School holiday activities Gold Coast style are easy to plan when you have our list. Because we live here, we know ALL the besting things to do over the school holidays on the Gold Coast.

We are going to take advantage of the gorgeous weather on the Gold Coast and get into our list of Gold Coast days out – and you should too!

These are the best school holiday ideas of fun things to do in Gold Coast with kids these Winter 2021 school holidays. We have compiled a comprehensive guide of the best school holiday activities over the June/July 2021 school holidays to help make your life so much easier! If you want to know what’s on at the Gold Coast for April school holidays, just keep reading our long list of ideas.

Gold Coast Summer school holiday dates: Saturday, 26 June 2021 – Sunday, 11 July 2021

Kids activities Gold Coast – free, cheap or GO BIG!

The city of the Gold Coast is in South East Queensland and there is NO shortage of things to do here!

We’ve listed what to do, where to go and what’s on with our Gold Coast school holiday activities guide.

Read our list of kids school holiday activities on the Gold Coast to find all the things to do on the Gold Coast with kids that are going on locally.

Fun things to do on the Gold Coast school holidays:

  • 20 free school holiday activities,
  • 10 cheap school holiday activities on the Gold Coast,
  • big days out on the Gold Coast or,
  • shows and concerts on during the Gold Coast school holidays.

We’ve got school holiday ideas Gold Coast style for you in our fun school holidays guide. Add this page to your bookmark bar right now (or share it on Facebook so you can find it later). This article is an ‘at-a-glance’, go to resource for parents listing the best things to do school holidays Gold Coast style!

School holiday activities Gold Coast

Give spelling, punctuation and grammar a miss for a while with these fun school holiday ideas. From Surfers Paradise to the beaches of the Goldie to suburbs of the Gold Coast, our comprehensive school holiday guide has listed a bunch of school holiday ideas. These will ensure the kids are kept happy (which means you are happy, #amiright?!)

20 Free things to do on the Gold Coast with kids

The best things in life are free! So these school holidays don’t have to break the bank. In fact we have listed our favourite 20 things to do on the Gold Coast for free with kids! YOU. ARE. WELCOME!

Broadwater Parklands

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Set right on the water, this park boasts a jumping pillow, flying fox and a monorail track. Bring the bikes and scooters because there is a mini traffic course as well. If that’s not enough, they can splash in the water play area or swim in the swimming enclosure.

Read up on Broadwater Parklands here

Walk to the Natural Bridge at Springbrook

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If you want to see the Gold Coast’s glow worms in their natural habitat for free, then the Natural Bridge at Springbrook National Park is the place to do it.  Take a meandering walk down through the rainforest with its dark canopy of murderous strangler figs and abundant local fauna to reach the breathtakingly beautiful rock formation at the bottom:  The Natural Bridge. Click here for more information. 

The Springbrook National Park offers a wide variety of trips and walks for families.

This is one of our top picks for free family activities Gold Coast style!

Burleigh Heads

One of the most beautiful beaches along the Gold Coast, Burleigh Beach is a wonderful place to visit with the kids. Your kids will be safe swimming in the protected waters of the beach, which isn’t as rough as some of the other beaches around the Gold Coast.

BBQ areas are everywhere and with the option of oceanfront dining, you and the kids won’t be going hungry. (They even made our list of top spots for fish and chips!)If you’re lucky, you may even catch a local arts and crafts market going on along the foreshore. So if you’re looking for a great beach to visit, check out Burleigh Heads.

Currumbin Rock Pools


One of the Gold Coast’s best-kept secrets for kids, this local swimming spot has an added bonus – it’s also free!  If you want to escape the heat, hustle and humidity of the bustling Gold Coast, pack a picnic and head for the hills where you can cool your heels at the Currumbin rock pools. The Currumbin rock pools are one of our favourite Gold Coast activities for families. Read our review about our trip to the Currumbin rock pools here.

Cedar Creek Falls, Mt Tamborine

If you want to get out into the hinterland and into a bit of creek swimming, then you cant go past Cedar Creek Falls at Mt Tamborine. Frequented by families with children, Cedar Creek Falls is a great natural outdoor day trip. There are three rock pools in which you are allowed to swim although the water is often very cold. It makes a great place to cool down on a sweltering summer’s day. The top rock pool is quite deep and it has a couple of ledge areas which children can sit and paddle their feet quite easily. The two other rock pools are further down the rock face. There are picnic facilities and BBQ’s for us.

Get Out with Kids Tip: This place can get PACKED. You may well find that the car park is full by the time you arrive so anticipate a bit of a walk down to the creek. Because we live nearby, we wrote a detailed review (and made a video that shows you much more) with additional tips.

Cheap school holiday activities on the Gold Coast

School holidays do NOT have to break the bank, so as well as the free things that we listed above, these are some cheap things to do on the Gold Coast with kids these holidays. All the cheap school holiday ideas listed below cost less than $10 per kid.

