• Animals,  Attractions,  Cafe & playground,  Nature play,  Water play

    Shark and Ray Gardens

    Ever wanted to get up close and personal with a shark or stingray? Hidden away just north of the Gold Coast is a place where dreams come true for those obsessed with all things sharks and marine life! Providing a very unique experience, your visit to the Shark and Ray Gardens is guaranteed to be both educational and fun!

  • Animals,  Free to do,  Nature play

    Coombabah Lakelands Conservation area

    The Coombabah Lakelands Conservation area protects 1200 hectares of wetlands and eucalypt forest, right in the middle of the northern Gold Coast suburbs. Visit in the late afternoon to see grassy open fields bathed in golden sunlight and hundreds of kangaroos grazing on the grass!

  • Animals,  Cafe & playground

    O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards & Mount View Alpacas

    Looking for something unique to occupy the kids? Got out-of-town visitors and want to take a day trip? Or simply looking for a date option that’s a bit different to the usual? O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards has you covered! Enjoy a wine tasting at the Cellar Door, dine overlooking the grape vines, or pre-order a gourmet picnic hamper to enjoy beside Canungra Creek, the options are endless. But the latest addition to the property which differentiates them from every other vineyard around is the chance to hang with your very own alpaca!!

  • Animals,  Cafe & playground,  Nature play

    Farm & Co, Kingscliff

    Have you ever seen those beautiful sunny sunflower fields pop up in your social media feeds? While most head to Byron Bay or Warwick to snap their selfie with a sunflower, a little known but ever so amazing sunflower field is actually a lot closer than you realise! Enter Farm & Co – what was once just an avocado farm in Cudgen (just outside of Kingscliff), realised the potential in their sunflower field and business has been booming since they also opened a stunning farm-to-plate café alongside their popular produce market.

  • Animals,  Free to do,  Nature play

    Daisy Hill Koala Centre & Forest

    We recently visited Daisy Hill State Forest and Koala Centre, which was where I spent many a weekend and school holiday hanging out with friends and family. With free access, this place is a gem for all ages to learn about koalas and their conservation.

  • Animals,  Cafe & playground,  Free to do,  Gold Coast eats,  Nature play

    The Historic Rivermill

    One of our favourite Gold Coast adventures is a visit to the Historic Rivermill! Nestled in the picturesque Mt Nathan Shire, it’s only 10 minutes inland from Nerang and a VERY popular spot with families. The Rivermill is part café, part animal farm and part museum (a small one), meaning it’s a great way to spend a few hours and occupy a variety of age groups.