Best things to do in the Gold Coast for families

Taking the kids on a family holiday in the Gold Coast doesn't have to mean that the adults can't have fun, too. Here's how you can please the whole family in the popular coastal city.

Mom and Dad making a sand castle with a their young girl
  • Jetstar
  • June 2018

The Gold Coast’s reputation as a family-friendly destination is world renowned. Think theme parks, cute and cuddly wildlife encounters and worlds built entirely for those who bounce. Exhausting, right? Wrong! There is a way for parents to relax on a Gold Coast holiday and, with these local tips, your next family visit is guaranteed to be a tribe pleaser.

Say yes to date night

Paradise for kids means date time for parents, so why not stay at one of the many accommodation venues offering kids’ clubs or babysitting services so you can slip out for some much-needed time to reconnect? Popular hotels include Turtle Beach Resort , Paradise Resort and Sea World Resort & Water Park.

A private holiday concierge

Before you even arrive, enlist the services of a local. My Holiday Concierge opens in new window offers everything from transfers and catering, to car seat hire and nannies to ensure your holiday vibe stays in the relaxed zone. Don’t want to cook? No problem. You can order-in everything from breakfast hampers to gourmet picnics, massage or beauty therapists and even private chefs.

Kids playing on a water park.
Poolside water play at Sea World on the Gold Coast

Stay in

With so many gorgeous hotels, apartments and villas on the Gold Coast to choose from, enjoy some downtime in your accommodation. Once the kids are asleep, put your feet up and relax.

Theme park must-do's

  1. Head to Warner Bros. Movie World to rub shoulders with your idols and check out the new DC Rivals HyperCoaster.
  2. If the only thrill you need is the excitement of tiring out your little one, then you’ll feel right at home in ABC Kids World at Dreamworld.
  3. Edu-tainment at Sea World is a whole other kettle of fish (pun intended). Don’t miss your chance to get up close with the creatures.
  4. A trip to any of the water parks is a great way to cool off during the hotter summer months and enjoy some all-ages fun.

Baristas, bakeries, pizzerias and sushi

These days, theme parks offer much more than just fast food. There are plenty of gourmet, gluten-free, and healthy options so your taste buds can have a thrill ride too.

Did someone say coffee?

Fans of the bean should head to Parkway at Dreamworld. The Parkway Patisserie and Grill brews acclaimed Byron Bay Coffee and, as it opens at 11am, you can start your Dreamworld adventure with a good cup of joe.

Two kids petting dolphins
The dolphin discovery at Sea World on the Gold Coast

Deli heaven

At Movie World’s Main Street Deli, think fresh crusty bread made by a local artisan baker and filled with house-made smoked pastrami and your choice of trimmings. For hip Asian eats tucked away in a bamboo bungalow, Island Noodle Hut at Dreamworld’s Tiger Island uses fresh ingredients and authentic spices in all its dishes. Plus you’ll be treated to a wonderful view of tigers casually strolling by.

Three words: Cotton. Candy. Frappe.

As well as great coffee, made from beans freshly roasted in-house, Village Bean at Sea World will tempt you with over-the-top sugary creations designed to put a smile on your face. Top of the list is the Cotton Candy Frappe, a nostalgic mix of fairy floss and milkshake that little (and big) kids will love.