If you’re looking for a party with magic that’s perfect for kids and fun for the whole family, head to the Gold Coast. The city is located on Australia’s beautiful Pacific Ocean in the south of Queensland. The city has become a tourist mecca over the years and is home to numerous attractions and activities for tourists and locals alike. Here are some suggestions on what to do when you head to the Gold Coast.
There are plenty of great magician shows at various Gold Coast venues but one of the most popular is Magic Mike. The movie Magic Mike made a name for itself as an Australian-American movie comedy that starred Nicholas Cage as a washed-up former professional magician who has become the city’s hottest new attraction. I’ve never seen kids look so excited about something; they were literally glowing when their magician came on stage. Magic Mike Birthday Party, including kids’ entertainment, is priced just right.
Surfers Paradise is filled with fun and trendy restaurants, great beaches and resorts, and even a self-proclaimed “zoo-style” hotel. The beach is beautiful with soft sand and plenty of restaurants serving up everything from tapas to kabobs. Surfing lessons are available for kids as well as bike and car parking. There are also free indoor activities including rollerblading and water park options.
The Burleigh Heads area is known for its windsurfing, wakeboarding and banana boat rides. There’s also a seaweed farm that lets kids interact with sea life. There are several shops selling local art and souvenirs. The shopping strip is always bustling with little kids running around playing baseball and shouting “motor” and “bicycle”. My daughter’s friends enjoy going to the beach in flip-flops and splashing in the surf.
To get away from the kids, head to the Gold Coast’s rainforest next to the Surfers Paradise. There’s no end to the natural beauty of this forest. It’s also home to Australia’s largest known spider, the funnel web spider. Kids can hike or bike through the rainforest while listening to the sounds of nature. If you’re looking to get into the tree-swinging action, hire a friendly green frog for a photo with you.
Another must see spot is Broadbeach. This neighborhood has a beach on its western end, that’s surrounded by an area of green trees and palm trees. Kids will love watching the birds, bees and fish swim and play near the shoreline. Other local animals include the emu, a unique bird found only on the Gold Coast, and the rare black snake. No zoo allows pets, so you’ll need to keep your own to avoid bringing home a snake. Taking the kids to the Emu Bush walk or the butterfly show is also a great opportunity to get close to these fascinating creatures.
For some true culture, head over to the Surfers Paradise Arts Centre. Here, you’ll find an eclectic array of exhibits featuring local artisans and musicians. The Arts Centre is also home to the popular Surfers Paradise film festival. This yearly event is the best time to catch a movie or two, grab a bite to eat or just sit and watch the sun go down. The festival is also a good place to pick up a souvenir from local artists.
To finish up your Gold Coast adventure, you just have to hop in your car and head to the Magic Kingdom. The Magic Kingdom is the biggest and most impressive of all the theme parks in Australia. Not only does it have several thrilling rides, but there are also impressive shows and displays that won’t leave anyone in awe. During the day, there’s even a free show at the Princess Theatre. You can visit the Magic Kingdom between the months of June and September.