5 Family-Friendly Things To Do Around The Gold Coast If You're Travelling On A Budget

Some of these activities are actually free!

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From its stunning beaches to its wide variety of outdoor activities and shopping spots, the Gold Coast in Australia has lots to offer travellers

Plus, if you're travelling with children, there are tonnes of family-friendly things to do. Whether you enjoy nature and wildlife, or the city and the indoors, the Gold Coast offers something for everyone.

And the best part is that you won't have to break the bank to have a great time!

Here are five affordable activities to add to your Gold Coast itinerary:

1. Get up close and personal with pelicans at Charis Seafoods

Price: Free for 1.30pm pelican feeding show
Address: Charis Seafoods, 371 Marine Parade, Labrador QLD 4215, Australia
Operating hours: 7am to 7pm (open daily)

Head over to Charis Seafood's Kiosk and Seafood Market for the freshest and largest supply of oysters, prawns, mussels, fish, sashimi, and more on the Coast. Every day at 1.30pm, you'll also get to witness a free pelican feeding show, where close to a hundred pelicans will gather for their daily feeding.

2. Plan a trip to the bustling Miami Marketta for all kinds of street food, entertainment, and live music

Price: Free entry
Address: Miami Marketta, 23 Hillcrest Parade, Miami QLD 4220, Australia
Operating hours: 5pm to 10pm (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday)

Miami Marketta is the Gold Coast's original street food market, serving up international cuisine from the back streets of Thailand, Barcelona, New York City, and more. In fact, the food vendors at Miami Marketta change up their seasonal specials every 90 days, introducing delicious fare according to what's in season.

This bustling market is also home to bars, entertainment, and live music, with ticketed events throughout the year, so make sure you plan your trip accordingly.

3. Travel up 77 floors and experience 360° views of the Gold Coast from SkyPoint Observation Deck

- $31 AUD (RM95) for adults
- $23 AUD (RM71) for children three to 13 years old
- Free for children under two years old

SkyPoint Observation Deck, Level 77, Q1 Building, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
Operating hours: 7.30am to 9pm (open daily)

Experience 360° views of the Gold Coast from one of the tallest buildings in Australia. Now open until 9pm daily, you can enter SkyPoint Observation Deck multiple times a day to catch the Coast's stunning views at different times of the day. From sunrise to sunset, and till the Coast bursts to life with city lights, this is definitely worth a trip.

Parents can also choose to do the SkyPoint Climb at 270m above sea level and enjoy the stunning views of golden sands, lush mountains, and the cityscape right at your feet.

4. Go for hands-on art workshops at Home of the Arts (HOTA)

Price: Free
Address: HOTA, Home Of The Arts, 135 Bundall Rd, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217, Australia
Operating hours: Open daily (different hours daily)

HOTA is the city's arts and cultural institution. They regularly host free art exhibitions as well as hands-on workshops in the Little ArtLab which is suitable for kids of all ages. Check out their website for their activity calendar to find out what's on during your visit.

If you're here on a Sunday, leave time to explore the HOTA Markets, one of the best community markets on the Gold Coast with music and delicious food trucks. It's open from 6am to 11am.

5. Get around the Gold Coast and see the sights on a G:link

If you haven't heard of G:link before, it's the Gold Coast's tram network, connecting you from Surfers Paradise to Broadbeach — where you can find an array of restaurants, beaches, and shopping — all the way to Southport, home to huge playgrounds and Australia Fairs Shopping Centre.

What's cool is that for $10 AUD (RM30), you can get unlimited tram and bus rides around the Gold Coast's main precincts!

And that's not all the Gold Coast has to offer. Don't miss spots like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Harbour Town Outlet Mall, as well as a host of thrilling theme parks!

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