The Gold Coast is designed for kids and family fun.

But there are so many places to visit so where should you go?

We’ve done the hard work and refined the list to the must-do attractions.

So here are the 10 best things to do in Gold Coast for families with kids.

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1. Warner Bros Movie World

Australia’s only movie-themed amusement park, Warner Bros Movie World is the place to go and see movies come to life.

Get in the middle of your favourite films with unique once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the theme park.

With a variety of rides and lots of movie-worthy entertainment, kids will have a blast.

Besides the rides, kids can learn about the movie magic that happens behind the scenes.

They can also meet their film heroes, villains, and favourite Looney Tunes characters.

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2. Sea World

Marine park, oceanarium and theme park, there’s lots to see and do at Sea World on the Gold Coast.

Catch some thrills on the park’s exciting rides.

Sea World prides itself on being a great family attraction, so they’ve gone out of their way to cater for kids.

The Beach Break Bay zone is the perfect place for little visitors to experience the magic of Sea World, with a selection of age-appropriate rides available.

Kids can also learn about the amazing marine animals through dolphin shows or behind the scenes tours with seals, penguins and even sharks.

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3. Wet’n’Wild Water World

Splash your way into amazing Gold Coast memories at Australia’s biggest and most celebrated water park: Wet’n’Wild!

With everything needed for a fun day in the sun (including heated pools and slides for winter visitors) Wet’n’Wild is the ultimate water park attraction for kids.

Experience the thrills of the park’s rides, relax around the facilities and enjoy a day spent in one of the park’s four pools and 17 slides!

Beside the slides, kids will also enjoy Buccaneer Bay, Calypso Beach, and Giant Wave Pool.

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4. Dreamworld

Dreamworld is Australia’s biggest theme park.

Home to over 50 rides and attractions, kids will have a tough time deciding where to go on arrival.

Experience the thrills of many rides, or try something slower with an animal encounter.

If you’re looking to teach your kids more about Australian culture, visit Dreamworld’s Corroboree.

This is where they can watch shows on cultural weapons, fire making, traditional music and see cuddly koalas.

It’s likely you’ll need to spend 2 days at Dreamworld, since they also own Whitewater World, where kids can splash around all day.

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5. Whitewater World

The newest addition to the amazing line up of entertaining Gold Coast theme parks is Whitewater World.

Created by Dreamworld, Whitewater World is more than a water park.

It’s a thrilling water ride adventure.

From extreme and stomach-clenching water slides to entertaining family attractions, there’s something to keep everyone occupied in this fun Gold Coast water park.

Kids will particularly enjoy Wiggle Bay, Pipeline Plunge, and Cave of Waves.

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6. Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves

The Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves is a remarkable attraction unique to Australia.

These caves were man-made to be the perfect home for glow worms.

The Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Caves are part of an eco certified project.

Despite being man-made, the cave is very natural.

For example, you’ll see stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone details, all of which have been purpose built.

Situated close to the stunning Tamborine National Park area, the Glow Worm Caves are a sight sure to impress kids looking for an unusual and interesting experience.

Due to the glow worms specific environmental needs there are very strict rules about lights in the cave.

This includes flash photography, lighting on children’s shoes and phone lights.

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7. Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk

To truly experience the incredible beauty of the Australia’s Tamborine Rainforest, you need to be among all of the stunning wildlife and lush greens.

Here is where the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk comes in.

A unique experience, traversing through 30 acres of gorgeous Queensland rainforest, the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk is one of the must see eco-attractions near the Gold Coast.

It takes around 45 minutes to complete at a relaxed pace, stopping regularly to see the rainforest’s many sites, take photographs and simply enjoy the views.

Totalling 1.5 kilometres, the walk is ideal for kids.

There is also a 40 metre long bridge towering above the ground at a height of 30 metres, showcasing beautiful views of the rainforest and creek.

Before the Tamborine Rainforest Skywalk, kids can learn about the environment at the Rainforest Eco Gallery.

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8. Lamington National Park

Lamington National Park is an Australian natural gem, haven for threatened bird species, lookout point for the beautiful surrounds and activity packed for active kids.

Get in the middle of the Australian rainforest on a bushwalk, or spend a few days camping in the gorgeous Australian landscapes.

For more of an all-inclusive adventure, check out O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, home of the O’Reilly family who purchased land more than 100 years ago before the national park existed.

They now offer activities like tree top canopy walk, bird feeding and bush walking.

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9. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

The Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature park and zoo located on the Gold Coast known for its wild bird population, flight shows and incredible collection of Australian native animals.

A day out at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is perfect for families with kids.

You’ll get a wild introduction to the beautiful Australian landscape and native animals.

For example, you can expect daily feedings of wild rainbow lorikeets, encounters with an enormous saltwater crocodile and an experience in the largest walk-through aviary in the southern hemisphere.

If that’s not enough, kids can also have fun on the Currumbin Adventure Parc.

This is a treetops ropes course amongst Australian eucalyptus trees and rainforest canopy.

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10. SkyPoint Observation Deck

Australia’s only beachside observation deck, the SkyPoint Observation Deck is sure to thrill with its dramatic coastal views and exciting sky high activities.

Located on the 77th and 78th floor of the Q1 Building in Surfers Paradise, SkyPoint offers 360-degree views on the deck, in the restaurant, and outside on the SkyPoint Climb.

Kids will love riding one of Australia’s fastest elevators.

They can also learn about the development of the Gold Coast from visual displays on the observation deck.

For the brave ones, you could even try SkyPoint Climb.

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For all new cities, I go overboard on my itinerary, just to see every major attraction. Countries I've visited include New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Cambodia, Japan and Thailand. Mostly Asian countries. Next target - Europe!