There is nothing more satisfying or exciting than planning the next family holiday; finally, the payoff for all of our hard work and a chance to relax and enjoy some uninterrupted time together. Of course, there are always challenges in such a planning endeavor; namely that not all things appeal to all family members and when you’re dealing with a variety of ages and interests as – let’s face it – most of us are, then it becomes something of a puzzle to put together the perfect trip. So it’s not surprising that so many travelers turn to the Gold Coast to help realize their holiday dreams.
A seaside city located in southeast Queensland, Australia, the Gold Coast has managed to successfully marry the excitement and activity of big city living and laid-back beach vibe. Its gorgeous weather, fantastic surfing, copious daytime activities and nightlife, and its 35 miles of coastline have continued to support a healthy flow of tourism, solidifying the Gold Coast as one of the most visited cities in the world. The eclectic offerings of the city – with its equal parts beach town and cosmopolitan appeal – make it a stellar option for family holidays where each person has the opportunity to enjoy what they love.
Best Places to Stay
There are no shortages of accommodations on the Gold Coast – something for everyone and every budget; more than anything, it’s about deciding what will best suit your family’s needs. There is everything from big resorts (with big amenities) to lodges and private homes; each nestled in areas with their own unique personality.
Surfers Paradise has come by its reputation honestly as one of the best places to visit on the Gold Coast; in fact, it is held up as a landmark destination of Australia, especially for those who love to surf. Surfers Paradise is where travelers go to squeeze every drop of fun out of their holiday – surfing and shopping the day away, and then taking advantage of the incredible nightlife.
Known for its pristine beaches, Broadbeach offers a quaint, European-village vibe with some of the best dining options on the Gold Coast. This area is also one of the most family-friendly areas to visit, offering up entertainment for all ages.
If it’s the laid-back beach vibe your family craves, Burleigh Heads is the perfect option. Home to a national park, Burleigh Heads gives nature-loving families a chance to enjoy some of the Gold Coast’s most beautiful natural scenery.
Best Places to Eat
Dining on the Gold Coast is fun for everyone, as there is so much available – from casual to upscale. Some of the more well-known spots include Mario’s Italian Restaurant, Deja View – known for its modern cuisine, and Lauxes On The Park for classic Australian fare.
With 35 miles of coastline, the Gold Coast has some of the most visited beaches in the world. Some of the best include:
Surfers Paradise – Referred to by locals as the “Glitter Strip,” Surfers Paradise has much to do and waves that keep the surfers coming back for more.
Currumbin – Known for some of its stunning beauty, Currumbin is a destination all its own. It’s calm surf make this a popular spot for families with beach-loving kids.
Coolangatta – Great surfing meets pristine beauty on Coolangatta beach where families can watch for dolphins and adventurers can ride the waves.
Nothing allows your family to get to know an area more – and really immerse themselves in the culture – than a tour. The Gold Coast offers an array of tours – from an hour to a full day – each designed to give tourists the opportunity to discover the best of what the area has to offer.
By Air – Try hot air balloon tours or helitours.
By Land – Try four-wheel drive tours, eco-tours, walking tours, wine tasting and even a tour on a Harley-Davidson.
By Sea – Try cruising – lunch or sunset dinner, whale watching, fishing charters, and jet boating.
A super fun option for families with kids is the Super Duck Adventure Tour that covers both land and sea as the area’s most popular amphibious way to explore the area.
Not surprising, its climate and overall amenities make the Gold Coast the perfect spot for some of the country’s most beloved events.
November – Pan Pacific Masters Games, Gatorade QLD Tri Series
January – Magic Millions (Horse Racing), Gold Coast RACV Australian Ladies Masters
February – Burleigh Breaka Pro (Surfing)
March – Quiksilver Pro & Roxy Pro surfing event, Surfers Paradise Festival
April – Gold Coast Film Festival
May – Blues on Broadbeach music festival, Sanctuary Cove International Boat Festival
June – Cooly Rocks On (Rock-n-Roll/Car Festival)
July – Gold Coast Airport Marathon
August – Broadbeach Jazz Festival
September – Swell Sculpture Festival, Australian University Games
October – Netfest, Coolangatta Gold
The Gold Coast offers some of the best out there for family holidays. There’s something for everyone – whether you love to shop, surf, or explore; whether you’re an adventurer, a foodie, or a beachcomber. It offers families a chance to escape the day-to-day grind together – and still experience what most appeals to them as individuals.