These school holidays, the Gold Coast is definitely the place to be. Along with the excitement of the 2018 Commonwealth Games, there will be a huge variety of family-friendly things to do.
Whether you’re training it to a sporting event or enjoying a scenic bike ride along the beach, you’re sure to have an awesome time with your kids during the Games. Here are my top things to do around the Gold Coast this April.
1. Enjoy a bike ride along the beach.
The Gold Coast has over 1000 kilometres of on-road and off-road bikeways, making it easy to cycle through neighbourhoods and along foreshores while discovering parks and stunning scenery. If you love the beach, grab/hire some bicycles and go for a ride along the Main Beach pathway. You can stop off and enjoy a coffee/babycino or pack your bathers and head in for a swim to cool off.
2. Catch a free ride to sporting events.
With the GC2018 Spectator Journey Planner plus free public transport for all event ticket holders, it’ll be easy to watch one or more of the 18 sports showcased at the games. From basketball, cycling and swimming to weightlifting, lawn bowls and table tennis, there really is something for everyone. Children’s tickets start from just $10, with adult tickets starting at $20. There are even four free gold medal events – the road race cycling, time trial cycling, marathon and race walk – where you and the kids can line the streets and cheer on our Aussie competitors.
3. Find the fun at Festival 2018.
Adults and kids alike will love Festival 2018 – a multi-arts program packed with 160 free cultural events over 12 days. Operating day and night, the festival will span the full length of the coast and feature dance and circus performances, live music, unique activities and art installations. At Surfers Paradise, you’ll be able to boogie to Yothu Yindi and The Treaty Project and The Cat Empire or watch The Owl and the Pussycat theatre show. If you’re closer to Broadbeach, you can grab a bus to the inflatable maze or catch Rite, an exhilarating display of acrobatics. There’s even a seven-metre wide moon sculpture as part of the visual arts program and a field of microphones where your kids can participate in group karaoke.
4. Carpool to your culture fix.
The Bleach Festival is partnering with Festival 2018 to showcase local artists and collaborate with international theatre companies and artists. Kicking off with an opening party in Robina on March 29, the festival includes a moonlit kayak tour exploring the Currumbin Estuary that features dancers, circus performers and musicians. There’s also a String Symphony performing under the trees at Paradise Point Esplanade Park accompanied by a giant illuminated puppet.
If you’re keen for a dance, grab some friends and car pool to the Street Party at Palm Beach where the kids’ stage will feature The Crackup Sisters and Proud Foots Book Show. When you’ve worked up an appetite, the Gold Coast’s best food trucks will be on hand with a yummy meal.