5 Things To Do in Gold Coast with Kids During Summer

As a parent, you want to give your children an unforgettable holiday experience. A great way to do so is by visiting the Gold Coast during summer. The Gold Coast is Australia’s premier holiday destination, offering plenty of fun and adventures for both adults and children alike. In this article, we’ll go over some of the best things to do on the Gold Coast with kids during summertime.

Gold Coast with Kids
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Whale watching

Whale watching is one of the most popular activities on Gold Coast with kids, and it’s easy to see why. Gold Coast whale watching tours are available throughout the summer months, providing an opportunity to get up close and personal with majestic creatures like humpback whales. With such a wide variety of tour options available, you can choose something that suits your budget—from small group tours to private charters.

Your best bet will likely be a day cruise; this will give you plenty of time to spot some whales and explore various parts of the Gold Coast coastline. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing that won’t restrict movement or make you too hot (and maybe bring some sunscreen). A pair of binoculars is also helpful if you don’t have one already.

Movie world theme park

Movie World is a theme park located in Oxenford, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. It is one of the largest theme parks in the world and encompasses over 100 acres (40 ha). Movie World is managed by Village Roadshow Theme Parks which also operates Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast and Sea World on the Gold Coast. The park features several thrill rides, animatronic shows and animal exhibits.

Movie World has been voted as Australia’s Best Theme Park for 8 years running at the Australian Tourism Awards from 2014 to 2019 with an overall win as well in 2017 by Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award (Australian Best Attractions category), making it one of three attractions on the Gold Coast to receive this award for 7 years running along with Dreamworld Roller Coaster and Ripleys Believe It Or Not.

Dreamworld theme park

Dreamworld theme park is one of the popular holiday destinations for families and children of all ages. The theme park has rides and attractions suitable for all ages, with some thrill rides suitable only for adults. There are also water rides, indoor play areas, animal attractions and shows at Dreamworld that can be enjoyed by guests of any age.

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place to learn about Australian animals. There are several activities you can do with your kids, such as feeding the kangaroos and koalas, taking walks through the animal enclosures, and getting up close and personal with reptiles.

You can also participate in some workshops if you want to learn more about a particular species of animal. For example, the Reptile Encounter Program teaches you how to catch snakes without hurting them by using tongs.

This is a great place for children who love animals and want to learn more about them. If your child has ever dreamed of being a part of Australia’s iconic “Aussie Battlers” then visiting this sanctuary would be an excellent way for them to start their journey into becoming one themselves.

Wet `n’ Wild water park

Wet ‘n’ Wild is a family favourite for many reasons. It’s located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, so it’s easy to get to from your hotel or apartment. The park also has an on-site hotel and hostel, so you can stay there and enjoy your day without worrying about transportation back home. The park has plenty of dining options as well – both indoor and outdoor – so you can grab a snack or meal before heading out to enjoy the rest of what this lively city offers.

The park itself is packed with water slides that will keep kids entertained all day long. There are also pools throughout where they can swim around with their friends, as well as lazy rivers that let them relax while being pulled through by rafts or tubes (you’ll need to rent these separately). Lastly, Wet `n’ Wild has an awesome wave pool where riders can experience waves like those found at beaches without having to leave town.


Gold Coast has so much to offer families with kids of all ages. The best thing about it is that there isn’t just one thing you can do, but many! You can visit the theme parks, go whale watching or even visit the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. There are also plenty of other things to do on this list too. So what are you waiting for?

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