Family Friendly Activities On The Gold Coast This Summer

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While the rest of the world is freezing in winter wonderland, Australia is nice, toasty, and perfect for exploring the outdoors. The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy quality time with the family since the kids are on school break. If you are located on the Gold Coast or plan to travel this way -- lucky you! The Gold Coast offers a wide range of family-friendly activities that everyone can enjoy.

Here are the top 9 things to do on the Gold Coast these holidays:

1. Wakeboarding at Gold Coast Wake Park

Water activities are one of the most popular things to do during the summer holidays. But instead of the usual boating experience, why not try something new and exciting? Go to Gold Coast Wake Park in Oxenford and learn to glide seamlessly across the lake in a safe and fun environment. The facility has two cable lines that cater to people of all wakeboarding skill levels.

person wake boarding on water

2. Visiting theme parks

Kids love theme parks and Gold Coast has four of them: Wet’n’Wild, Sea World, Movie World, and Dreamworld. These iconic theme parks will give your family full days of thrill and fun trying out different slides and rides, watching animal shows, and splashing on giant wave pools. Even the kids at heart will have a great time visiting these theme parks.

family on roller coaster ride

3. Learning to surf

What is summer without surfing? You and your kids can enroll in any of the Gold Coast’s many learn-to-surf programs, which vary from single sessions to week-long surfing camps. In no time, you’ll be exploring the best surf spots in the Gold Coast like Burleigh Heads, Snapper Rocks, and Currumbin Valley.

Group of people carrying surfboards

4. Fruit picking at local farms

Here’s a delicious challenge: fruit picking at the local farms. Have a fun time filling your bucket with longan, blueberry, and other seasonal fruits while having guided tours from farm owners. Some of the local farms you can visit during the holidays include the Longan Farm, Tropical Fruit World, Freeman’s Organic Farm, and The Farm Byron Bay.

Child picking grapes

5. Climbing the SkyPoint

The iconic Q1 in Surfers Paradise is home to the SkyPoint, an observation deck 230-metres high that will give you an amazing view of the Gold Coast skyline. Climb the SkyPoint and your kids will have one of the most amazing experiences of their lives. Whether you’re going for a day or night climb, the SkyPoint Observation Deck is one of the Gold Coast attractions that you mustn’t miss these holidays.

q1 in surfers paradise

6. Stand-up paddleboarding

A great way to explore the amazing waters of the Gold Coast is by stand-up paddleboarding. It’s also a good water activity that promotes balance and core strength. Plus, it’s easy to do and your whole family can enjoy it immensely. The best destinations for great paddleboarding experiences these holidays are Currumbin Creek Estuary, Tallebudgera Creek, and Budds Beach in Surfers Paradise.

two people paddle boarding in sunset

7. ZipLine and TreeTop Challenges

A great way to conquer your fear of heights while discovering the beautiful Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is trying out the zip line and other treetop challenges. Fly for up to 70km/h while soaring through the tropical rainforest with the sanctuary’s 11 insane ziplines. There are also more than 60 TreeTop challenges that await. And after your aerial adventures, have some exciting encounters with different Australian animals like the lorikeets, koalas, kangaroos, and wallabies.

Girl in a zip line

8. Discover the South Stradbroke Island

South Stradbroke Island, also known as South Straddie, is a beautiful island just north of the Gold Coast. Take a day trip tour and enjoy discovering the pristine waters of the island through kayaking, snorkeling, and jet skiing. If a day trip isn’t enough, you can also stay overnight at one of the camping spots in South Straddie like the South Currigee Campground and South Stradbroke Island Conservation Park.

stradbroke island

9. Jet Boat Ride

For an ultimate Gold Coast adventure these holidays, have a thrilling jet boat ride with a speed of up to 100km/h. This is one of the best things to do on the Gold Coast these holidays that you must not miss, and Ocean Jet Boating is the best place to go. Experience jumping, spinning, and zooming through the waters of Surfers Paradise while strapped safely inside a jet boat skipper with 880hp twin-turbocharged engines.

Ocean Jet also offers a Jet Boat + Heli-tour package that will take you to a 10-minute scenic helicopter flight after your ultimate jet boat ride off the stunning Gold Coast coastline.

Call us on +61 426 777 770 to book your Ocean Jet adventure or visit our website to check the different jet boating prices

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