There are a ridiculous number of things to do in Surfers Paradise with kids, that there is no chance you will find yourself wondering what to in Surfers Paradise. From swimming and building sandcastles on the stunning Surfers Paradise beach, to mini golf, exhilarating rides and spectacular 360 degree views of the Gold from the SkyPoint Observation Deck, there are numerous Surfers Paradise attractions kids absolutely love. Not only are there numerous things to do in Surfers Paradise for families, but there are plenty of excellent family accommodation Surfers Paradise has on offer as well as some great family friendly Surfers Paradise restaurants.
Surfers Paradise holidays are perfect for families that want plenty of action and this guide will provide everything you need. Keep reading for a comprehensive list of things to do in Surfers Paradise kids will love, as well my pick family friendly Surfers Paradise accommodation and hot tips on where to take the kids to eat.
In this guide I cover the following:
- The best things to do in Surfers Paradise with kids
- Where to stay in Surfers Paradise with family
- Family friendly restaurants
- Getting to and from the Airport
- Getting around in Surfers Paradise
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- 1 Best Things to do in Surfers Paradise with Kids
- 1.1 1. Swim at the Beach
- 1.2 2. Infinity Surfers Paradise
- 1.3 3. King Tutts Putt Putt Golf
- 1.4 4. Time Zone
- 1.5 5. Ripely’s Believe it or Not – Surfers Paradise
- 1.6 6. Q1 SkyPoint
- 1.7 7. Gold Coast Wax Museum, Surfers Paradise
- 1.8 8. Aquaduck Tours
- 1.9 9. IFLY Indoor Skydiving
- 1.10 10. Sling Shot & Vomatron Rides
- 1.11 11. Holey Moley Putt Putt
- 1.12 12. Checkpoint
- 1.13 13. Strike
- 1.14 14. Visit the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
- 2 Family Accommodation Surfers Paradise
- 3 Family Friendly Surfers Paradise Restaurants
- 4 Getting to / From Airport
- 5 Getting Around Surfers Paradise
- 6 When to Visit Surfers Paradise
Best Things to do in Surfers Paradise with Kids
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Throughout the family things to do in Surfers Paradise section, I have tried to provide as much information as possible to make your planning for your family friendly Surfers Paradise trip super easy. I have provided locations, opening hours and ticket prices.
You’ll see that that I often recommend you purchase your tickets in advance from Experience Oz. Yes, I will receive a small commission if you do purchase from Experience Oz – but as you will see in most cases you will save yourself a stack of cash if you book through them. I use them myself to book tickets – sometimes I have been known to sit outside the ticket booth of an attraction and book tickets on my phone from Experience Oz as they are sooooo much cheaper. Taking the kids to loads of Surfers Paradise can be expensive so any savings you can make is well worth it.
Sometimes it is cheaper to book tickets else where and I will let you know under each attraction if that is the case.
Of course all the prices and information in this post are correct at the time of publishing and are in AUD.
1. Swim at the Beach
A visit to the beach has to be one of the top things to do with kids in Surfers Paradise, right? It ticks so many boxes perfect for families with kids of all ages, perfect if you’re looking for things to do in Surfers Paradise with toddlers or teenagers, and it’s free!
There are numerous of activities you can do at Surfers Paradise beach, swimming, surfing, boogie boarding, building sand castles, go for a beach stroll or read a book. Spend an hour here or spend the entire day. In fact, visit here just one day or spend your entire holiday here and do nothing else! The choice is completely yours.
My top tip – no matter how calm the water looks or how excellent a swimmer your or the kids are, ALWAYS swim between the flags! And my second top tip – apply LOTS of sunscreen! You will burn fast, even on a shady day.
2. Infinity Surfers Paradise
If your looking for family things to do in Surfers Paradise that is a little different, then check out Infinity, Surfers Paradise. Infinity is an absolute mind blowing experience into a futuristic and spectacular maze-like world of wonder and fun. It is made up of around 20 multi-sensual environments where you’ll be transported into world altogether. The unique special effects, ultra groovy music, atmospheric sounds, and illusions make it a fantastic out-of-this-world experience. This is certainly one of the more unusual things to do in the Gold Coast with the family.
Anyone from age 8 can experience this awesome sensory overload and enjoy the special effects fun house which will be like nothing you have ever experienced before! Just a word of warning though – it is pitch black inside and so little ones may not like it. It’s also not recommended for anyone a little claustrophobic. Whilst I absolutely loved it, and so did our 12 year old international student, Kenny, who was travelling with us, Myla didn’t. It would have to be one of the most unique experiences I have ever had – I’ve never done anything quite like it! Add it to your Gold Coast to do list.
