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We’ve Taken the Guesswork Out of Planning What to Do on Your Next Gold Coast Family Holiday

Mum Central have planned the perfect family holiday for you, all you need to do is get here! Run; don’t walk, to the Gold Coast for your best family break ever!

If you’re staying on the sunny Gold Coast with the kids and looking for some family fun, we’ve got you covered with this bucket list of activities and places to eat! From shopping to shows, beaches to birds we’ve done the research so all you’ve got to do is relax and enjoy this amazing family holiday destination! It’s Paradise!

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What could be better than getting up close and personal with Australian wildlife on a local holiday? There is so much to see and do in the CWS. You can take a guided Segway Safari where you can travel on Segway’s around the sanctuary, stopping to feed the animals along the way. Or test your skills in the Tree Top Challenge with five different courses and 80 different tree top challenges! There are 11 insane zip-lines including the Croc Shock where you literally zip-line right over the crocodiles! There’s also multiple wildlife encounters to be had such as holding a koala or feeding a crocodile for the more adventurous families! A day here won’t disappoint the tribe!

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Take a walk through nature in this stunning tree top walk! Walk along the suspension bridge among the tree canopies, and enjoy the birds eye views from up among the trees. There are nine suspended bridges that allow you to tour some of Australia’s lush rainforest flora from a unique perspective!

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This dazzling show presented by R.M. Williams takes you on a journey to the snow peaked mountains of the high country, and tells the story of the courageous Red Dog. There are death defying stunts and aerial performances galore to keep the family captivated! Plus you are served a three course dinner while you watch the show, so what’s not to love about being entertained and fed all in one go?

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If you’re looking for a dose of nature on your holiday, this is the perfect activity to do with the family. Pack a picnic and head to the Springbrook National Park. There is much to see and do in the National Park, from bush walks, to scenic opportunities to camping. There are beautiful waterfalls to see by day, a new suspension bridge with spectacular views, horse riding trails and glowworm tunnels by night. It is a 55-minute drive inland from the Gold Coast so pack a picnic and make a day of it!

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Take the family for a stroll along the picturesque Surfer’s Paradise beach promenade and browse the hundreds of stalls in the night markets. There is something there for everyone in the family! There’s clothing, food vendors, home wares, artworks, jewellery and much more! The best part is the markets frequent this location appearing on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night!

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Skypoint is Australia’s only beachside observation deck located 77 stories up on the Gold Coast’s iconic Q1 tower. The whole family will feel the wind in their hair, 230-metres up during the 90-minute experience. When you’re done enjoy a rewarding treat in the Seventy7 Cafe & Bar and watch the tiny world beneath you go bay with 360 degree Gold Coast views. Be warned: the last 40-metres of the climb to the summit is outside and nearly 300 stairs. Climbers are (safely) harnessed to a purpose-built rail system. If you can curb the nerves this is a truly amazing experience!

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This free activity is definitely one the kids will love! There is a playground with activities for children of all abilities including a wheelchair swing, a huge bouncy pillow, The Rockpool water playground and free barbecue facilities! There’s even free wifi! So set up a picnic or bring your snags and bread along and enjoy all that Broadwater Parklands has to offer.

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Of course you can’t visit the Gold Coast without stopping off at one of the famous theme parks for a day with the kids. There’s Sea World for the animal lovers, Movie World for the thrill seeking roller coaster riders, Wet ‘n’ Wild for the action packed adventure seekers and Dreamworld for the family funsters. Keep an eye out for admission deals across parks if you’re looking to hit up more than one theme park on your stay!


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The kids will literally love you for taking them here for a meal! Not only is Pancakes in Paradise an affordable option (hello $9.99 pp all you can eat deal!) but they have literally every topping you can imagine for both sweet pancakes and savoury crepes. And if it’s not your thing – they also cater to the non pancake lovers of the family with other things available on the menu. But who can say no to breakfast overlooking the beach with a stack on pancakes?

Source: Trip Advisor

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This family friendly pub is a little drive to get to, sitting in Tamborine which is between the Gold Coast and Brisbane, but boy is it worth a visit! There’s a playground and open grounds for the kids to play while they wait for their order, and if you go at the right time, there is a reptile show and toad races! How very Queensland of you!

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Tasty, food, nostalgic décor and a relaxed vibe makes The Bistro an easy family-pleaser for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s stacks of sophisticated grown up meal choices and an extensive beer and wine menu but best of all the kids eat for $8! And not a cent more. You’ll be tapping along to the era’s coolest tunes while you dine.

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This little gem is in Sanctuary Cove, and even the fur babies are catered for! Sit and watch the yachts on the harbour as you eat from a menu serving up local food. Plus it has a giant checkerboard which is a great way to kill time between babycinos and during the school holidays, the kids can grab a ride on their train! There’s also a playground nearby so plenty to do after a bite to eat.

Source: Gold Coast Bulletin

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Amanda is a mum of two beautiful girls who comes from the Blue Mountains. Previously a magazine editor and a published children's book author, Amanda loves writing and sharing her parenting tips with other mums (and dads!).

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