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35 summer school holiday activities on the Gold Coast 2018

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

The Gold Coast is a little and big child's playground. Whether you're visiting for the school holidays or are a local seeking entertainment to see your kid through the Christmas break we've got a whole list of ideas to keep them busy and your sanity at bay.



3 Gold Coast activities that always go down well with kids


18-hole round of mini golf

18-hole round of mini golf from Groupon

Let the kids experience an 18-hole mini golf spread across 6,000 square metres at Parkwood Village.

  • Duration: Flexible
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price per person
From AUD

$9

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Wakeboarding or kneeboarding pass

Wakeboarding or kneeboarding pass from Groupon

Hit the water and enjoy wakeboarding or kneeboarding for an hour at GC Wake Park.

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

$26

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3-day park pass

3-day park pass from RedBalloon

Have the ultimate holiday for 3 consecutive days by visiting Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and SkyPoint Observation Deck.

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price per person
From AUD

$89 (Child)

$109 (Adult)

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Zipline at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Zipline at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary from RedBalloon

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

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price per person
From AUD

$49

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Dolphin Aqua Adventure at Sea World

Dolphin Aqua Adventure at Sea World from RedBalloon

Get the opportunity to get up close with Sea World's beautiful dolphins.

  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price per person
From AUD

$145

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Australian Outback Spectacular show

Australian Outback Spectacular show from RedBalloon

Watch Aussie Outback Spectacular show with dinner and drinks.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Gold Coast QLD
  • Price per person
From AUD

$99.99

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Cruise and coach tour

Cruise and coach tour from RedBalloon

See Brisbane's landmarks by coach and cruise while enjoying a Devonshire tea onboard.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Location: Brisbane
  • Price is per person
From AUD

$79

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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 6 laps.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price per person
From AUD

$172

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Segway tour

Segway tour from RedBalloon

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

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

$84

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Hinterland Horse connection lesson

Hinterland Horse connection lesson from RedBalloon

Learn ways to get up close with horses and connect with them with confidence from professionals in an hour group lesson.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price is for four people
From AUD

$225

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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
From AUD

From $105 (Child)

From $125 (Adult)

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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
From AUD

$39.95

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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
From AUD

$55 (adult)

$45 (child)

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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
From AUD

$58 (child)

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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
From AUD

$25

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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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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
  • Price per person
From AUD

$3 (Child)

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Family getaway

Family getaway from RedBalloon

Enjoy an overnight stay at Sea World Resort and get an unlimited Sea World entry for both days of your stay.

  • Duration: 1 night
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price is for four people
From AUD

$458

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Escape room experience

Escape room experience from RedBalloon

Crack puzzles, find clues or solve a crime scene with this unique game that is interactive for 4 people.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price is for two people
From AUD

$84

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Magic show

Magic show from RedBalloon

Witness an incredible act of the champion of magic, illusionist Matt Hollywood every Friday and Saturday night commencing at 7pm.

  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Price per person
From AUD

$49 (Child)

$69 (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
From AUD

$69

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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
From AUD

$49

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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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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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5 Christmas school holiday events on the Gold Coast

  1. Christmas Carols. They'll sing their hearts out and be touched by the magic of Christmas as carols dominate the city. Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Palm Beach and everything in between is hosting their own carols. Check out your local and plug in for a chill picnic with entertainment to boot.
  2. Children's Cycling Workshops. Get them on two wheels to master the art of cycling. Free workshops are held in Nerang and Ashmore over the Christmas school break to build up their confidence and balance.
  3. Big Bash League - Brisbane Heat vs Sydney Sixers. Deck them in your team's colours and take them to the game to cheer their (or your) team on. 1 January 2019.
  4. Night Markets at NightQuarter (pictured). After a long day at work, ditch the food prep and head to NightQuarter instead to eat from stalls and relish in the buzzing atmosphere. Friday nights.
  5. Coast Club School Holiday Activities. Send them off for half or full day activities at the Coast Club where they can hone their skills in surfing, abseiling, canoeing and more. Parents are also welcome for some bonding time. 17 December 2018 - 18 January 2019.

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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