Location: Towers of Chevron Renaissance, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 10pm
Price: $27.90 per adult and $18.90 per child or family passes $78.90. For a small discount, purchase here with Experience Oz where tickets are $25.90 per adult, $17.90 per child and $75.90 for a family pass.
3. King Tutts Putt Putt Golf
A round or two off putt putt golf is a great way to spend time with family and perfect for children of all ages. Perfect if you are looking for things to do in Gold Coast with toddlers right through to older kids or one of the indoor activities Surfers Paradise has to escape the midday sun.
At King Tutt’s there are three different courses you can play – the Egyptian, Jurassic or the outdoor course. The kids will love the glow in the dark caves on the Egyptian course and little dinosaur lovers will go nuts with all the massive dinosaurs throughout the Jurassic course. The great thing about these two courses is that they are indoors, so perfect if you want to escape the sun for a few hours or on rainy days.
Each course is 18 holes and takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour to play.
We played two rounds during our visit – everyone was completely into during the first round – I even got a hole in one on my first hole – not even joking!! But half way through the second game it was clear Myla was a bit over it. Mind you we all just loved the first round.
Location: Cnr Surfers Paradise Blvd &, Ocean Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 9pm
Price: One round of putt putt is $15 per adult and $10 per child with a family pass being $35
4. Time Zone
Another awesome activity for the entire family is a few hours at the Time Zone arcade. No matter if you have tiny tots or teenagers, kids of all ages will absolutely love this activity – definitely fun stuff to do on the Gold Coast with the family.
Here you will find the latest interactive games and rides. Games include old favourites such as pinball machines and Pac Man as well as car racing games, dance games, air hockey, shooting hoops and a zillion more! There are also dodgem cars, ten pin bowling, mini golf, laser skirmish, and a little kiddies area.
There are heaps of options to play. You can pay as you go or purchase a package deal. We did the package deal which I think is the way to go with a family. The family pack is $85 which includes 48 tickets for games that are categorized as red and unlimited games that are categorized as yellow for up to 2 hours. You also get to go on the dodgems, bowling, mini golf and entry to kiddy land.
We went through the tickets pretty quickly, so it was great to still have the yellow games we could play. At the end of course, the kids will love going and cashing in their tickets for little trinket. Myla still rates this as one of the best kids activities Surfers Paradise has.
Location: Level 1, Paradise Centre, Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 12am
5. Ripely’s Believe it or Not – Surfers Paradise
Ripley’s Believe it or not is the most unusual and unbelievable Surfers Paradise entertainment on offer. They guarantee that you will see something that you have never seen before and it’s up to you if you believe it… or not!
Ripley’s is full of amazing stories of history and adventure, magic, illusions, mystery and life-size figurines. There are over 400 hundred exhibits and there are plenty of interactive displays as well that the kids can get involved in. You can compare your height to the tallest man, walk through the spinning vortex or just like the movies make your way through the laser room without being touched by a laser beam.
I wasn’t sure if Myla would be interested in it, but she really enjoyed reading about all the strange and interesting things. It’s also perfect if you want to escape the sun for a bit and looking for one of the Gold Coast indoor attractions.
Location: Cavill Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 10pm
Price: $27.90 per adult and $17.90 per child with children under five free.
6. Q1 SkyPoint
Top things to do in Surfers Paradise include a visit to the top of Q1 at the SkyPoint Observation Deck. Here you can stand on the Gold Coast’s highest building at 77 floors and 322 metres in the air to get the best possible view of the city. It’s certainly a Surfers Paradise must do if you have never visited the Gold Coast before.
You will get to go on one of the world’s fastest elevators that takes only 42.7 seconds to get to the top of the building! There are cafes and bars at the top for you to enjoy if you feel like having a drink or a bite to eat. A perfect family fun Gold Coast attraction for the whole family.
For those that are super brave and want to their Gold Coast adventures further, you can even get outside level 77 and climb even further to a peak height of 270 metres above sea level. Here you will have uninterrupted 360 degree views of the greater Gold Coast region. Children from the age of 12 can join the climb.
