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A day out with the kids should tick all the boxes – food, sun, and fun. Fortunately, Queensland is home to one of the most underrated playgrounds for kids and the adults too – Sanctuary Cove, on the Gold Coast. From shimmering water to an ice-cream to end the day on a sweet note, this escape is one you should put on your list this weekend.

Breakfast by the water

Prepare for a day of activity by the water at one of the many cafes and restaurants at Sanctuary Cove. Enjoy a sunlit brunch along the waterfront at Anchor Buoy (and bring the pooch too!). From a delicious white-hot chocolate with marshmallows to pancakes, the pet-friendly spot has a fun kid’s menu in the perfect location to set the tone for the day. 

Dive into the day at the Lagoon Beach One-Acre Pool

The warmer weather seems to be creeping in as we draw closer to spring – and we’re not complaining! It is the perfect opportunity to make the most of a staycation at the InterContinental Resort, and diving into its pristine one-acre Lagoon Beach Pool. Let the kids start the day with a swim, splash in the water and build sandcastles, while the adults enjoy a leisurely stretch on the day beds nearby.

Set Sail with Gold Coast Sail

Climb aboard a 45foot hunter Sailing Yacht and sit back, relax, and enjoy the kids playing Captain and Crew for an afternoon. The unique 2.5-hour sailing experience can be enjoyed in the morning, over lunch or under the afternoon’s rays. Depart from Sanctuary Cove’s Marina and enjoy the fantastic sights of the Gold Coast.

Add to the thrill

If you’ve organised a stay cay at the resort and your little thrill-seekers want more of the action, Sanctuary Cove is 15 minutes away from the Gold Coast’s incredible theme parks, including Warner Bros. Movie World, Dreamworld and Wet n’ Wild. Be there within 15-minutes with a transfer organised at the Resort. 

A shopping spree with the minis

Stroll down to the Marine Village for a browse at the local boutiques. This fashion haven has amazing finds for the little ones, including Cabana Kids, Soho Girl (for the mums!), and more.  Here you’ll find everything from responsibly sourced materials and quality organic garments for kids and babies, and cutting-edge styles with an affordable price tag. 

Afternoon to evening feast

After an epic day out in the sun, top it off with an incredible seafood feast at George’s Paragon. Once you’ve indulged in the restaurant’s finest local produce under the stars, pay a visit to the Gold Coast prettiest gelato store, Rose Gelateria. The completely pink stop will have the kids excited alone, not to mention the 24 flavour options and macarons. 

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