As a kiwi traveller, the Gold Coast is an ever-popular choice for a family holiday. If you’re worried about how to keep the kids (and yourself!) entertained while on holiday, read on and check out our top picks for creating a memorable family holiday!
Movie World offers thrilling rides and attractions featuring all of your favourite Warner Brothers characters. Here you can see characters like Bugs Bunny, Batman, Scooby-Doo and even Indiana Jones! Sea World is great for animal lovers; it’s a perfect mix of amusement park and aquatic zoo. Wet n’ Wild is a great water park for thrill seekers or relaxers – with an abundance of pools and slides, this is a great spot where kids can keep themselves entertained with friends. Lastly there is Dreamworld, which is also a great mix of zoo and amusement park. Dreamworld is famous for its exhilarating rides and wildlife displays – especially Tiger Island!
Helpful tip: Buy a family combo pass! These passes often allow you to enter the parks more than once; and by purchasing admission to all parks with one ticket, you end up paying less than you would individually!
Hit the Coastline
Renowned for its beauty, the Gold Coast boasts 59 kilometres of stunning coastline filled with world-famous beaches. From Paradise Point to Tweed Heads, you will be sure to find the perfect beach spot for you. Surfers Paradise, one of the main beaches, has everything on offer with cafes and shops just a short walk away and beach front markets on Wednesdays.
If you are looking for somewhere bit quieter, we recommend visiting Mermaid Beach or Burleigh Heads. Their calmer atmospheres and protected waters make them a perfect spot for a family day at the beach!
When in Australia, there really is nothing like hand-feeding a kangaroo or cuddling a koala! Make a day of the Australian wildlife experience, and head to a wildlife sanctuary or park.
Take the family to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary – along with the well-loved wildlife displays and encounters there are a huge range of kids’ activities, shows & entertainment that will keep everyone happy! We recommend the Currumbin Segway Safari – after a 10 minute training lesson, you’ll be off on a 40 minute guided Segway tour of the Wildlife Sanctuary with your knowledgeable guide. You can book these tickets ahead of time as well!
Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk
Located in the beautiful Gold Coast Hinterland, Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is a 1.5km rainforest walking experience which includes the Skywalk Bridge, the 40 metre Skywalk and the Cedar Creek Viewing Platform, joined by a winding pathway along the canopy floor.
The walk showcases the unspoiled beauty of the lush rainforest in a safe and exciting way. The whole experience takes approximately 45 minutes at a leisurely pace and begins and ends at the main centre. Plus being only 60 minutes from Brisbane International Airport, and 45 minutes from Surfers Paradise, it’s a great morning or afternoon activity for the family.
For more info on Gold Coast family holidays, contact a Flight Centre travel expert – 130 stores nationwide or call us on 0800 24 35 44.