Exciting things to do with kids on the Gold Coast • Our Globetrotters

Introducing guest blogger Sophie Marie from Baby Toddler & Kids

The Gold Coast is a sprawling beach city in South East Queensland that’s more like a huge collections of suburbs and beaches than a traditional city. It stretches up from Coolongatta, on the border of NSW, more than 50km to the suburb of Coomera and south Stradbroke Island.

Its so huge and so eclectic that it might seem a little daunting if you’ve never been before. I’d argue that the most popular, and easiest, area to stay is somewhere between Currumbin and Surfers Paradise.

We live smack bang in the middle of that stretch in a suburb called Miami. My partner grew up in the area and I’ve been with him here for about 5 years. We absolutely love the Gold Coast and it’s the perfect place to live with our three and one year old! The beach is just around the corner, there are calm water inlets to paddle in, kid friendly attractions and tons of amazing playgrounds.

The Gold Coast is all about the outdoors and with an average 300 days of sunshine, it’s easy to understand why. If you’ve got kids who love being outside exploring, I can’t think of a better place to visit.

This post is part of our Explore My City series – come and visit cities around the world through the eyes of local parents

The Best Time to Visit the Gold Coast

I’d argue that any time of the year is the perfect time to visit the Gold Coast. With so many sunny days in the year, the odds are definitely in your favour. During our most recent “winter” there were only two days that I felt the need to wear a jumper!

If you’re coming from a colder climate you might find the weather warm enough to swim year-round. In my opinion, the best time of year is Spring through to early Autumn (September through to March). The ocean is warm and the sun is shining but it is very hot some days so hats and sunscreen are an absolute must!

Summer can occasionally mean stingers (depending on which direction the wind is coming from). If you’re doing the right thing and swimming between the flags there will always be a sign up to warn you though so just keep an eye out.

Finally, avoid school holidays and public holidays whenever possible! It’s the busiest time of the year and even us locals struggle to find a spot that is jammed with tourists.

Our Favourite Attractions on the Gold Coast

These are all well known attractions and I certainly wouldn’t consider them a “locals secret” but they really are amazing for kids and it would be weird if I didn’t mention them!

Like most big attractions, they get busy and we’ve found visiting early and midweek is the best approach. We actually have a locals fare season pass for Paradise Country, Sea World, Movie World, Wet n Wild and Outback Spectacular and sometimes just go for 2 hours then leave before the crowds.

If you think you might visit more than one park or more than twice a year the annual pass is excellent value and the locals discount isn’t just for Gold Coast residents. You can get the locals fare pass if you live ANYWHERE in Queensland and even some Northern NSW postcodes!

Paradise Country

This is my 3 year olds favourite attraction at the minute! It’s a real Australian farm and wildlife experience with animals and shows for the whole family.

Paradise country has farm animals like sheep, goats, cows and horses but also some native Australian wildlife, like kangaroos and koalas. You can feed or pet most of the animals and it’s a great opportunity for little ones to get up close.