The Gold Coast makes for a special place to live or to head to for a holiday.
With stunning beaches, rivers, rainforests and trails, there’s so much to do outdoors for the whole family that we had trouble whittling them down.
Nevertheless, we managed to do just that, so here’s our curated list of the five best outdoor family-friendly spots on the Gold Coast.
1. Hit The Beach
Forgive us for leading off with the obvious, but it’s not called the Gold Coast and Surfers Paradise for nothing.
70-odd kilometres of coastline is packed with family-friendly spots where you can relax for the day playing on the sand and basking in the sun. Make sure you don’t forget the sunscreen.
Some of the best family-friendly beaches include:
- Broadbeach: On the north of the coast, you’ll find a long and clean strip of beach with plenty of surrounding grasslands. There’s a playground ideal for picnics, too. On the weekend, you’ll find markets here.
- Burleigh Heads: This beach won a Trip Advisor poll as the best spot for swimming, surfing and bodyboarding, which is no mean feat on the Gold Coast. Head down to The Point for a weekend barbecue.
- Coolangatta / Greenmount Beach: The headland nicely protects this 800-metre beach. Waves are low, and you’ll benefit from a couple of surf lifesaving clubs and lifeguard towers.
- Currumbin Creek: Head to Currumbin Creek if you’re a water sports fan. From surfing and kayaking, to stand-up paddle boarding, there’s something for everyone here.
- Rainbow Bay: This is the most southerly coastal town in Queensland. With rolling surf, safe swimming and regular surf patrols, Rainbow Bay is the ideal spot for a chilled family beach day.
2. Tallebudgera Creek
If you’re looking for a place of calm, Tallebudgera Creek is a small and isolated beach with ample shade where the water is gentle and decidedly kid friendly.
Break out the kayak or the stand up paddle board, or relax with a lip-smacking picnic.
3. Grab The Bikes
With a remarkable 800 kilometres of cycling paths, the Gold Coast serves up a network of pathways called The Oceanway. Running from the Gold Coast Seaway in the north down to Point Danger Lighthouse in the south, the 32-kilometre track is a delight for all the family.
Cycle paths were built into the planning here, and it shows. Whether you want to explore the suburbs or hustle out into the hinterlands, grab some bikes and hit the trail.
Remember to take food and water and slather on the sunscreen.
4. Mount Tamborine Forest Walk
If you’re in the vicinity of Mount Tamborine, take a 45-minute stroll along the steel bridges and walkways in the rainforest canopy.
You’ll stride 30 metres above the forest below and enjoy plenty of useful info as you walk along the trail.
While perhaps not suitable for much younger children, it can be for adventurous youngsters; this forest walk is educational and stimulating.
5. Pound The Playgrounds And Parks
If you’re looking for some inexpensive entertainment outdoors, why not take advantage of the heaps of playgrounds and parks studded along the Gold Coast.
Here’s just a brief taste of what’s on offer:
- Aqua Splash: Down in Southport Broadwater Parklands, Aqua Splash is the first open water theme park in Australia and well worth a visit
- Broadwater Parklands: This family-friendly 3-kilometre piece of parkland along the Southport foreshore makes for a great day outdoors.
- Justin Park: Located in Burleigh Heads next to the surf club, Justin Park is a tranquil spot.
- Kurrawa Pratten Park: For something livelier, head to Kurrawa Pratten Park smack in the centre of Broadbeach.
- Laguna Park: This sprawling adventure playground complete with a pirate ship is in Palm Beach.
- McIntosh Island Park: A jewel in the middle of Surfers Paradise.
- Paradise Point Parklands: A picturesque park overlooking the Broadwater.
- Pat Fagan Park: Head to Coolangatta for views stretching to Surfers Paradise.
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