Alright, so you want to go to the Gold Coast, but keep a tight budget while your there. Despite the abundance of great paid attractions like theme parks, restaurants and night life; the Gold Coast has a bunch of family activities that I would personally recommend.
1. Hitting the Beaches
Don’t let the over-hype about ‘Surfers Paradise’ fool you, the best beaches are along Burleigh Heads, The Spit and Broadbeach. A free trip to the beach is an easy way to relax for a day in the hot sun with the tranquil waters. Not to mention the invaluable service life guards supply that is reliable, safe and free. An all new experience is to try a sunrise or sunset walk on the beach, believe me when I say the morning air is crisp, the water is flat, the wind is dead, and it’s worth the wake up for sunrise.
2. O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk
It might be hard to believe, but the O’Reilly range offers a free nature walk through the tree tops of this illustrious and beautiful rainforest. Visitors sometimes choose the closer and more accessible Tambourine Mountain for it’s rainforests, but nine suspension bridges later through 180 meters of forest, and the O’Reilly range triumphs over all. Taking the Booyong Walk for about 300 meters from the guesthouse will show the way to this magnificent walk.
3. The Broadwater
Just a step back from the Spit is the Broadwater, which Sea World faces onto. But the real treasure is the Broadwater beach which has the Coast’s biggest playground; so you may have to tear your kids away from it. But while they’re playing, you can relax on the beach with plenty of chairs and shade, or take a dip in the fully netted swimming area. Next to this beach is the Gold Coast’s public swimming pool which is also free. It accommodates younger swimmers with children’s pools and slides, as well as a three stage diving board for Dad who wants to show off. So find your cheap flights to Gold Coast airport and give the family a treat.
4. Exercise Tracks
If eating all those buffet breakfasts while on holiday gets your guilt (and gut) going like it does mine, then you might want a good fitness routine. There’s a good ‘Foundation Walk’ through The Spit if you are staying on Broadbeach, and it’s usually less crowded. A walk in the other direction along Broadbeach will also offer you a whole range of free exercise equipment. If Surfers Paradises’ broad walk gets too crowded, try Monaco or Kurrawa Park for a more tranquil and quite time.
5. The Currumbin Rock Pools
Currumbin’s rock pools are a great picnic area with large and safe rock pools boasting flowing waterfalls and lush rainforest. It’s safe for all kids, but parents might not be safe from complaining children because the water is usually very chilly. Try to pick the last Sunday of any month to go as the Currumbin Community Farm Campus hosts a small market for the whole family to enjoy.
Tom Wilson – Loved spending the majority of his life on the Gold Coast, discovering the best places to spend the day.