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
If you are on the Gold Coast during the September holidays catch the end of the Swell Sculpture Festival in Currumbin, to see awesome sculptures lining the beach. The festival wraps up towards the second last weekend in September. If you still have some energy to burn 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. Take a surf (history) lesson
If you are on the Gold Coast to soak up the sun, sand and waves then what better way to get started every morning than with a surf lesson. If the swell drops but you want to continue riding the wave of surfing stoke head on down to Surf World Gold Coast and wander through the collection of boards and memorabilia.
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-minute basic trail ride. They even have introductory pony rides for the young ones. Kids not horsey heads? Thunderbird Park can easily keep the whole family entertained for hours with mini-golf, laser tag and bird feeding amongst the fun on offer.
If the kids have bonded with their new steed and are feeling a little sad at closing time, make tracks to Australian Outback Spectacular where legendary stories of Australian characters are brought to life with amazing animal stars, death-defying stunts, and aerial performances.
6. Whale spotter
The most exciting natural show on earth travels past the Gold Coast during the winter and spring school holidays so jump aboard one of the whale watching tour boats to get in on the action. You’ll be able to witness some of the happy humpbacks whales 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.
If you’d prefer just to throw a towel on the sand and enjoy the beach, we’ve rounded up a list of the best for you here.
What are your favourite things to do during the school holidays on the Gold Coast?
*This post was first published in 2014 and updated in July 2018