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Family Friendly Attractions in the Gold Coast

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The Gold Coast is an ideal city for a fun-filled, stress-free family holiday. The city is laid-back, and - while it does offer an electrifying nightlife - has a safe and kid-friendly atmosphere. You’ll find theme parks, educational adventures, and of course, plenty of soft sweeping beachfront.

 

The great outdoors

 

In the Gold Coast’s central sprawling streets, surrounded by towering high-rises and buzzing shops, it's easy to forget that the city is close to deep tropical jungles full of waterfalls and wildlife - so don’t forget to explore the great outdoors with your kids.

 

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

 

South of the city centre, in the Carrumbin neighbourhood, you’ll find this vast wildlife sanctuary. Your kids are bound to go wild for the cool kangaroos, bright rainbow lorikeets, and bouncing dingos - you can even see saltwater crocodiles. You can even tour the sanctuary by Segway, and show off your Tarzan moves on the rope swings and zip-wires of the adventure park.

 

28 Tomewin Street, Currumbin, QLD 4223. Tel: +61 7 5534 886 511

 

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary website

 

Theme parks

 

Spread throughout the Gold Coast and its surrounding areas you’ll find several theme parks ideal for a quick visit or full day out, whether your kids feel like slippery water slides or speedy roller coasters.

 

Warner Bros. Movie World

 

This huge theme-park is worth the short drive from the central Gold Coast to nearby Oxenford. Kids and parents can enjoy movie-themed roller coasters, including spooky scare-rides, Wild West log slides, and head-spinning space shots. Meanwhile, younger kids can earn their souvenir junior driving licences at the educational driving course, or meet their favourite cartoon characters at the carnival-like fun zone.

 

Pacific Motorway, Oxenford, QLD 4210. Tel: +61 7 5573 3999

 

Warner Bros. Movie World website

 

The Rockpools

 

If you’re travelling with tiny tots, the Rockpools is the perfect park to take them to. Water jets and waterfalls flow throughout these man-made rock pools, and magical animal statues speckle the beachside park. The shallow water is the perfect depth for toddlers to splash around in complete safety, and there tree-shaded play parks to frolic in as well.

 

Marine Parade, Southport, QLD 4217. Tel: +61 7 5581 1615

 

The Rockpools website

 

Museums

 

While avant-garde art and history exhibits may not be most kids' bag, there are certainly enough wild and wacky attractions o get younger minds whirring. Here's one that'll have jaws dropping.

 

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not!

 

This quirky kid-themed museum is full of weird, wonderful showpieces that'll amaze and disturb in equal measure. The remarkable jewel-studded skulls, shrunken heads, and exotic treasures of the "Odditorium" tell of mystery and adventure, and kids can even try their luck at making it through the laser maze - just like in the movies.

 

Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217. Tel: +61 7 5592 0040

 

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! website

 

Family dining

 

Australians like their food big on flavour and big in size, so there's no risk of the family being let down by overly fussy or pretentious eateries in the Gold Coast. Here's a couple of places that will get mouths watering.

 

Mario’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria

 

Italian is one of the city’s most loved cuisines, and Mario’s Restaurant is the place to sample some fresh authentic Italian cooking. This relaxed and spacious restaurant - with old-world frescos painted on the walls - is great for the whole family, providing a children’s menu of mini pizzas and pastas, and full baby facilities.

 

Victoria Avenue, Broadbeach QLD 4218. Tel: +61 7 5592 1899

 

Mario’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria website

 

Cav’s Steakhouse

 

Established in 1984, this local gem is a popular family restaurant thanks to the warm and welcoming owners, community vibe, and impressive menu of signature steaks, seafood, and kid's dishes which are great value for money. There’s also a play area on-site for tiny toddlers, making this hacienda-style restaurant an all-round favourite.

 

 30 Frank Street, Labrador QLD 4215. Tel: +61 7 5532 2954

 

Cav’s Steakhouse website