Summer is the perfect time to visit the Gold Coast, and welcome in 2022. The warm weather and long sunny days create the ideal opportunity to explore the outdoors, cool off with exciting water activities, and check out the best local beaches, creeks, and swimming spots. 

Staying at our Burleigh Heads location means that you are right in the heart of the Gold Coast. You can stay close and stroll over to swim at the world-famous and lifeguard patrolled Burleigh Beach or surf the iconic Burleigh Headland waves. If you wish to make the most of your Gold Coast stay, the best water activities are within easy reach and just a short drive away.

If what you are really craving is to decompress and unwind, you won’t need to venture far, with our guest facilities offering a tranquil oasis away from the hustle and bustle. Enjoy a few lazy laps in our outdoor tropical resort pool, or feel your stress simply melt away with a long and relaxing soak in the spa. 

When you’ve recharged your batteries and you are ready to head out and explore this lovely coastal location, you can take your pick from the following incredible water activities, water parks, and experiences out on the water.  


When you think of water fun on the Gold Coast, Wet’n’Wild water park instantly comes to mind. Boasting the title of Australia’s biggest water park, you’ll be delighted to discover 22 attractions including water slides and rides, wave pool, splash zone, water play structure, and more! Situated just off the Pacific Motorway in Oxenford, it’s an easy 28-minute drive away, and a great day out for families staying at Swell.

Younger children will love the new H2Oasis tropical splash zone, where they can run and play amongst the water fountains, and try not to get soaked from head to toe when the central water bucket fills up and tips out! Parents can sit back and relax with lots of shady seated areas surrounding the splash zone.

There’s also the Wet’n’Wild Junior precinct, with eight waterslides just the ride size and thrill level for little kids, a shallow kids pool with water cannons, plus an interactive play structure taking families up above to discover slides, water play stations, and so much more. When you’ve burned off enough energy, you can sit back and regroup with a relaxing float around the Calypso Beach lazy river.

When you feel like hitting the waves, wander over to the giant wave pool where you can splash and relax while the waters are calm, and then ride the waves when the siren blasts. The wave pool operates on a ten-minute cycle, so you can cool down and relax or step up the thrill level and test your skill at bodysurfing. The choice is yours. 

Of course, nothing gets your adrenalin pumping like thrilling water slides and rides, and Wet’n’Wild has no shortage of those to choose from. There are solo rides, doubles, and group rides for three to four people, great for families. There are mild to medium thrill level slides and rides, as well as maximum thrill levels for the super adventurous and brave. 

Check out all of the attractions, precincts, and experiences waiting for you at Wet’n’Wild this summer. 

White Water World

Situated right next to Dreamworld, White Water World may not be quite as big, but it certainly offers a whole lot of fun in the sun for families. When you purchase a ticket to visit Dreamworld you receive entry to White Water World as well, so set aside two days if you can to really make the most of these fantastic attractions.

There are water slides and rides, the Cave of Waves, Wiggle Bay which specifically caters to younger children, and the massive Pipeline Plunge tree fort and water playground. There is also Cabana hire available, where you can enjoy your own private space featuring deck chairs, couches, your own dedicated locker, plus a mini-refrigerator. The perfect home base to return to between rides. 

Find out more about White Water World here and book your tickets. 

Gold Coast Aqua Park

The GC Aqua Park is located off the Southport Broadwater Parklands, 30 minutes drive along the coastline north of our Burleigh accommodation. Open every day from 6 am – 6 pm over summer, you can find this fantastic attraction directly opposite Australia Fair Shopping Centre. 

Gold Coast Aqua Park is a giant inflatable obstacle course floating out on the calm and sparkling Broadwater. You’ll need to be a strong swimmer, and have a decent level of fitness to tackle it. You’ll be climbing, balancing, racing, and jumping, so make sure that you come with lots of energy!

Participants need to be 5 years or older, and accompanied by an adult if under 10 years of age. Life jackets are provided, and compulsory, however there are also lifeguards on duty for your peace of mind. Sessions run for 50 minutes, start on the hour, and you need to arrive 30 mins prior to your session time to get ready.

Book your tickets or find out more about Gold Coast Aqua Park here.

While you are in the area, you might wish to check out the Broadwater Parklands rock pools. Entry is free, there are lifeguards on duty, plenty of shady spots for a picnic, and the kids can splash and play. There’s a waterfall, water fountains, and shallow water artificial rock pools that smaller children will love. 

Burleigh Beach & Tallebudgera Creek

When you have one of Australia’s most iconic surf beaches right at your doorstep, it would be remiss to leave it out of your holiday itinerary! The beach itself is just a stone’s throw from our resort, and guests will adore the gorgeous walk around the headland through the Burleigh National Park to Tallebudgera Creek.

You can book in surfing lessons at Burleigh Beach, swim in the patrolled area between the flags, explore the rock pools and enjoy a picnic on Burleigh Hill, or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll along the water’s edge. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes along the beachfront for when you need to refuel. 

The calmer waters of Tallebudgera Creek is a favourite spot for swimming, kayaking, SUP, snorkelling, or playing in the sand. A favourite for locals and visitors alike, and recognisable by its clear turquoise waters, it’s a spot we know that our guests will enjoy. You can walk or drive from our resort, depending on your preference. 

Swell Resort

If Summer water fun sounds like just what you need for the perfect family getaway, book your stay at Swell Resort in Burleigh and make memories that will last a lifetime. We have a range of one and two bedroom self-contained apartments perfect for holidaymakers. 

Check our accommodation options, stay rates, and availability here.