Location: Level 77, q1 building/9 Hamilton Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Opening Hours: Thursday to Tuesday from 7.30am to 8pm (closes at 3.15pm Saturdays)
Price: Entry to the observation deck $27 per adult and $17 per child with under three free. The SkyPoint Climb starts at $77 with options for a sunrise or sunset climb or various climbs including a meal at the SkyPoint Bistro – Click here to purchase your tickets with Experience Oz.
7. Gold Coast Wax Museum, Surfers Paradise
If you need even more stuff to do in Surfers Paradise, how about a visit to the Gold Wax Museum, Surfers Paradise. This Wax Museum is home to the largest collection of authentic wax figures in the Southern Hemisphere and include wax figures of famous faces that the whole family will recognize as well as other features like the gruesome and gory Torture Chamber.
Location: 56 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 6pm
Price: Prices are $32 per adult, $25 per child or a family pass (2A+2C) for $96.00. Click here to buy your tickets in advance from Experience Oz
8. Aquaduck Tours
Aquaduck tours are one of the perfect Gold Coast tourist activities for the whole family. On this tour you will experience the Gold Coast on both land and water and pass by a range of Surfer Paradise tourist attractions. Tours last an hour and during that time you will be able to see gorgeous views of the Gold Coast from every possible angle.
You begin by driving through the streets of Surfers Paradise and then drive to the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast, passing Gold Coast tourist places such as Versace and Marina Mirage Resorts. Then the Aquaduck will ‘duck dive’ onto the Broadwater where you will be able to take in the beautiful sights of the Gold Coast from the waterways.
There are multiple cruise departure times starting from 10.00am with the last cruise departing at 5.30pm.
Location: 277d Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach QLD 4802
Opening Hours: Daily 8.30am to 5pm
Price: $40 per adult and $30 per child – Save a few dollars when you book with Klook – adults $36 and kids $27
9. IFLY Indoor Skydiving
iFly Indoor Skydiving offer one of the awesome Gold Coast adventure activities where you can experience the thrills of skydiving without having to actually do the terrifying jump! You will basically get to experience what it feels like jumping 14,000 feet free fall only you are in the safety of a glass wind tunnel with experienced and talented flight instructors.
This is the perfect activity for beginners or people who have always wanted to sky dive but haven’t managed to work up the courage to jump out of a plane yet! Anyone over the age of 3 years old can fly.
Location: 3084 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
Price: At the time of publishing, prices started at $69.50. Click here to purchase your tickets through the Experience Oz website.
10. Sling Shot & Vomatron Rides
If you’re looking for activities to do in Surfers Paradise that will really get your heart racing then the Sling Shot and Vomatron is for you! Get ready to be strapped in and sling shot at 160 kilometers per hour with this thrilling and exciting ride.
You can also go on the Vomatron, a ride that even the Astronauts fear! On this ride the passengers will experience the force of this machine powered by two huge electric motors, the giant 45m arm rotates forward at a quick speed. Just when you think it’s over it spins you back in reverse. Reach a velocity of 120km per hour and an altitude of more than 45 metres plus 4g acceleration.
You must be at least 110cm tall to go on both of these rides.
Location: 6 Palm Ave, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
Price: Slingshot prices are $30 per person, and the Vomatron is $20 per person.
11. Holey Moley Putt Putt
Another one of the great Surfers Paradise kids activities is mini golf at Holey Moley Putt Putt – Putt Putt with a difference. The whole family will love having a game of putt putt with these 18 unique and crazy holes. Swing your club through shark infest waters and have fun identifying the pop culture references such as the Sampsons Couch and the Nine Iron Throne.
Location: Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 12am
Price: Prices start at $20 per person.
Looking for places to visit in Surfers Paradise that please the entire family? Checkpoint is a great place for the whole family where the kids get to play the latest computer games, whilst Mum and Dad can relax with a drink or two. Here, they have gaming PCs, Xbox and PS4 consoles, retro arcade games, board games and racing simulators.
For the sports lovers there are several large screens where the latest games from around the world are broadcasted.
Location: 3090 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Opening Hours: Daily 12am to 12am
Strike down at Surfers Paradise is so much more than a tenpin bowling alley. The bowling alley has the lights turned down and the music turned up as well as cocktail bar and pizzas available. Children are welcome too but not after 8pm.
As well bowling there are also multiple escape rooms, where you are locked into a room with your family and you have to find hidden objects and clue to escape. Escape rooms start at $38 per person. There are also karaoke rooms available from $100 per hour.
