• Free to do,  Playgrounds,  Water play

    The Backyard, Coomera Westfield

    The Backyard, Coomera Westfield is a game-changer in the way that shopping centres are catering to families. Think; bespoke play-zones for kids of all ages, an interactive water feature for water play, scooter track, BBQ facilities, picnic tables, hammocks and so much more.

  • Playgrounds,  Water play

    Broadwater Parklands North, Southport

    The brand new playground at Broadwater Parklands has opened, and boy was it worth the wait! I'm calling it early and declaring that this is my new favourite park on the entire Gold Coast. Everything about this epitomises a family day out on the Gold Coast! Gorgeous views over the broadwater, a calm swimming spot for the kids, shady picnic spots and an EPIC playground that has some of the most amazing pieces that I haven't seen before at any of our parks.

  • Playgrounds,  Water play

    Pirate Park, Palm Beach

    Pirate Park at Palm Beach has long been a family favourite. Located within the Palm Beach Parklands, right on Currumbin Creek, you can easily spend the day here so be sure to pack the swimmers, a picnic blanket and a change of clothes!

  • Playgrounds,  Water play

    Budds Beach, Surfers Paradise

    Budds Beach is just minutes from Surfers Paradise, and the perfect spot for families with little ones to visit for a play, picnic and swim. Here you can park just metres from the water, the sheltered foreshore is shade covered with established trees, and the gentle waves mean plenty of fun splashing in the shallows.

  • Attractions,  Playgrounds,  Water play

    Pimpama Sports Hub, Pimpama

    The Pimpama Sports Hub is home to the northern Gold Coast's state-of-the-art aquatic centre with Olympic-standard 50m swimming pool, netball and tennis facilities and heaps of other recreational and sporting options. Built on a 14-hectare site, it has a large outdoor events space for things like Carols by Candlelight and outdoor movies, and also a community centre. The cherry on the top is the children's playground and walking trails, making this an inviting hub for families to visit any day of the week.

  • Animals,  Attractions,  Nature play,  Water play

    Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

    Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a lush, 27-hectare outdoor space connecting wildlife and nature with the community. There is so much to see and do: Cuddle a koala, pat a kangaroo or book a hospital tour - whether paid or free, there are so many opportunities to interact with the animals and see the Sanctuary in action up close. Don't miss the Extinction Trail where you can get up close with dinosaurs, and the Wild Island water park and playground!

  • Eating out,  Playgrounds,  Water play

    Ronnie Long Park, Tallebudgera

    Tallebudgera Creek would have to be one of the most popular swimming spots on the Gold Coast, but make sure you take the time to venture a little further during your visit so you don't miss out on some of the locals best kept secrets! Ronnie Long Park is a great beach side playground that always draws the crowds.

  • Attractions,  Free to do,  Nature play,  Playgrounds,  Water play

    Home of the Arts (HOTA), Surfers Paradise

    HOTA is the Gold Coast's home for all things creative! Formally known as Home of the Arts, HOTA is a cultural precinct bringing people together. Here you can experience shows in the theatres, performances on the outdoor stage, exhibitions in the Gallery, immersive events, workshops and more. If the arts aren't your thing, the parklands around HOTA are hugely popular. Whether you're visiting the Farmers Market each Sunday, swimming in Evandale Lake, playing on the playground or relaxing with a picnic under the trees by the river, you're bound to enjoy a day out at HOTA.