The Gold Coast is a favourite playground for families with a wide range of family-friendly activities and things to do with kids.
Best Gold Coast Beaches for Families
No family holiday to the Gold Coast is complete without at least one trip to the beach! Staying at Swell Resort Burleigh Beach you’ll be ideally located to walk across the road to the popular, lifeguard patrolled (look for the red and yellow flags) North Burleigh beach.
You can also take the incredibly scenic walk around the Burleigh headland and across the bridge to the patrolled section of Tallebudgera Creek.
Gold Coast Theme Parks
The Gold Coast is known as being ‘famous for fun’! Be sure to visit at least of the Gold Coast’s big 5 theme parks during your visit.
These awesome Gold Coast attractions offer fun for kids of all ages – yep, big kids too!
Warners Bros. Movie World – themed around the Warner Bros. film studio and associated DC Comics, Movie World offers action-packed shows and rides for all thrill levels.
Sea World Gold Coast – this premier marine attractions boasts awesome aquatic animal encounters, live action shows, and rides for all members of the family.
Dreamworld – Australia’s biggest theme park offers thrill and family rides, animal encounters and exciting family shows.
WhiteWater World – Located next to Dreamworld offers thrills and spills for the whole family with a wide range of waterslides and water attractions.
Wet’n’Wild – located near Movie World you can splash into another world with water slides, man made beaches and other aquatic adventures.
Australian Outback Spectacular
Enjoy dinner and a show! Journey to the heartland of Australia with an all-star cast and an mouth watering 3 course ‘Aussie’ meal. Kids will love meeting the animal stars of the show and the exciting horseman ship on display.
Dracula’s Cabaret Restaurant - DRAX 4 KIDS!
While the regular show at Dracula’s is open to audiences over 15 years of age, every Saturday at midday, the attraction welcomes little ghouls for ‘Drax 4 Kids’! Featuring awesome special effects, puppetry, laughs and live rock music, the kids will get to dance and join in with interactive games. It’s a day out they won’t soon forget!
Located in Burleigh Waters, BOUNCEinc is the ideal place to let the kids burn off some energy while you enjoy a coffee and a few minutes relaxation. As an indoor attraction BOUNCE is particularly awesome if you’re looking for rainy day things to do on the Gold Coast, if you’re wanting to take leave of the midday sun for a few hours.
BOUNCE Burleigh Waters activities include a Free Jump Arena, Dodgeball, Slam Dunk, X-Park, The Wall, SuperTramp and more!
Animal Experiences on the Gold Coast
If you want to meet some native Aussie wildlife then be sure to visit one of the dedicated animal parks located on the Gold Coast.
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
A visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary offers loads of things to see and do with the family! Explore the exhibitions and meet the animals, take in incredible shows, or get up close and personal with an animal encounter. You can even visit the wildlife hospital so that you can witness the amazing work that is being done to treat and rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.
These are just some of the amazing things to do on the Gold Coast with kids. For more inspiration and to book many of the attractions mentioned in this article visit our tour and attraction bookings page.
Make it a Swell family holiday to the Gold Coast!
Swell Resort Burleigh Beach offers family friendly accommodation including a selection of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom fully equipped holiday apartments. Staying at Swell Resort Burleigh Beach you will also have access to excellent onsite facilities including; FREE WiFi access, heated swimming pool and spa, full size tennis court, BBQ facilities and more.