There’s good reason the Gold Coast theme parks are big draw cards for families. Ride the highest inversion ride in the Southern Hemisphere at Dreamworld, swim with dolphins and get up close to seals in Sea World, or cool down in the giant wave pool at Wet ‘n’ Wild. Shear a sheep, pat a koala and taste bush tucker at Paradise Country or hang out with your favourite characters at Warner Bros. Movie World. If you want to visit more than one park, look into a Mega Pass, which gives you entry to Wet ‘n’ Wild, Movie World, Sea World and Paradise Country. Tickets for Dreamworld can be purchased separately.
After the morning's excitement, you deserve some rest and relaxation. Indulge in a soothing spa treatment at L’Aqua Day Spa, Calmer Therapies or SpaQ in Surfers Paradise before perusing the evening markets (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, 4pm-9pm). Dine in Broadbeach or neighbouring Mermaid Beach before heading back to Surfers Paradise to hit up the neon-lit nightlife. Head to Elsewhere, a hot spot for live music, or House of Brews to sample its impressive list of craft beers.