Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on whatsapp

Live it like a local: Gold Coast guide

Indoor Attractions

• Hit the alleys at Strike Bowling in Surfers, with karaoke rooms, pool tables and holiday deals.

• Ride one of the world’s fastest elevators 230m up the Q1 tower to QDeck, also in Surfers, for spectacular 360 degree views from Brisbane to Byron Bay.

• Trip out at Infinity, a futuristic maze of about 20 multi-sensory environments, which use sound and light to create surreal optical illusions.

• Over-12s can test themselves at Off Road Rush, Alberton, the most extreme V8 race cars around.

• Step back in time and take the kids to a movie at Yatala Drive-in Theatre, just off the Pacific Motorway.

• Check out a show by the Queensland Theatre of Puppetry in Macintosh Island Park.

• Take a scary trip through the Vampire Lair, Mirror Maze and Phobia level at Dracula’s Haunted House, Surfers Paradise (and see the famous cabaret while you’re there).

• Learn a thing or two at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, Surfers Paradise.

• Meet movie stars, scientists, explorers, villains and world leaders at the Surfers Paradise Wax Museum, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.

Eating Out

• Treat the kids at one of the beachfront ice-cream parlours in towns along the coast, followed by a walk along the beach.

• Head to the Seaway Kiosk by Main Beach for freshly made crab sandwiches. This a favourite local haunt for whale watching, so be sure to take a look.

• Buy fresh seafood direct from the person who caught it at the Fisherman’s Cooperative, SeaWorld Drive, Main Beach.

• Picnic at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards on the banks of the Canungra Creek, enjoying a glass of award-winning wine and with plenty of room for the kids to play.

• Try Southport Sharks Australian Football Club, Southport, with its Wobbygong’s Kids Fun Zone including an indoor rock climbing wall, basketball hoop, Playstation zone, movie room and activities for all ages.

• Get stylish at Dragonfly Burleigh Heads Café, a cool café and funky kid’s boutique for those into fashion and flavours.

• For an easy fish and chip lunch, Charis Seafood is right beside the kids’ play park at Harley Park, Labrador.


• Browse the wares at Burleigh Art and Craft Market, Paradise Point Parklands, or Broadbeach.

• Take a night time stroll through the Lantern Markets every Friday night at Broadbeach Mall and Surfers Paradise esplanade.


Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on whatsapp

More stories