Who says you need to have hundreds of dollars to have a good time? In the Gold coast, you can have heaps of fun for under $25. Not including your costs for a Gold Coast car rental and petrol, of course.
From a crazy trampoline park, to feeding quirky multi-coloured birds, and so much more; you’ll never run out of things to do in Goldy for cheap, cheap, cheap! Here are some of our favourites:
1. Beach Hopping
COST: FREE entry
Forget bar hopping; when you’re in the Coast, experience golden sand and glimmering waters and go from beach-to-beach! If you want to get through all of them, head to Burleigh Heads, Kirra Beach, Kurrawa Beach, Mermaid Beach, Miami Beach, Palm Beach, and Surfer’s Paradise.
Don’t forget to lather on loads of sunscreen, pack up a floppy hat, and/or put up a beach umbrella! Take a swim, SUP, surf, and sports as you soak up some Vitamin SEA.
Pro tip: Bring extra cash for some fish & chips, a bit of ice cream, and maybe a few drinks throughout the day. Unless you want to pack your own, that is.
2. Food and Fantastic Views
Fish & Chips
COST: Adult meals: $11 to $16; Kids meals: from $4.40
Speaking of fish & chips , you’re going to want to grab some from Pete’s fish market on Sea World drive. Those fish & chips are ripper, and even better enjoyed while sitting on the rocks by the seaside.
COST: Ice cream from $5 (small) to $14.10 (large take home)
Even winter time can be filled with gentle warmth and sunshine in Gold Coast which means ice cream is always a good choice. Spend an afternoon with a cold treat or two from the Cold Rock Ice Creamery, while taking in the stunning views from Burleigh Hill as the locals surf, swim, and have fun. What better way to spend the afternoon than with a great ice cream and a spectacular skyline?
3. The Strange and Wonderful
COST: Kids (4 and under): FREE; Kids (5-12 yrs): $14.90 (regular), SAVE ONLINE – $13.90 ; Student (need valid ID): $24.90 (regular), SAVE ONLINE – $19.90; Adult (18+yrs): $24.90, SAVE ONLINE – $$22.90
Go “ooooh”, “ahhh” and/or “ewww” as you get your weird on at Ripley’s Believe it Or Not! Odditorium. From a laser race, to shrunken heads, a spinning vortex tunnel, rare artifacts, and so much more, it’s a great place to find all things weird and wonderful.
4. Bike Rides
COST: Free if you have your own bike. If note, bike hires can be as low as $25 for half day.
Not a fan of the sand? You can still enjoy the cool breeze of the sea by hiring a bicycle and exploring the beachside on two wheels. If you need more adventure and some tougher terrains, try the trails at Gondwana Rainforest.
COST: First one-hour session: $16, $11 for succeeding hours. But trust me, if you’re not an athlete, one hour is plenty.
Your backyard trampoline is nothing compared to these fantastic bouncy playground. Bounce Inc gives you over 50 interconnected trampolines to flip, flop, and tumble on. There’s an area for everyone — from your tiny tots to crazy gymnasts/parkourists.