What To Do These School Holidays Queensland School Holidays

The Queensland school holidays are here and you might be wondering how you are going to keep the kids entertained without putting a strain on the family budget. Luckily, there are many budget-friendly experiences to choose from thanks to Experience Oz so you can avoid the dreaded “I’m bored, what can we do” question from the kids.

The overseas holidays may be off the cards this year but with so many extraordinary destinations and experiences available in Australia, you won’t feel like you are missing out at all. If you have always wanted to take a trip to Cairns or are holidaying closer to home at the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast, then we have plenty of things to do with kids these school holidays in Queensland.

Here are a few out of the box school holiday activities to try that are perfect for a variety of age groups and family budgets.

2 woman feeding kangaroos at Currumbin Wildlife Park Gold Coast

What to do on the Gold Coast

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the Gold Coast’s most popular family-friendly attractions. Home to a myriad of cute Aussie animals, this is a great place to take the kids for a fun and educational day out. The main drawcard by far are the interactive animals experiences and daily keeper talks.

Children can make some furry new mates at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary cuddling up to koalas or hand feeding kangaroos and lorikeets. Famils should also map out time to sit down and enjoy the schedule of animal talks including a crocodile show, the famous Free Flight Bird Show and the creatures of the Lost Valley.

If that isn’t enough excitement for you all, a TreeTop Challenge high ropes course can also be found within Currumbin Sanctuary to get the heart pumping. Spread across three levels, the course features 80 aerial challenges and 11 ziplines including one that will have you zooming over the top of the crocodile enclosures.

Sessions are available every 30 minutes throughout the day and children 8 years of age and above can participate if height requirements are met. To access both attractions at a discounted price, we recommend their Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary & Treetop Challenge pass that can be purchased here.

Family smiling at Dreamworld Gold Coast

Theme Parks

We couldn’t overlook the world-class theme parks on the Gold Coast. With five great Gold Coast theme parks to choose from, you’ve easily got a week of entertainment sorted with a multi-day theme park pass representing excellent value for money.

Movie World tickets guarantee a day full of laughter and magic with a Hollywood Stunt Driver Show even the adults will love plus age-appropriate rides, shows, meet and greets with your favourite superheroes and villains and a 3D cinema.

Wet ‘n’ Wild and WhiteWater World are also a popular choice to cool off from the warm Queensland weather in summer while Sea World is Australia’s premier marine park with a variety of animal exhibits and themed rollercoaster rides.

Dreamworld also has a roster of entertaining shows and thrill rides planned including the much anticipated Steel Taipan rollercoaster opening in late 2021.

Multi-day theme park tickets and annual passes include a full day of scheduled shows, unlimited thrill rides, animal encounters and special appearances from all your favourite Nickelodeon characters and superheroes and villains.

Once you’ve purchased your theme park passes, the only thing you need to factor into your budget is food. Don’t worry if you’re overwhelmed by choice, our Theme Park page below breaks down all the information you need to pick the right theme park passes for you and your family.

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Woman looking through scope at Skypoint Observation Deck Gold Coast

SkyPoint Observation Deck

If you are staying in downtown Surfers Paradise then you shouldn’t miss out on a visit to the SkyPoint Observation Deck at Q1. On a visit to SkyPoint Observation Deck, you’ll get a 360-degree view of the Gold Coast from Level 77 with views of the coastline and the magnificent Gold Coast hinterland. There is even a cafe here so you can enjoy a coffee or lunch with a spectacular view while you are here.

The added bonus here is that entry to the Q1 SkyPoint Observation Deck is included in a Dreamworld 3 Day Pass or Dreamworld Locals Annual pases. If you aren’t a Dreamworld passholder, then we suggest you check out our current SkyPoint Observation Deck deals here including the Skypoint Deck and Dine combo that includes an admission ticket and a $20 dining voucher.

Whale breaching Sea World Cruises Gold Coast

Gold Coast Cruises

With more sparkling canals and waterways than Venice, it’s no surprise that there are many Gold Coast cruise to choose from to soak up the scenery. One such cruise that’s a big hit with families with children of all ages are the Gold Coast duck tours that depart from the heart of Surfers Paradise.

Guests can enjoy the best of both worlds on a Gold Coast duck tour that includes a city tour before splashing into the Broadwater for a fun canal boat ride. The entire experience lasts one hour and kids can even have a turn driving the boat and receive a free captains certificate.

Group of friends cheering at Topgolf Gold Coast

Topgolf Gold Coast

Taking putt-putt golf to a whole new level is Topgolf located in Helensvale. This Gold Coast attraction is a family-friendly activity that both the adults and kids can enjoy together. Similar to what you would experience at a bowling alley, you and your loved ones will share a private bay for up to 6 players and enjoy two hours game time trying to outdo each other’s score. Food and drink can also be ordered at the touch of the button and brought to your own climate-controlled bay.

There is no need to be a golf expert here, everybody can have a go and score high as you hit the microchipped golf balls into the giant targets to score points. Topgolf is fast becoming one of the top things to do in the Gold Coast and best of all, it is all weather attraction open from 11.30am till 10pm making it a great option for those rainy days and nights.

Paddlockd Escape Room Surfers Paradise

Virtual Reality & Escape Rooms

When the weather turns sour and you have antsy kids to entertain, rainy days can be a little bit stressful. However, the Gold Coast is the place to be with plenty of indoor attractions including state of the art virtual reality experiences and escape rooms.

Together as a family, step inside a themed escape room to solve a puzzle, crime or crack the code. Competing against the clock, guests have 60 minutes to solve the problem in these fast paced games. Padlock’d in Surfers Paradise have seven fun and mysterious escape rooms to choose from and are open from 9.30am to 10pm daily.

