, roller coasters for adventure seekers, and animal encounters too. There are famous costumed characters at attractions and live shows including characters from The Wiggles, Madagascar, Shrek, and Kung Fu Panda. Whitewater World is a new theme park added on adjacent to Dreamworld and features water rides.

Aboriginal Cultural Centre – Jellurgal:

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A trip to the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre is referred to as a journey to a land where time stood still. On the guided tour you can learn all about the Aboriginal history and culture of the Gold Coast. It is important to hear from the traditional land owners of the Gold Coast; hear their stories, eat the traditional bush foods, and visit the David Fleay Wildlife Park.