6 things to do these school holidays on the Gold Coast
Kids and big kids alike rejoice! School is officially out and now is the perfect time to explore the coast with the most (the Gold Coast in case you were wondering).
1. Boredom Buster
Replace screen time with green time and get outdoors with Gold Coast Council’s Active and Healthy Holiday Program. Dust off your running shoes, grab your basketball and participate in a huge variety of sport, movement and lifestyle activities in parks, pools and community centres across the city.
If coordinating activities across the city is not your style consider the full or half day activity programs run at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre.
2. Rock lobster
Catch the end of Swell Sculpture Festival in Currumbin, which wraps up on towards the second last weekend in September, to see awesome sculptures lining the beach. Then head to the Currumbin Rock Pools – one of the best hidden secrets on the coast. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch under the shade of the trees and if you’re ready to brave the water, jump in for a swim.
3. Go climb a tree
For kids who love nothing more than monkeying around in trees head to the Treetop Challenge located inside Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Climb your way through 80 treetop courses from zip lines to wire challenges and suspended bridges. Safety equipment is supplied for the 3-hour course meaning all you have to bring are closed-in shoes (and a daring attitude!).
For more un-arboreal adventure escape the crowds and walk among the treetops at Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk. The entire walk is 1.5km of forest floor trails and bridges through the upper points of the canopy – 30m above the creek and rainforest below.
After all that exploring, refuel at these kid-friendly cafes.
4. Kids week
Yeah, yeah, we know it’s the school holidays… which is exactly why the free Kids Week in Surfers Paradise runs. Check out the main stage to see live performances by some of your favourite characters where Peppa Pig and the Minions have appeared in the past. There are also games on the beach along with jumping castles and zorb balls happening every day through the September holidays down in the Cavill Mall.
5. Saddle up
Saddle up and head on out to Thunderbird Park and take on their 1.5-hour hilltop ride. If the thought of that leaves you feeling a little saddle sore then jump on board their 30 min basic trail ride. They even have introductory pony rides for the young ones. Thunderbird Park can easily keep the whole family entertained for hours with mini-golf, laser tag and bird feeding amongst the fun on offer.
So now you’ve bonded with your new steed and feeling a little sad at closing time. Well, you are in luck as the Australian Outback Spectacular brings legendary stories of Australian characters to life with amazing animal stars, death-defying stunts, aerial performances and spooky ghosts.
6. Whale spotter
The most exciting natural show on earth travels past the Gold Coast during the spring holidays so jump aboard one of the whale watching tour boats to get in on the action. Thousands of happy humpbacks whales are currently on the move back to Antarctica after travelling up to the Great Barrier Reef on their annual visit and can be seen playing off the coast until November so the September holidays are prime time.
If you’d prefer just to throw a towel on teh sand and enjoy the sun and surf, we’ve rounded up a list of the best beaches for you here.