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Top Child-Friendly Activities- Gold Coast

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Published September 24th 2016
A jam-packed list of fun with the kids
As the Gold coast tagline goes "Famous for Fun", and it is hard not to agree with this when checking out the Top Child-Friendly Activities across the Gold Coast and surrounds listed below.

The List is perfect for family fun and pint-sized adventures for the little ones to enjoy, explore and experience.

The List below includes both free and ticketed activities:

1. Mount Tamborine
Where: Tamborine National Park, Tamborine, Tamborine Mountain and Mount Tamborine regions.
When: All year round- for village shops see website.
Cost: Free
Details: This is the perfect family-friendly outing with hinterland hikes, waterfalls, lookouts, walks, and plenty of nature outdoor activities at the 3rd oldest National Park in the world! Botanic Gardens, rainforest walks, boutique shopping, art & craft and much more can be explored here. Click here for website.

2. Tallebudgera Creek
Where: 1544 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach
When: All year round.
Cost: Free
Details: There is so much to do and see as well as plenty of kid activities with a small beach with lots of shade. The calm waters are perfect for water activities to be enjoyed such as swimming and kayaking, picnic areas and access from the other shore of Tallebudgera Creek from Burleigh Heads National Park offers more privacy. Click here for website.

3. Burleigh Heads National Park

Where: Access from off Gold Coast Highway, Goodwin Terrace, Burleigh Heads
When: All year round
Cost: Free
Details: This lush green outcrop on the Gold Coast is a wonderful day out - take the kids on a scavenger hunt to see who can spot out the most critters... it is a great way to have fun. There are also ocean walks, rainforest walks and bushwalks, lookouts, picnic areas, beach and much more to explore. Click here for website.



4. Beach Day

Where: See website for locations.
When: All year round
Cost: Free
Details: A beach day is a fun way to explore the beaches of Gold Coast. You can take the kids to one of their favourite beaches or just explore some/all of them in the one day! Click here for website.

5. Broadwater Parklands
Where: Marine Pde, Southport
When: All year round- for opening times see website.
Cost: Free
Details: This is the mother-load of all kid activities with a jumping pillow, public pool, giant playground, beach with calm waters, rock pools and more. The kids will certainly love a day here. Click here for website.

6. Natural Bridge at Springbrook & Glow Worms
Where: Springbrook National Park- for all access locations see website.
When: All year round
Cost: Free
Details: Just under one hour drive from Gold Coast you will be welcomed to waterfalls, bushwalks, lookouts, walking trails suitable for 3 year olds , picnic areas, glow worm caves and more. Click here for website.

7. Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens
Where: 230 Ashmore Rd, Benowa
When: All year round: 5am-7pm
Cost: Free
Details: The kids will love to stop and smell the roses at the Rose Garden, as well as running wild and touching the plants at the Sensory Garden. There are many exhibits to explore as well as picnic areas, playgrounds, games trail, an off-leash area for your furry member of the family and more to explore. Click here for website.

8. Currumbin Rock Pools
Where: Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley
When: All year round
Cost: Free
Details: If you are keen to get away to the beaches then this attraction is the perfect 'water' spot. It is a great way for the kids to cool off and splash away. Picnics, playgrounds, walks can be enjoyed here too. Click here for website.

9. BBQ Time!
Where: See website.
When: All year round
Cost: Free
Details: The Gold Coast features over 380 public BBQs across parks and reserves and this is a great way to enjoy an outdoor meal with the kids in nature. Click here for website.

Having fun at Seaworld with the Dolphin Show...


10. Theme Parks
Where: See website.
When: All year round- for opening times see website.
Cost: See website for all ticket prices.
Details: If your little ones are filled with adrenaline seeking fever then the Gold Coast is the perfect way to fill that adrenaline rush- (Gold Coast is the thrill-seeker capital of Australia!) There are five theme parks to explore. Click here for website.

11. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Where: 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin
When: Monday-Sunday: 8am-5pm
Cost: Click here for ticket pricing & details.
Details: The kids will love getting up close and personal with wildlife including lorikeet feeding, animal encounters, shows, talks, feeding shows, exhibits, picnic areas, nature walks, Aboriginal tours, Tree Top Adventures and much more to enjoy. There are also eco ranger programs for kids during Queensland school holidays. Click here for website.

12. David Fleay Wildlife Sanctuary
Where: W Burleigh Rd & Loman Lane, Burleigh Heads
When: All year round: 9am-5pm - Closed Christmas Day
Cost: See website.
Details: David Fleay is described as the father of wildlife conservation and he established the wildlife park in 1952 and was the first person to successfully breed platypuses in captivity. This is the perfect attraction for the little ones to see Fleay's remarkable legacy as they view and learn about Australian animals and wildlife conservation. Walks, boardwalks, animal encounters, shows, talks and much more can be enjoyed here. Click here for website.

13. Jellurgal Aboriginal Culture Centre
Where: 1711 Gold Coast Hwy, Burleigh Heads
When: Monday- Friday: 8am-3pm
Cost: Free & ticketed- see website
Details: The kids will enjoy taking a trip to the Dreamtime with the courtesy of the Gold Coast's Yugambeh people as they tell tales. There are tour walks, bush tucker, library and in-house art workshop. Click here for website.

Bushwalks are the perfect way for the kids to explore the Gold Coast and its surroundings...


14. Gold Coast Wax Museum
Where: 56 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise
When: All year round: 10am-6pm - closed Christmas Day
Cost: See website.
Details: Listed as a Great Wax Museum of the World as well as being Australia's largest museum of its kind and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, the kids will love having fun here. With presidents and prime ministers, celebrities and members of the royal family on exhibit. Click here for website.

15. Learn to Surf

Where: The Spit, Gold Coast
When: For all times/dates see website.
Cost: Children Group Lession (2hrs): $55pp & Children Private Lessons (1 ½ hrs): 1 child: $110, 2 children: $160 & 3 children: $195- for all other prices see website.
Details: Well it is the Gold Coast after all… the kids will love learning something new and experiencing a different type of water activity. Click here for website.

16. Bike Rides
Where: Gold Coast Oceanway, Gold Coast & Surfers Paradise
When: All year round
Cost: Free if you have your own & see website for bike hire pricing.
Details: Follow the 36km of beachside trails on bikes from The Spit in the north to Coolangatta in the south on the Gold Coast Oceanway. You can split this bike ride up as most kids will not be able to complete the whole ride. For bike hire click here. For Gold Coast Oceanway website click here.


17. Pelican Feeding at Labrador

Where: Ian Dipple Lagoon, 371 Marine Pde, Labrador
When: All year round: Feeding time daily at 1:30pm
Cost: Free
Details: The kids will love seeing hundreds of pelicans gathering for a feed! Charis Seafood opens one of the back windows and feeds these amazing creatures fishy leftovers and it is certainly one fun way for the kids to experience up close and personal pelican feeding! You can enjoy picnic in the park, walks and beach activities.
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Why? Best things to do on the Gold Coast with the kids
When: All year round
Where: Various locations across Gold Coast / Surfers Paradise- see above
Cost: Free & Ticketed Activities- see above
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So many places to visit and enjoy, nice work on the article by the way.
by RC (score: 3|1218) 270 days ago
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