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Easter school holiday activities to try on the Gold Coast

Charntel Cleveland | March 2021

Easter holidays on the Gold Coast are a wonderful time of year. The weather cools off a little, but it’s still warm enough to take a dip and enjoy our great outdoors.

Aside from the obvious beach and theme park visits, there is a plethora of organised activities to help keep the boredom at bay. Check out these fun Easter school holiday ideas on the Gold Coast.

Stand out at Supanova

Get your geek on and head to comic and gaming convention Supanova, held at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre 17 and 18 April. Dress up as your favourite character and meet some of the stars behind popular films and shows such as Lord of The Rings, Power Rangers, Neon Genesis Evangelion and more.

Get active

The Easter school holidays are an ideal time to get outside and burn off energy. You could:

• See the city’s Active and Healthy Calendar for organised activities.
• Drop into one of the Gold Coast’s BMX and skate parks.
• Explore a new playground.
• Take a short stroll through nature along one of the city’s family-friendly tracks.

Get creative

Check out HOTA’s chocked program of family and kids events, which includes fun activities such as:

  • sand sculpture creations
  • street theatre
  • mini music festival
  • playground design
  • cooking workshop
  • DJ school
  • busking workshop
  • Lego Masters workshop.

The Craft Parlor also offers a range of kid-friendly activities over the Easter break, including tie-dying, pottery and crafts.

Explore nature

Keen for to swap screen time for green time? The Gold Coast is home to so much natural beauty that there is always something new to explore. You could also:

• Check out the NaturallyGC program of nature-based events.
• Take a hike along any of the city’s bushwalking trails.
• Get off the beaten track and explore some of the Gold Coast’s hidden gems.
• Marvel at the natural beauty of the Gold Coast Botanic Gardens.
• Explore the Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area with its vast natural habitats and wildlife.
• Head to Nerang National Park for a hike, bike ride or horse ride through bushland.

Flock to a farm

Round up the kids and head to Freeman’s Organic Farm at Currumbin for a fun day out. Founded in 1915, Freeman’s was once the largest commercial banana farm in Australia. These days, the farm grows a variety of seasonal produce and is a thriving tourist destination with a café, market stall and live music on Sundays. The farm also runs tours each Sunday, where children can pick their own vegies for free. Paradise Country theme park also offers a farm experience of the Australiana kind, where you can witness stockmen in action, watch sheep shearing and learn how to make damper.

Opt for an animal encounter

The Gold Coast is home to an array of animals and there are plenty of places you can get close enough to observe and appreciate our wildlife. You could:

  • Book a visit to David Fleay Wildlife Park at Burleigh, where you can catch creatures such as kangaroos, native birds, platypus and bilbies.
  • Head to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to see dingoes, wallabies, echidnas, wombats, reptiles and a wide variety of birds.
  • Watch the pelican feeding near Charis Seafoods on the Broadwater at Labrador. The pelicans are fed 1.30pm daily at Ian Dipple Lagoon, 371 Marine Parade, Labrador.
  • Head to Macintosh Island Park at Main Beach to see pretty peacocks and other resident birdlife.
  • Enjoy morning or afternoon tea at the Crazy Cat Café in Surfers Paradise and play with the resident kitties.
  • Get up close to sea creatures such as dolphins, sharks, penguins and even polar bears at one of Sea World’s animal encounters.
  • Feed the tigers at Dreamworld’s Tiger Island.

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