Get the sand between your toes and play, swim and run on the beautiful Gold Coast beaches.
Photo: Jamie MacFayden. Courtesy of Tourism Australia

Where is Family friendly?

Things to do on the Gold Coast with kids

There are heaps of things to do on the Gold Coast with kids. In fact, you could say that 'life is a rollercoaster' considering there are so many Gold Coast theme parks to choose from. Visit the Disney inspired Dreamworld, White Water World, Warner Brothers Movie World, Wet and Wild, Seaworld, or the Australian Outback Spectacular. And when you're done at the theme parks, there's plenty of other cool activities and places to visit. 

Enjoy world class Gold Coast theme parks & activities

  • Dreamworld Gold Coast is Australia’s largest theme park and has heaps of rides and attractions. Dare devils will love the big thrill rides that go to dizzying heights at high speeds. For the little kids, there are plenty of family and kid rides and shows including Wiggles World.
  • Sea World Gold Coast is a theme park and a marine animal park. It has polar bears, seals, dolphins, penguins, sharks, rays, and much more. There's also plenty of rides and shows including the Dolphin Imagine Show, Fish Detectives Sea Lion Show and Jet Stunt Extreme.



South Stradbroke Island

Catch a ferry or a water taxi to South Stradbroke & spend the day surfing, bushwalking, swimming, canoing, snorkeling, fishing & sailing. If you want to stay overnight, book a campsite or stay at Couran Cove resort.
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  • Experience the true spirit of outback Australia in Outback Spectacular. Indulge in a three course Aussie banquet as you immerse yourself in the evening’s live entertainment.
  • Movie World is filled with celebrities, and all your favourite comic characters, from Bugs Bunny to Batman! Go from zero to 100kms in two seconds on the Superman Escape, save the galaxy with the Green Lantern Coaster, and lose your mind in Arkham Asylum.
Enjoy the roller coaster at Seaworld
Birds-eating-at-Currumbin-Wildlife-SantuaryFeed the birds at Currumbin Wildlife Santuary
  • Need a cool down after all those rides? Then grab your towel and splash on in to WhiteWater World (attached to Dreamworld) and Wet ‘n’ Wild (next to Movie World). These water parks will have you slipping and sliding all over the place.
  • Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is well known for its lorikeet feedings, has kangaroos and wallabies hopping around, and an Adventure Parc. where you can climb, swing and zipline through the treetops. 

Enjoy extreme Gold Coast attractions

  • Take a tandem sky dive. Flights take off from Gold Coast airport drop you on the soft white sand at Kirra Beach.
  • Take a scenic seaplane flight over the Gold Coast and see the glitter strip in all its glory.
  • Hire a jet ski tour and zoom through the Broadwaters, or book a sightseeing cruise around the Gold Coast.
  • Go up-up-and-away in a hot-air balloon, high above the Hinterland and vineyards and followed by a champagne breakfast.
‚Äčgo-sky-diving-over-Kirra-beachGo sky diving over Kirra beach for the utlimate
adrenaline thrill. Photo: 
Russ Jani

Do a Skypoint Climb
  • See the Gold Coast from Skypoint at Q1. Take your experience to a new level with a Skypoint Climb (must be 12 years and over). Morning, daytime or twilight climbs are available, and don’t be afraid to look down!
  • Is it a bus or ir it a boat? No, it’s AquaduckYou'll traverse both land and sea. Hold on tight as you dive - or should I say drive - straight into the Broadwater. It’s quacktastic!

Weird and wacky museums on the Gold Coast

  • Check out Holoverse - the world’s first hologram centre. Explore 40 hologram rooms that project artificial worlds around you. Go from patting a lion in Africa, swimming in the ocean, jumping down holes to flying through the sky. 
  • Welcome to the Wax Museum, where you'll find many lifelike figures. The museum has two exhibits, the World of Wax and Chamber of Horrors. Rub shoulders with the rich and royal or be horrified at the merciless torture devices on display.
  • Step inside a high-tech world at Infinity. You’ll have an a-MAZE-ing time as you passage through 20 futuristic realms of excitement including, Electron Maze, Magic Zone, Eclipse and more!

  • Check out ArtVo which is an art museum of a very different kind. This combines oversized murals and optical illusions where you'll come face to face with wild animals, scale rocky crevasses and surf the ultimate huge waves.
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not! will have you scratching your head in disbelief. Could it really be true? Keep the family entertained as you explore through 16 themed galleries featuring relics, illusions and interactive displays.

Have some free fun at Gold Coast parks & playgrounds

  • Broadwater Parklands is more than your average playground. Whether it’s live music, arts and craft markets, festivals or group fitness sessions, you’re guaranteed to find something fun and exciting, for one and for all.
  • Families just love Pacific Pines Central Park. It has swings galore, a suspension bridge, climbing nets, flying fox and more. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the lake or take time out to feed the ducks.
Dad and daughter enjoying a day at the beach
Have a swim before playing in the playground.
Photo: Tourism Australia

  • Most Gold Coast parks and beaches has free BBQ facilities, so you and the family can dine alfresco as often as you want.
The Gold Coast combine beaches and parks
  • The Kurrawa Pratten Park - All Abilities Playground at Broadbeach. This fully fenced park offers children of all ages and abilities, a safe and interactive play environment with a Sandcastle Zone, Undersea Zone and Hill Zone.
  • Take the kids to Treasure Island Playground which is at Palm Beach Parklands. The kids can run wild as they search for buried treasure, walk the plank and have a swashbuckling good time!
  • The Cascade Gardens at Broadbeach have a children’s playground, water bird sanctuary and aboriginal culture and tropical rainforest walks.