School holidays make a great excuse to get outside your local ‘hood. Pack the car and head out on a road trip, or make like a tourist at home. Check out some of haven’s faves, and choose your own adventure!


shutterstock_185369807SOUTH BANK

For your budding scientists, culture vultures or dino-loving archaeologists, South Bank is a gold mine. Dive into art for kids at GoMA, check out the Energex Playasaurus Place at the Queensland Museum where life-size dinos are the stars of the show, or grab tickets to a performance at QPAC.



Pack a picnic and a frisbee, grab the scooters or plan a play date in New Farm Park. Lush, green, open expanses are the perfect spot to run off an Easter-egg induced sugar high.



From a bike ride on the Wynnum foreshore to the Jan Powers Farmers Markets at Manly, to lunch at Cleveland, get bayside these holidays. Or take the ferry to Straddie – the crisp April days are made fun in the sun and some beachside splashing.


shutterstock_226534096MOUNT TAMBORINE

Walk amongst the clouds on the Skywalk, explore a nature trail, amaze the kids with a tour of the glow worm caves, or simply stroll the Gallery Walk – there’s something for all ages at Mount Tamborine. Stay on for lunch at the Eagle Heights Hotel. Think local produce, live music on weekends and views for miles.



Pick your own fresh produce, say hello to farmyard animals and enjoy a picnic at the Currumbin Community Farm Campus. A back-to-nature farm experience just minutes from the hustle of the Coast, in Currumbin Valley.



Water babes? Choose your style at Brunswick Heads – from the dog-friendly surf beach to the more peaceful inlet beside the rock wall (perfect for sand castles and splashing), to the flat waters of the river (perfect for kayaking or paddling). Then stretch out in the riverside parks, enjoy a picnic lunch or treat yourselves to a feast from the many restaurants in the heart of town, and watch as the kids hit the snooze button for the drive home.



What’s not to love about Kingscliff? An easy drive, a vast expanse of beach, dining options to whet the appetite of even the fussiest eater (and some amazing accommodation, should you choose to linger. Just saying!).  Whether you choose to surf, paddle, kayak or simply window shop the main street, you’ll easily fill a day here.



Make like a tourist and hit up the theme parks for a day of thrills and spills. Wet ‘n’ Wild, Dreamworld, Movie World, Sea World – it’s not just our interstate guests who’ll love the action adventures of a big day out.



From the “pirate park” to the smooth waters of the lagoon (keep an eye out for the many fish who love to dart alongside as you swim!), to the delish smoothies and treats at Dune Cafe, Palm Beach Parklands is a family favourite. Check out the farmers markets at neighbouring Palm Beach-Currumbin High School each Saturday morning, or chill out with a coffee and some acoustic tunes at Dune Cafe from 8am every Saturday.


shutterstock_228228244SURFERS PARADISE

Been a while since you explored the Gold Coast’s iconic Surfers Paradise precinct? Check it out these holidays. With the Gold Coast Film Festival’s SIPFest (Shorts in Paradise) screening on Surfers Paradise beach on April 12, you can enjoy a free night of film under the stars. Or let the kids loose in Timezone, Build a Bear or Strike Bowling – you’ll quickly banish a case of the boredoms!



Tell us your favourite day trippin’ spot these holidays– share your tips and pics with the haven hub community.




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