Location: Circle on Cavill, Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 121m
Price: Bowling starts at $19 per person, per game
14. Visit the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets
Every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night the over 100 stalls open up along the Surfers Paradise beach Esplanade. Here you will find a range of items such as fashion jewelry, art, homewares as well as various street entertainers.
Provided you can resist all the wonderful items on sale, a stroll around the Surfers Paradise beachfront markets, is perfect if you’re looking for free things to do in Surfers Paradise! Or perhaps one of the cheap things to in Surfers Paradise anyway!
Family Accommodation Surfers Paradise
There is a huge range of fantastic family friendly Surfers Paradise accommodation no matter your budget. From inexpensive to luxury and everything in between you will definitely find what you are looking for in Surfers. Click here for our full guide on where to stay in Surfers Paradise with kids.
The Novotel Surfers Paradise
We recently spent the weekend down at the Novotel Surfers Paradise (click here for the full review) and highly recommend it as the best place to stay in Surfers Paradise for families. It is perfect for families who visit Surfers Paradise, particularly if you want to be within walking distance to all the things to see in Surfers Paradise.
All the Surfers Paradise attractions are within 2-15 minutes walking distance, with plenty of family friendly restaurants and cafes just outside the hotel. The gorgeous Surfers Paradise beach which is fully patrolled is also only a few minutes’ walk away. Before you head to the beach, see the hotel staff as they hire out beach balls and boogie boards if you didn’t bring your own.
Families can either choose to stay in a family suite or a room with 2 double beds. The family suites are great, with the main room having a a large king bed, while the smaller room has two single beds for the kids. Both rooms have their own flat screen TV and the bathroom is tucked away in the middle. All rooms have satellite TV, small fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.
The Novotel offers first class facilities. There is a tennis court, swimming pool, spa, gym, laundry and restaurant which serves a great daily breakfast. There is even a child friendly roof top bar! Whilst the hotel itself doesn’t have parking, you can park next door in the Secure car park for a fee.
We absolutely love staying at the Novotel and hihgly recommend it for families. Click here for the latest prices or to make a booking for Novotel.
Family Friendly Surfers Paradise Restaurants
Surfers Paradise is absolutely teeming with fantastic family friendly restaurants and cafes, however here a few that we have personally been to and recommend – click here for our full guide on family friendly Surfers Paradise restaurants.
1. Hurricane’s Grill & Bar
Hurricane’s is located directly opposite the beach and is famous for it’s massive serving. Their signature dish here is their ribs – which I have to say are bloody good!
They also have a great kids menu with all meals being $12 and they provide the kids with colouring in sheets too. ⠀
Hurricane’s Grill & Bar is open 7 days and open from 12 pm to 10.30 pm daily.
2. Pancakes on the Rocks
This is a great casual restaurant with a huge variety of food on the menu such a great menu with salads, pizzas, savory crepes and steaks. Of course, the star of the show is their amazing pancakes! Absolutely amazing, with so many different delicious toppings to choose from – I counted 18 different options.
This is a super kid friendly restaurant. The kid’s menu is cheap too with meals around $7 and they have colouring in for the kids too.
Pancakes on the Rocks is open daily from 7 am to 10.30 pm.
3. Liv Eat
Seriously, if you love excellent quality healthy food you will absolutely love Liv Eat – their food is amazing!!! Who knew healthy food could taste this fabulous! There is a huge selection of food too from salads, wraps, sandwiches, juices and slices too. I reckon you will have a hard time choosing what to eat.
Getting to / From Airport
You can easily reach Surfers Paradise from either the Gold Coast or Brisbane Airport.
From Brisbane Airport
From the Brisbane Airport the best ways to reach Surfers Paradise is either by car hire, shuttle or public transport.
If you are going to be renting a car whilst you visit Surfers Paradise, I recommend you pick up your car from the Brisbane Airport as a shuttle can be quite expensive for a family. However, if you are spending your time just in Surfers Paradise, or with a few additional day tours, it is not necessary to rent a car.
There are numerous different operators that provide transport from the Brisbane Airport to the Gold Coast.
Con-X- ion provides return transfers from the Brisbane airport to your Surfers Paradis accommodation from $54 per adult, $28 per child or $132 per family. Click here for more information or to make a booking.
If you are intending to visit some of the theme parks during your visit you can save money on transfers by booking return airport and gold coast theme park transfer ticket.
- 3 theme parks transfers: are from $148 per adult, $72 per child or $368 per family;
- 5 theme parks transfers: are from $174 per adult, $82 per child or $430 per family; or
- 7 theme parks transfers: are from $190 per adult, $92 per child or $472 per family.
