Taking the Kids to the Gold Coast


With direct flights between Canberra and Coolangatta airport, going to the Gold coast for a family holiday is easier then ever. It is an action packed place to visit with plenty of things to do for any family and budget. Accommodation is quite reasonable and there are hundreds of places and options to choose from! There are many parks with decent playgrounds and some good patrolled beaches for swimming and sandcastle building. So here are my tips and favourite things to do on a Gold Coast trip.

1.     Check your dates: Try and avoid such things as Schoolies, and if possible, school holidays. Understandably this may not be possible with school age children, so travelling on midweek dates can also help with the crowds at theme parks and other attractions.

2.     Buy Year Passes: Visit the theme parks, but before you do, buy year passes. A year pass for the trio of Movie world, Sea world, Wet N Wild OR Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and Sky Point Tower will set you back about $100/person not counting the many deals that they offer throughout the year. General admission to just one park can start at $70/adult, so the year pass is great value!

3.     If flying in, hire a car. All the major car rental companies operate out of Coolangatta airport and as many of the attractions of the Gold Coast are quite spread out (particularly the theme parks) a car is needed. Transfers, shuttles and some public transport is available in the area, however this can work out to be a more expensive option.

4.     Check out the largest Timezone in the southern Hemisphere. It features not only arcade games but bowling, dodgem cars, laser tag and mini golf. They are generally open til Midnight, so it’s a good option for child friendly evening entertainment.

5.     Keep an eye on local papers and ‘whats on’ websites. There is often many free things to see and do, such as markets and street entertainment, especially during peak times such as school holidays.

 6.     Get an ‘old timey’ family photo. There are a couple of studios in the gold coast that do sepia photos with elaborate props and themes ranging from victorian to the wild west to 1920’s gangster. Something fun for the next family photos! Visit www.oldtimephotos.com.au for more information.