Tips for a great family holiday in Australia’s Gold Coast

  • Asia & Oceania
  • Saturday, 02 Sep 2017

Watch your little ones marvel at a lorikeet feeding experience in Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo: Tourism And Events Queensland/Marl Horsburgh

The fun never ends at the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. From thrilling theme parks to exhilarating hot-air balloon rides, there is something for everyone in the family.

Take the family on a day-trip to Australia’s largest theme park, Dreamworld, which has attractions like DreamWorks Experience. Meet beloved characters like Shrek and Po the Kung Fu Panda, or go on a safari-like tour at Tiger Island!

If superheroes are more your thing, then head to Warner Bros Movie World and try out roller-coaster rides like Superman Escape. Those who like marine animals should head to Sea World, the venue for the Dolphin Discovery show, and visit SpongeBob SquarePants in Nickelodeon Land.

Meet Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and more at Warner Bros Movie World. Photo: Tourism And Events Queensland | Gold Coast - Star2,com
Meet Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and more at Warner Bros Movie World.

Up Close With A National Icon

If you’re looking for a more laid-back family day out, then head to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. This massive heritage-listed zoological garden allows visitors to take photos with cuddly koalas, feed wombats and go on guided tours to learn more about these animals.

Catch Your Own Crabs

How about a fair dinkum Australian outdoor adventure? Get the family on a two-hour crabbing adventure tour, and have a go at feeding friendly wild pelicans, catching crayfish with yabby-pumping, and trapping mud crabs. Or just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride and scenery.

Have a family fun day at Burleigh Heads Beach. Photo: Tourism And Events Queensland | Gold Coast -
Have a family fun day at Burleigh Heads Beach.

Up, Up And Away

Looking to go beyond land and sea? Then get the family on an unforgettable hot-air balloon ride with Hot Air Balloon Gold Coast. Take beautiful family photos from 3,000ft up in the air, with the magnificent Gold Coast hinterland in the background. After it ends, reminisce about the ride over champagne (for parents only, of course) and a classic breakfast spread. Now, doesn’t that sound like the perfect way to end a great adventure in the sky?

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It is possible to stay within budget for a family holiday in the Gold Coast. Check with your travel agent on how to enjoy these exciting offers.

One Child Free, With Two Paying Adults

Village theme park package – Movie World + Sea World admission + Paradise Country Farm Tour with BBQ Lunch (no transfer)

Catch A Crab tour (including morning tea, seafood platter lunch: ½ mud crab or Duo of Spanner Crab seasonal, fish and chips, two oysters, salad)

General admission to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

30-minute on hot-air balloon scenic ride + champagne breakfast @ O’Reilly’s Vineyard (including return coach transfer)

Admission to Dreamworld and Whitewater World on the same day

Free one 6X8 photo with koala, DW$10 and admission to SkyPoint within seven days.

Second Adult At Child’s Rate

55-minute jet boat ride

½ day Natural Bridge Springbrook tour

Whale-watching Cruise (until early November)

Dolphin and Tangalooma Wrecks Cruise

30-minute hot-air balloon ride with champagne breakfast

Catch A Crab tour with morning tea and seafood platter lunch

Buy One, Get One Free

ATV Quad Bike at Tangalooma Island Resort (minimum one-night stay)

Dreamworld And Whitewater World Special

Entry to Dreamworld and Whitewater World, with A$10 vouchers and free photo with koala.

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