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When you’ve done the beach (and picked enough sand out of little ears than you’d ever wish to confess), tried your hand at surfing, and eaten ice-cream morning, noon and night, here are five new things to do on the Gold Coast.
1. GC Aqua Park
INFLATABLE – AND AFFORDABLE – FAMILY FUN
The latest, arguably greatest, water adventure to hit the coastline, GC Aqua Park only opened in September 2018 and already the mini punters (kids) are raving about it. As a brand-new inflatable obstacle course just off Marine Parade, children can’t get enough of the enormous inflatable bouncers, complete with connecting walkways and some of the highest inflatables in Australia. For parents, there is a grassy knoll and sand bank for relaxing, and you can sit back with that book you’ve been meaning to read, because the lifeguards are everywhere. Beach umbrellas are provided and picnic benches are nearby, for when the kids (eventually!) emerge from the sea.
HOT TIP: The park’s open seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm between September and Easter. Prices start from as little as $10AUD per hour. And if someone forgets their togs, it’s conveniently located opposite the Australia Fair Shopping Centre.
2. Pizzey Park
BURN OFF ENERGY
Because kids have enough energy to run circles around all of us, Pizzey Park is a haven for active types. An open-air sports and recreation park seven-minutes from Miami Beach, there’s plenty to do here. From swimming pools to playgrounds, a skatepark and picnic area, you can sit back and relax on the lake, practice your bike wheelies, or fire up the on-site barbecue and sizzle some snags. With ample parking and a lovely green park to while away the entire day, it’s one of the most open spaces on the Gold Coast, and perfect for families.
HOT TIP: Hire companies such as Action Outdoor Hire rent out bikes, surf boards, kayaks, skateboards and SUP boards. Week-long skateboard hire for $45 is sure to keep any kid content.
3. Gold Coast Nature Passport Game
Every child loves a mission and with the Gold Coast Nature Passport, they get eleven. Designed for children aged three to 12 years, this is a game of creativity and exploration. Using the Nature Play Passport, families accept quests which take them all over the city. The handy passport is packed with beach games, stickers and ideas on what to go and see outside. A fun, low-cost and interactive way to get children out, about, and off their iPads.
HOT TIP: Pick up a free copy of your Gold Coast passport at most Gold Coast libraries, or order one online here.
4. Epic Skate Rink
COME RAIN OR SHINE
With around 300 days of sunshine per year, rain isn’t common on the GC, but it’s not unheard of either. On wet days (or days you simply want respite from the sun) head indoors to the Epic Skate Rink in Tweed Heads. Technically you’re in New South Wales, but it’s still only 10-minutes from Coolangatta.
Closed Tuesdays and Fridays, but open come Friday night for a 5-10pm party, you can hire blades or skates, and even sign up for a lesson on Mondays between 5pm and 6pm. For regular rink skating we recommend a weekday jaunt, when the place is quiet.
HOT TIP: Skating is a very reasonable $12AUD for two hours, in which time you'll burn off enough kilojoules to warrant a post-skate feast at Coolangatta’s best burger joint, Grill'd Coolangatta.
6. Pacific Fair Shopping Centre
SHOP AND PLAY THE DAY AWAY
Recently renovated and easily the slickest shopping mall on the Gold Coast, you could spend half a day shopping at the Pacific Fair Shopping Centre. But because kids find retail therapy boooooring, the mall’s also equipped with various child-appeasing hangouts:
Round up the kids, grab your partner and get yourselves to the Gold Coast. Fun in the sun awaits! Click Here for all our Gold Coast family holiday deals.
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