See & do
Fun summer school holiday activities to try on the Gold Coast
Charntel Cleveland | December 2, 2021
There’s no need for school holiday boredom on the Gold Coast. Between our natural attractions, local operators and exciting events, there’s always a plethora of things to see and do.
Here we’ve rounded up some of the city’s most enjoyable offerings for the whole family, spanning all corners of the Coast.
Take the tribe on a multi-sensory journey through Infinity to explore 20 futuristic maze-like environments. You’ll encounter unique special effects, optical illusions, incredible soundscapes and atmospheric aromas. Infinity is ideal for anyone aged 8 or older.
Embrace the unusual at Ripley’s, where you can marvel your way through 12 galleries and more than 300 exhibits of oddities. There’s also a 7D moving movie theatre that will transport you to an interactive video game-like world where you can compete with your seatmates for the highest score.
Equipped with the latest games and classic favourites, Timezone is more than just a video game arcade. The indoor attraction offers something for the whole family with mini bowling, laser tag, bumper cars and glow-in-the-dark mini golf.
Check out the Gold Coast from a fresh perspective at Skypoint Observation Deck, where you can take in the panoramic views of the city skyline from 270 meters above sea level. Those feeling a little more adventurous might like to tackle the Skypoint climb—Australia’s highest external building climb.
Summer school holidays are the ideal time to hit the waves of the world-famous Surfers Paradise Beach. Just don’t forget to slip, slop, slap and swim between the flags. You could also hire a surf board or take surfing lessons.
Held every Friday and Saturday from 4pm to 9pm along the Surfers Paradise foreshore, the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets features artisan goods, fresh produce, gifts, jewellery and much more.
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Book a Topgolf bay for the family and delight in drinks and snacks as you take it in turns to smash microchipped golf balls into a range of targets. Compete against each other or yourself in a variety of golf games.
Game Over offers a multitude of fun activities under the one roof. Choose between go karting, laser tag, indoor rock climbing, flying on the zip coaster or mini golf — or tackle it all!
Slip, slide and splash your way through Gold Coast Aqua Park — an inflatable obstacle course on the Broadwater at Southport or just behind Movie World at Oxenford. Those hitting the water must be able to swim and the minimum age for entry to the course is 5. Children aged 5–9 years must be accompanied by a responsible person.
On Sunday 5 December, check out the land-based inflatable obstacle course on the Great Lawn of Broadwater Parklands. Entry is free, everyone is welcome and the fun runs from 9am to 2pm.
The world’s tallest inflatable waterslide, The Big Wedgie is back at the Broadwater Parklands for summer, from 11 December to 26 January. Tackle the park’s namesake, The Big Wedgie, or hit The Big Chucka for even more extreme action. The park also has two smaller slides for little ones or those not feeling as adventurous.
Whether you’re into skiing, wakeboarding or knee-boarding, or keen to try something new, you will find fun for everyone at Gold Coast Wake Park. For those who wish to stay dry, there’s a lakeside licenced café and viewing deck to watch all the action unfold.
Every afternoon at 1.30pm, you can catch Charis Seafoods staff feed squadrons of hungry pelicans at Harley Park, Labrador. While you’re there, take a dip in the Broadwater, let the kids blow off some steam at the playground or chow down on some delicious fish and chips yourselves!
Whether you feel like a BBQ or picnic, a stroll, some playground action or relaxing by the water, Paradise Point Parklands ticks all the boxes. The park also has a dog exercise area if you want to bring your four-legged family members.
Explore more than 1200 hectares of wetland, eucalypt forest, salt marsh and mangrove habitat at Coombabah Lakelands. The conservation area is ideal for bush walking, trail running and bike riding and is home to nearly 300 animal species.
For some fun and unusual family photos, check out ArtVo at Robina Town Centre, where you can step into a world of larger-than-life murals and optical illusions. ArtVo staff are trick photography experts and are always on hand to help you capture the perfect snaps.
When it comes to putt-putt golf, Gold Coast has an impressive range. Try your hand at any of these local operators:
- Putt Putt Mermaid Beach
- Holey Moley Golf Club
- Boulders and Badlands
- King Tutt’s Putt Putt
- Surfers Paradise Mini Golf
- KDV Sport Mini Golf
Take your little culture vultures to Home of the Arts (HOTA), where you can explore the art gallery, watch a movie at the cinema, try a workshop or catch a live show. HOTA sits within Gold Coast’s Cultural Precinct, which also comprises Evandale Park (a top spot for a picnic) and Evandale Lake (ideal for a quick cool-off or calming summer swim).
Get some fresh air and exercise with a mountain bike ride and explore one of the Gold Coast’s best kept secrets: its pristine bushland. There are a wide variety of trails to choose from, including those for every skill level.
Embrace nature at the local Botanic Gardens, where you can enjoy a picturesque stroll amid an array of flora, along the boardwalk and around the lake. There’s also a sensory garden, dry rainforest, rose garden and butterfly garden to enjoy, as well as freshly brewed coffee and teas, and tasty treats at the Friends Centre.
Cool off at Currumbin Rock Pools — a natural collection of connected swimming holes within a freshwater mountain stream. The Currumbin Rock Pools are a treasured destination among locals and visitors alike.
Take a walk on the wild side at David Fleay Wildlife Park, where you can traverse a range of natural habitats — from rainforest to bushland. Creatures you may meet include wallabies, platypus, emus and an array of birdlife. There are also daily wildlife shows, ranger talks and animal encounters.
Keep the creature features coming at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can get up close and personal with an assortment of wildlife and leave with the photos to prove it. You can also catch a range of daily shows, cool off at the water park, explore the art trail or head to the Lost Valley where you can experience the environment as it was millions of years ago.
Zipline over crocodiles, emus, kangaroos and emus at the Currumbin Treetop Challenge, located within dense rainforest at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. There are 80 challenges and 11 ziplines for you and the family to tackle at your own pace.
Pack a picnic and head to the cool calm waters of Tallebudgera Creek. The creek’s sandy shores, which are framed by the shady fringes of Burleigh Heads National Park, provide the perfect place to spend a laidback summer’s day. The serene water also makes the creek ideal for trying your hand at stand-up paddleboarding.
Take a picturesque walk from Burleigh Headland to Tallebudgera Creek along Oceanview Walk — a track that curls around the Burleigh coastline and over rocky headland, culminating at the sparkling waters of Tallebudgera Creek.
Beat the heat of the summer sun at Timezone Coolangatta’s airconditioned arcade, where you can try your hand at more than 200 of the latest and greatest videogames. You can also challenge the fam at laser tag, ten-pin bowling or bumper cars.
Round up the kids and flock to Freeman’s Organic Farm at Currumbin for a fun day out. Founded in 1915, Freeman’s was once the largest commercial banana farm in Australia. These days, the farm grows a variety of seasonal produce and is a thriving tourist destination with a café, market stall and live music on Sundays. The farm also runs tours each Saturday, where children can pick their own vegies for free.
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