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28 school holiday activities on the Gold Coast 2018

Keep your kids busy with these activities on the Gold Coast during the upcoming school holiday break.

If you’re staying local these school holidays or will be visiting the Gold Coast and looking for things to do, you’ve come to the right place.

Here’s a whole list of ideas to keep the little ones busy during their next school break.

Visiting the Gold Coast? Plan your trip with our Gold Coast travel guide



3 iconic Gold Coast things to do with your kids


Best discounted school holiday activities in Gold Coast:

60% off 2-hour surf lesson from Scoopon

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

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Miami, Australia
  • Price is per person

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Reptile park entry for just $8 from Scoopon

Your Luke's Reptile Kingdom pass allows you to get up close with different animals, creating a very unique 1 to 1 experience!

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Location: Carrara, Australia
  • Price is per person

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Kids sailing lessons for just $9 from Groupon

Teach them young! Give your child a Funsail sailing lesson at Southport Yacht Club.

  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Location: Main Beach, Queensland
  • Price is per person

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$10 off Sea World entry from Groupon

Get below the surface and discover a whole new world of fun and adventure at Sea World. Get up close and personal with dolphins, penguins, polar bears and so much more!

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Main Beach, Queensland
  • Price is per person

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$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
  • Price is good for four hour snorkelling per person

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

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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$25

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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 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
From AUD

$55 (adult)

$45 (child)

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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
From AUD

$55

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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
From AUD

$78

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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
From AUD

$49

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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
From AUD

$35.95

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Gold Coast Theme Park Pass from Groupon

Visit Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast and Paradise Country with this pass perfect for the whole family.

  • Duration: 1 day
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price per person
From AUD

$89

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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 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
From AUD

From $105 (Child)

From $125 (Adult)

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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
From AUD

$77

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6 school holiday events on the Gold Coast

  • Movies Under the Stars: When the weather warms up so do the outdoor movies. This year's program runs from 1 December to 31 March and features movies such as Muppet Christmas Carol and Polar Express in the leadup to Christmas. 1 December - 31 March. Various parks in the Gold Coast.
  • Coolangatta Christmas Carols. With Christmas comes carols. Join in the singing at Queen Elizabeth Park to start the holidays off on the right note. 10 December, Queen Elizabeth Park, Coolangatta.
  • NightQuarter Christmas Carols. If you miss out on the Coolangatta spectacular, head to NightQuarter for a second round. 16 December, NightQuarter.
  • Christmas in Paradise. Surfers Paradise that is. Hit up the beach for the ultimate in yuletide festivities including an appearance by Santa in board shorts in a surfboat sleigh driven by kangaroos. 18-24 December, Surfers Paradise beach.
  • New Years Eve. Ring in the new year with parties, fireworks and markets. 31 December, Broadwater Parklands.
  • Magic Millions Gold Coast Raceday: Catch the world's richest sales-based incentive raceday at the Gold Coast this January. It features nine races with seven worth $1 million+. Feeling lucky? 13 January, Gold Coast Turf Club.

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

Looking for discounts on activities and attractions in Gold Coast? Check out these coupon codes and discounts.

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