The tourist attractions covered are Movie World, Wet’n’Wild, Sea World, Dreamworld (see our Dreamworld guide here), WhiteWater World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Harbour Town Shopping Centre.
The cheapest option to get from the Brisbane Airport to Surfers Paradise is by train.
The Air Train stops right outside both the International and Domestic Brisbane Airports. The train departs every 15 minutes during peak hour and 30 minutes during off peak. T
Take the Air Train all the way to the Helensvale Station, this journey will take around 90 minutes. From Helensvale Station take the G:Link train to Surfers Paradise, this journey will take around 40 minutes. There are 4 different stations at Surfers Paradise so choose the station that is closest to your accommodation.
If you purchase a Go Card at the Airport station the entire trip will cost $32.22 per adult and $25.37 per child. Without a Go Card it is $38.40 per adult and $28.50 per child. If you decide to purchase a Go Card you will need to purchase one for each person in your group, which will cost $10 per adult and $5 per child, which is refundable when you return them.
I’d recommend purchasing a Go Card if you won’t have your own car as you can then use this on the G:Link for discounted tickets.
From Gold Coast Airport
The Gold Coast Airport is about a 30 minute drive from Surfers Paradise. The best way to reach Surfers Paradise is via hire car, shuttle or taxi.
If you are going to be renting a car whilst you visit Surfers Paradise, I recommend you pick up your car from the Gold Coast Airport as a shuttle can be quite expensive for a family. However, if you are spending your time just in Surfers Paradise, or with a few additional day tours, it is not necessary to rent a car.
There are numerous shuttles that will take you from the Gold Coast Airport to your hotel in Surfers Paradise, but the cheapest and easiest is with SkyBus. Skybus operates between 7 am and 10 pm, 7 days a week with a bus leaving the airport every 30 minutes. In most cases the bus will drop you either right outside your hotel or a few hundred metres away. You can check the drop off points here.
Tickets are $15 per adult and $2 per child each way and tickets can be purchased online or at the bus stop. The departure point at the Gold Coast Airport is right outside the arrivals – you can’t miss it, the airport is only small.
If you are intending to visit some of the theme parks during your visit (and you don’t have your own transportation) you can save money on transfers by booking return airport and gold coast theme park transfer ticket.
- 3 theme parks transfers: are from $82 per adult, $39 per child or $203 per family;
- 5 theme parks transfers: are from $108 per adult, $55 per child or $271 per family; or
- 7 theme parks transfers: are from $132 per adult, $65 per child or $329 per family.
The tourist attractions covered are Movie World, Wet’n’Wild, Sea World, Dreamworld, WhiteWater World, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Harbour Town Shopping Centre.
In my view the best way to get to Surfers Paradise is by taxi. Provided you collect a special fare voucher from the rank supervisor at the airport it will cost you a flat $65. The rank supervisor are easy to spot as they have high visibility vest on at the taxi rank.
Getting Around Surfers Paradise
You could easily spend a week in Surfers Paradise and never leave, but if you do want to visit nearby beaches or attractions, the easiest way to get around is by the G:Link Train.
As mentioned above for discounted tickets on the G:Link you will need a Go Card. If you have travelled from the Brisbane Airport by the Airtrain, you should already have one of these cards.
If you decide to purchase a Go Card you will need to purchase one for each person in your group, which will cost $10 per adult and $5 per child, which is refundable when you return them.
When to Visit Surfers Paradise
The short answer is anytime is the perfect time to visit the Surfers Paradise. With an average of 300 sunny days a year, you will generally experience gorgeous weather year round.
If you want to come when it’s nice and warm and perfect for swimming visit during the Spring (September to November) or Summer (December to February). In fact even March and April can be warm enough for swimming. People from colder climates may even find the weather warm enough to swim year round.
Keep in mind the Surfers Paradise can get super busy during both the Queensland and New South Wales school holidays, particularly from the end of December to mid January. During this time expect long queues at attractions and higher prices on accommodation.
For me, my favourite time of year to visit Surfers Paradise is during February where the ocean is at its warmest, the days are warm and there are no school holidays.
Thank you to the Novotel, Hurricane’s Bar & Grill, Infinity, King Tutt’s Putt Putt, Gold Coast Snow Park, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Time Zone, Pancakes on the Rocks and Liv Eat for hosting our visit. Of course all opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced in anyway.
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