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Top 10 Free & Paid School Holiday Ideas


Posted in: Gold Coast



Located just minutes walk from the beach and heart of Surfers Paradise, Paradise Resort Gold Coast provides a ‘must do’ for all families visiting the Gold Coast these school holidays!


Price Guide: 

$=under $50

$$=over $50

$$$=over $100


Free Activities

Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets



These iconic foreshore markets are one of Gold Coast’s largest markets hosted by local small businesses and craftmenships showcasing everything from exotic products, jewellery, home wares, artwork, live aniamls shows, beauty products, unique Gold Coast delicacies and much more. The Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets are open every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night. Walk along the famous Surfers Paradise foreshore and find some fantastic souvenir gifts for loved ones or treat yourself.


When: Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night

Where: Surfers Paradise Promenade

Cost: Free to Enter 


Carrara Markets


Located just a short drive from Surfers Paradise, Carrara Markets is the biggest permanent weekend marketplace in Australia. With over 400 stalls covering 10 acres it's a treasure trove of the curious and the unusual. It’s also the original home of discount shopping when it comes to fresh produce, fashion, homewares, pots, plants, bric a brac, souvenirs, arts and crafts and just about everything else. Carrara Markets is a popular family day out, with buskers, pony rides, jumping castle, bungy trampolines, Reptile Kingdom and Mini Golf. 


When: Every Saturday and Sunday

Where: Gooding Road, Carrara

Cost: Free to Enter 


Chinatown Street Markets



Since the markets were launched in March 2015, more than 60,000 people have visited the evolving Chinatown Street Markets, noshing on noodles, downing dim sims and savouring all the other Asian style foods on offer, along with the live music and relaxed atmosphere. Ride the G:Link to the Southport station and feast upon tasty street food, eclectic entertainment, regular showcases, live cooking demonstrations and cultural celebrations.


When: First Saturday of every second the month

Where: Young and Davenport Streets, Southport

Cost: Free to Enter 


Yoga Class



Complete your day the right way with a free yoga class! This one hour deep peace meditation class will you find respite in a hectic world. Just bring a yoga mat or large towel and enjoy a  fully guided meditation session with yoga breathing and meditation techniques to relax the body and calm the mind. All ages welcome, beginners to professionals. Class starts at 6.00am.


When: Monday 5.30 pm – 6:15 pm

Where: Southport Community Centre, 6 Lawson Street, Southport

Cost: Free (donations are welcome)


Feed the Lorikeets



Twice a day, 8am and 4pm, you can feed the wild lorikeets at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for free! Hundreds of rainbow lorikeets descend upon you from the surrounding trees to get a lick at the sweet honey nectar that you hold out in a bowl in your hands. These friendly lorikeet birds are not shy and will climb up your arms, on your head and sit just about anywhere to the enjoy their morning and afternoon sweet treat.


When: First Saturday of every second the month

Where: Young and Davenport Streets, Southport

Cost: Free to Enter 



Paid Activities

Skypoint Observation Deck



Located 230 metres above sea level at the top of one the tallest residential buildings in the world, the Q1 building. ‘Wow’ is an understatment as you travel up to the 77th floor in just 42.7 seconds to the 360 degree view of the spectacular Gold Coast and beyond. If that’s not enough, the Skypoint Observation Deck also offers adrenaline seekers the chance to climb the external of the building. The Skypoint Climb reaching hights of 270 metres, allows you to even lean over the edge of the building for a stomach-dropping peak at the ground below. 


When: Open 7 days a week. 7:30am until late

Where: 9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise

Cost: $$






Dreamworld is home to Australia’s ‘Big 9’ thrill rides; the only DreamWorks Experience precinct in Australia with your favourite heroes from Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar; Tiger Island, a unique interactive tiger facility; ABC KIDS WORLD, home to The Wiggles and other ABC KIDS characters; the Motorsports Experience featuring Brock's Garage and Dreamworld Corroboree, the first immersive indigenous and native wildlife experience located in a theme park. When the fun heats up, you can cool down at Dreamworld’s interconnecting water park WhiteWater World featuring an array of family slides and attractions.


When: Open 7 days a week. 10.00am until 5.00pm

Where: Dreamworld Parkway, Coomera

Cost: $$$



Ripleys Believe It Or Not 



At Ripley's Believe it Or Not in Surfers Paradise, see the world's best oddities at this unique museum when you take the tour of a completely new adventure! When you take a self-guided tour through 15 individually themed air-conditioned galleries; featuring hundreds of unbelievable exhibits, unusual stories, magic and mystery, incredible illusions, interactive games and amazing movies. A completely different experience that lasts an hour or more, Ripley's on the Gold Coast has long been a place full of fun for everyone!


When: Open 7 days a week. 9.00am until 10.00pm

Where: Cavill Mall, Surfers Paradise

Cost: $



Australian Outback Spectacular Dinner and Show



The Outback Spectacular is a live demonstration of theatre, horse riding, music and drama all combined into a single entertaining package. The new High Country Legends show pays tribute to some of Australia's greatest war heroes. Follow the expert riders and stockmen/women, as well as the animal stars of the show, as you're taken on a journey that combines death-defying stunts and aerial performances with a dazzling display of special effects. An evening of outstanding entertainment combined with a delicious three course meal and drinks to make for a great value night of entertainment.


When: Tuesday to Sunday night

Where: Entertainment Drive, Oxenford

Cost: $$



Fire Truck Tours



Board your Fire Truck from the doorstep of The Ruby Collection! The siren sounds as you depart for an exciting ride to the Spit via Surfers Paradise, along the beachfront / Esplanade, via Narrow Neck, and past Sea World. Plenty of smiles, laughs and waving to everybody to be enjoyed as you ride aboard a real Fire Truck! At the Spit guests will be able to experience operation of a fully functional fire hose & pose for photographs holding the nozzle & wearing authentic Fire Helmets! Keep the cameras ready – Kids love the chance to sit in the drivers seat for a steering photo and an up close view of the Fire Engine!


When: Tours run at various times during the day, 7 Days a Week

Where: Collects from The Ruby Collection

Cost: $



Game Over



This brand new indoor adventure destination offers visitors a range of games and thrills - race your mates with some laps on the high-speed electric go kart circuit, test your climbing and gripping skills with the indoor rock climbing section, zap your friends and showcase your teamwork with laser tag, play a few rounds of the video games, or combine any of the above for a full day of adventure-filled fun. With a range of packages and pricing available at Game Over, there's an individual itinerary on offer here to suit all ages and budgets.


When: Open 7 days a week. 10.00am until late

Where: Siganto Drive, Helensvale

Cost: $


For more school holiday activities available on the Gold Coast during your holiday to Paradise Resort, click here.