Cheap and Free Holiday activities on the Southern Gold Coast

Cheap and Free Activities on the Southern Gold Coast This Winter School Holidays

If you’re thinking of planning a holiday on the Southern Gold Coast this Winter School Holidays, we’ve got you covered with a fantastic list of cheap and free activities to keep the kids entertained.

We know, the most obvious FREE FAMILY activity is spending a day at the beach. However, there are plenty of lesser-known gems on the Southern end of the Gold Coast that are perfect for family fun without breaking the bank.

Gold Coast Holiday Homes are also offering a generous 20% off with our “prices slashed” campaign. From cosy beachfront units, to action packed resort style accommodation, we have the perfect accommodation options to suit every family size and budget. Now is the ideal time to secure your spot for the upcoming school holidays.

1. Feed the birds at Currumbin Wildlife.

Cost: Gold Coin donation required for a plate of food.

Enjoy the experience of feeding several wild lorikeets from the palms of your hands…or head…or shoulders, with Currumbin Wildlife’s lorikeet feeding.

The wild lorikeet is Australia’s most colourful bird species and they are not shy of humans. For a gold coin donation, you can buy a plate of bird food which will have them sitting on you for their fare share of the feed.

Daily feeding is run inside the entrance foyer to Currumbin Wildlife sanctuary every day at 8am and 4pm.– No ticket required.



Cinebar Movies.

Cost: $45 for a family ticket

If your kids are dying to see the new ‘Minions Movie’ or ‘Inside Out 2’ launching this winter school holidays, head to Cinebar Cinemas Coolangatta at The Strand.

You can catch the latest family-friendly films for only $45 with a family ticket (for 4) when booked online using the code: DEAL40001049 at checkout.

Bookings are essential and can be made  online (HERE).


Currumbin Rockpools

Cost: Free

Take on the latest ice-bath craze with a trip to Currumbin Rock Pools. A mere fifteen-minute drive from Currumbin Beach up Currumbin Creek Road.

Considered a natural gem of the Currumbin Valley, these gorgeous pools have something for all ages.  Grassy picnic spots, places to swim, rainforest trees to admire, and even a few natural slides on slippery rocks. Can you take on the challenge and submerse in the icy cold waters for 15 minutes?

Safety Note: As mentioned, rocks can be slippery, pools shallow, and on occasions, there may be adverse weather conditions like flooding after heavy rain. Please check the local weather forecasts, the depth of the pool prior to jumping, and warning signs prior to entering.


EARN DOUBLE DOLLARS @ Timezone Coolangatta

Cost: $60 for $120 value

This weekend 8-10th of June you can earn DOUBLE DOLLARS at Timezone Coolangatta.

Load up your card now with $60 and get $120 credit to use during your holidays.  Arcade credit is valid for 12 months from time of loading.

  • Double Dollars is valid for three days only, Saturday 8 – Monday 10 June 2024.
  • Valid on $60 and $100 increment amounts
  • Download in store or via the Timezone Fun App and earn an extra $10, or visit in-store on the dates mentioned above (8-10th June). T&C’s can be found (HERE).



Snorkeling or Paddleboarding at Tallebudgera Creek or Cudgen Creek, Kingscliff

Cost: Free (if you have your own snorkel). Or $30/hour for Paddleboard hire.

You won’t need to worry about big waves at Tallebudgera creek and Cudgen creek, it’s the perfect spot for a dip on a warm day and some snorkeling or paddleboarding.

The crystal clear waters make both places excellent for fish viewing around the rock walls. Keep your eyes peeled for whiting, angelfish, old wives, yellow tailed leatherjacket, sting rays, coral fish, octopus, and if you’re lucky, maybe even a dolphin or wobbegong!

Hire a SUP board from All Coast Paddle Boards Hire at Murlong Crescent, Tallebudgera Creek for just $30 for 1.5 hours.

Or The Watersports Guru in Kingscliff also has paddleboard hire available from $25/hour for single, or $30 for a single kayak.  Ages 3+ (under 14 must be accompanied by an adult).


Safety Note: Be mindful of wildlife living in and around rocks. Please look but never touch. Oyster shells attached to rocks can also be sharp.


David Fleay Wildlife Park

Cost: $69.15 for a family pass (2A+2K)

While this one isn’t the cheapest, we think it’s pretty good value for a family day out, especially if you’re savvy and pack your own lunch, snacks and drinks.

David Fleay visitors will enjoy seeing lots of unique wildlife up close and personal.  Animals include crocodiles, kangaroo feeding, koalas, tree kangaroos, snakes, lizards, gliders, and even butterflies. There are many birds for the kids to look out for too including eagles, brolgas, jabiru, owls and cassowaries.  Plus they are the only park on the Gold Coast where you can see a platypus up close!

Check out the David Fleay activities on offer. Some even prefer it to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.


David Fleay wildlife


Top Noodle, Coolangatta

Cost: Variable

Top Noodle in The Strand, Coolangatta always provides excellent value for adults and kids alike. A frugal food fix for the whole family.

This no fuss, in-and-out, family friendly restaurant provides adult size bowls of Soba Noodles for an average price of just $15, with lots of family friendly meals on the menu – sushi, spring rolls, edamame, and EVERY meal is under $20.

This restaurant provides a very quick service and colouring pencils, perfect for kids who don’t like to sit for long periods of time. It can get busy Friday & Saturday after 5pm so it’s wise to book if you don’t want to line up for a table.

Menu can be found (HERE), because of course we like to decide what we’re eating before hand! Surely it isn’t just us?


Pancake Diner, Coolangatta

Cost: Variable

Whether you’re in the mood for a stacked burger or a pancake stack, Pancake Diner Coolangatta’s got it covered!

Enjoy every time of pancake stack from traditional ‘lemon and sugar’ to all the trimmings

Enjoy 7 DAYS – All you can eat Pancakes for only $11.99 per person.

And Thursday night offers “Buy one main meal get one free!” from 5.30pm! with a Kids menu from $12/meal.

Menu available (HERE)