27 school holiday activities on the Gold Coast 2018

Discounted theme park entry, wildlife encounters and so much more.

The Gold Coast is a child's playground. Whether you're visiting for the school holidays or are a local seeking entertainment to see your kid through the two-weeks off here's a whole list of ideas to keep the little ones busy.

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3 iconic Gold Coast things to do with your kids

Best discounted school holiday activities in Gold Coast:

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55% off Abrakidazzle entry ticket

55% off Abrakidazzle entry ticket from Groupon

Sit back and relax whilst the kids are having fun and learning at the largest indoor play centre.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Southport Trade Centre 48/3 Jackman Street, Southport QLD

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2-hour iPlay Australia ticket

2-hour iPlay Australia ticket from Groupon

Bring the whole family at iPlay Australia for a fun-filled 2-hour unlimited arcade games access.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Pacific Fair Shopping Centre, Hooker Boulevard Broadbeach, Gold Coast

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42% off Bigtop Playhouse full-day entry pass

42% off Bigtop Playhouse full-day entry pass from Scoopon

This playhouse is a circus-themed play centre with slides, multi-level play equipment that is perfect for kids of all ages.

  • Duration: Full-day
  • Location: 2/24 Kohl Street Upper Coomera QLD

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30% off Sea World whale watching

30% off Sea World whale watching from Groupon

Bring the whole family on a whale watching trip to see the whales up-close and learn their natural environment.

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Location: Sea World Cruise Terminal Sea World Car Park, Main Beach, Gold Coast

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61% off 2-hour surf lesson

61% off 2-hour surf lesson from Groupon

Soak up the sun and take on the waves with the ultimate surf lesson package.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Miami, Australia

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$20 off snorkelling adventure

$20 off snorkelling adventure from Groupon

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

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Gold Coast Dive Centre, Miami

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10 ways to keep your kids busy during school holidays in Gold Coast:

Horse Riding Experience

Horse Riding Experience from RedBalloon

Let the children know how to take care of horses in a fun way. Includes safety equipment.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Gold Coast Hinterland, QLD
  • Price per person
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Mt Tamborine Rainforest tour

Mt Tamborine Rainforest tour from RedBalloon

Includes morning tea, wine tasting, 4WD ride and guided walking tour at the rainforest.

  • Duration: Half-day
  • Location: Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
  • Price is per person
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$58 (child)

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High ropes course

High ropes course from RedBalloon

A full-day of challenge that takes you on over 5 courses spanning and 10 acres of rope and wire challenges.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Tamborine National Park, QLD
  • Price per person
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$55 (adult)

$45 (child)

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Jet boating

Jet boating from RedBalloon

An exciting boat ride that let you experience 360 degree spins, slides and fish tails.

  • Duration: 55 minutes
  • Location: Gold Coast, QLD
  • Price per person
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Go Karting

Go Karting from RedBalloon

Enjoy 28 laps of go karting with this 2 sessions package. Minimum age of 7.

  • Location: Helensvale, QLD
  • Price per person
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Circus Workshop

Circus Workshop from RedBalloon

Learn circus tricks with this workshop for kids aged 5-15 years.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Gold Coast, QLD
  • Price per person
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Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary from RedBalloon

Experience wild lorikeet feeding, flight bird show and get the chance to hug a koala bear.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Gold Coast QLD
  • Price per person
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Whale Watching Tours

Whale Watching Tours from Experience Oz

A whale watching cruise that is a must in Gold Coast. Bring the whole family with muffins and morning tea onboard.

  • Duration: 2.5 hour
  • Location: Gold Coast

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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 to the hinterland

  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price is per person
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From $105 (Child)

From $125 (Adult)

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iFly Gold Coast: Indoor Skydiving

iFly Gold Coast: Indoor Skydiving from Viator

Experience skydiving without taking the to the sky. Perfect for the family who wants to experience the adrenaline rush of skydiving.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price per person
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5 school holiday events on the Gold Coast over spring

  1. Swell Sculpture Festival. Hit Currumbin Beach and fuel their imaginations with this outdoor sculpture festival. Wander through the larger-than-life creations and stick around for talks, workshops and twilight walks. 14-23 September
  2. Gymnastics Australia National Clubs Carnival. Let the artistry and hard work of 3,900 athletes inspire your little one as they gather to compete at the largest gymnastics event in the nation at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre. 13 September - 7 October
  3. Kids Take Over. Whoever thought putting the kids in the driver's seat was a good idea had no idea what they were getting themselves into. You've been warned. Hosted by Space at HOTA, the September school holidays is a time where kids take charge, cutting haircuts, performing comedy and building and battling box creations. 28 September - 1 October
  4. Children are Stinky. Part of the Kids Take Over, the laughs never stop with this rollicking good show where circus acts are performed to a soundtrack of 90s hits. Yes, there's something in it for the whole family at the Space at HOTA. 28-30 September
  5. Farmyard Fun Day. Take the little ones to meet the cutest farm animals like piglets and lambs. They'll also learn about life on the farm, including sheep herding and cow milking. 23 September

3 free school holidays activities Gold Coast

  • Splash around at any of the area’s beaches, like Main Beach, Broadbeach or Burleigh Heads
  • Explore the rainforests of the Gold Coast hinterland on a bushwalk
  • Cool down at a local park's splash pad

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