If you’re looking for things to do with kids in the Gold Coast without breaking the bank, here are 7 places to visit and things to do.
There is more to the Gold Coast than just the tourist parks. The Gold Coast is blessed with its proximity to the ocean, rainforests and parkland. Add in the beautiful weather all year round, there are tons of fun activities that you can do with your family for FREE!
Top 7 free things to do with kids on the Gold Coast
Here is our take on the best things to do with kids in the Gold Coast.
1. Broadwater Parklands on Marine Parade, Southport, Gold Coast
Named “The Rockpools” and located at Broadwater Parklands this is a great place for families with small children to spend half or a full day. It gets busy late in the afternoon so get in early or mid-morning and you will have the run of the parklands.
During holidays and weekends it’s patrolled by lifeguards to ensure it’s fun and safe. This is a child’s delight with quality playground facilities including flying fox, interactive water play, jumping pillow, slides, kids bikes on rails and heaps of grass to run around. There is also a shallow waterpark complete with waterfalls, sprinklers and shallow splash pools.
Located within the park is clean BBQ facilities, family dining tables under shade and clean toilets and change rooms. If you don’t want to bring you own food there are couple local cafés and small food outlets including fish n chips and Café Rockpool. With so many excellent facilities nearby, it makes a fantastic day out and is a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful Gold Coast.
Broadwater Parklands is also very accessible and safe. There are plenty of concrete walking paths and toilet blocks, including accessible toilets. Baby change tables are also available.
2. Currumbin Rock Pools, Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin Valley, Gold Coast
This is the perfect pit stop with kids for a few hours picnic on the way to other beautiful venues in Currumbin Valley. Inside a national park and just along the roadside is a series of rock pools surrounded by picnic tables, grassland and rocks to sit and enjoy the serenity.
The large pool has a rope swing and some little natural Jacuzzis for kids to sit and enjoy. The deep end is ideal for the adventurous teenagers but please take care of the rocks which can be very slippery when wet. For the younger kids we recommend life jackets and flotation noodles. There are multiple free BBQs and tables to sit and eat. There is a small local café a few hundred meters down the road if you wish to buy food or drinks.
The Currumbin Rock Pools offers something different in the Gold Coast, taking a nice turn from the usual coastal fun and activities that the Gold Coast has to offer.
3. Tamborine Mountain, Gold Coast
While not everything is free, a drive to Tamborine Mountain is certainly worth a day trip as there is so much to see, do and experience. From bush walks in subtropical rainforests, wineries and cheese makers, shopping, glow worm caves and to the beautiful Curtis falls. This is a big day trip you will need to plan ahead of time and start early.
Then there are the dining options from local pubs, house made food cafes, restaurants providing everything you could want for a day out. It’s also a mecca for local artwork and local produce to sample. If you are happy to spend a little bit, we recommend considering a glow worm tour, tree top skywalk or help the kids dig for 200 million year old “Thundereggs” at Thunderbird Park. If the adults fancy a tipple our office favourites are Fortitude Brewing Co, Bavarian Beer Haus and Fox & Hounds.
4. Visit Local Markets, various locations, Gold Coast
Our office favourite is the Sunday morning Bundall Farmers Market operating 06:00 – 11:00 at HOTA (Home Of The Arts), 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise. Whilst it’s not a big market, the combination of heaps of fresh foodie vans, live music played on the grass and parkland for kids to run around makes it perfect for young families.
On a sunny Sunday morning bring the kids swimmers so they can jump in the lake as you watch from the sand and listen to live tunes. For the largest market on the Gold Coast, you should check out the Carrara Market open every Saturday and Sunday with free entry and parking. There are over 400 food, variety stalls and attractions. If you are a thrifty shopper, you might love Sunday which has a “Car Boot” sale from 06:00 to 10:00.
5. Tallebudgera Creek and Burleigh Heads National Park, Gold Coast
For a full family day in the heart of the Gold Coast you can’t beat this location. Tallebudgera is best known for its sparkling creek which is framed by the Burleigh Heads National Park on one side and Palm Beach on the other.
Tallebudgera Creek is the focal point for any visit to Tallebudgera where the lifestyle is all about swimming in crystal clear sea water, sand castles on the beach, picnics on the grass and snorkelling, kayaking or fishing in the waterway. The water is always calm and the sandy creek has it’s own swimming flags and life guard during summer. To make it a full day we recommend you take the family for a walk through the Burleigh Heads National Parkland to view the creek and beach from an elevated position. This is a MUST DO during September and October where you can spot whales from the lookout.
6. Natural Bridge and Springbrook National Park, Gold Coast
Natural Bridge on the Gold Coast is an amazing natural rock formation that is a must visit by bushwalkers and families who love the outdoors. Bushwalkers and nature lovers find the Natural Bridge uniquely interesting, as the area offers a number of easy to difficult trails and a multitude of tracks that lead to various scenic points of Springbrook National Park.
While visiting the bridge be sure to check out the nearby scenic attractions of the Springbrook National Park. As the sun sets, the area glows thanks to the tiny glow-worms living under the cave. Visitors heading to the Natural Bridge can take a stroll across the natural arch over Cave Creek and see the beautiful waterfall and its adjacent caves. A number of people come here to enjoy a picnic and relax within the tranquil environment of the rainforest.
7. Ongoing series of Gold Coast Free Public Events, Gold Coast
No matter what time of year you are coming to visit the Gold Coast, you will always have a selection of family friendly FREE events being hosted. From December you can enjoy Movies Under the Stars, January is the Gold Coast Magic Millions Horse Races, February is the Chinese New Year festival in Southport, March there is the famous Sand Safari Arts Festival in Currumbin, April we host the Gold Coast Film Festival, May is Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival, June has the SeaFire fireworks event, July is the Gold Coast Marathon, Bleach* The Gold Coast Festival is August and November is the Gold Coast 600 motor race and the Pan Pacific Games held in November. There is always something for your family. For more free events and to keep up for the specific dates you are staying on the Gold Coast we recommend you keep up to date with What’s On Gold Coast – Events.
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