Fun Things To Do On The Gold Coast

Besides the theme parks

Ahh the Gold Coast. Sunshine. Theme Parks. Beaches. Schoolies. I have so many memories growing up as a kid of family holidays in this magical place.

But now as an adult with young kids myself, I need to rediscover what there is to do! Besides the obvious, theme parks and beaches, what else is there for families at the Gold Coast?

Here are lots of ideas to get you started, let us know if you have more to add to this list:

EMF Junior at Pacific Fair

This incredible play area play area is really one of a kind in Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. Including huge ball pits with slides and tunnels, climbing walks, building blocks, lego and more. It is the perfect rainy day solution, with a toddler play area and a play area for the bigger kids too.

Location: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Broadbeach

Broadwater Parklands

Credit: Gold Coast Council Website

Stretching three kilometres of the Broadwater in Southport, Broadwater Parklands is a recreational reserve with so many spots for a picnic, with playgrounds, splash pads, fun filled rockpools and more.

Location: Marine Parade, Southport

Tallebudgera Creek

Credit: Queensland Tourism Website

You could think that you had stepped into an island paradise, that is how utterly beautiful this place is. The sparkling water is camping, swimming, picnicking, kayaking and a spot of fishing or two.

Location: 1544 Gold Coast Highway, Palm Beach

Sky Point Observation Deck

Credit: SkyPoint Australia Facebook Page

If heights and spectacular views are your thing, then how about a visit to the top of Australia's Tallest Building? SkyPoint Observation Deck offers panoramic views of the Gold Coast, 270m above sea level, located atop the iconic Q1 building in Surfers Paradise. There is even a movie cinema and restaurant.

Location: Q1, Surfers Paradise


Stepping into a world of optical illusions, the larger than life murals allow people of all ages to come face to face with wild animals, scale rocky crevasses and surf the ultimate pipelines. Stretching over 6 huge rooms, visitors can walk through a variety of different zones, each with its own spectacular theme.

Location: Robina Town Centre Ground Floor

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Treasure Island Playground

Credit: Gold Coast Council Website

The pirate ship theme of Treasure Island playground encourages imaginative play and provides fun for children of all ages. With a large pirate ship, wrecked against a rocky outcrop, incorporates themed slides, spinners and rockers, with activities such as 'walking the plank', exploring for hidden treasure and musical play, all under the shade of a pirate ship sail.

Location: Palm Beach Parklands, 945 Gold Coast Highway

Currumbin Rock Pools

Credit: Gold Coast Council Website

Located alongside Currumbin Creek Road, just a short drive from Currumbin Beach, Currumbin rock pools have shelter, picnic tables, barbecues and amenities and the beautiful rock pools to explore. Kids can splash and find incredible sea life surrounded by nature.

Location: Currumbin Creek Road

These are just a few of the great parts of the Gold Coast and surrounds. There is much more to explore and only a short drive from Brisbane.

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[INTRO Besides the obvious attractions of the Gold Coast like the theme parks and surf beaches, what else is there for families to check out? Here are lots of ideas to get you started.]

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