10 things to do Gold Coast for kids

10 things to do Gold Coast for kids

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Australia’s amusement park capital is a barrel of fun for all ages. Here are 10 things to do Gold Coast for kids

1-Movie World


Gold CoastBe a daredevil and try the Batwing Spaceshot, Warner Bros. Movie World’s adrenalin-pumping ride. The 4.5G vertical launch up a 60-metre tower is followed by a freefall drop that will have you screaming your lungs out.

Built around motion picture and superhero themes, Movie World’s rides include the looping Superman Escape rollercoaster where riders are rescued from an earthquake by Superman who propels their carriage vertically at 100 kph, and the head-spinning Lethal Weapon ride which has five upside down experiences travelling at 85km an hour.

The atmosphere is Disney-like, with movie characters roaming the theme park. If you’re not really a fan of big roller coasters, try the Scooby Doo Spooky Coaster.

Your carriage is whisked through a haunted castle in the dark before plunging down an indoor roller coaster.

First-class rides, action-packed shows and celebrity characters make this Gold Coast theme park a fun-filled environment.

There are movie-themed rides and attractions ranging from slow river rides to roller coasters and motion simulators.

Learn all the road safety aspects — a kid’s version — at the Junior Drive School. 

Get a photo with one of the many costumed characters who patrol the park: Scooby Doo, Batman, Marilyn Monroe, The Mystery Inc. Gang, Austin Powers. Enjoy the street shows and all-star parades on movie-themed floats.

Many films and television series were produced in the adjoining Warner Roadshow Studios, so when you visit, resurrect memories of the first Scooby-Doo film, House of Wax, the 2003 Peter Pan film, Ghost Ship, The Condemned and Fortress, to name but a few.


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The Gold Coast is a top place to visit in Queensland with kids. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland & Operator
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Visiting SeaWorld is one of the fun things to do in Queensland with kids. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland & Mark Toia.

2-Sea World

Swim with the sharks at Sea World’s Shark Bay.

The Animal Adventures programme has a range of activities including snorkelling in the tropical reef, scuba diving with the sharks, wading with the dolphins and a behind-the-scenes peep at the polar bears.

There are display areas with fairy penguins, dugongs and seals as well as lots of themed rides.

The daily programme includes a host of entertaining shows. Don’t miss the daily dolphin show, which is a spectacular performance and includes crowd pullers such as dolphin trainers who speed around the dolphin enclosure standing on top of their 200-kilogram dolphins.Gold Coast

Wildlife encounters are the drawcard to this premier marine animal park in Australia.

Even though it has animal exhibits and other attractions, Sea World endorses preservation not only through education but also with the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife.

The oceanarium and theme park was founded by entrepreneur Keith Williams in 1958.

3-Best view in town

things to do Gold Coast The 42-second elevator journey from the ground floor to the Observation Deck on the 77th floor at Q1, the world’s tallest residential tower, could almost qualify as a ride itself.

The 360-degree view is stunning, especially at night.

At 322.5m and 80 storeys high, taller than the Eiffel Tower, the 526-unit Q1 Resort & Spa has one-, two- and three-bedroom serviced luxury apartments.

Decorated in space-age white and gleaming stainless steel, apartments have glittering views of either the city and sweeping views of the ocean.

4-Australian Outback Spectacular

Australian Outback Spectacular is a 90-minute outback extravaganza with mustering, colt breaking, whip cracking and spectacular riding.

At the beginning of the show, members of the audience are provided with complimentary stockman hats and divided into two rival stations – Austral Downs and Wondoola.

The performers (most are real jackaroos recruited from stations around the country) pit their skills and horses against each other.

It’s a fun evening that leaves you with a taste of life in the outback. A three-course dinner is provided during the show.

Here’s a novel way to experience the courage, splendour and fearlessness of some of the inspiring Australian stories from the outback.

