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Quick Guide: A family holiday on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is one of Queensland’s and Australia’s most sought-after destinations. This coastal city is alive with culture, incredible beaches and an emerging foodie scene, making it a great spot for a family holiday. With so much to see and do, though, it can be hard to work out where to start!

If you’re planning a trip to Queensland, make sure that Gold Coast is on your itinerary and use this guide to help get the most out of your family holiday.

The right accommodation for your family holiday

Staying on the Gold Coast means you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation. Depending on your budget and preferences, a fantastic and reliable option is Sheraton Mirage Resort on the Gold Coast. Hotels are always a great option because they come with the added benefit of a concierge who can help you find the perfect activities or give you directions for your trip. Serviced apartments are good if you’re looking for more space or want to do some of the cooking yourself. No matter what Gold Coast hotel option you choose, be sure to get to know the transport system so you can get around easily and find your way back at night.

Theme parks

No family holiday to Queensland or the Gold Coast is complete without a visit to the theme parks. A short drive up the highway toward Brisbane is where you’ll find the parks grouped conveniently together. If you visit in the summer months, expect very warm days and the perfect conditions for Wet ‘n’ Wild, the water park. If superheroes are more your vibe, then book your tickets for Movieworld. All of the parks have something for the whole family, but if you’re looking for the perfect park for the family, Sea World is your option. No matter which park you choose, be sure to pack sunscreen and a hat and get ready to have the time of your life on all of the rides.

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The Gold Coast is home to some of Queensland and Australia’s most beautiful beaches. The main beach in Surfers Paradise is convenient and close to the hustle and bustle. A little further down the coast, you’ll enter Burleigh, one of the Gold Coast’s up and coming areas, home to Kirra Beach. Kirra is a picturesque beach that offers an incredible panoramic view of the sand and hills that surround the area. Whichever beach you choose, you won’t be disappointed by the white sand, beautifully warm water and the experience you’ll want to keep reliving on every holiday.


The brewery scene across the country has come a long way, and the Gold Coast is no exception. If you’re partial to a craft beer or a food truck, then you won’t want to miss the chance to visit some of the Gold Coast’s breweries. Arguably the most successful and taste bud enthralling spot is Balter Brewing. The brewery started and ultimately sold by world surfing champion Mick Fanning, Balter, is a must-visit. Set amongst industrial properties, the brewery will surprise with a comfortable setting and outdoor area. It’s the perfect place to sit back in the afternoon and enjoy a few craft beers. With a respectable but not overwhelming selection of taps, Balter has something for everyone. Including a food truck parked in the driveway as well.


If you’re the kind of holidaymaker who loves to come home with a heavier suitcase than when they arrived, the Gold Coast shopping won’t let you down. There are a plethora of options for shoppers, including outlets, big brands and bespoke pieces from local designers. The Gold Coast has so much to offer even the keenest of shoppers, so be sure to purchase that additional luggage allowance before your trip.

Pacific Fair is one of the city’s largest shopping centres and has something for everyone, including plenty of entertainment for the kids. The Gold Coast also offers a number of farmers and Sunday markets. If you’re going to be in town over a weekend, going to a Sunday market is a must. The local produce and delicious fare on offer  will add the final touches to your wonderful holiday.

Whether you’re travelling to the Gold Coast in winter, summer or even autumn, you can be assured that this family holiday will be like no other. The Gold Coast is one of Queensland’s finest destinations. With fun, relaxation and unbelievable beaches all rolled into one!

Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and beyond, Kids on the Coast is an online guide for parents with kids events, attractions & things to do with kids, schools and education, school holiday guides, health & wellbeing for families, parenting and lifestyle news located on Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast & Brisbane, QLD.



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