The Ultimate Gold Coast Family Holiday Activity

Gold Coast Family Activities.

Come aboard with Sailing in Paradise – a fun experience for the whole family!

Are you planning a family trip to the Gold Coast and looking for outdoor activities and attractions for kids that are also fun for the whole family?


Trying to coordinate things to do on the Gold Coast can be tough when trying to please a whole family.    We aim to provide a stress-free day that gets the kids active and enjoying the outdoors while the parents enjoy a beautiful day on the water.  free kids activities

Of course, the most popular activity for the adults is relaxing on the front deck with a drink in hand, watching the world sail by and listening to your favourite tunes.   Activities for the children are also a ‘no-brainer’ as we’ll be more than happy to let your little ones help to hoist the sails and take the helm.     The open-plan layout of the boat means that you can see both the indoor seating area and the trampolines out front at all times, providing peace of mind and enabling you to keep an eye on the kids.   The wide and spacious deck area makes it ideal for kiddies of all ages (even the littlies) to get around.  activities for kids on the gold coast

Our sailing catamaran is purpose built for day cruising and entertaining and is the perfect choice for families to get together for a great day on the water.  With its unique shallow draft and front and rear boarding ladders this boat is unique in it’s ability to pull up straight onto the Gold Coast Broadwater’s beautiful island beaches including Wavebreak Island and South Stradbroke Island. There the kids can stretch their legs and and enjoy the fresh air and great outdoors.

From toddlers, to pre-schoolers all the way up to tweens and teens there is something about being out on the water and close to nature that appeals to all age ranges.    There are plenty of fun and free activities to keep the kids entertained for a few hours or a full day including buckets and spades for building sandcastles, snorkelling gear, beach cricket or volleyball, fishing, frisbees, stand-up paddle boards and fun fruity inflatables.

Sailing in Paradise can also arrange packages to include parasailing, jet skis and other watersports to create a truly unbelievable day.

Sailing in the Gold Coast Broadwater


Built on a network of keys and rivers, the Gold Coast is known for its amazing weather and outdoor lifestyle. The excitement doesn’t stop at theme parks and great shopping – Experience a day on the water with Sailing in Paradise to find out why so many people find their way to the Gold Coast and stay forever!  This is truly one of the best experiences to create special memories when visiting the Gold Coast.

Our area of operation is the southern Moreton Bay Marine Park which is home to an abundance of marine and bird life.

Cruising up the Gold Coast Broadwater affords spectacular views of the Surfers Paradise skyline behind as we explore up towards Paradise Point and inside the protected coast of South Stradbroke Island. As we cruise in inland waterways, there’s no need to worry about rough conditions as the water is incredibly calm and the Spirit of Gwonda is a cruising catamaran which is very stable. The famous beach at Wave Break Island is the perfect spot to break the journey for some sandcastle building competitions, a spot of beach cricket and start up the BBQ for a picnic.

If we’re lucky in the afternoons we’ll often be joined a pod dolphins as they cruise in through the sea way in search of their evening meal.


Catering Options


Sailing in Paradise has a range of catering options to suit all budgets from BYO to fully catered with wait staff, we’ve done the rounds to find the top caterers in the Gold coast cruise The Spirit of Gwonda is equipped with eski’s and a BBQ so if you’re handy with the tongs or if you would like a private chef to take care of the cooking, the food will be hot and the beer will be cold.

Things to do in Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast Things to Do – Surfers Paradise

If you are looking for the quintessential Gold Coast Beach experience of course at some point you will want to hit Surfers Paradise.   With a whole host of high profile developments in recent years, Surfers Paradise has been given a pretty nice facelift.   So, while once you may have nipped into Surfers to check out the nightlife on Orchid Ave, hunt down a meter maid sporting a legendary gold bikini and have your photo taken in front of the iconic Surfers Paradise Beach sign.  Now you will find enough to keep you occupied, entertained and well fed for a whole day out.

Recent developments in the area include Circle on Cavill, Soul, Hilton and the enormous Jewel development is also underway nearby.  The Soul development added some high-end accommodation right on the beachfront and an array of shops and restaurants beneath which have totally transformed the Surfers Paradise Beach area.

Some of our favourite things to do in the Surfers Paradise Area include;

Hit the Beach!

