Family fun for the day on the Gold Coast

Thinking about a holiday at one of Australia’s most beloved destinations and one of Queensland's many gems, the Gold Coast? Most people plan to visit the ever popular theme parks the Gold Coast has become so well known for, however don’t realise what else this spectacular place has on offer. Read on for tips on what to do with your family whilst visiting this sunshine soaked holiday haven.

First things first you want to get down to the beach! A plethora of beaches on offer throughout the area means there is always the perfect patch of sand to set up camp for the day. For those looking to soak in the sun and get that golden tan, the soft white sands of the Gold Coast beaches are sure to be the most comfortable sun bed you’ve ever had! If you’d like to try your hand at a little water sports, head to the Currumbin Creek entrance where you will find a family friendly paradise and several options to jump on a stand up paddle board (SUP) and explore the water. The surfers and wave junkies looking for a little more excitement have their choices cut out for them as well, with a range of wave types available to suit beginners through to professionals. Beginners will find Rainbow Bay a great place to start and as the beach is patrolled year round by lifeguards it's a great location for families as well. For experienced surfers you have a choice of top surf spots from Snapper Rocks and Duranbah to Currumbin Alley and Burleigh Heads. So no matter what the perfect beach day looks like to you, you are sure to find the right beach for the occasion.

Girl surfing in the Gold Coast

If you'd rather spend the day diving into the latest fashion and toys than into those pristine Gold Coast waters then Pacific Fair is a little better suited for you. With over 300 stores ranging from high class fashion labels, tech and gaming stores, sweet shops, cinemas and cafes there is hours of entertainment for the whole family! Getting there is a breeze as the centre is located just off the Gold Coast Highway making it readily accessible by car, with onsite parking you won't even have to walk. For those opting for public transport there are the options of the complimentary shuttle making stops at multiple resorts, translink busses stopping directly at the centre or the G:link tram service which stops a short 500m walk from the centre. The comfortable visitors lounge offers a place to rest your feet as well as other facilities such as free wifi, luggage storage for lease and a prayer room. Shopping with children is made easy with play areas, pram hire and fully equipped parents rooms to keep the little ones happy. Of course don't forget to pick up your complementary visitor pass that gives access to over 120 exclusive offer form retailers before starting your day of exploring!

For those who would rather do something a little different with their day, why not hit up one of the smaller attractions on the Gold Coast? Located right in the heart of surfers paradise is Infinity, it is one of the most popular small attractions on the Gold Coast. At Infinity prepare to have your mind blown! An immersive experience for all ages, wander through the maze like worlds at your own pace and experience the many awesome special effects and multi-sensory optical illusions. If this sounds a little much why not try something not quite as intense but spectacular all the same and check out ArtVo. ArtVo I’d Australia’s first “trick-art” gallery and offers spectacular optical illusions in the form of life size murals. This unique take on the traditional art gallery allows the viewers to explore new worlds and put themselves in the picture, offering many awesome photo opportunities. Finally if you're feeling like getting competitive there is always TimeZone Surfers Paradise. With a full arcade as well as laser tag, mini golf, bumper cars and mini bowling there’s no shortage of options to let your inner child go wild!

To wrap up a busy day exploring all the fantastic Gold Coast has to offer, you might find yourself looking for a delicious dinner to fill your belly. One restaurant that offers a dinner with a difference that you absolutely can not go past is Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant! This spectacular production starts with a unique entrance to the dining area where you are seated and tended to by the helpful waitstaff, and only gets better. As the night goes on you are treated to a delicious 3 course meal and a dazzling performance you will not soon forget! Purchase your ticket beforehand to secure your place, tickets include meals unless selecting the show only option with which you can purchase tapas additionally. It is a licensed venue, though drinks are not included in the ticket price. Do keep in mind the show may not be suited to younger children, though there is the “Drax 4 kids” show every Saturday from midday.

As you can see there the Gold Coast certainly has more to offer than the theme parks it is so well known for. So get busy and really experience everything the Gold Coast can throw at you. The biggest problem you will have now is how to fit it all in!