The Ultimate 4 Day Gold Coast Family Holiday Itinerary

There’s nothing quite like family time on holidays. The pressure of school, work, laundry, homework, and cooking fades away and you can truly appreciate your partner and the children. Holidays allow you to relax, which means you can reconnect and create memories that last a lifetime. Here is our suggested 4 day, 3 night Gold Coast family holiday itinerary.

Thursday Afternoon
Halleluiah, you’ve arrived! The weeks, months or year of planning has come to fruition and you’re finally on the Gold Coast. Time to settle into your hotel and start to enjoy some family time.

The kids may be restless after the travel, so the first stop will be to rid them of their pent-up energy at TimeZone in Surfers Paradise. Having just relaunched this November 2019, the arcade now features a bumper car track, open plan prize shop, laser tag arena, mini bowling and more! There’s even a café for mum and dad to relax.

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With energy levels waning, it’s dinner time at the brand-new Fat Freddys Beach Bar & Diner in Broadbeach. This is your all-American diner in a revitalised and architecturally designed layout. You’ll enjoy a menu with the classics including cheeseburgers, southern fried chicken, New York street dogs, and brisket burgers to name a few. The kids even get their own Little Freddys menu.
The bar features an extensive variety of American whiskey and bourbon as well as modern diner cocktails – think spiked sodas and boozy shakes.

There is even a luxury gaming lounge featuring sport, keno, and pokies with complimentary coffee, tea and snacks.

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Friday Morning
Start your day with a stroll to the golden sand beaches for a dip in the ocean. Don’t forget to find the red and yellow flags; and slip, slop and slap! Even in winter – this is the Sunshine State.
No matter which amazing Discover Queensland family accommodationdeal you’ve chosen there are plenty of incredible beaches close by perfect for little ones. Read our blog on the Best Gold Coast Beaches for Families with Young Children.

Once the family has had their fill of fun in the sun, head back to the hotel for a shower, refresh and snacks.

Friday Midday
Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the ultimate holiday adventure for the whole family. The kids will love the exciting daily shows, going behind the scenes of Currumbin hospital, discovering the Lost Valley via the elevated walkways, and interacting with the animals. 

If you’re up for an adventure, the TreeTop Challenge is an absolute must! Nestled inside Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary the TreeTop Challenge includes 11 insane ziplines across the high ropes course. It operates daily and the sanctuary provide all your gear.

Here is an easy to view, downloadable Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary map.

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Friday Night

After a day of excitement, the kids might not appreciate a sit down dinner, which makes Hanasaki Teppanyaki the perfect choice. As well as being just around the corner from Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the entertaining chefs love to put on a show and engage their dinner audience with singing, juggling, and more food tricks than you can shake a spatula at!

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Saturday Morning
Kick off your morning with a hearty breakfast at Bazaar Interactive Marketplace at QT Surfers Paradise. This twist on a traditional marketplace offers a mosaic of dishes to choose from. This is a DQ top pick for us because of the variety and amazing quality. Read more about our top breakfast choices in Top 3 Buffet Breakfasts on the Gold Coast.

The bonus of buffet brekkies? You can find something for the fussiest of munchkins.

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With full tummies it’s off to Game Over for a round of laser tag! If you think this is just for kids, you’d be wrong. Laser tag is a live, action packed game in a 300 square metre laser arena fitted with the latest technology, lighting and sound.

We love this for families as they run in 10 minute games (known as battles) and the whole family can get involved without any prior skills. Be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete your battle briefing and to discover what your mission is.  Then be prepared to be strapped into your Gen7 Laserforce Battlesuit vest and phaser – let the games begin!

Due to the loud atmosphere and dark room the recommended minimum age is 4 years old.

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Saturday Afternoon
Transport your little monsters into another dimension of song, dance, crazy interactive games, spectacular costumes, state of the art special FX and more at Drax4Kids, Dracula’s dedicated show for kids!
The 2-hour show incorporates a 3D ghost train ride, comedy show, DRAX black-light puppets and a groovy disco. This gothic theme park opens each Saturday between 12pm – 2pm for kids aged 5 to 12 years.

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While the kids are enjoying their gothic party Mum and Dad can enjoy some adult conversation over a drink and lunch at Room81 at the Sofitel Broadbeach. The restaurant boasts two chef’s hat awards and a chic ambience you’d expect of a 5 star hotel.

The restaurant also boasts a fantastic cocktail menu. Open from 12pm for lunch daily, you can duck over from DRAX 4 kids to enjoy this full culinary experience, or just a drink and chat with your special someone.

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Saturday Night
Spend Saturday night enjoying a game or two at King Tutts Putt Putt. Let the kids choose between 3 exciting 18 hole courses including Ancient Egypt indoor course, Jurassic Putt indoor course or the most difficult: Tutt’s Challenge outdoor course.

The courses each feature special surprises and obstacles along the way everyone is sure to love.

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Sunday Morning
Let the kids enjoy the morning in the pool while you have some quiet time to read, scroll or enjoy a swim.

Sunday Midday
Get re-packed and ready to check out. Don’t despair, your holiday isn’t over yet!

AbraKiDazzle is a massive indoor play arena featuring a three-level indoor maze and a jumping castle! For families with small children, there is a dedicated area for under three’s with a scaled down maze.

Mum and Dad can relax in the air-conditioned Dazzler’s café with merlo espresso and complimentary WiFi.

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With the little ones worn out, and Mum and Dad relaxed after some me-time it’s time to say goodbye to the coast. Did you know, that half our Discover Queensland guests book their next holiday either while on their getaway or just after they return?

Convinced you need a family escape? Talk to our friendly team of Gold Coast family holiday experts on 1300 788 553 to book your getaway today!

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