It’s no surprise that Surfers Paradise’s most famous asset is its beach.  The foreshore is looking better than ever and with major investments into the beach itself you will enjoy lazing on silky soft golden sand while drying off from a dip in our amazing waters here on the Gold Coast.  Book in with one of the many surf schools and you will be riding a wave like a pro in no time…well we can’t promise that, but it will be fun trying!

Surfers Paradise Night Markets

Each Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, locals, holiday-makers and bargain-hunters make their way to the Surfers Paradise foreshore to wander along the coastal stretch of more than 100 market stalls.    It is a great place to pick up unique products, including fashion, jewellery, accessories, artworks, photographs, beauty products, home wares and services.

Gold Coast Arts Centre

The Arts Centre is located just across Chevron Island at 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise.   The complex houses the Arts Theatre, Gold Coast City Gallery, two Cinemas and the Arts Cafe.   You can catch alternative movies, theatrical performances, bands, comedians and much more.  See their page for more info.


Infinity is one of the most popular attractions in Surfers Paradise.  Located on the ground level of the Chevron Renaissance building, it is a mind-blowing 30-minute journey into 20 futuristic, maze-like ‘worlds of wonder’ filled with special effects, atmosphere, sound fields and illusions that go all the way to infinity.   This place is so much fun, with the kids, with some mates, go in with an open mind and experience something new. Visit here.

Grab a coldie…

If like us, when on holiday you prefer to sit back with a great meal, a drink and watch the world go by, Surfers Paradise won’t let you down.  The cuisine on offer in Surfers Paradise is a vast and varied selection and if you like a tipple you will be spoilt for choice.    We suggest checking out for the latest offerings in the area.

Catch the G Link

The G Link is the ideal way to reach Surfers Paradise from Parkwood, Southport, Main Beach or Broadbeach.

Getting to Sailing in Paradise from Surfers Paradise

Sailing in Paradise departs from Marina Mirage, Main Beach about a 10 minute drive north from Surfers Paradise.   Simply follow the Gold Coast Highway and then turn off before the Sundale Bridge following the signs for Sea World.    Marina Mirage is located on the left and there is ample undercover parking.

Things to do in Main Beach

Things to do on the Gold Coast

Main Beach

An area close to our hearts, as we call it home!  For such a small suburb Main Beach sure crams some variety into the mix.

Some of our favourite things to do in the Main Beach area include;

Get out on the water!

Main Beach is the ideal jumping off spot for the Gold Coast Broadwater as you are straight into the action without having to endure the slow cruise through the Gold Coast residential canals.

Hire our Catamaran ‘The Spirit of Gwonda’ in a private boat charter arrangement and you will experience the best the Broadwater has to offer, from clear waters to golden sandy beaches, isolated islands to local wildlife and Surfers Paradise city light views.

You’ll find a whole host of water based activities departing in the Main Beach area including jet boating, jet skiing and parasailing to name a few.  We can help out in arranging these as additional activities on your charter.

Well it is called ‘Main Beach’ so it would be kind of be rude not mention the beach.

Famed for its open shore break and popular with surfers, Main Beach/Narrow Neck a great spot to pull up the car right alongside the beach for an easy saunter onto the sand.  Bring along some fish and chips from the old bathing pavilion café for a retro treat!  Apart from the Surf Club stretch, you can take a walk along the sand through some more deserted sections of beach and up to the Gold Coast seaway (The Spit) and sand pumping jetty which can make for some spectacular photo opportunities when the lighting is right.

Family fun at Sea World.

While there is nothing better than seeing marine wildlife in its natural environment (and we can quite often help you out with that), sometimes the kids are hoping to get up close and personal to really check out the animals.  Sea World offers a great family day out including kids shows and attractions and the ever-popular dolphins as well as penguins and polar bears to name a few.

The Team at Sea World do an amazing job in protecting wildlife on the Gold Coast and are first on call for any injured marine mammals in the region.

Hang with the yachties

Recently refurbished, and with views over the Broadwater and marinas, the Southport Yacht Club is a good choice for family dining thanks to its varied menu, kid’s playground and cute little private beach area.   We love the Sunset Garden Tapas & Pizza Bar for late afternoon cocktails and yummy wood fired pizzas! And the Rib Eye on the bone is sensational.

