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Home of the Arts (HOTA) Gallery, Surfers Paradise

The HOTA Gallery is located in the HOTA Precinct at Surfers Paradise and is the largest art gallery outside of a capital city in Australia! While the HOTA Gallery may be designed to cater for international art exhibitions, families haven’t been forgotten.

The Children’s Gallery at HOTA Gallery lets little artists get hands on – you won’t find any “do not touch” signs here! The Children’s Gallery will change every few months, each time offering a variety of interactive exhibits that complement the main galleries. After visiting the Children’s Gallery, take a stroll through the other free Galleries where you’ll find a few installations that are interactive and the kids will love.

Be sure to ride the lift to the top floor and take in the Gold Coast skyline view! Fabulous 270 degree views await and there is even a guide you can use to work out what all the buildings are. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, there are a number of restaurants and cafes at the Gallery, or you can head over to the Performing Arts building and visit the Lawn Bar for casual dining.

Why not make a day of your visit and check out the rest of the HOTA Precinct – visit Evandale Lake for a swim, play in the playground, explore the Outdoor Stage and its rooftop gardens and walk over the Blue Bridge to Chevron Island. There is heaps to do on a family day out at HOTA!

Need to know:

  • Website
  • Cost: Children’s Gallery is free, some of the main exhibits may have an entry fee at times depending on what is on
  • Tickets: At the moment due to Covid restrictions you require a (free) ticket to enter. You can book a timeslot online, or walk in and select a ticket. Walk ins are usually fine, however be aware on Sunday’s the market is on and it may be busier and you may have a short wait if the venue is at capacity.
  • Facilities: Exhibition Galleries, Children’s Gallery, Rooftop lookout, restaurants, HOTA precinct
  • Address: 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise

Current Children’s Gallery exhibit until 10 October: World Upside Down

Discover secrets and surprises, where nature is not what it seems in World Upside Down. The young and young-at-heart can be curious and creative through interactive art and hands on making activities, designing a future where we all belong.

In Lowana-Skye Davies’ interactive artwork bathe in a pool of light and sound, and play along with bodies of water, like a rock-pool, a stream, or a house pool.

Find ways to rescue animals in Alinta Krauth’s digital animal-scape where you’re in charge and tasked with the chance to design ways to care for wildlife by changing their environment.

And here you can also create! Make your own bird box and flying creatures to take home with you (or put on display in the Gallery) and make a paper leaf boat to race with friends.

Inspired by the themes of the 2021 major exhibitions, Solid Gold and Lyrical Landscapes, World Upside Down is a chance to wonder about your place in the world and get creative about our future. Keep an eye out for unexpected surprises – sometimes our natural world is not quite what it seems.