School holiday activities on the Gold Coast 2020
Make your home a school holiday haven with these top indoor and outdoor activities.
School's out which means it's up to you to organise the kids' daily schedule of activities. To get you on the front foot, we've compiled a heap of options for indoor play, local amusements or day trips out to the beach or the Gold Coast Hinterland.
When planning your family's school holiday activities, remember to maintain good hygiene and social distancing.
Things to do during the July school holidays on the Gold Coast
Plan a trip to the Gold Coast's top family attractions
Infinity Gold Coast, Topgolf Gold Coast, Ripley's Believe It Or Not and Sea World Resort have all reopened in time for the school holidays. Organise to spend a day at each and you've got a decent amount of their break already sorted.
Sea World is expected to reopen by 26 June and Outback Spectacular by 3 July. Movie World, Wet'n'Wild and Paradise Country will not open in time for the holiday break.
INFINITY Attraction Gold Coast entry
Sea World Gold Coast family getaway
Two Hours of TopGolf Game Play
Have an on-the-water adventure
The water is always warm on the Gold Coast which means it's always a good time to hit the water. From surf lessons to stand-up paddle boarding, water babies are going to be spoiled for choice.
Kids group surfing lesson
Stand Up Paddle lesson
Parasailing in Gold Coast
Go on a fast and fun ride
If your kid loves a good thrill, the Gold Coast has more than a handful of fast-paced activities to keep them entertained, including go karting.
Go Karting, Laser Tag and Indoor Climbing Combo
Electric Go Karting - 4 Sessions
Electric Go Karting - 2 Sessions
Make a splash on the waves
Head out to the waterways and enjoy an exhilarating jet boat ride. Zoom, spin and slide up and down the coast with 360-degree spins. You may even spot whales and dolphins along the way.
Jet Boat Ocean Thrill Ride
Jet Boat Ride and Currumbin Wildlife Park Entry
Jet Boat Premium Adventure Ride
Zipline through the forest
Hold on tight as you zipline through Australia's largest and highest zipline course. It's the ultimate adrenaline rush with views you don't want to miss.
Tiny Tots High Rope and Zipline Adventure
Zipline Adventure at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Extreme Zipline Guided Tour
Go on a fast and fun ride
Choose from hitting the go-karting track to zip-lining through the treetops. If your kid loves a good thrill, the Gold Coast has more than a handful of fast-paced activities for them.
Electric Go Karting session
Extreme zipline guided tour
Jet boat adventure ride
Sign them up for virtual workshops
Keep their cogs spinning during the school break with a workshop in something they're passionate about (or something they're currently learning at school). It could be coding. It could be animals. You decide. Either way, you can work from home while they participate online.
Online private magic class
Online private Minecraft rollercoaster lesson for kids
Online mammals experience for kids
Get crafty at home
Watch their imaginations come to life with arts and crafts. If you're a little strapped for time, you can sign them up for an art workshop online. Otherwise you can tune in too and help them with their creation.
Picasso Self-portrait for kids
DIY Mosaic craft box
Dried flower crown craft box
Tuck into a night at the movies (at home)
When the weather turns and you're staring at a rainy day, there's more than enough entertainment on the tele to keep them entertained. Pop some kernels and flick on the TV for your pick of the family-friendly mix from streaming services like Netflix, Disney+ and Bingle.
Book in a games night
Bring the whole brood together for some rollicking good fun – and yes, some healthy competition. Buy your board games online or dust off some old favourites.
Mousetrap Board Game
Get creative in the kitchen
Cupcakes where they can frost the tops and pizza where they can get their hands stuck in are always winners with little ones. Pick a recipe or tune into an online tutorial and prepare to let flour fly.
The Kids Only Cookbook
Get your kids cooking Focaccia
Potato Gnocchi cooking class
Play some video games
For little ones, games can hone motor skills and education. For older kids, it's a great way to distract them and keep them entertained for hours. Pick out a few new games for them that work with their console.
Spyro Reignited Trilogy - PS4
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX - Nintendo Switch
Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training - Nintendo Switch
Road trips you can take from the Gold Coast
Springbrook National Park
Distance from Gold Coast CBD: 40km or under a 50-minute drive. By public transport, take a train to Robina and connect by taxi.
This piece of the Gold Coast Hinterland is a favourite with families and tourists for its arresting scenery. Spend the day hiking through lush rainforests and picnicking to panoramic views and being dazzled by cave glow worms.
Glow Worm Night Tour
Natural Arch and Springbrook Tour
Natural Bridge Glow Worm Night Tour
South Stradbroke Island
Distance from Gold Coast CBD: 40-minute ferry ride from Main Beach, Sanctuary Cove Marine and the Runaway Bay Marina.
South Straddie (as it's commonly referred to) is the place to be for an adventure-filled day away from the city. Its conservation park offers swimming, surfing, bushwalking and rock climbing and you can camp overnight to make a weekend of it.
Jet ski to Stradbroke Island and jet boating
Sea kayaking, dolphin and Stradbroke Island tour
Wavebreak Island and Stradbroke Island half-day tour
Distance from Gold Coast CBD: 40km or a 50-minute drive. By public transport, take a tram to Helensvale and then a taxi to Tamborine Mountain.
Brimming with country charm and rugged landscape, Tamborine Mountain has all the makings of a relaxing day out. Pop into market stalls on the sides of the road to collect your lunch and then drive the windy road up to the mountain's summit for forest views.
With extra time on your hands, visit the Rainforest Skywalk to walk the middle and upper canopy of the forest.
High Ropes and Flying Fox Adventure
Tiny Tot's High Rope and Zipline Adventure
Half-day Tamborine Mountain Tour
Distance from Gold Coast CBD: 80km or a 1-hour drive/public bus ride.
The state's capital serves up culture in spades. Visit its many kid-friendly museums, climb its icon – the Story Bridge – and take in a theatre production, magic show or musical.
Brisbane's Story Bridge Climb
Boggo Road Gaol Ghost and Gallows Tour
Gold Coast Magic Show
Free activities on the Gold Coast over the school holidays
- Enjoy a picnic at Tamborine Mountain on a sunny day.
- Explore the rainforests of the Gold Coast hinterland on a bushwalk.
- Take a brisk walk while the kids run around at one of the area's beaches, like Main Beach, Broadbeach or Burleigh Heads.
- Have a day out at Carrara Markets. It's Australia's largest market with over 400 food and market stalls.
- Sporty families can spend Saturday morning at the Surfers Paradise parkrun.
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