Travel Itinerary for Families

The Gold Coast is jam-packed with amazing things to see and do, so also check out our other travel itineraries for ideas and inspiration.

Welcome to Paradise for Families

Quite simply, it does not get any better than this when it comes to family holidays.

The Gold Coast is Kid Heaven, and a lot of fun for parents too! There are so many family activities that it can be hard to know where to start. The Gold Coast Theme Parks are the big attraction, and every bit as awesome as you’d expect. However, there are many, many other things to see and do in this giant adventure playground.

Because most families are on a budget, the following bucket list of itinerary suggestions features free activities plus a ‘must do’ that’s good value.

  • Beach volleyball. What better way to warm up before hitting the waves for a swim. Free equipment is provided at Surfers Paradise Beach on the Esplanade.
  • Enclosed swimming lagoons in idyllic locations are ideal for children too small for the rough and tumble of surf beaches. Find them at Paradise Point, Southport, Haley Park and Labrador. These are great spots for playing and picnicking. Free for all.
  • Bushwalking & wildlife. There are lots of beautiful places to take the children, including:
    - Springbrook, where you can walk under waterfalls, take rainforest paths to see glow-worms, and watch clouds being made. Magic!
    For the perfect finale to your day, go to the fantastic Springbrook Observatory to see the stars and planets close up. It’s free for children, while adults make a donation.
    - Tambourine Mountain for bush walking and bird watching in the rainforest.
  • Discovery Forest at Binna Burra Mountain Lodge is a big hit with the small ones. It has a cubby house, 3D maze, a playground, cool caves to explore, plus a unique ‘scratch n smell’ forest. An excellent free adventure.
  • Swimming and picnicking at Currumbin Rock Pools. This place is delightful and not far from your Vibe hotel.

From here, head to the famous …

  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. A family pass starts at around $120 so get your money’s worth by spending an entire day enjoying this authentic Aussie bushland experience. It’s home to the country’s busiest wildlife hospital and hundreds of native animals living in natural habitats. Feed lorikeets by hand. Cuddle a koala. See the awesome Free-flight bird show! There are also great interactive displays and activities within this 27-hectare bush and rainforest park.