Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to one of the largest collections of Australian native wildlife. Cuddle a koala, feed the kangaroos, meet the reptiles, and don't miss the free lorikeet feeding every day at 8am and 4pm out the front. The adventurous family can take on the extreme high ropes green challenge or a segway safari.

Sea World

Sea World is for the marine animal lovers in the family. The Dolphin Show is spectacular with their aerial displays and the seal show is educational AND will bring you a belly of laughs. There are polar bears, sting rays, penguins and close encounters with sharks. For an extra cost you can even swim with the dolphins.Sea World also has rides, check out: Jet Rescue, Sea Viper and the new Storm Coaster. And don't miss the world’s best stunt performer’s mastering aerial flips in the Jet Ski Show.


Dreamworld is Australia's largest theme park with over 40 rides and attractions, making a constant appearance on most lists of things to do on the Gold Coast, along with every other theme park in this part of the world.

Adrenalin seekers can conquer Buzzsaw, the Giant Drop and the Tower of Terror - my personal favourite. Family favourites include Thunder River Rapids and the Log Ride, whilst the younger ones should head straight for Wiggles World and Madagascar Madness.

Dreamworld also offers wildlife encounters like Tiger Island and it's own water park called Whitewater World.

Movie World

Movie World is for the movie lovers in the house.

The Star Parade brings magic to life with Looney Tunes characters such as Scooby Doo and Buggs Bunny down Main Street. The Hollywood Stunt Driver show is full of bangs, screeches, and high adrenalin fun. And the thrill-seekers can take on the Green Lantern Rollercoaster, Superman Escape, BATWING Spaceshot, and my favourite - Arkham Asylum.

Wet n Wild Waterpark

Wet n Wild is the ultimate water park on those hot summer days. Have a relaxing swim in the wave pool or get some speed on the extreme water slides and vertical drops such as Kamikaze and The Black Hole.

Your teens can scare themselves silly on the Skycoaster or Surfrider, whilst all the family members can race each other down the Super 8 Aqua Racer.

Hang at the Beach

The Gold Coast boasts sunshine and 72 km of pristine beaches. Lay out your towel, build a sandcastle, take a dip or even learn to surf. Don't forget your sunscreen and swim in the designated areas between the flags. Some of my favourite family beaches include Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads, Greenmount, Rainbow Bay, Currumbin, and Broadbeach. The beach on the Gold Coast is probably the number one item wehn it comes to do things to do on the Gold Coast.

Dine Beachfront

One of my favourite family friendly places to eat on the Gold Coast is at one of the numerous Surf Clubs positioned right on the beach. Enjoy good value meals in a relaxed setting with awesome views. Choose from either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Some of my picks include Main Beach Surf Club, Kurrawa Surf Club at Broadbeach, Coolangatta Surf Club, Currumbin Surf Club, and Rainbow Bay Surf Club.

Cycle or Walk the Gold Coast Oceanway

The Gold Coast Oceanway is a 36 kilometre network of pathways along beaches from the Gold Coast Seaway (The Spit) to the Point Danger Lighthouse (Coolangatta). Bring your bike or comfy pair of shoes and pack your own lunch, water bottle, swimmers and a camera. Enjoy access to a wide range of coastal environments including spectacular coastal vistas, beaches, headlands, mangroves, and dunes.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are held each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night. You can't beat a local market for free entertainment and bargain hunting so grab the kids, stretch your legs, and check out over 100 stalls and live entertainers along the foreshore (north and south of Cavill Mall).


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