It's officially summer on the Gold Coast, and this year we're campaigning for a Christmas spent outdoors with the family, enjoying everything the region has to offer. Activity gifts for kids come in all shapes and sizes, suitable for a range of budgets and personality types from shy and curious youngsters to boisterous daredevils. Here we've listed our top picks for child-friendly Gold Coast experience gifts, but feel free to browse the location page for more ideas!
Stand-Up Paddleboarding Lesson in Surfers Paradise
Price: $45 child/$55 adult
Age restrictions: 8+
Take to the Nerang River for a beginner's lesson in stand-up paddleboarding, lead by experienced guides who will demonstrate how to use the equipment and the proper techniques to ensure you're comfortable on the board. An hour long lesson is the perfect amount of time for gentle paddling, basking in the sunshine, and admiring the amazing cityscape around you - a fun and relaxing outdoor activity to share with the family!
TreeTop Challenge Junior Low Ropes Course in Mt Tamborine
Age restrictions: 3 - 7
Release their inner Tarzan with a ticket to Australia's largest adventure park; TreeTop Challenge at ThunderBird Park, Mt Tamborine. Let them loose on the many obstacles, swings, rope ladders and zip-lines while you sit back and relax with a coffee - don't worry about accompanying them, the qualified instructors are on hand to ensure their safety! Kids absolutely love the freedom of adventure that this experience offers, and for only $30 for a two hour session, this is an affordable activity to entertain them this Christmas.
Surfers Paradise AquaDuck Land and River Cruise
Price: $30 child/$40 adult
Age restrictions: child 2 - 16/adult 17+
Want the kids to learn about the local landmarks and attractions of the region whilst enjoying the novelty of an amphibious vehicle? Then the AquaDuck Safari is for you! Climb on board and be driven through Surfers Paradise while an entertaining conductor regales you with fun facts and stories about the city, before sitting back as the vehicle effortlessly drives into the water and magically turns into a boat - blink and you miss it! Better yet, kids are welcome to have a go steering the boat along the Nerang River, and will receive a captain's certificate at the end. A fantastic family day out that's both educational and exciting!
Beginners Kids Surfing Lesson in Main Beach
Age restrictions: 5 - 12
Last but not least we have a Kids Surfing Lesson in Main Beach, Surfers Paradise - where better to learn to surf? The qualified instructors will provide all equipment, training, and demonstrations to ensure everyone is feeling confident in the water, ready to catch those breaks and stand up on the board for the very first time. Parents are welcome to come along and watch, so you can snap some photos of your precious ones during their first surf lesson - the ultimate Australian institution.
So there you have it, our top 4 child-friendly Gold Coast activities that make fantastic Christmas presents or family days out. Hopefully you'll find something here that's perfect for your kids and will encourage them to leave the house this summer - if not feel free to browse the site for more ideas! As always, if you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch, and someone from the team will get back to you right away.