Wine, dine and shop at Marina Mirage

Marina Mirage is located opposite the Sheraton Mirage and adjacent Palazzo Versace and as you would expect offers an impressive range of retail and dining options.    So, whether you are in search of designer fashions, beautiful homewares or an array of waterfront dining options, Marina Mirage is definitely worth checking out.   The weekly farmers markets are also a good find with delicious local produce on offer within the shopping centre malls.

Sailing in Paradise departs from the Marina Mirage Berths so it is a great idea to pop in before or after your cruise.   For more information check out Marina Mirage here

Getting to Main Beach

Catch the G Link or bus

The G Link is the ideal way to reach Main Beach from Parkwood, Southport, Broadbeach or Surfers Paradise it is then a short walk to the Yacht Club.  Alternatively buses are available to Seaworld stopping throughout Main Beach.

Getting to Sailing in Paradise

We are conveniently located at the prestigious Marina Mirage adjacent to the Marina Mirage Shopping Centre which is home to many beautiful retail stores and delicious restaurant and dining options.

Marina Mirage is located at Main Beach.  Follow the signs for Sea World and you will soon come to Marina Mirage which is located alongside the fabulous Palazzo Versace and the stunning Sheraton Mirage hotel.  There is plentiful free parking which you are invited to use alongside and beneath the Marina Mirage Shopping Centre.

Sailing In Paradise is located in berth D11 at the Marina Mirage

Marina Mirage, 74 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach.

When you reach the marina please take ramp on the right, through the black gates, that leads downwards to the long floating wharf.

Please do not go down the pier with the big yellow arches as that is Mariners Cove and you will not be able to access the boat from this side.

If you can’t find us you can always call us on 0438 915 222 and we will be happy to guide you

Things to do in Burleigh Heads

Ask any Gold Coast local about their favourite places on the GC and Burleigh Heads (or simply Burleigh as it’s known to the locals) is sure to factor in pretty high on the list.   And it’s not hard to see why.  Burleigh’s heady mix of cool boutiques, hipster dining, golden beaches, surf breaks and awesome walks have long endeared Burleigh with the local crowd and are frequented by the Gold Coast’s beautiful people.

So whether you are heading to Burleigh for a day or evening there is plenty to keep you entertained.

Some of our favourite things to do in the Burleigh Area include;

Walk the Burleigh Headland

The Burleigh Headland national park is truly a Gold Coast treasure.   Completely beautiful and endlessly instaworthy.   Don’t forget your camera, there are so many wonderful photo opportunities including the classic palm-framed shot looking back across the ocean to the Surfers Paradise Skyline.   Once you have trodden the well-worn path around the headland you will be treated to the always-impressive sight of Tallebudgeera creek.  A great place for a dip in the turquoise waters, this creek is such a beautiful spot and extremely popular with families who enjoy the shallow calm waters.

If you aren’t up for the walk, there are some great spots on Burleigh hill to take a load off, bring along a picnic and enjoy the view.  There is also a great kid’s play ground.

Surf and Sand

Renowned worldwide as a pro-surf spot, Burleigh delivers the goods when it comes to its amazing beach.   If you aren’t quite up for the paddle out and just fancy a quick dip, you are sure to find a calm spot most days at Burleigh.

Shop, Shop, Shop (hint: bring your credit card)

Once a sleepy seaside suburb, Burleigh has most definitely come of age in recent years.   The plethora of designer fashion and homewares on offer in James Street really speaks for itself in this regard.  It is a great place to head if you are looking for unique finds on the Gold Coast.

We also love the Village Markets, held bi-monthly at the Burleigh Heads State School for amazing vintage and eclectic designer fashion and lifestyle offerings.  Check their website for forthcoming market dates

Relax with a coffee and watch the world go by

The café and dining scene in Burleigh will not disappoint, whether you are after a funky café, a special restaurant or something in between.   You’ll find absolute ocean-front dining, roof top dining and laneway bars and cafes aplenty.   A great spot for an Acai Bowl breakfast before taking on the Burleigh Headland walk.

Getting to Burleigh

Parking is always at a premium in Burleigh and can be hard to find.  If at all possible, it is so much easier to catch the bus to this spot!

Getting to Sailing in Paradise from Burleigh Heads

Sailing in Paradise departs from Marina Mirage, Main Beach about a 30 minute drive north from Burleigh Heads.   Simply follow the Gold Coast Highway and then turn off before the Sundale Bridge following the signs for Sea World.    Marina Mirage is located on the left and there is ample undercover parking.

