Best things to do over the summer school holiday
When summer arrives, there’s no better destination to be than the Gold Coast.
Offering glorious beaches, exciting attractions and countless things to do, the Gold Coast has all the best ways to relax, beat the heat and bond with the kids on their school break.
Not only that, but the Gold Coast is the perfect destination to get in the Christmas spirit!
Spoil the kids on their summer school holiday with these things to do on the Gold Coast.
Welcome Summer on the Beach
It’s the hottest time of the year, so where else would you rather be than on the beach?
The Gold Coast boasts sand and sea in abundance. And if your family is looking to relax, bond and soak up the sun, you can’t go wrong with Palm Beach, Currumbin Beach or Burleigh Beach.
These neighbouring beaches offer laid-back atmospheres, sand that’s soft to the touch and patrolled ocean waters perfect for swimming, surfing and paddling.
Beat the Heat – Best Gold Coast Water Parks
Aside from the beach, another way to beat the summer heat is at the Gold Coast water parks!
Visit GC Aqua Park Southport for water-splashing thrills on an inflatable obstacle course, or spend a full day in the water at Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast – the region’s largest water park.
Wet n Wild Water Park is located in Oxenford and offers themed swimming precincts, wave pools, slides, water rides and more for all ages.
Enjoy a Day Out at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
If you’re planning to spoil your kids on their school holiday, make sure to take them to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary!
Currumbin Sanctuary is the number one wildlife attraction on the Gold Coast. It has hundreds of fascinating animals to see in gorgeous natural habitats, live animal shows (held daily), kids activities and interactive encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, themed restaurants and more.
Simply put, it’s the best family attraction Gold Coast.
Gold Coast Outdoor Activities
There is no shortage of things to do on the Gold Coast, especially when it comes to getting outdoors!
Learn to Surf
Surfing is a must when visiting the Gold Coast. And if it’s your first time on the waves, you can learn to surf with local surf schools such as Godfathers of the Ocean.
Book a group session or 1-2-1 lesson and learn from the best. If you’re already confident, the best places to surf on the Gold Coast include Burleigh Headland and Currumbin Alley.
Kayak at the Creek
Nothing says family bonding like kayaking down the river together, and it’s the perfect change of pace from the beach!
Both Currumbin Creek and Tallebudgera Creek offer picturesque scenery and still waters for kayaking, paddling, swimming and fishing.
Don’t own kayaks? Get kayak hire Gold Coast at Currumbin Boatshed or Smoothwaters Kayak Hire.
Hike in Burleigh Head National Park
Give the kids a fun bushwalking experience in Burleigh Head National Park, which boasts gorgeous trails, wildlife, tropical flora, lookouts, hidden picnic spots and more, plus some of the best ocean views the Gold Coast has to offer.
Just pack a picnic and put on some comfortable shoes, then take a guided walk or go wandering off the beaten path.
Christmas on the Gold Coast
The arrival of summer also marks the countdown to Christmas. And the Gold Coast doesn’t disappoint each December with lights, carols on the beach, festive dining and unmissable Christmas events!
Gold Coast Christmas Parade
A brand new event for 2021.
Gold Coast Christmas Parade will bring Surfers Paradise Esplanade to life with 18 spectacular Christmas floats, marching bands, roving street performers, dancers, celebrity guests, local community groups and Santa Claus himself.
It’s free, so don’t miss it at 11 am on Sunday, 12th of December.
Movie World White Christmas 2021
The ultimate Christmas experience in Queensland, home of the White Christmas Parade!
Movie World White Christmas takes over Warner Bros Movie World each December, offering magical festive precincts to explore featuring lights, live family-friendly entertainment, kids activities, rides, photo ops, Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, Looney Tunes and more.
Get ready as December dates are soon to be announced.
Palm Beach Gold Coast Accommodation for Families
Save by booking in advance for summer!
Here at Isle of Palms Resort, we offer Palm Beach Gold Coast accommodation for families and groups, comprising fully self-contained townhouses on the lakefront.
Our secluded resort in Elanora QLD is just moments away from Palm Beach while offering peace, quiet and an inviting selection of resort facilities.
Best of all, we offer special guest rates (not available anywhere else) on all direct bookings.
View our full range of Palm Beach accommodation now – just visit Isle of Palms Palm Beach Gold Coast Accommodation.