Gold Coast activities for the family these school holidays

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Emily Young | September 16, 2021

You blinked and it’s school holidays again; time to get creative and discover some hidden local gems.

Need some help thinking of new school holiday activities on the Gold Coast? There’s never been a better time to support the local community and discover new things to do near you. From holiday programs to impromptu fun, here is your breakdown of activities to have fun with the kids these school holidays.

Get up close and personal with the local Flora & Fauna

Wildlife Parks

Animals lovers can make the most of our Aussie wildlife with parks like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and David Fleay Wildlife Park open for the holidays. Make the most of your visit by feeding the kangaroos, taking a photo with Blinky Bill or walking in the treetops.

Gold Coast Botanic Gardens 

A green oasis hidden in the heart of the city, the Botanic Gardens showcase walking paths, picnic areas and local plants. Open from dawn to dusk daily, make sure to check out this gem.

Gold Coast Butterflies 

Take the kids to walk amongst the butterflies at the Gold Coast’s own Butterfly House. Learn how to help with Butterfly Conservation in your own backyard, then go home start a new project!


Explore the local rainforests and National Park walks

Mount Cougal at Currumbin Valley 

One of the Gold Coast’s hinterland gems, after a scenic drive you’ll arrive at a beautiful, lush rainforest with large swimming rock pools. An easier walk for the little legs.

Natural Bridge circuit at Springbrook National Park 

Do go chasing waterfalls with the kids these holidays and check out the Natural Bridge circuit – perfect for little legs. Looking for a walk or two to inspire some creativity? Check out our top 9 walks here.

Feeling arty and crafty?

City Libraries Holiday Program 

Look no further than your local library for holiday activities. Keep your eye out on the upcoming schedule to choose your favourite activity.

Craft at the Craft Parlour (quickly selling out)

From full kids craft days and cockatoo paintings, to kids hand-dying and animal pottery; Craft Parlour is the perfect excuse for your kids to get their hands dirty …outside of the house.

Home of The Arts children’s gallery 

Have a stroll through the new eye-catching HOTA Gallery and let your kids interact in the children’s gallery with craft opportunities.


Pack a basket and grab your picnic rug for these lunch spots

Currumbin Rock Pools – One of the best picnic spots on the Gold Coast, Currumbin Rock Pools is a secluded, tranquil space to relax with the family after a busy school term.

Burleigh Hill – With something for everyone, this is the perfect way to spend an afternoon with the kids. Close to the coast, you’ll discover picturesque picnic spots and epic views. Take advantage of the playgrounds nearby too!

Ian Dipple Lagoon, Labrador – Soak up the atmosphere at this central-Gold Coast BBQ spot, enjoy the local playground and chance to build sandcastles. Then, the kids can get involved with Charis Seafood’s Pelican feeding at 1.30pm.

Support local business while checking out these local markets

The Village Markets 

Take the kids for a fun Sunday morning full of music, food and local goods at this collaborative community event. Head down to Burleigh Heads State School on the first and third Sunday of the month.

Carrara Markets 

From Lifeline Book sales to Car Boot sales, Carrara Market mixes it up during the year to strengthen the local community. You’re sure to keep busy at Australia’s largest marketplace.

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets

Let the kids spend some energy before bed by running around at these twilight markets. Enjoy the beachfront views, go for a walk along the foreshore and witness local talent at work.


Get your body moving these holidays

Parkrun (various locations) 

For every age and ability, Parkrun is changing lives one step at a time. Simply turn up and run or walk 5kms, which is the perfect way the family to get moving these holidays.

Broadwater Parklands 

One of the reasons that locals love Southport, whether you’re four or 40 there is fun to be had at the Parklands. Bounce on the big pillow, have a turn on the train or splash in the water playground.

Skate parks & bike tracks 

On the Gold Coast, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to outdoor activity parks. From skate parks, bike tracks and BMX trails, you could try them all these school holidays. Check out a few of our favourites:

  • Pizzey Park, Miami
  • Janette Green Park, Varsity Lakes
  • Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway
  • Damian Leeding Park, Oxenford

Swap the screen time for green time

NaturallyGC Program

Connect and conserve with free and low cost activities around the Gold Coast. Including education workshops, activities, events and nature based recreation. Your kids will love getting involved in the local community.

Nature Play Passport 

The Gold Coast is such a diverse city, with so many unique places to explore. These holidays hook your kids up with the Nature
Play Passport and see how many outdoor missions they can complete!

Explore local farms 

Surrounded by lush greenery, take the family to one of the many farms spotted around the Gold Coast. Check out Freeman’s Organic Farm, one of the reasons locals love Currumbin!


Looking for some after-dark family fun?

Yatala Drive-in 

Located in Stapylton, kick it old school by piling the family into the car and checking in for some drive-in movie fun. Grab your pjs, some homemade popcorn and look forward to an old favourite. Tickets are $35 per car (6 people) and doors open at 5.30pm.

Miami Marketta 

The Gold Coast’s favourite family-friendly night-time venue for street food and acoustic sounds, make the most of no school in the morning! Share tapas-style with the whole family and don’t forget the dessert area.


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