With school holidays just around the corner, there’s no better place to craft memories with your loved ones than the captivating Gold Coast. Beyond relaxing on the Gold Coast’s iconic beaches or getting your heart racing at the world-famous theme parks, a treasure trove of experiences are waiting for you to discover.
Get your shopping list together and head to Queensland’s second largest shopping destination, home of luxury and international brands. With free parking for five hours, you can enjoy a complimentary yoga sessions and a free kids' club called Little Paccas, with free events, activities and other entertainment on the third Tuesday of each month.
Satisfy your taste buds at Peter's Fish Market on Seaworld Drive, Main Beach. Known for being a top contender in the Gold Coast's Fish and Chip scene, Peter's offers a delectable array of fresh seafood straight from the icy depths. From fish and prawns to crabs and oysters, your seafood cravings find their match here. Don't forget to pair your feast with Peter's signature crispy chips. Join the feast any day between 9 am and 7 pm, with the fryers sizzling from 11am.
Unwind at the serene beauty of Tallebudgera Creek, a beloved spot for both locals and holidaymakers. Nestled between Burleigh Head National Park and Palm Beach, the sparkling turquoise lagoon at the creek's mouth offers a haven for paddlers of all ages. Plunge into crystal clear waters, glide through the mangroves on a kayak or SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding), and pause for a picturesque picnic at Schuster Park. Be an early bird to avoid the crowd and catch the perfect car park spot!
If you’re an adrenaline-junkie, the heart-pounding thrill of the Gold Coast Wake Park in Oxenford might be the adventure for you. Just north of our enchanting Mermaid Waters Prize Home, this water sports haven offers cable skiing, wakeboarding, and knee-boarding that will leave your heart racing. With two impressive full-sized cables, everyone from beginners to pros can ride the waves. The pace? You choose! Glide at your own rhythm on Cable 2 or tackle the challenges of Cable 1 with skate park-style obstacles. And the excitement doesn't end there—discover the Gold Coast Aqua Park, an inflatable obstacle playground for the whole family. Dive into the adventure at 34 Maudsland Road, Oxenford.
If you have one or two hours to spare, then AquaSplash in Southport is a great activity that’s fun for the whole family. This giant inflatable obstacle course is only open during the warmer months and challenges the whole family, whether you’re an elite athlete, weekend warrior or just want to try something new. The park also features a miniSplash for the little ones, suitable for ages 1 and above.
If you’re there on a Sunday, indulge your appetite at North Burleigh Kitchen. Dive into 'All-You-Can-Eat Sundays' from 5 pm to 7 pm, a smorgasbord of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and pizza. Delight in the flavours of Italy at 'The Don' or savour the vibrant Mexican cuisine at 'Margarita Cartel’. Parents can elevate their experience with bottomless sangria or margaritas, turning your Sunday into a fiesta! Discover this culinary paradise at 1840 Gold Coast Highway, Burleigh Heads.
Take a trip around the world without leaving the country. Miami Marketta brings international tastes to you every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night from 5 pm onwards. This culinary haven on 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami, transforms into a global street food hub. Let your senses travel as you savour dishes from across the world while enjoying lively tunes that transport you to distant European alleys and markets.
Step back in time and immerse yourself in the First Nations culture and history of Burleigh Heads, known as Jellurgal. Book a 2-hour Walkabout through the Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Experience the coastal walk with fresh eyes, guided by traditional landowners who share the dreamtime stories of Jellurgal's creation. Gain insight into the Yugambeh-speaking people's pre-contact way of life, from bush tucker to fishing and hunting. Tours commence at 10 am on select weekdays and cost $39 for adults and $20 for children (5-14).
Take your family on a bike ride along the stunning beachfront, offering a scenic 48-km journey from Paradise Point to Coolangatta. Explore at your own pace and revel in the sights along the way.
Venture to the revamped Pizzey Park in Miami and introduce your little ones to an epic street style skate park. With an impressive expansion, it's a skating paradise designed to amaze both beginners and pros.
Discover the Kurrawa All Abilities Playground in Broadbeach, a haven designed for children of all abilities to play together. The accessible 'underwater' submarine and captivating sculptures promise endless fun.
Calling all thrill-seekers! Head to Nerang National Park for heart-pounding mountain biking adventures, with trails suitable for both experienced riders and beginners. The Peter Hallinan Mountain Bike Precinct at Hinze Dam offers family-friendly trails and ample space for a picnic.
Less than ten minutes from Surfers Paradise, the Broadwater Parklands offers an assortment of activities. Enjoy the 'The Rockpools' saltwater playground, a giant bouncy pillow, pedal car racing, and more. Take a stroll along Southport pier and even try your hand at fishing.
Between May to October, you might be able to catch a glimpse of humpback whales migrating north from Antarctica, passing up and back down the coastline.
Try your luck for free, by perching yourself on one of the elevated headlands along the Gold Coast and look out for the big spouts of mist that shoot up into the air along the horizon.
Some of the best elevated viewpoints include Point Danger, Greenmount, Kirra Hill, Currumbin Rocks, Tumgun Lookout within Burleigh Heads National Park, North Burleigh/Miami headland.
Remember to bring a zoom lens and maybe some binoculars!
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