Get Inspired / Australia Make a Splash across the Ditch Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Australia Make a Splash across the Ditch story by: Inspire Magazine KIDS AND QUEENSLAND GO TOGETHER LIKE JANDALS AT A BARBECUE – IT’S A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN. PUT ASIDE YOUR PATRIOTISM AND HEAD TO THE GOLD COAST OR SUNSHINE COAST. There’s almost nothing kids love more than theme parks, and very few things parents crave more than a little bit of quiet time while on holiday. On a trip to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, you can have both! How? By tiring your kids out with the wide variety of activities on offer in this warm, sunny part of the world and sneaking in some rest and relaxation while they’re at it. In the glitzy Gold Coast and relaxed, refreshing Sunshine Coast, everyone’s a winner. Both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast are just a quick flight from home, whether you fly direct or stop off in Brisbane for a taste of big city life en route to your final destination. If you pick your accommodation wisely, you can organise to be greeted to a fridge full of pre-selected food at your apartment, making it incredibly easy to settle in to your home away from home. Once you get over the magic of a full fridge (when was the last time that happened?!), it’s time to start exploring. AUSSIE’S SILVER LINING - THE GOLD COAST You’ve promised the kids theme parks and now it’s time to deliver. Luckily, the Gold Coast’s selection has become increasingly sophisticated over time, offering rides and attractions that parents will love almost as much as their offspring. Head to Wet'n'Wild and fl oat down the decidedly subdued river at Calypso Beach and pretend you’re on a tropical island, or pick up the courage to race your kids down the Super 8 slide – remember, no matter what the result is, your kids will always win. Sea World, Movie World and Dreamworld are also worth a visit, with plenty of educational and outdoorsy elements to keep everyone happy. Of course, you’ll also find gut-wrenching roller coasters taunting you at every turn, but those are best left to the kids, right? Prepare to become smitten with koalas at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you’ll also encounter crocs, lorikeets and even a Tasmanian devil. Go all out with a special encounter (yes, you can cuddle a koala) or simply observe the majestic animals from a comfortable distance. Cool off after all that adventure on one of the Coast’s patrolled beaches, which are lined with surf clubs for easy, tasty and affordable family meals. If you’ve got a Sporty Spice in your family you may wish to treat them to a surfi ng lesson, while jet boating and jet skiing may be appealing for adrenalin-lovers. Leave them to it while you relax with a cocktail in one hand and a book in the other, content in the knowledge that your kids are falling in love with the Gold Coast. SUNSHINE COAST Drag yourself away from your family resort and venture to Australia Zoo, arguably one of the nation’s biggest, best and most famous attractions. Channel your inner Steve Irwin and check out the crocs, enjoy some dingo kisses or hand-feed a giant tortoise. There are more than 20 unique animal encounters to enchant your family here, so have your camera at the ready! Pick up some treats at the Eumundi Markets, Australia’s premier artisan marketplace. Head to the scenic hinterland on Wednesday or Saturday morning and pick up locally-grown fresh produce to re-stock your fridge with, alongside freshly baked breads and cheeses – to go with your wine, of course. Let the kids pick out a souvenir each from the massive array of art, handmade toys, fashion and jewellery, then retreat back to your comfortable accommodation to put your feet up. Now, where was that wine? Our neighbours on the Coast are waiting! To fi nd out more give us a call on 0800 838 747, visit houseoftravel.co.nz or come instore today. Click here for all Family Favourites articles Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? 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