cant decide to stay in paradise resort surfers paradise or nara sea world ,can somebody help,travelling with 3 children needs lots of activities keep them occupy at nite,
planning to stay 7 days in gold coast, what are the attraction in bryon bay??
planning to go great barrier reef from gold coast, where do i stop Nearest from gold coast??
If you have 3 children, i'd sugest Nara Sea World resort... definately better for children. Try the 3 Park Superpass it's great value and you get to see 3 theme parks in 3 days... and they're the best parks for small children.
Don't know Nara Sea World personally, so you may find this the best bet. But we took our two kids to Surfers Paradise and really enjoyed it. Our kids never get bored of the beach though - well they would now that they're teenagers, but didn't then!
Byron Bay is great, but I don't think there's a great deal more than the beach there really - for kids that is.
First stop North of the Gold Coast for us was Noosa. Not spectacular, but very pretty, very chilled place to relax.
Next up and first for the Great Barrier Reef was Airlie Beach. Small-ish but dedicated tourist town, where you can settle a while and organise your reef trips. We stayed 10 days and enjoyed it, despite the fact it has no 'beach'! There is a salt water lagoon near the shore which made up for it, although the place might be heaving in Dec/Jan. We were there in Oct/Nov and it was fine.
Definately the 3 park superpass. Especially if your children are young. Dreamworld is brilliant too. It's got some cool rides for older kids like the giant drop and the tower of terror! Definately recommend giant drop. Been on it 5 times.
Dreamworld is brilliant too.
I'd definitely recommend Dreamworld if you have younger children. There's the 'Wiggles World' as well as a zoo of sorts, which are both awesome for little kids. There are also tons of rides which are designed for younger children. Plus, there's the tiger shows, which are really cool no matter your age.
I used Possum Travel -snip- about a year ago. Amazing if you're travelling with kids. They were mainly based around the Sunshine coast, but they gave me some really useful advice and had some great activities in place. Not sure if they're still about but highly rec.
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Our family (2 adults & 3 kids (4yo, 8yo, 10yo)) spent Easter on the Gold Coast.
Surfers Paradise and SeaWorld are only about 10 minutes apart on pretty much the same stretch of beach - so either way you'll be close to plenty of action - and as stated earlier, the beach is a great place to spend lots of hours with the kids. There are quite a few other amusements in the area (Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, Burleigh Wildlife park, plenty of public parks (great for kids) along the Southport Spit area and north to Runaway Bay.
Dream World, Movie World and Wet & Wild are all about a 10-20 minute drive back away from the coast from Southport and are all basically in the same area (Oxenford).
All of them have lots of stuff for kids - but also lots of big kid stuff.
I'd recommend Wet & Wild for the kids (and for you). Also I'd recommend a visit to the Tropical Fruit World just across the border in NSW (Tweed Valley). It's a bit of a drive, and cost us about $100 for the family for the day (including fruit feast & ice creams). It was a really good (relaxing) day out for everyone. You'll see their brochures in the airport tourist info boards.
The Great Barrier Reef is a fair way north of the Gold Coast - like at least an 8 hour drive to Mackay and then a boat ride or plane trip out to the islands/reef. You could get a flight from Coolangatta (Gold Coast) to one of the Islands (Hamilton/Lindeman) which would be quicker (but quite expensive when you factor in kids fares and keeping them "gainfully employed").
Happy travelling and dont forget your sunscreen,