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12 things to do on the Gold Coast these September school holidays

Dominica Czaczka | September 2020

Spring into the school break with our spring holiday survival guide.

From wildlife encounters, sport clinics to cheering on your team, there’s plenty to keep little hands busy and imaginations occupied these school holidays. Banish boredom with our round-up of what’s on:


Southport Yacht Club’s Sailing Camp

Oxenford Watersports Centre, 33 Watersport Lane, Coomera

Take to the high seas (or our magnificent Gold Coast waterways) with a crash course in sailing. Yachting Australia certified instructors will guide young sailors through the sheltered waters of Oxenford as they learn the ropes of sailing, before drying off with land-based beach games and volleyball.

Big Top Playhouse
24 Kohl Street, Upper Coomera

Burn off that excess energy and let the kids loose at Big Top Playhouse’s indoor playground while you sip on a coffee from the adjacent café.

Yatala Drive-In
100 Stapylton Jacobs Well Road, Stapylton

Kick it back old-school and pile into the family car for a night out at the drive-in. Screening kid-friendly flicks like Astro Kid, Trolls World Tour and Paw Patrol: Jet To The Rescue, there’s plenty of movies to choose from. Tickets are $35 per carload (up to 6 people) and doors open from 5.30pm.

Bonus – pyjamas/Spiderman costumes are perfectly acceptable attire.

North Gold Coast Seahawks Basketball Camp
Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, 35 Beattie Road, Coomera

Kids can layup and dribble their way to Michael Jordan status with individual drills, team drills, talks and games at Seahawks basketball camps. Take a shot with This Girl Hoops, a girls only camp, or slam dunk your way to success with the Seahawk Nation Elite series.

Ramp up the holidays with a skate

From half pipes to bowls, there are plenty of skate parks on the northern end where kids can skate, roll and slide their school holidays away.

Check out a park near you:
Arthur Earle Park – Nerang Connection Road, Nerang

  • Ashmore Village Park – Mualla Drive, Ashmore
  • Brockman Park – Pitcairn Way, Pacific Pines
  • Collingwood Court Parklands – 156 Olsen Avenue, Arundel
  • Discovery Park – 84 Discovery Drive, Helensvale
  • Rufous Whistler Park – Rifle Range Road, Pimpama
  • Runaway Bay Sports Precinct East – Lae Drive and Morala Avenue, Runaway Bay
  • Upper Coomera Adventure Parklands – 221 Reserve Road, Upper Coomera
  • Viney Park – Yaun Street, Coomera


Titans game at Cbus Super Stadium
Centreline Place, Robina

More of an NRL fan? Get behind our Titans with a hot pie in hand as you cheer them on from the stands (with a hot pie in hand of course). The best bit? Mini-me can yell as loudly as they want – in fact, it’s openly encouraged.

KDV Sport School Holiday Clinics
221 Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Carrara

From taking a swing at mini golf, scoring goals at soccer practice to winning a match point at tennis, KDV Sport is serving up a smorgasbord of sports for kids to try at their school holiday clinics.

Pacific Fairgrounds Carnival
Pacific Fair, Hooker Boulevard, Broadbeach

Step right up, the Pacific Fairgrounds Carnival has hit town! Take a spin on the teacup ride, wander down Sideshow Alley and try your luck at the Lucky Duck. Pacific Fair’s iconic train will also make a comeback, offering rides around the centre for a limited time only.


David Fleay Wildlife Park
Loman Lane, Burleigh Heads

Swap screen time for green time and venture to David Fleay Wildlife Park for a day out amongst the gum trees. Hang out with Park Rangers at one of the wildlife encounters or set off on your own adventure through tranquil wetlands, rainforest and open eucalypt forest in search of koalas, cassowaries, dingos and crocodiles. Don’t forget to drop into the Nocturnal house and check out the squirrel gliders, greater bilbies and fat tailed dunnarts.

Gecko EcoDiscoverers Holiday Program
Various locations, Currumbin

Book the youngsters into an EcoDiscoverer adventure to Currumbin Estuary and watch them channel their inner David Attenborough. A great way to inject some educational fun into the holidays (pat on the back parents), kids will have a new appreciation for the living world around them as they explore tidal pools, search for butterflies, catch fish and learn about water birds.

Skybound Gymnastics Holiday Camps
Unit 10, 108 Dover Drive, Burleigh Heads

Kids can twist, tumble and somersault their way into the spring holidays with Skybound Gymnastics Club’s holiday camp, as they master the basics of gymnastics and trampoline training.

Swell Sculpture Festival
Currumbin Beach, Currumbin

Kickstart the spring holidays with a dose of arts and culture as you catch the final days of Currumbin’s annual Swell Sculpture Festival. Take a guided twilight walk, settle in under the stars for the Gold Coast Film Festival movie night or stroll through the sculptures at your own pace.

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