So you’ve done the beach, tried your hand at surfing, and eaten your weight in ice cream? We’ve been there! Here are five ways to seriously upgrade your Gold Coast holiday.
1 | Let loose on an inflatable obstacle course.
Probably the greatest water adventure to hit Queensland, GC Aqua Park is a definite crowd-pleaser. Little balls of energy can’t get enough of the massive bouncers, connecting walkways and some of the highest inflatables in Australia. For everyone else, there’s a separate space for relaxing. Even better, you can actually relax — because staff lifeguards are everywhere.
HOT TIP: Prices start from as little as $10AUD per hour. Forgotten togs? GC Aqua Park is just opposite the Australia Fair Shopping Centre.
2 | Burn off energy at a massive recreation park.
An open-air sports and recreation park seven-minutes from Miami Beach, Pizzey Park offers swimming pools, playgrounds, a skatepark and even an on-site barbecue. With a gorgeous park to while away the day, it’s one of the most open spaces on the Gold Coast.
HOT TIP: Don’t stress about packing! Plenty of shops hire out bikes, surf boards, kayaks, skateboards and nearly everything else on wheels.
3 | Get outdoors with the Gold Coast Nature Passport Game.
Who doesn’t love a mission? Designed for ages 3 to 12, the Gold Coast Nature Passport gets kids exploring. Using the Nature Play Passport, you’ll accept fun quests that send you all over the city. The handy passport is packed with beach games, stickers and ideas for adventures.
HOT TIP: Pick up a free copy of your Gold Coast Passport at most Gold Coast libraries, or order one online.
4 | Hit the rink — iced or not!
For a bit of nostalgic fun, head to Epic Skate Rink for some roller skating or blading, just 10 minutes from Coolangatta. Experienced skaters can hire blades or skates, while newbies can grab a lesson on Monday evenings. If ice skating sounds more your speed, chill out at Iceland in Bunfall. You’ll find a full-sized arena, skate rentals and delicious hot chocolates!
HOT TIP: If you’ve worked up an appetite at the Epic Skate Rink, head to nearby Grill'd Coolangatta for the best burgers in the zip code.
5 | Let your little ones get crafty.
Craft Parlour in Palm Beach will encourage curiosity and creativity with their inventive workshops geared toward families. You'll find the biggest selection over school holidays, when jewellery-making, basket-weaving, botanical dyeing, ceramics and macramé all get a look. The best part? You'll take home what you make!