Gold Coast Butterflies

Gold Coast Butterflies enable city inhabitants to experience close encounters with nature without the need of going into the wild. Their all-weather butterfly house boasts numerous species that live in a purpose-built tropical surrounding. Gold Coast Butterflies also help expand their guests’ knowledge on how to save butterflies by planting their very own habitat.

You can get a discounted pass to Gold Coast Butterflies here.

Gold Coast Aquatic Centre, Southport

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Head to the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre at the Broadwater Parklands and take advantage of their (heated to 27 degrees) public swimming pools. There is a great freeform splash pool with water play features that is perfect or little kids. Find out more.

Mini Golf at King Tutt’s Putt Putt

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King Tutt’s Putt Putt is a mini golf experience with a difference.  If you’re fast running out of options for all-weather activities on the Gold Coast for kids, challenge your kids to a golf-off.  There’s three courses all up:  Two are uniquely-themed Jurassic Putt and the Egyptian Course with its psychedelic, glow in the dark caves.  There’s also a third, more challenging 18-hole outdoor course.

Find discount passes to King Tutts here.

Find out more on King Tutts – click here.


BIG days out for the Winter school holidays

One or two BIG days out are sometimes a fun school holiday activity to create special memories with your kids. Here are our picks:

Dreamworld & Whitewater World

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When you think of the Gold Coast, you think of theme parks. And one of the best theme parks on the Gold Coast has to be Dreamworld! Together with its water park, Whitewater World, Dreamworld is suitable for toddlers, kids, tweens. teens and adults! It really does have something for everything.

We love, love LOVE Dreamworld, so much that we write a whole article about what is there and how to get the cheapest Dreamworld entry tickets. If you are a local, get yourself the annual pass and if you are a visitor, you are going to need 2 or 3 days here to really enjoy everything they have to offer. Roller-coasters, rides, shows, waterslides, Australian animals as well as food and shopping. Get amongst this by reading our article linked above!

These school holidays at Dreamworld, memories are made of LEGO® bricks! For a limited time only, enjoy the Brickman® Wonders of the World exhibit during your Dreamworld visit.

Explore a world of over 45 large-scale LEGO® brick masterpieces, built with intricate detail and offering a journey of discovery during an indoor, walk-through experience. With iconic landmarks such as the Taj Mahal, Arc de Triomphe and more, see models that will immerse you in history, send you into the future and even take you around the world, with no passport required.

Showing from 27 March – 18 April in the Dreamworld Exhibition Centre, this unforgettable experience will take you around the world with NO passport required! From the Leaning Tower of Pisa to the Taj Mahal and beyond, see some of the world’s most famous landmarks without leaving the country. And the best part? It’s free with your Dreamworld entry.

Find out more about Brickman at Dreamworld this Winter here.

Mt Tamborine Glow Worm Caves

The Gold Coast’s stunning hinterland is well-placed to deliver some incredible natural surprises.  The Mt Tamborine Glow Worm Caves are purpose-built, realistic caves where your kids can get up close to, and learn about these fascinating local insects without the long hike through the bush at night time.  Cleverly designed as two chambers connected by tunnels, the Mt Tamborine Glow Worm Caves are open from 10am to 4pm daily and provide easy access to one of this area’s most unique and family-friendly attractions. Click here.

We’ve got the BEST discount tickets for families for the Glow Worm Caves here.

Hot air balloon experience

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What about an incredible hot air balloon experience for your family for a special treat for the kids to see the view from ‘upon high’. Take to the skies on a majestic hot air balloon journey over the Gold Coast and its lush hinterland!

I did this recently and you can read my review here.  I got a good deal through the link below.

Find about the discount offer for hot air ballooning here.

Horse Riding with kids on the Gold Coast

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Who doesn’t love a bit of a gallop or trot? Horse riding can be an awesome day out and may places cater for all ages and abilities. You can find our list of horse riding places on the Gold Coast right here.

Kids can ride for 90 minutes at Gummies Farm for discounted $39!!

(and made a video that shows you much more) with additional tips.

Indoor skydiving Gold Coast, iFLY

We’ve got a discount voucher here for indoor skydiving on the Gold Coast! When you skydive indoors you can twist and turn, spin and enjoy all kinds of fun, without the months and months of training involved with outdoor skydiving. AND your family and friends can watch all the action from an all-glass viewing platform just a few feet away! What a super fun way to spin the day away!

Powered by multiple fans located at the top of the flight chamber, the vertical wind tunnel produces a wall-to-wall air flow that is indistinguishable from free falling during a 14,000ft skydive. Professional instructors assist you to make the most of the air flow so you can truly experience the closest thing to human flight. This is the perfect experience for all ages – from the young to the young at heart.

Skypoint Observation Deck and the Skypoint Climb

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The Skypoint Observation Deck is the perfect location for your kids to experience breathtaking, 360 degree views of the Gold Coast and its stunning hinterland.

At just $27 for an adults, $19 for a child or $74 for a family, this Skypoint Observation Deck admission discount is good value for money.

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