Gold Coast School Holiday Activities
Gold Coast School Holiday Activities

Dreamworld’s The Claw ride pictured. Photo: Courtesy of Gold Coast Tourism

School Holidays

Every year 10.5million visitors flock to the Gold Coast and many of these will arrive during the summer school holidays to experience our award winning beaches, heritage listed hinterland and enjoy the plethora of tours and attractions all the while enjoying our relaxed Gold Coast lifestyle.

If you’re planning on visiting the Gold Coast these summer school holidays here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your holiday.



Surfers Paradise Night Markets

Surfers Paradise Night Markets. Photo: Courtesy of Gold Coast Tourism

Visit Surfers Paradise

Whether you’re staying there or not, a day and evening strolling through Surfers Paradise is a must. Be entertained by buskers and street performers, enjoy a coffee or lunch in one of the many alfresco cafes and visit the local attractions such as 7D Cinema, Ripleys Believe it or not or Infinity. Take a relaxed stroll along the 1km of recently renovated foreshore which is also the location of the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Night Markets each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night from 4pm – 9pm.

Get Adventurous

School Holidays - fire-truck-tours

Fire Truck Tours

With 211 Things To Do on the Gold Coast there is no chance of getting bored on your holiday.  Being the Theme Park capital of Australia you have 5 parks to choose from – including Dreamworld, Movie World, Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild and whitewater World. Aside from the Theme Parks the Gold Coast also offers other unique activities including jet boating on the Broadwater with Paradise Jet Boating, take an indoor skydiving flight with ifly Gold Coast or a city tour in a real Fire Truck Tour.





Swimming at Gold Coast

Photo: Courtesy of Gold Coast Tourism

Dip your toes (or your whole body) in the ocean

Voted one of Australia’s Top 10 beaches, the golden sand and warm waters of Surfers Paradise beach is popular with swimmers, joggers, surfers and strollers from around the Gold Coast, around Australia and around the World. See what all the fuss is about and take a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific Ocean. Surfers Paradise beach is a lifeguard patrolled area so make sure you swim between the flags.

Go West

Gold Coast Hinterland

Natural Bridge – Photo Courtesy Gold Coast Tourism

Venture west from the beach and explore the green behind the gold with a visit to the Gold Coast’s National Parks including Lamington, Springbrook or Tamborine. Southern Cross 4WD Tours offers a variety of day tours departing your coastal accommodation house. Tours include off road 4WDriving, morning/afternoon tea, bush walks, wine tasting, BBQ lunch with the opportunity for a swim in fresh water rock pools, and the famous bird feeding at O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat.
Check out the spectacular hinterland scenery by air with a morning Hot Air balloon flight. Offering a choice of 30min and 60min scenic balloon flights over the hinterland including champagne breakfast and cellar door tasting at O’Reilly’s Grand Homestead and Vineyard – it’s a once in a lifetime experience!



Paradise Resort

The Gold Coast has a range of accommodation choices available from Backpacker hostels to family-friendly resorts such as Paradise Resort and Sea World Resort, leading hotel chains including Novotel Surfers Paradise and apartments with ocean views at The Breakers. There are hundreds of hotels from Broadbeach to Main Beach alone. There are options to suit all traveller styles and budgets making the Gold Coast an affordable travel destination for visitors from all walks of life from all across the globe. So book yourself a room these school holidays and come and see why the Gold Coast is “Famous For Fun!”