Virtual reality game rooms are another option you might consider, especially if the kids love video games. These multi-player games allow players to communicate inside a virtual reality and no experience is necessary. Xscape Reality is also located in Surfers Paradise and is open daily from 12pm to 8pm for all your virtual reality gaming fun.

Bob Irwin feeding Giraffe at Australia Zoo Sunshine Coast

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What to do on the Sunshine Coast

Australia Zoo

These school holidays come on in and watch the Irwin family feed the crocodiles at the famous Crocoseum in Australia Zoo. See the wildlife warriors in action and learn all about crocodiles and native Australian wildlife here with all keeper talks included in all Australia Zoo tickets.

Australia Zoo also recently welcomed a baby Giraffe, tiger triplets, and koala joeys which will all be available to view as they make their first steps with their new family members. While you are here don’t miss out on a visit to the busy Wildlife hospital, an added bonus included in our great value Australia Zoo tickets.

Kid touching seal at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

Dive into an amazing underwater world at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba. If you haven’t had a chance to see the Little Blue Penguin exhibit then we highly recommend it. Private penguin encounters can also take you behind the scenes to meet these playful creatures and hand feed them a fishy treat (extra fees apply).

Your tickets to SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast include admission to the large aquarium with over 10,000 creatures on display at Queensland’s largest oceanarium. Wander through the ocean tunnels to see dozens of sharks swimming above you, watch the fun seal show and see the fascinating jellyfish kingdom to name a few exhibits.

People completing in Treetop Challenge Sunshine Coast

Treetops Adventures Sunshine Coast

The TreeTop Challenge Sunshine Coast is an excellent way for the whole family to get active and enjoy the fresh air and great outdoors while having fun.

Navigating ladders, platforms and wires, TreeTop Challenges and ziplines are suitable for kids and adults and feature a number of different aerial obstacles with varying levels of difficulty.

Combining adventure with sightseeing, the treetop challenge acts as the perfect day trip for families looking to mix up their family holiday activities. Suspended in the rainforest, swing from the treetops and push yourself to the limit here.

3 girls standing on boards learning to surf Noosa Sunshine Coast

Surfing Lessons

If your kids can’t get enough of the beach during the summer school holidays, then why not teach them how to surf?

With a number of different surfing schools spread around the country at some of Australia’s best beaches, mum and dad can enjoy the sun and the sand while the younger ones learn how to catch a wave with the experts who are all professionally trained in surf life saving.

Surfing lessons are an activity the whole family can enjoy together with teachers able to accommodate beginners and experienced surfers wanting to simply improve their technique. Be careful though, you might just catch the bug and walk away with a brand new hobby.

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Woman looking up at fish in Cairns Aquarium

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What to do in Cairns

Cairns Aquarium

Situated in the heart of Cairns Central, the Cairns Aquarium is a great family-friendly attraction featuring sea critters from the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. If you don’t fancy a day cruise to the Great Barrier Reef then a visit to the Cairns Aquarium is the next best thing.

The marine life put on a dazzling display and there are a variety of keeper talks and interactive touch tanks that allow the children to interact with creatures of our oceans and ancient rainforest. A visit to the Aquarium is one of the top things to do in Cairns so we recommend you place it on top of your must-do list when you visit. The Cairns Aquarium is open 7 days a week and is all weather attraction you can visit to escape the tropical or the drizzly rain.

Man zip-lining through Cairns Zoom at Cairns Zoom

Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome

This Cairns attraction is a wildlife park with a difference. Cairns ZOOM offers visitors the opportunity to go for a zipline over the wildlife exhibits or tackle the high ropes course commando-style for a unique view of the birds, crocodiles and wildlife here.

Of course, if these adrenaline activities don’t take your fancy then you can keep your feet firmly planted on the grounds as you wander through the small bird aviary, reptile enclosures and get up closing cuddling a koala or holding a snake.

Cairns Skyrail over Barron Falls

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

A journey on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway is another must-do Cairns experience regardless of whether you are a local or are visiting from out of town. A combined ticket for the Kuranda Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway will take you for a gentle ride on the gondolas high above the rainforest to the quaint village of Kuranda. Along the way, there are a few stops to jump off at each offering stunning vantage points of the expansive forest canopy overlooking the gorge and rangers available to answer any questions that you may have.

You can easily make a day of it with plenty of time to explore Kuranda’s top attractions including the Rainforestation Nature Park, Kuranda Koala Gardens, Birdworld and the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary. Upon return, you can take the scenic journey back to Cairns via the heritage trains taking you deep into the forest. Please note: this journey can be completed in the reverse direction with a scenic railway up to Kuranda and skyrail cableway ride upon return.

People snorkelling at Fitzroy Island Cairns Great Barrier Reef

Visit the Great Barrier Reef

It would be foolish to visit Cairns without paying a visit to the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef ,however, with so many options available it may be hard to decide which reef cruise or island tour is best for your family.

Located approximately one hour from Cairns, a ferry can whisk you away to Green Island or Fitzroy Island where fringing reefs offer a safe, snorkelling experience in shallow waters. Additional experiences such as kayaking, stand up paddling or a glass-bottom boat tours are available at Green Island.

Additional Great Barrier Reef cruises can take you to visit secret coral reef locations where you snorkel or dive multiple reef sites in one day or visit the activity platforms moored on the Outer Great Barrier Reef. Reef pontoon cruises from Cairns offer a range of activities including a glass-bottom boat cruise, underwater observatory, snorkelling, scuba dives, a buffet lunch and even optional scenic helicopter flights which may be a great option if you have a young family or any non-swimmers in the group.

There are always Great Barrier Reef deals available all year round. Check out our range of reef cruises and book online today.


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