From relaxing on sandy beaches to enjoying adrenaline-filled afternoons, every day is an adventure on the Gold Coast. See some of our top picks below for unforgettable family experiences across Australia’s favourite playground.
1. iFLY GOLD COAST
Whether you want to be a master of the sky or learn to fly like a superhero, indoor skydiving offers a truly exhilarating and rewarding experience. Step inside the state-of-the-art glass flight chambers where massive wind generators lift you effortlessly into flight on a cushion of air. From beginners to masters, you’ll soon learn the flying skills of expert skydivers in this state-of-the-art, fully controlled, ultra-safe environment. And the all-round viewing platform lets you share the magic with family and friends, who will gasp as you fly like somebody out of a superhero movie. Experience the rush that makes the sport of indoor skydiving so big around the world. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you, the air, and an incredible adrenaline rush.
2. AQUADUCK SAFARI
Experience a Gold Coast city tour and river cruise with Australia’s first amphibious Aquaduck ride. The city tour portion of the experience begins in the heart of Surfers Paradise on Cavill Avenue, before you head out along the famous Surfers Paradise beach towards the glamour and beauty of Main Beach, along the way taking in the Pacific Ocean, Southport Yacht Club, Marina Mirage and Palazzo Versace as you head to the Broadwater. That’s where the Aquaduck gets to show its true colours, splashing into the water for a scenic cruise of the spectacular river and Broadwater. The cruise encompasses the key sights from the water, wildlife and all the activity of one of Australia’s busiest waterways. While on the water, passengers are free to move about the Aquaduck, and children have the opportunity to drive the Aquaduck and receive a Captain’s certificate!
3. JELLURGAL ABORIGINAL CULTURAL CENTRE
Discover Indigenous culture with a guided walk along a picturesque beachside rainforest walkway, wrapped around the magical mountain, Jellurgal. Learn about the history and traditional culture of the Gold Coast, meet a traditional landowner, and hear the Dreaming stories associated with the creation of Jellurgal. Hear about traditional life pre-contact, bush tucker, fishing, hunting and the important ecological practices and connection to the land embraced by the Yugambeh people for thousands of years.
4. GOLD COAST THEME PARKS
Did you know kids laugh on average 400 times a day, whereas adults manage a measly 15-20? Perhaps it’s time to loosen up. Mums and dads … let your imaginations run wild and embrace your inner child as you experience the best theme parks Australia has to offer. The Gold Coast’s kid cred is already world renowned – theme parks rise from the sand and sea. Jump into cute, cuddly and roaring wildlife encounters; worlds built entirely for those who bounce; and ice-creameries serving up sugar highs from just about every corner. You’ve got the cream of the crop on the Gold Coast, with the choice of Dreamworld, Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild, Paradise Country and so much more!
5. AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK SPECTACULAR
Take a journey to the heart of Australia through an all-new show featuring true Australian characters, a transformative arena, mesmerising animals and immersive technology. Delve into the gripping tale of two struggling Aussie farmers, Reg and Marge, and rejoice with them as the community’s courage, bravery and generosity help them overcome a stunning, yet unforgiving, life on the land. With help from some unlikely characters, and friendships that will last a lifetime, the pair overcome the harsh realities of life on the land.
6. CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY
Explore the iconic Gold Coast Wildlife Sanctuary, open Thursday to Sunday, and every day during the school holidays. Immerse yourself in the wonder and natural beauty of 27ha of Currumbin rainforest, wandering through open animal enclosures, feeding kangaroos and cuddling koalas along the way. Experience the wild lorikeet feeding and free flight bird shows, and see the vets in action within the wildlife hospital precinct. With a huge outdoor playground, Wild Island, and a miniature train, there is plenty to keep the kids entertained. The exotic Lost Valley precinct features 5ha of rainforest, where visitors can explore a forgotten world. Get up close and personal with some of the world’s most unique and distinctive flora and wildlife including lemurs, cotton-top tamarins, red pandas and capybaras, along with free-flying birds and exotic reptiles.
7. GET WET SURF SCHOOL
Get Wet’s lessons are held on The Spit, Gold Coast’s favourite beach, that offers the safest location to learn to surf, just 8km from the heart of Surfers Paradise. Get Wet’s two-hour beginner surf lesson gives participants the opportunity to experience the thrill of surfing in the safest and easiest way possible – a few brief instructions and you are out in the water. Lessons are held every day of the week at 10am and 1pm, with more scheduled in peak times. All equipment is provided, along with complimentary transfers to and from the beach from most Surfers Paradise hotels.