You have to saddle up to be captivated by the passage that takes you to the snow-peaked mountains of the high country where enthralled murmurs and fabled stories thrive with the most stirring narratives of Australian characters.


things to do Gold Coast Although Dreamworld has a reputation for hair-raising rides with stomach-churning names such as The Claw, Tower of Terror, Giant Drop, Cyclone and Wipeout, don’t overlook the Australian Wildlife Experience. Cuddle a koala, feed the kangaroos and pat a wombat.

The wildlife enclosure is one of Queensland’s largest native wildlife parks and is home to over 800 native animals.

Not so native are the tigers at Tiger Island, which is a cageless habitat and educational conservation attraction that donates part of its proceeds to saving tigers in the wild.

Spend an hour strolling next to a fully grown tiger or have your photo taken with a magnificent white Bengal. Younger children will love the colourful Wiggles World, the official Australian home of The Wiggles.Gold Coast

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Dreamworld is a fun place to visit in Queensland for families. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland & Mark Toia

Australia’s biggest theme park is jam-packed with family fun, live entertainment and rides. 

Each of the several themed lands (Wiggles World, DreamWorks Experience, Goldrush Country, Tiger Island, Rocky Hollow, Ocean Parade and Dreamworld Corroboree) have a selection of rides, animal exhibits, shows and food outlets and merchandise shops.

6-Wet ‘n’ Wild

Slip into your swimsuit and dive into this water-based theme park. This winter, the Whirlpool Hot Springs offers a relaxing soak in a 36°C hot tub.

The Extreme H20 Zone is an aquatic adventure with thrills such as the Tornado where riders blast down a 40-metre long tunnel into the middle of a storm before spinning around the Tornado’s funnel in a four-person clover-leaf tube.

Warner Village Theme Parks has a three-park super pass that includes entry to Movie World, Sea World and Wet ‘n’ Wild prices start from $135.

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The Gold Coast is one of the top Queensland holiday destinations for families. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Splish-splash your way into an aquatic wonder world with some of the biggest and most extreme water slides in Australia.

An area for children under 10 years old called Wet ‘n’ Wild Junior features pint-sized water slides, a sandcastle-themed lagoon area and kid-friendly water slides.

There’s also a multi-level interactive play structure, with eight slides and a giant tipping bucket.

All the pools and slides in the park, which opened in September 1984, are heated during winter.


things to do Gold Coast The Gold Coast is Queensland’s most diversified shopping destination, with shopping pockets that range from international designer precincts to discount outlet stores, charming craft villages to bustlingmarkets.

For luxury goods, the exclusive waterfront Marina Mirage is the place to spend some serious cash. But if bargain hunting is your cup of tea, then head for the designer outlet warehouses at Harbour Town in Biggera Waters.

8-Whitewater World

WhiteWater World has rides and slides for the whole family. You can learn to surf at the Cave of Waves, a 2,685sqm artificial surf that swells to heights of 1.5 metres.

9-Currumbin Wildlife SanctuaryGold Coast

Set within natural rainforest and bushland, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has an extensive array of Australian native wildlife, with more than 100 species of mammals, reptiles and birds.

This wildlife sanctuary is serious about wildlife conservation and operates the Community Wildlife Hospital for sick, injured and orphaned animals.

10-Mount Tamborine

The picturesque hinterland mountain village of Mount Tamborine is a haven for local artists. Cute timber cottages and European-style village buildings house cafes and galleries with original paintings, sculptures, ceramic art and hand-made crafts.

Discover Queensland

For more things to do in Brisbane and surrounds, see www.queensland.com

10 things to do Gold Coast for kids

10-Mount Tamborine

The picturesque hinterland mountain village of Mount Tamborine is a haven for local artists. Cute timber cottages and European-style village buildings house cafes and galleries with original paintings, sculptures, ceramic art and hand-made crafts.

Discover Queensland

For more things to do in Brisbane and surrounds, see www.queensland.com

10 things to do Gold Coast for kids


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