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8 things to do these school holidays if you live in southern Gold Coast

Dominica Czaczka | June 17, 2020

Scratching your head, wondering how you’ll keep your little terrors entertained for two whole weeks while school’s out?

We are Gold Coast has stepped in to save your sanity, scouring high and low for the best school holiday activities in the south this winter break:

1. Farm experience at Freeman’s Organic Farm
618 Tomewin Mountain Road, Currumbin Valley

Grab a basket and take your little ones for a farm day at Freeman’s Organic Farm. This sweet little spot has been in the Freeman family for over 100 years, growing organic produce and welcoming the community with open arms. The family friendly farm hosts Mums n Bubs groups on Fridays, with live music and stalls on Sundays. Farmer David has also restarted his legendary farm tours, guiding groups of ten through the principles of organic farming ever Sunday, at a cost of $15 per adult and kids under 12 free.

2. Have a whale of a time
Point Danger, Coolangatta

Get the kids to watch out for a big splash, as humpackback whales make their annual passage to the north through our waters. Point Danger on the Queensland/New South Wales border has arguably the best vantage point to spot these majestic creatures, with sweeping views to the north and south. Test out the binoculars and see if you can spot Migaloo frolicking in the waves.

3. Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway

Sometimes a dose of sunshine and sea breeze is all you need to settle small feet. Spanning roughly two kilometres, the Tugun to Bilinga Oceanway links Wyberba Street Reserve in Tugun down to Bilinga beach. With coastal views and a wide path, it makes for the perfect combo to scoot and cycle your day away.

4. Cruise on over to Currumbin’s Eco Village
639 Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley

Take a scenic drive through Currumbin Valley and make a pit stop at the Eco Village. Pull up a patch of grass, roll out the picnic rug and feast on some treats from the village’s café Pasture & Co as you soak up the serenity of this scenic spot.

5. Step out to Schuster Park
506 Schusters Road, Tallebudgera

Banishing boredom doesn’t have to cost a bomb. Home to a dairy farm many eons ago, the grassy plains of Schuster Park now form 68 hectares of lush parklands. Set up camp under one of the many shady trees, and let the kids run wild. Challenge the kids to spot koalas hanging out in the tree canopy as you stroll along the boardwalk and trails. Finish up with a packed lunch under the picnic shelters (with one last climb on the playground of course).

6. Ramp up the holidays with a skate

From half pipes to bowls, there are plenty of skate parks on the southern end where kids can skate, roll and slide their school holidays away.

Check out one of these parks:

• Betty Diamond Sports Complex – 4-42 Boyd Street, Bilinga
• Elanora Oval – 4 Park Court, Elanora
• Firth Park – Somerset Drive, Mudgeeraba
• Goodwin Park – Lanham Street, Coolangatta
• Salk Oval Parklands – Sarawak Avenue, Palm Beach

7. Spend koala-ty time with wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin

Animal lovers rejoice! You can once again get up close and personal with some Aussie wildlife, with local icon Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary reopening its doors in time for the school holidays. A visit to the Sanctuary will feel a little different during this time, with new protocols and procedures introduced to meet Covid-19 safe guidelines, but you and your mini-me will still be able to explore the 27 hectares of sub-tropical rainforest and bushland.

8. Nature Play Passport

Family trips to international destinations are off the cards for the foreseeable future, but it doesn’t mean you can’t explore your own backyard. Your mission if you choose to accept it, is to take off on a Gold Coast themed adventure with your mini-me. Grab a copy of the Nature Play Passport and explore 11 nature-based adventures from Gainsborough Greens in Pimpama, out west to Bochow Park in Numinbah Valley to down south to Tugun Hill Conservation Area.