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The Gold Coast is one of the most perfect places to take in the spring school holidays. Warmth, sunshine, fresh air, saltwater, relaxation.

So, where are some of the best family-friendly places to spend time on the Gold Coast?

Gold Coast City Council mayor Tom Tate: “The Broadwater, either on a boat or relaxing along the foreshore. The water is calm for little ones and there’s always so much going on.”

Gold Coast SUNS CEO Mark Evans: “The walk from Nobby Beach to Burleigh.”

Author and fitness model Sophie Guidolin: “That’s a hard one. We love the fact that we have theme park passes, and with four kids it is easy entertainment that they all love. We are very much into the movies or a bowling session too. Between September and March you will find us at the surf club for Nippers every weekend.”

Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Sara Carrigan: “The Historic Rivermill at Nerang is fab hanging out on the riverbank or the verandah overlooking the beauty of the Coomera River and the kiddies can run, play and enjoy a chat and a pat with the animals.”

Channel Seven personality Jess Skarratt: “The Village Markets. There's something for every member of the fam bam. Freeman’s Organic Farm. Grab your fresh produce and a homemade treat and coffee and set up your picnic rug to take in the killer views of Currumbin Valley. And Metricon Stadium on Gold Coast SUNS game days for a great spot for the family to hang!”

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