Gold Coast occupies a special place in the hearts of Australians and holds a lot of memories for adults and children alike. Synonymous with fun for the family, Gold Coast is at the top of many traveller’s list of destination to visit with the family. However, travelling with children and young family is often stressful. Here are seven time-tested tips for travelling with children and young family to the Gold Coast and #6 is a life saver.

Tip #1: Prepare a check list

You will be surprised by how a check list helps organise your days prior to travelling to help you plan your travel with children and young family to the Gold Coast. Sit down when you have 5 – 10 minutes to yourself and jot down a list (or enter as a note in your phone) of what you have to prepare or pack for your trip, tick these off at least a day in advance and you will not be so stressed packing at the last minute.

Tip #2: Get the children involved in packing

Involve the children in getting ready and preparing for your trip to the Gold Coast. Let the children feel that they are involved in the process and get them excited at the same time. Nothing too onerous is required here. All you need is a small children’s back pack or if the child has her own luggage, get her to place a comfort blanket/soft toy in the luggage and for her to be responsible for her own bag. You will be surprised by how pleased the child is when she feels that she is “helping” to pack for the family’s Gold Coast trip.

Tip #3: Bring Colour Pencils and Colouring Book

Always have a small box of colour pencils and a colouring book (at least one book per child) or print out some of the children’s favourite cartoon characters before travels so they can colour these in. The Holiday Holiday staff calls this the rescue travel colouring pack for children. At the airport while waiting for your flight, find a seat with a table at the waiting area so the children can do some colouring. The rescue travel colouring pack is also a life saver when you are out at restaurants. You can use these rescue travel colouring pack not just for travelling with children and young family to the Gold Coast but also for dinner outings, etc.

Tip #4: Pre-book the theme parks

If you have young children or teenagers, believe it or not, book ALL the four theme parks and visit a park a day. These are┬áDream World, Movie World, Sea World, and Wet n’ Wild. All these theme parks are suitable for children of all ages and also teenagers. Each theme park has designated zones that will appeal to young children and other zones that will only appeal to teenagers so problem solved! Prebook the theme park passes so you can avoid the long queues at the gates. ┬áThe best value passes are the Village Road Show three days pass to Movie World, Sea World, and Wet n’ Wild.

Tip #5: Choose the Best Gold Coast Family Resorts

There are Gold Coast holiday resorts and there are Gold Coast family resorts. Choose the best Gold Coast family resorts for the children. Here are three great selections to choose from:

Chevron Renaissance resort:

Highlight: Sandy lagoon beaches and located above a shopping centre

Sun City resort:

Highlight: Water slides and sandy lagoon beaches

Crown Towers:

Highlight: Pirate ship and sandy lagoon beaches

Tip #6: Add on a Kids Room Package

Holiday Holiday has thought of it all for the young family when you are travelling to the Gold Coast. Add on a kids room package for a small fee, which is worth your sanity. You will have a breather when the children checked in to the Gold Coast family apartment you have selected and they go straight to the corner that has already been set up with toys, colouring books, etc. Best of all sand bucket and spade ready to go to the beach!

Kids room package includes:

  • Plastic cutlery
  • Soft toys
  • Whole bin of toys
  • Story books
  • Rubber ducky
  • Sand bucket
  • Kids blankets
  • Kids cushions
  • Kids table and chair

Tip #7: Beach visit a must!

Last but not least, a beach visit is a must. All Holiday Holiday Gold Coast apartments are located within easy walking distance to the sandy beaches of Surfers Paradise or Broadbeach.

A beach visit is the cheapest but probably the most fun that the children can have while on the Gold Coast. There’s something about the sand and the sea that children love. Don’t forget to swim between the flags and don’t forget to bring the sand bucket and spade ready from your kids room package.

Best Gold Coast Family Accommodation

Travelling with children and young family to the Gold Coast need not be stressful every time. Holiday Holiday has some great family accommodation options for your travels to the Gold Coast. Here are two awesome selections featuring amazing facilities, walking distance to the beach, fully equipped kitchen and laundry facilities, etc at great prices:

1. Extra spacious 2 bedrooms on level 20 Ocean and river view in Chevron Renaissance resort:

Highlights: Extra spacious, bath in the shared bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and laundry, located above Coles supermarket and shops, sandy lagoon beaches, high speed wifi and movie streaming

2. Extra large 2 bedrooms on level 10 ocean views in Sun City resort:

Highlights: Extra large at 150 square metres, large spa bath in the ensuite, fully equipped kitchen and laundry, water slides and sandy lagoon beach, walk out the gate to Surfers Paradise North tram station.