The Gold Coast is an ideal location for creating memorable family holiday memories. With natural wonders, world-class theme parks, and plenty of thrills, it’s no surprise. But to experience all of this, you must be in the best location.
Stay at St Tropez Holiday Apartments Gold Coast, just minutes from the beach and the best Surfers Paradise restaurants and tourist attractions. Whether it’s your first Gold Coast family holiday or one of many, you’ll have easy access to everything. Now, here is a list of the best free things to do that kids – and big kids at heart – will enjoy.
BBQ at Budds Beach
Family barbecues outside are a lot of fun. Barbecuing is about spending quality time together, and delicious food is a bonus. However, if you want to up the ante, take the family to Budds Beach, only a 4-minute drive from St Tropez.
There are barbecue facilities in the area, a picnic shelter, and picnic tables. Aside from the calm water, there is also a playground for the children to enjoy. Take note that there is also a boat ramp at the park’s Birt Avenue end.
The Broadwater Parklands are another excellent location for a family picnic. The world-class community and cultural parkland, which is only a 10-minute drive from the Surfers Paradise apartments, has a large expanse of green ideal for family picnics and recreation. There are 14 barbecues and several shady trees to sit under while enjoying a breeze.
Broadwater Parklands also has three playgrounds: the Northern Play attraction, the Adventure Play attraction in the park’s centre near The Rockpools, and the Washington Waters play attraction adjacent to Australia Fair. If you want to walk, run, or cycle, a five-kilometre footpath runs from Sundale Bridge to Loders Creek and back.
Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
Discover hidden treasures along with the world-famous Surfers Paradise Esplanade. The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets, which are open every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 4 pm to 9 pm, have been providing an iconic shopping and cultural experience since 1995.
Over 100 stalls sell artisan and iconic Australian goods, fresh produce, gourmet products, handmade wares, and other items. Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets is only two minutes away and has plenty of street parking, waterfront access, free admission, and a busy entertainment schedule.
Feed Pelicans at Ian Dipple Lagoon
Have you ever tried feeding a pelican? Ian Dipple Lagoon in Labrador, well-known for its daily pelican feeding, can be reached in just 14 minutes. At 1:30 pm, the fishmonger from Charis Seafood arrives with fish scraps for these birds.
If you arrive early, you can take a good spot and see the pelicans congregating before feeding time. Seeing these magnificent birds up close is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Oh, here’s a fun fact. This location is also known as Pelican Beach Gold Coast.
Explore the Gold Coast Beaches
Visit the Gold Coast beaches to round out your vacation, beginning with the most popular. Swimmers and surfers will love Surfers Paradise Beach. It is also close to several shopping and dining establishments and night markets.
You can visit the beach and the old bathing pavilion at Main Beach. Pavilion 34 is now a laid-back beach café. Meanwhile, the old male and female change pavilions remain, as do retro photos of the Main Beach of yesteryear. This bathing pavilion is near the Southport Surf Club and several alfresco cafes. Then make your way north to The Spit, a great surf spot. It’s also a popular location for fishing, boating and relaxing.
Kurrawa Beach is another fantastic location. There are numerous shelters, picnic areas, and grilling areas. There is also a children’s playground, making it an ideal place for socialising with friends and family.
Are you ready to try these events? Make sure to book your Surfers Paradise accommodation in advance so you have a home where you can relax after a fun day on the Gold Coast.