21 winter school holiday activities on the Gold Coast 2019

The parks, wildlife encounters and winter bliss are just the beginning.

The Gold Coast is considered a playground for both children and adults. Whether you're visiting for the school holidays or are a local seeking to entertain your kids during the winter break, we're got a whole list of ideas to keep them busy.




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3 Day Pass: Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild

3 Day Pass: Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild from Adrenaline

Get unlimited entry to three of the most iconic theme parks on the Gold Coast bound to make your winter break memorable.

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Ages: All ages. Height restrictions apply
  • Price: $129 (Child)
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Less than $50

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary from RedBalloon

Experience wild lorikeets being fed, a bird show and the chance to hug a koala bear.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Gold Coast QLD
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $39.95
  • Accepts Afterpay

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Horse Riding experience

Horse Riding experience from RedBalloon

A unique experience your kids are sure to be impressed by these school holidays. You will be provided with safety equipment on the day.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Gold Coast Hinterland, QLD
  • Ages: 3-16 years old
  • Price: $25
  • Accepts Afterpay

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SkyPoint deck entry and experience

SkyPoint deck entry and experience from Adrenaline

Take in views of Brisbane to Byron Bay during the day and the shimmering Gold Coast skyline at night. Plus, get a $20 dining voucher at SkyPoint Bistro + Bar.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Ages: All ages
  • Child price:$24
  • Adult price:$34

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Magic show

Magic show from RedBalloon

Witness illusionist Matt Hollywood live with his incredible magic show every Friday and Saturday night commencing at 7pm.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price: $49 (Child)
  • Accepts Afterpay

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18-hole round of mini golf

18-hole round of mini golf from Groupon

Practice those swings on one of two 18-hole mini golf courses at Carrara Mini Golf.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Ages: All ages when accompanied by an adult
  • Price: $3 (Child)

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Zipline at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Zipline at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary from RedBalloon

Take the family on an adventure to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and experience up to 80 treetop challenges and 11 awesome ziplines.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Ages: 7 years and above
  • Price: $39 (Child)
  • Accepts Afterpay

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Snorkelling adventure

Snorkelling adventure from Groupon

Snorkel around the calm waters of Wave Break Island to see over 400 varieties of fish.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Gold Coast Dive Centre
  • Price: All children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Price: $49

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Bigtop Playhouse full-day entry pass

Bigtop Playhouse full-day entry pass from Groupon

Kids of all ages will love this circus-themed play centre with slides and multi-level play equipment.

  • Duration: Full-day
  • Location: 2/24 Kohl Street Upper Coomera QLD
  • Ages: Children up to the age of 12
  • Price: $7

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More than $50

Mt Tamborine Rainforest tour

Mt Tamborine Rainforest tour from RedBalloon

Enjoy morning tea, wine tasting, a 4WD ride and a guided walking tour in the rainforest with this tour suited for those who love the outdoors.

  • Duration: Half-day
  • Location: Surfers Paradise
  • Accessibility: On-site parking available
  • Ages: 3 years and above
  • Child price: $58
  • Accepts Afterpay

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Dolphin Aqua Adventure at Sea World

Dolphin Aqua Adventure at Sea World from RedBalloon

Get up close with Sea World's beautiful dolphins.

  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Ages: 5-13 years old
  • Price: $145
  • Accepts Afterpay

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Indoor skydiving

Indoor skydiving from Adrenaline

If you've ever wondered what skydiving feels like, look no further than iFly, an indoor skydiving experience that is as close to the real thing that you'll find.

  • Duration: Each flight lasts approximately 1 minute
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Ages: 3 years and above
  • Price: $139 (Child)
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Buggy driving experience

Buggy driving experience from RedBalloon

Try the new V8 craze and drive a wild V8 off-road buggy for a thrilling 6 laps.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Ages: 12 years and above
  • Price: $280
  • Accepts Afterpay

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Indoor skydiving

Indoor skydiving from Adrenaline

If you've ever wondered what skydiving feels like, look no further than iFly, an indoor skydiving experience that is as close to the real thing that you'll find.

  • Duration: Each flight lasts approximately 1 minute
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Ages: 3 years and above
  • Price: $139 (Child)
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Segway tour

Segway tour from RedBalloon

Explore Federation Coastal Reserve on a 60-minute segway while taking in the beautiful rainforest and stunning views.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Ages: 12 years and above
  • Price: $84
  • Accepts Afterpay

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Australian Outback Spectacular show

Australian Outback Spectacular show from RedBalloon

Treat the kids to a night out to watch the Aussie Outback Spectacular show with dinner and drinks.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Ages: 3 years and above
  • Price: $99.99
  • Accepts Afterpay

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iVenture Card for Gold Coast

iVenture Card for Gold Coast from iVenture Card

Enjoy multiple activities on the Gold Coast for one low price, including wildlife sanctuaries, sailing trips and day tours.

  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Ages: All ages
  • Price: $105 (Child)

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Free activities on the Gold Coast for the winter school holidays

  • Enjoy a picnic at Tamborine Mountain on a sunny winter day
  • Explore the rainforests of the Gold Coast hinterland on a bushwalk
  • See the Gold Coast from above and head up to SkyPoint Observation Deck on the 77th floor of the Q1 Tower
  • Enjoy a brisk walk while the kids run around at one of the area's beaches, like Main Beach, Broadbeach or Burleigh Heads
  • Enjoy a day out at Carrara Markets with plenty of entertainment including face painting, pony rides, merry-go-rounds, bungee trampolines to keep your kids entertained

Deals and discounts on school holidays activities on the Gold Coast

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