9 Best Places In Gold Coast For A Fun-Filled Family Holiday


Myra Mahyuddin •  Mar 14, 2016

Gold Coast is famous for its long sandy beaches, theme parks, and, of course, bucket loads of sunshine. Located an hour away from Brisbane, this coastal city in Queensland offers lots to see and do.

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In fact, there are more pint-sized adventure options packed into this destination than almost any other city in Australia. Here’s the skinny on the best things to do in Gold Coast as a family.

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1. Warner Bros. Movie World

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Gold Coast is home to not one, not two, but FIVE large-scale theme parks. Visiting all isn’t budget-friendly, so if you could only visit one, we’d recommend Warner Bros. Movie World. Here’s where you can watch spectacular live shows (Hollywood = stunts + explosives) and walk on movie sets, while the kids get to play with their favourite Looney Tunes characters.

At lunchtime, take a break and refuel at Ricks Cafe, the theme park’s only halal-certified restaurant serving all-you-can-eat pizza, pasta and salad buffet.

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Don’t miss the All Star Parade at 3:30pm, featuring Batman, Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny, DC superheroes, and more!

#HHWT Tip: Movie World also has a prayer room near the Wild, Wild West area.

Address: Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, Gold Coast

Contact Number: +617 5573 3999

Opening Hours: 9:30am - 5pm (except Anzac Day and Christmas Day)


2. Sea World

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Unlike other major theme parks in Gold Coast, Sea World offers a full day of family fun and learning. Many of the shows and exhibits are easy to understand, and animal lovers get to see marine life up close, from dolphins to seals, polar bears, penguins and more. Plus, there are kid-sized rides in Nickelodeon Land and a monorail with a scenic tour through the park.

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The Plaza Food Court, located in the centre of the park, serves tasty halal options such as chicken burgers and fish and chips - noms!

#HHWT Tip: A prayer room with separate entrances for male and female is available.

Address: Seaworld Dr, Main Beach, Gold Coast

Contact Number: +617 5588 2222

Opening Hours: 9:30am - 5pm (except Christmas Day)

Info: Website

3. Australian Outback Spectacular

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Fancy being entertained at dinner time? No, we don’t mean the kids singing Bob The Builder theme song while you eat ?

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At the Australian Outback Spectacular, guests are treated to a dazzling show packed with action, drama and music, while tucking into a 3-course BBQ dinner. Best of all, there’s a halal meal option (ask for the halal meal when booking)!

Address: 1 Entertainment Rd, Pacific Highway, Oxenford

Contact Number: +617 5588 2222

Opening Hours: 6:30pm - 9pm Tuesday - Saturday (except Christmas Day)

Info: Website

4. Carrara Markets

Those itching to do a spot of shopping while in Gold Coast, listen up. Queensland’s largest market, Carrara Markets, has over 400 stalls and it’s just a 15-minute drive from Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach!

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Face painting, pony rides and trampolines will keep the little ones busy while you sneak in a cup of coffee or maybe even some retail therapy!

Address: Corner of Gooding Drive & Manchester Road, Carrara, Gold Coast

Contact Number: +617 5579 9388

Opening Hours: Every Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 4pm (except Christmas Day)

Info: Website

5. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

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Take a break from the city and head for Gold Coast’s best spot for cute and cuddly encounters of the animal kind. A day at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary will give you and your family a chance to do fun activities like…

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… pet friendly kangaroos….

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… cuddle adorable koalas…

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… feed wild lorikeets…

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… experience sheep shearing…

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… and see the endangered Tasmanian Devil up close!

#HHWT Tip: Kids under the age of 4 get free entry!

Address: 28 Tomewin St, Currumbin

Contact Number: +617 5534 1266

Opening Hours: 8am - 5pm (except Anzac Day and Christmas Day)

Info: Website

6. Broadwater Parklands

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If there’s a free destination on the Gold Coast to take the kids, it’s got to be the well-designed and popular rockpool playground at Southport. Located along Broadwater Parklands’ waterfront, the facility has sprinklers, waterfalls and shallow splash pools with plenty of shaded areas for kids to have fun regardless of whether it’s a hot or cool day. It’s even got its own small beach area should you wish to get some sand between your toes ?

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On the dry side of things, there’s a large jumping pillow and bouncy house for kids to burn off some steam.

#HHWT Tip: Broadwater Parklands is within a short walking distance of shopping mall Australia Fair, which makes it easy to grab yourself some takeaway lunch.

Address: Marine Parade, Southport

Contact Number: +617 5581 6984

Opening Hours:

Rockpools - 1 February - 31 March 8am to 6pm (Closed every Tuesday morning for maintenance until 12pm); 1 April to 31 May 9am to 5pm (Closed every Tuesday morning for maintenance until 12pm); Anzac Day opens 12pm; 1 June to 31 August 9am to 3pm (Closed Tuesday morning for maintenance until 12pm); and 1 September to 30 November 8am to 6pm (Closed every Tuesday morning for maintenance until 12pm).

Bouncy house - 1 December to 31 January 7am - 7pm; 1 February to 31 March 7am - 6pm; 1 April to 30 August 7am - 5pm; and 1 September to 30 November: 7am - 6pm.

Info: Website

7. O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk

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Grab your walking shoes and get back to nature at Lamington National Park, which is just a scenic 90-minute drive west from the Gold Coast. Suspended 15 metres above the ground, the 180 metres of boardwalk will give the kids a bird’s eye view of the lush rainforest. Best of all - it’s free!

Address: Lamington National Park Road, Canungra

Contact Number: +61 1800 688 722

Opening Hours: All day, year round

Info: Website

8. The Wax Museum

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If you’re keen to take a break from being under the hot sun, how about checking out The Wax Museum. The air-conditioned museum is the perfect place to take the kids and introduce them to world leaders, celebrities and members of the royal family. Let’s see if you can name all the 110 life-size wax figures ?

Address: 56 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise

Contact Number: +617 5538 3975

Opening Hours: 10am to late (except Christmas Day)

Info: Website

9. Springbrook National Park

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Just half an hour from the shoreline of the Gold Coast, Springbrook National Park is home to one of the most fantastic natural wonders in Queensland. Surprise the kids when you show them the Natural Bridge, a waterfall that goes underground to a cave of millions of glow worms! Does nature get any more interesting than that?

#HHWT Tip: The trail is definitely not suitable for strollers, but it’s easy enough for most two- and three-year-olds.

Address: Springbrook Rd, Springbrook

Opening Hours: Open 24 hours a day

Info: Website

From the beach to the hinterland, markets and playgrounds, there really is something for everyone in Gold Coast.