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10 Summertime Fun Things To Do

10 Summertime Fun Things To Do

We may be partial, but the Gold Coast is one of the best locations for a well-deserved Aussie summer vacation. With miles of pristine white sand beaches, an emerging foodie scene suitable for all budgets, a host of annual celebrations and festivals, and more than a few exciting ways to explore the beauty of the ocean and waterways, the Goldie might just be the summertime adventure you’ve been missing.


#1 South Straddle Island Adventure


One of the longest running cruise and whale watching companies in Queensland, Gold Coast Adventures offers a unique, family-friendly Catamaran Island Adventure Tour to the shores of South Stradbroke Island. See the rare golden swamp wallaby during their daily wallaby-feeding session, soak up some sunshine on a quiet stretch of beach, sip cocktails at the local bar, play a game of beach volleyball, hit the water on a kayak of stand up paddleboard, and enjoy scenic views of the Gold Coast with a BBQ lunch before cruising back to shore. (


#2 Splash Around at Tallebudgera Creek


Hang your hammock, fire up the grill, lay out the picnic blanket and slather on the SPF! Offering plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the calm waters, Tallebudgera Creek on a sunny afternoon is highly recommend for relaxed swimming, paddleboarding, kayaking, camping and more.


#3 See an Outdoor Movie


Those balmy summer nights are made all the better by sitting under the stars and watching a movie with loved ones! With several options to choose from, including the Yatala Drive-In movie theater, Movies in the Park in Broadwater Parklands, and brand new Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema in Broadbeach, you’re sure to find plenty of outdoor entertainment this summer.


#4 Jet Ski Safari


With nearby offshore islands and an array of stunning landscapes, the Gold Coast is one of the best places to hop on a jet ski. The pros at Jet Ski Safaris, located conveniently near Sea World, offer an assortment of tour options, including a 1-hour, 1.5-hour and 2.5-hour adventure. While all of them are worthy choices, we recommend the 2.5-hour Jet Ski Safari, an 80km mission that weaves through mangroves and flood plains all the way to the gorgeous shores of North Stradbroke and back. (


#5 Learn to Surf


With year-round sunshine and surf conditions, summertime is undoubtedly the best time of year to get out there and practice your surf skills! Experienced surfers can easily hire a board and hit all the best spots on the coast, while beginners should start with a lesson from the Surfers Paradise surf school hub, Go Ride a Wave.


#6 Visit Mount Tamborine


Only a short drive from the Gold Coast, Mount Tamborine is a gorgeous day-trip hinterland destination. With easy hiking through rainforest and waterfalls, glow worm caves, rope courses, boutique shopping, wineries and cafes, there’s something for every member of the family.


#7 Hire a Boat


For a more private tour experience, we recommend hiring a boat from Duffy Down Under. With four boats to choose from and several convenient locations throughout the Gold Coast, this is the ideal option for families of up to 12 people looking to explore more of the Goldie by water. Book a self-driving boat or organise a skipper service, and enjoy a fun-filled morning of sightseeing or a picturesque sunset cruise through the area’s many waterways. (


#8 Rockpools Playground


Located conveniently at Southport’s Broadwater Parklands, this go-to kiddie oasis offers shallow water pools, fountains, playground equipment, shaded hangout areas, a bouncy house and more, perfect for those hot days when a dip in the water is required.


#9 Hot Air Balloon Ride


If heights aren’t a deal breaker, some of the most amazing views of the Gold Coast are witnessed from a hot air balloon! With the Gold Coast’s skyscrapers and Pacific Ocean shimmering in the distance, you’ll also be treated to views of the lush Mount Tamborine and Lamington National Park.


#10 Jet Boating


This one’s for you, thrill seekers! Unlike the calm, relaxing boat tours you’re used to, jet boating with Gold Coast Watersports offers a whole new realm of excitement. One of the most popular thrill rides in the world, jet boating includes wave-hopping, turning, spinning, stopping, and plenty of water sprays in between. Be prepared for high speeds, soaking wet clothes and squeals from family members and passengers as you cruise around the Gold Coast. This ain’t your Grandma’s boat tour—unless Grandma happens to be an adrenaline junkie. (



By Kelsey Love

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