Things to do in sunny Gold Coast

Things to do in Gold Coast

If there’s one word I can describe the Gold Coast it is sunny. Whenever I come here even if it’s not summer I can always wear playsuits and thongs. Queenland’s Gold Coast has a sub-tropical climate with around 300 days of sunshine per year. Though I’ve never been in winter time yet it’s still generally sunny and dry. Since I mostly come during the kids school summer holidays our bags only contained light clothing, swimmers and thongs except for me which I brought 4 pairs of shoes for photoshoot purposes 🙂  So when we are staying on the Gold Coast here are the things we normally do on repeat.

Surfers Paradise blog Surfers Paradise aerial view

1. See the city in Skypoint observation deck.
Situated in the top floor of the Q1 which is the highest building in Australia (see below pic), the observation deck offers spectacular 360 degree views of the surf to the hinterland and beyond. Best to do on the first day when visiting the city and can be done once in your lifetime 🙂 Been to the Gold Coast many times before but it’s the first time to climb up here and I tell you the views are magnificent. Though the hotel we first stayed was already high enough, the view from Q1 is overwhelming. Also, Q1 was adjacent to our hotel so we didn’t lose much time.

Skypoint observation deck Skypoint Gold Coast

2. Visit Cavill Avenue Mall and head to the beach.

Cavill Ave Mall is the epicentre of Surfers Paradise where you can do almost anything from eating, shopping or just watching the cool vibe of the city. Best of all, it leads directly to the beach. We frequented there for lunch in MacDonalds no less, I guess its food is implanted in my kids’ DNA as they always look for it whenever we visit a new place. Tip: Grab an ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s and walk to the beach. For more views of the beach, see my previous post here.

Ben & Jerry's ice cream Surfers Paradise beach

3. Eat lunch or dinner at Pancakes in Paradise.

I plug it in like this is a must thing to do 🙂 It’s just that our family is a sucker for pancakes, we can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner… kidding! Honestly, we make pancakes at home at least once a week. So we were so glad when we saw this place near the hotel on our first night. We were not disappointed with the food but we just can’t finished it as it comes in huge servings. On the second night, we had dinner in Alfresco Italian Restaurant which the kids had spotted first. I told you, they’re high maintenance but in fairness the food was exceptional.

Pancakes in Paradise

4. See the Theme Parks.

That’s the whole idea why you go to the Gold Coast. On our second day, we’re supposed to go to Movieworld but it was scorchingly hot so we opted to go to the mall and eat gelato. On the third day we went to Wet and Wild as it was a bit rainy a perfect day to have a water fun.

Wet n Wild
Been here once although I had more fun before since hubby came too, therefore, I was able to enjoy any ride but this time I was stuck with my toddler while waiting for my older kids to come back after each adventure they had. We camped out in the Wet n Wild Junior area so it’s convenient for our not so easy situation 🙂

What to wear in Wet n Wild What to wear to Wet n Wild blog Wet n Wild adventure Wet n Wild Junior
Sea World

On the 4th day after checking in Palazzo Versace hotel, we walked to Sea World which was approximately 10 minutes. Been here before as well but it was a completely different experience with a toddler all by myself this time. Apart from riding the merry-go-round which I was supposed not to ride on the pony with him (oops!) I mainly ate and ate for the entire day.

What to wear in Sea World Street ice cream blog Sea World Gold Coast blog
Honestly, after the popcorn and rainbow slushie I had a double scoops of ice cream which at least I had an epic photo while waiting for the big boys to return. Then for lunch, we had this ultimate fish and chips at the Dockside Tavern. There was a bigger and cheaper place to eat (seen below) but the boys had keen eyes for anywhere overpriced 🙂
Where to eat in Sea World
Sea World Storm Coaster Sea World Gold Coast
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Outfit Details:
Dark blue playsuit from Minkpink
Nano bag from Celine
Wet n Wild
Multicoloured crochet dress from H&M
Black tankini similar
Sea World
Playsuit from Romance