From beautiful beachside picnics to drinks with ocean views, energetic days at the theme parks and OTT hotels, it’s no surprise that the Gold Coast is considered Australia’s favourite family holiday destination. Put endless smiles on your child’s face with our ultimate guide to the Gold Coast that will ensure your family has the holiday of a lifetime.

Eat: A family picnic

Pack your favourite outdoor games and a few drinks and sandwiches for a day of family fun at one of the Gold Coast’s best picnic spots.

Macintosh Island, Surfers Paradise: Located in the middle of Surfers Paradise, Macintosh Island is popular with groups of friends and families looking to meet up and make the most of a sunny day. There’s a great playground with slides and climbing equipment for kids, while a drinking fountain, BBQ facilities and picnic tables will ensure a relaxed and easy-to-plan day out for adults too.

Cascade Gardens, Broadbeach: A favourite with locals, Cascade Gardens is a family-friendly picnic spot along the river. Start your day with a serene rainforest walk before settling by the tranquil Nerang River where BBQ facilities and shady picnic facilities await. Kids will love the huge playground, while there’s also a Liberty Swing designed for children in wheelchairs.

Ed Hardy Park, Miami: This park offers beachside living at its finest with ocean views and a pirate-themed playground featuring a ship. Start up a football or cricket game in one of the large open spaces or throw some burgers on the BBQ between dips in the ocean.

Drink: With ocean views

Rick Shores, Burleigh Heads: Pop into this stylish Burleigh Heads hotspot for amazing views that the kids can enjoy while mum and dad sip on a signature cocktail or two. Treat the kids to scrumptious bar snacks like karaage chicken with kewpie mayo; katsu toasties with pork crackling; and crispy tofu sliders with pickled kimchi.

Café Catalina, Broadwater: Expect to find plenty of locals and their kids sipping herbal teas, fresh fruit smoothies and chocolate milkshakes at this Broadwater hotspot that overlooks the Coral Sea. The service is friendly and there are plenty of kid-friendly bites like spaghetti bolognese, calamari, and fish and chips for hungry youngsters.

Fellini Ristorante and Bar, Main Beach: On your way back from a fun-filled day exploring Sea World, why not check out Fellini’s for a refreshing and energising drink. Kids will love checking out the yachts that are parked at the harbour while enjoying a slice or two from the pizzeria.

Stay: In family friendly comfort

Palazzo Versace: Two kids stay free at Australia’s most fashionable family-friendly hotel. It’s the 65-metre, lagoon-style swimming pool and over-the-top buffets that will ignite the excitement in your children at this beautiful hotel, which also caters for parents too with stylish poolside cabanas, spa treatments and lavish furnishings.

Want to stay at Australia’s most fashionable family hotel? Check out the Luxury Escapes package to Palazzo Versace here.

The Ruby ApartmentsYour children will be dragging you out of bed in the morning and across the road to Surfers Paradise Beach at this modern property. Tailor your holiday to your family’s needs with self-contained, apartment-style accommodation that gives you the flexibility to decide when to eat out and what to serve your kids at meal times.

Looking for an apartment-style on the Gold Coast? The Ruby Apartments offers the ideal family accommodation for those looking to holiday their own way. Check out the Luxury Escapes offer here.

Sea World Resort: Stay in the heart of the action at Sea World Resort, located on the Gold Coast’s Main Beach. Perfect for families or groups of friends, you’re right next door to Sea World. The resort is home to fun for all ages, including a Kids’ Club, meet-and-greets with some of your favourite Nickelodeon characters, a water park with pool and heated spa, a whole host of fun animal encounters, a massage and beauty salon, a state-of-the-art gym and thrilling watersports from the shore of the Broadwater.

Looking for the most splashtastic family holiday? Check out the Luxury Escapes offer for Sea World Resort & Water Park including unlimited theme park entry for four to Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet’n’Wild and Paradise Country here.

Play: At the theme parks

Warner Bros. Movie WorldSee your favourite stars of the big screen come to life and enjoy unforgettable moments at Movie World. Go behind-the-scenes of the Aquaman movie, ride the tallest, longest and fastest HyperCoaster in Southern Hemisphere, meet your favourite colourful characters and feel the thrill of the park’s many rides.

DreamworldTick Australia’s largest theme park off your bucket list and ride some amazing attractions at Dreamworld. How many places on earth can you ride water slides, meet Dreamworks’ Trolls at Trolls Village, see tigers during daily presentations and spin upside down on a rollercoaster all in one action-packed day? Well at Dreamworld, all that and so much more is possible.

Sea WorldDiscover Australia’s #1 marine park with a day out that the whole family can enjoy. From penguin feeding presentations to jet-ski stunt shows, Nickelodeon character meet and greets, stingray reef presentations, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live show, shark encounters and so much more, Sea World is a magical place where you can see some of nature’s most amazing creatures up close.

Wet’n’Wild Gold CoastSplash into a fun-filled family day with a visit to Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast, Australia’s #1 water park. This awesome water park features rides and attractions for all ages including a black hole slide, the iconic (and thrilling) AquaLoop, River Rapids and Whirlpool Springs.

WhiteWater WorldVisit Wiggle Bay at WhiteWater World, where a whole splashtastic world of waterslides and family-friendly fun awaits. Rent one of the park’s cabanas so that the whole family has a place to gather, eat and unwind between attractions.

Images courtesy of Destination Gold Coast

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