Australia’s Gold Coast is a special place for Hello Kids.
There are lots of awesome activities for parents and kids to do – here’s some of our favorites.
There are some great hikes too, from the all-abilities Cedar Creek Falls track to the more advanced Sandy Creek circuit and Witches Falls, Queensland’s oldest national park. And if you are looking to stay longer, why not try the Japanese-styled resort, Yumeji.
Burleigh Heads National Park
Closer to the coast, the Burleigh Heads National Park is perfect for watching the waves roll in. Check out the surfers, enjoy a magical sunset or if you are feeling more active, you can embark on an easy walk over the mountain.
You can also get a taste of “Dreamtime,” legendary Aboriginal spiritual beliefs, with a guided tour provided by the Gold Coast’s Yugambeh people.
Best known for its sparkling creek, Tallebudgera Creek offers a range of family-friendly activities, including camping, fishing, kayaking, picnicking and swimming.
If you are feeling hungry, you could try a meal at the Tallebudgera Surf Lifesaving Club for a genuine taste of Australian cuisine, such as fish and chips.
Natural Bridge, Springbrook National Park
This park is home to one of Queensland’s natural wonders, a Natural Bridge featuring a waterfall that leads underground to a glow-worm cave. It is not suitable for prams, but most kids aged two and above should be able to handle it.
A guided nocturnal tour is recommended to see the glow-worms at their best, along with microbats, fungi and fireflies.
A green oasis in the heart of the city, the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens are just a 10 minute drive from Surfers Paradise and feature 31 hectares of lakes and parkland.
Family fun includes bird watching around the lake, a children’s playground and regular school holiday activities as well as games to play along the Kaialgumm aboriginal games trail.
There’s also a rose garden, a butterfly garden and an off-leash area for family pets, among other attractions.
Surf and sand
The Gold Coast is famous for its beaches and with 70 kilometres of coastline, there are plenty to discover, from Main Beach to Coolangatta.
Get your beach towels, sunscreen, hats and water bottles and check out one of the beaches – but for safety, be sure to swim between the flags at a guarded beach.
You could even treat the kids to a surfing lesson from one of the local surf schools.
For a family BBQ, why not try Budds Beach, which has calm water for the kids to swim in, toilets, a nearby café and playground.
O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk, Lamington National Park
Walk with the birds at O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk in Lamington National Park. The 180-metre boardwalk is suspended 15 metres above ground, among a canopy of flowering and fruiting trees.
The park features lush rainforests, ancient trees and spectacular views, forming part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area.
Theme parks and museums
Kids will not get bored with five large-scale theme parks to choose from, offering everything from animals to rollercoasters and shows. Dreamworld, Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild all offer spills and thrills, while the Australian Outback Spectacular provides a taste of Australian country.
But if you want to see some of Australia’s unique wildlife such as kangaroos and koalas, there is no better spot than the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
For something more sedate, why not check out the Gold Coast Wax Museum, Australia’s largest museum of its kind, featuring celebrities of all kinds, from political leaders to entertainers and scientists. If you want something more spine-chilling, you could try a guided tour of the Chamber of Horrors, featuring a record of human cruelty throughout the ages.
Alternatively, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not museum has fun for all the family with the largest collection of the world’s odd and unusual, along with an impossible laser race.
Tired of all these mainstream attractions?
The Gold Coast City Council maintains an event list that has something for everyone, from seasonal events such as Christmas to music festivals and night markets.
It’s hard to get bored on the Gold Coast, and Hello Kids will make sure you take maximum advantage of your stay.