Top 5 Family Things to Do on the Gold Coast

We've compiled a list of the Top 5 Family things to do while on Australia's Gold Coast

1) Go to the Beach

The beaches on the Gold Coast are some of the most spectacular in the World. The stretch from Coolangatta right through to Burleigh Heads, Miami, Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise is sensational. Crystal clear water, excellent surfing conditions and family friendly swimming between the flags which are supervised daily by the Gold Coast Lifesavers. Surfers Paradise beach is very busy but others such as Northcliff, Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads & Miami are a little less quiet.

2) Visit a Theme Park

A visit to a Gold Coast themepark is a must do for families. The most popular parks being Sea World, Dreamworld and Movie World. However others for the 'water friendly' include Wet & Wild, and White Water World. Plan for a full day and get in early as you have lots to see and do. Pack some of your own food if necessary as food can sometimes be costly. Showtimes are advertised in and around the parks but its best to plan your day before you start doing anything so you can fit in the best shows whether that be feeding the sharks, dolphin shows, or lion acrobatics. Sea World is located the closest to Surfers Paradise and can be accessed by a local bus. Dreamworld, Movieworld, Wet & Wild and Whitewater World at located at Coomera (about a 30 minute drive from Surfers Paradise). Getting there is easy when you can book cheap car hire in Surfers Paradise and visit the parks via the Pacific Motorway.

3) Experience the Surfers Paradise Market

Surfers Paradise Market is held each Wednesday & Friday night on the Surfers Paradise esplanade. Arts, crafts, nic-nacs and offical Gold Coast merchandise are all for sale at the Market. Locals are often selling their handmade items which can be purchased as gifts or displayed in your own home.

4) Visit the Q1 Skydeck

Q1 skydeck is a must see to experience the magnificent views the Gold Coast has to offer. Views can be seen stretching from the Coolangatta in the South up to Sea World and beyond in the north and west to the hinterland. You can even see the new home of the Gold Coast Suns at Cararra AFL Stadium.

5) Take the Kids to The Outback Spectacular

Take the kids to see the Outback Spectacular and you wont be disappointed. Horseback riding, camels and  an Australian Rodeo show.

Getting to the Gold Coast:

Jetstar, Virgin Blue, and Tiger all fly to Gold Coast Airport (formally Coolangatta Airport) daily.

International carrier Air Asia also flies to the Gold Coast

Getting Around on the Gold Coast:

Hire a car from Gold Coast airport or get a bus from the airport which travels up and down the highway. Taxi's are also available along with shuttle buses which run in synch with the flights in and out of Gold Coast Airport (OOL)

Where to stay on the Gold Coast:

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