Consider some of the memorable experiences you had as a youngster with your parents and friends on the Gold Coast. This city has long been popular as a place to go on vacation. For those yet to visit the Gold Coast, here are some fun things to do to make memories on the Gold Coast. They are enjoyable and accessible across all generations.
Learn To Surf Or Take A Dip
Enroll the kids in a learn-to-surf instruction on the southern end of the coast with the staff at Walkin’ on Water Surf School. The staff will provide them with a necessary skill that they can use once they return to the Gold Coast later. Guardians can take a load off while their little ones are schooled in the art of surfing by professional instructors at Greenmount Beach. Paddle-balancing and standing up on the board will be a cinch for kids after a lesson or two in the whitewash.
Afterward, grab some food for lunch or afternoon tea at the Greenmount Beach Surf Club. Do so while admiring the beautiful beach after all your work and effort in the ocean. For those who prefer a quiet swim without the waves, head back north to Tallebudgera Creek. Enjoy the calm waters of the creek while taking in the views of the verdant Burleigh Headland.
Experience The Gold Coast Through Coastal Walks
Those that you don’t plan, simple, and unrestrained can make for some of the most enduring memories. Bring on the many breathtaking coastal walks that run the length of the Gold Coast, from north to south. Take a leisurely stroll along The Spit in Main Beach. From here, you can see the sand-pumping jetty and Surfers Paradise to the right and South Stradbroke Island to the left.
Wander along the foreshore in Surfers Paradise and stop at the Beachfront Markets (Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.) It is better than taking a photo under the Surfers Paradise sign. Give the kids a game at Timezone and some ice cream from the Ben & Jerry’s shop if they’ve been good.
Begin your day in Broadbeach with a coffee at Kurrawa Surf Club before strolling to the all-ability Kurrawa Park. Take Hedges Avenue, also referred to as Millionaire’s Row by locals, down to Mermaid Beach SLSC and Rafiki, a seaside café.
Walking along the coast from Nobby Beach to Miami and into Burleigh Heads, a paved pathway takes you right along the water. Begin at the Currumbin Beach Vikings SLSC on the southern end. It is renowned and adored for hosting magnificent ANZAC Day Dawn Services. Then, proceed for a 20-minute walk to the Tugun Surf Club.
Tropical Fruit World
Although it was once known as “Avocadoland,” Tropical Fruit World is still a well-known institution on the other side of the border and still employs one of the original founders. If you go on a farm tour with “Bob,” the kids will find it amazing riding around on a tractor and enjoying chocolate fruit grown on a farm in the process. Beyond the tractor, take a wildlife boat cruise, meet some friendly farm animals, and sample additional fruits and vegetables at the fruit-tasting session.
Dippy Eggs Like Mum And Granny Used To Make
Recall the frigid, miserable days at home when your mother or grandmother would pull out a prized possession? I am talking about dippy eggs, which are getting more popular again in trendy neighbourhood cafés.
Let granny and grandpa ogle the old Queenslander in Miami that has been restored to be a thriving café; I’m pertaining to Paddock Bakery. Aside from the dippy eggs, try cinnamon doughnuts, cruffins (a combination of croissant and muffin, and other sweet treats to treat yourself and the grandchildren.
Explore After Dark
Night drives on the Gold Coast are so exciting. While you’re at it, visit and experience Miami Marketta, a night market that the whole family will enjoy in the city’s bustling industrial area. This place features international food stalls and live music on Wednesdays, Fridays (from 5 PM), and Saturdays (from 4 PM). Turkish Gozleme, Thai stir-fry, Think Italian croquettes, and Mermaid Beach gelateria’s locally-made gelato. For the gin-loving adults in your life, there’s a parlour with 99 different tipples to choose from. You can enjoy live local music while sipping your favourite gin drinks.
Ranger For A Day
David Fleay Wildlife Park was founded in 1952 and is tucked away in the West Burleigh forest. It has long provided visitors with the opportunity to see local wildlife up close. Dr David Fleay, a zoologist, has successfully bred 48 distinct species of fauna in captivity, along with Taipans, platypus, and Wedge-tailed Eagles.
There are a lot of things to see and do in the park. It is currently open to the public and under the management of Queensland National Parks. Explore the wildlife habitats or listen to rangers. You can even give grandkids and kids a chance to be a ‘Fleay’s Eco Ranger,’ heading behind the scenes to actually meet snakes and furry native friends.
The Old And The New At Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
The epic Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, or Currumbin Bird Sanctuary as it was formerly known, must be visited during any trip to the Gold Coast. The park has a few new additions that make it the ideal family outing. However, the famous koala photos and lorikeet feeding are still available.
With its environment from the long-gone supercontinent Gondwana and exotic animals, the Lost Valley precinct transports visitors back in time. The brand-new WildSkies Free Flight bird show is available for serious bird watchers. It is held in a specially constructed amphitheatre.
After all, that exploring, kids (up to 12 years old) can cool off in the new Wild Island Adventure Splash Zone. It features streams, water jets, and waterfalls.
Forget film photos and cameras; let the kids set up selfies and have a lot of immersive fun at Robina Town Centre’s newest trick art gallery, ArtVo Illusions. Immerse yourself in the artwork, with reality-warping zones and eight mind-bending featuring sharks, sinking lions, ships, and more.
Best of All Lookout
It’s not called the “Best of All” Lookout for nothing! It is the perfect place to take in stunning views. This is Australia’s Gondwana Rainforest, and World Heritage-Listed area, established amongst some of the pristine and greenery surrounds of Springbrook National Park. It offers an excellent short walk down to what looks like the greatest hinterland lookouts in Australia.
With the grandchildren in the car, travel to Mount Tamborine. It is only 45 minutes from the coast, where you can experience the fun while exploring Thunderbird Park’s attractions. This park offers a whole day’s worth of fun in one convenient location. It features a canyon flyer at Treetop Challenge, adventure park, bird feeding, horse-riding tours, minigolf, laser skirmish, and the Thunderegg Crystal Mine, where families can pan for crystals.
Enjoy the Gold Coast!
The Gold Coast is a place where all ages can enjoy themselves. Aside from the plethora of experiences or things to do on the Gold Coast for young adults and adults, there are plenty of activities for kids to enjoy. Among those is to go to the amusing ArtVo Illusions, Tropical Fruit World, and more. Also, people who want a little more excitement can try Ranger For A Day, Explore After Dark, or learn to surf or swim.