Summer is here and so are the holidays! Hot and bothered kids need a place to chill out, cool down and have some splashing summer fun. Here are some ideas to get the kids wet these holidays.

Summer brings thoughts of wet swimmers, giant piles of towels in the laundry and sticky wet watermelon and mango juices running down faces. Whether you are hitting the beach for some of the holidays or enjoying a staycation over the break, finding the best places to stay cool is easy.

Be organised and pack the gear you need the night before so you and get off early before the day gets too hot. Our family’s beach kit is permanently packed and ready for action and includes:

  • Sunscreen
  • Hats
  • Beach umbrella
  • Towels
  • Picnic rug
  • Frisbee
  • Bats and balls
  • Bucket and spade
  • Insect repellent and first aid kit

We grab the boogie boards and the kite and simply add kids, water and food and we’re off! So where are the best places to head to, to enjoy some summer fun?

The beaches

Make sure you are swimming between the flags. Modelling good behaviour for our kids is very important. There will be more kids in patrolled areas for your kids to play with too. Our top picks include Rainbow Bay on the Gold Coast, Main Beach at Byron Bay and Kings Beach at Caloundra. All three beaches are patrolled and offer kids open space, waves, a walking track along the foreshore, playgrounds, barbecues and amenities blocks. Again, getting in early means avoiding some of the heat and, also a better opportunity to land a carpark.

Creeks, rivers and streams

We love Currumbin Creek at Palm Beach Parklands for a gentler swim – there are no waves and it’s a great spot for trying stand-up paddleboarding (SUP).  It’s a popular spot for families with younger children. Here’s a hot tip: Check the tide times as high tide will limit the sand available. There is a large park, playground, amenities, carparking and a café nearby. You can also hire SUP boards there.

Broadwater Parklands has something for everyone.  There is a water play park for the kids, an enclosed swimming area in the Broadwater and an inflatable water park that operates south of the Parklands play area. If salt water is not your preference, the Aquatic centre is right there too. SUP board hire is also available.

Cool mountain creeks are another great destination. On the Gold Coast, check out the Currumbin Rock Pools. In Northern New South Wales we love Minyon Falls – it’s better for older kids as there is a hike to the bottom of the falls. Gardeners Falls are in Maleny north of Brisbane and also worth the drive. There are several rock pools there but aim for the main swimming area.

Pools for play

Brisbanites should head to South Bank for a cooling inner-city swim. Park and ride is the easiest – catch the train or a ferry to avoid traffic and the cost of carparks.

Murwillumbah Pools (Tweed Regional Aquatic Centre) is another great place. Get there early to secure a picnic table under a tree. The centre has both an indoor pool with a diving pool (check opening times) and an outdoor pool. It also boasts a toddler leisure pool and the piece de resistance – the giant hill slide!

Also check out the City of Gold Coast website for details of their eight centres including each location’s facilities and pricing. And don’t forget to slip, slop, slap!

Fe Taylor

Fe Taylor  

Fe Taylor is a passionate health and wellbeing guru. Fe has dedicated her career in fitness, nutrition and wholefood education to help others along their health and fitness journey. Fe is a proud mum to her two boys, Tom and Jude. She is the founder of the Childrens Health & Wellbeing Expo, and currently serves as an ambassador for the chairty Nutrition Plus // www.fetaylor.juiceplus.com.au