Family | Beach | Adventure 04 May 2016

7 Fun Things To Do On The Gold Coast

Locals will tell you that there is so much more to do on the Gold Coast outside of the theme parks. And while a visit to the four thrilling worlds – Dreamworld, Movie World, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild – will always poll highly in the Gold Coast family holiday mix, we have rounded up seven equally cool and exciting things to do with your kids when you next hit the GC.

From bouncing sky high to flying through the air, here are seven epic things to do with kids on the Gold Coast.

To Infinity and Beyond!

If you want to really blow your kids' minds, take them to the multi-sensory entertainment hub of Infinity. This iconic Gold Coast attraction transports kids (and parents) into another dimension with 20 maze-like worlds to discover that combine cutting edge technology and special effects, sound fields, aroma activations, spectacular illusions and music you can actually feel. This is a self-guided attraction, so take your time working through the maze over a morning or afternoon. Find Infinity in Surfers Paradise, perfect for kids over the age of eight.

Brush with the wild side

Say g’day to some of Australia’s cutest – and creepiest – critters at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. This lush and leafy wildlife park is located right by the beach and has been focused on Aussie wildlife and their preservation for more than 50 years. This is the spot to bring the kids to cuddle a koala, hand feed kangaroos and wallabies and learn about various animals from the eco-rangers. 

Children gets up close and personal with a koala at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Gold Coast Queensland

Then zip through the skies

After your wild encounters, sign the kids up for an afternoon adventure flying through the jungle. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is also home to the Treetop Challenge, a thrilling zipline and high ropes course. Harness up and hop through the rainforest, tackling more than 80 different sky-high challenges and ziplines. The toughest one? Flying over the crocodile enclosure. Crikey!

A thrilling zipline and high ropes hopping through the rainforest of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Learn to surf together

There’s no better place in Australia to learn to surf than the Gold Coast. The southern half of the coast is a protected World Surf Reserve, recognising the rich surf culture and pumping breaks. Turn your kids into little grommets with a surf lesson. Better yet, book a private instructor and have the whole family learn to ride waves. You can try Currumbin Alley Surf School or Coolangatta Learn to Surf at Rainbow Bay, right near Oaks Calypso Plaza.

Kids practicing the surf boards at the gold coast

Everybody say "Jump"

Burleigh Heads has long been regarded as the kingdom of the waves, but it’s a new playground that has all the cool kids jumping up and down – BOUNCE. This trampoline park is home to over 40 zones, experiences and platforms that encourage you to jump, tumble and spring – from trampolines to monster air pillows, free fall platforms, slam dunk basketball zones and even a mini-me park so the little ones can get their bounce on, too. This is adrenalin heaven with all sorts of physically challenging activities to try, including tramps that are angled up walls to practice parkour, long tumble zones for flips, platforms for jumps and wedges for free running moves. 

Feel like you’re flying

All the fun of flying without the danger of leaping from a plane? Sign us up. Older adventurous kids will love the feeling of flying through the sky with iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Surfers Paradise. With the help of a skilled instructor, enter the arena and learn how to spin, flip and soar in the vertical wind tunnel. Mum and dad will quickly learn if they have a true adrenaline junkie on their hands!

Splash about at GC Aqua Park

Picture the giant inflatable playground of your dreams. That’s GC Aqua Park. Challenge the kids to climb the giant slides, bounce on trampolines and tackle various inflatable obstacles as they clamber over this mega bouncy water park. Test your strength, stamina and fitness with the 50-minute session, or go for a double. This experience is suitable for ages five and over, and the park closes through winter.