Things to do in Broadbeach

The days of Broadbeach living in the shadow of Surfers Paradise as a tourist hot spot are well and truly gone.  Broadbeach holds its own in every possible way with its amazing beach, array of dining options, world class shopping and the Gold Coast’s only casino.

Some of our favourite things to do in the Broadbeach area include;

Head to the beach

Broadbeach is another one of the Gold Coast’s favourite beaches, but honestly, what beach on the Goldie isn’t amazing?  We are so lucky to live here!   The parks set alongside the beach at Broadie (as the locals call it) are arguably the best on the Gold Coast, with a fantastic variety of equipment to keep kids of all ages entertained.    There are also plentiful grassy areas to lay down a rug and chill beneath the trees if family activities aren’t your thing.

The Kurrawa Surf Club at Broadbeach is worth a visit, with wonderful views and reasonably priced meals.

Get ready for some serious retail therapy!

Pacific Fair…forever a Gold Coast icon, has had impressive new facelift and all we can say is ‘wow’!   The new Centre is world class and features the Gold Coast’s largest selection of retail from luxury brands to high street favourites and all the major retailers you would expect to find at a Shopping Centre of this size.   The ‘resort’ precinct is nothing short of spectacular and the perfect spot to relax atop one of their luxurious day beds and review your new purchases.

There is also an impressive selection of food options on offer, from food court favourites through to fine dining.

Before you hit the shops plan your visit at

Eat, drink and be merry

Broadbeach’s dining and bar scene offers something to satisfy every palette and budget.  With a range of international cuisines on offer and a bar scene sure to surprise with hidden gems and underground nightclubs.

We suggest checking out for the latest offerings in the area.

Try your luck…

If you fancy your chances at blackjack, poker, roulette or even the good old chocolate wheel, you can’t pass up a visit to The Star (formerly Jupiter’s Casino).   To be honest, even if you aren’t a gambler it is worth crossing the highway for the dining and bar experiences now on offer which have elevated the casino to a 5 star venue.   We love their Japanese offering Kiyomi for a special dinner, as well as the the Garden Kitchen & Bar for late afternoon into evening drinks.

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Getting to Broadbeach

Catch the G Link

The G Link is the ideal way to reach Broadbeach from Parkwood, Southport, Main Beach or Surfers Paradise.

Getting to Sailing in Paradise from Broadbeach

Sailing in Paradise departs from Marina Mirage, Main Beach about a 15 minute drive north from Broadbeach. Simply follow the Gold Coast Highway and then turn off before the Sundale Bridge following the signs for Sea World. Marina Mirage is located on the left and there is ample undercover parking.

This weekend on the Gold Coast

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So I thought i’d start the new blog section of our website with a quick rundown on the plethora of activities that will be happening on the coast this weekend. And WOW what a weekend it will be. Obviously I would have to start with the Boat Shows. Yes ‘Shows’. If you have an interest in anything to do with boating then this weekend is Christmas for you.
There are actually 3 boat shows on the coast this weekend – the long running Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, The Gold Coast Marine Expo and the lesser known Marina Mirage Boat Show.
When you’ve had enough at the other shows please feel free to visit us at Marina Mirage.
You can check out the many vessels for sale from the brokers at Marina Mirage and then visit us for a look over the Spirit of Gwonda. Then have a lovely meal at one of the sensational restaurants at Marina Mirage.
Also if you haven’t been yet I strongly recommend you visit Marina Mirage on a Saturday morning for the fresh farmers’s market and while you’re there try the sensational Eggs Benny with smoked salmon from Providore -my favourite breakfast.
If you’re more of a musical buff then no doubt you’ll be heading to Broadbeach for the free entertainment at the Blues on Broadbeach festival.
I believe Eric Burden (ex Eric Burdon and the Animals) will also be playing – that would have to be awesome.
If you’re a Gold Coast Suns fan then you will probably head to Metricon this Saturday as the boys hit it out with the Crows – Good Luck guys.
And just while I’m on that topic well done to the Titans last week against the Roosters.

Well i’m sure there’s plenty more going on but I’ve got to go and get ready for the show so have a great weekend everyone and I’ll see you there, somewhere.