After spending the last three weeks holidaying at home on the Gold Coast, I’ve (re)discovered some of it’s best kept secrets. Today I’ll share them with you!
1. Mt Cougal National Park, Currumbin Valley. Apart from the obvious benefits of simply being in this stunning natural environment, if you swim in the many rock pools, you’ll come home with beautifully soft hair and skin, feeling cool, calm and refreshed. Being a somewhat cautious mum, I had to take lots of deep breaths as the boys slid down the rock slides, jumped into the pools and clambered all over the rocks. By the same token it was gratifying to see Hendrix (who last year didn’t want to go on the kid’s roller coaster at Movie World) take that leap of courage. **Be VERY CAREFUL to ensure that you don’t dive or jump into water that is too shallow**
2. Kingscliff. Ok, this is actually Far Northern NSW, but only a 40 minute drive south of Surfers Paradise and even closer if you’re staying at Kirra Beach. With family in Kingscliff, I tend to spend a little bit of time there, especially over Christmas. There has been quite a lot of development over the last ten years or so, however it retains that pleasant, friendly small town vibe. Lots of yummy cafes, fashion boutiques (I particularly love Raggedy Anne – mums and daughters or aunties and nieces can both find something they’ll love) and even an Arthouse cinema! Best of all (and free) is Cudgen Creek which meets the Ocean at Kingscliff. Great BBQ areas, play equipment, shade – and best of all hardly any waves which is perfect for little ones. Well worth a day trip when you next holiday on the Gold Coast.
3. Broadwater Parklands. I’ve talked about the Broadwater Parklands at Southport in previous posts. But they just keep getting better! Last year a massive air pillow jumping thingy was installed, and recently, a massive Water Park structure in the river. (Visit Aquasplash for more information and costs.) If you’re visiting the Gold Coast, be sure to check online for free and low cost activities available, including outdoor movies!
4. Flipout! Can’t get the kids to sleep? Take them to Flipout Tweed Heads! We spent lots of energy here over our holidays. Mums and Dads can join in if they want, or just bring a good book (and maybe a comfy chair!) and plenty of cold water for your jumpers. What I really liked about this is that kids of all ages seemed to be having a great time.
OK, enough reminiscing Jacqi….you’re back at work now. Hope you found something fun for next time you visit – or perhaps you know some other great spots I don’t know about? Feel free to share below!
Jacqi has become part of the furniture at WorldMark South Pacific Club over the last nearly 10 years. She has worked in various teams, including Customer Service, Systems and Owner Marketing & Solutions. “Being involved with WorldMark has inspired me to take regular family holidays, and I look forward to sharing these experiences with you, including some of the tips I’ve learned along the way”