A wonderful family holiday on the Gold Coast doesn’t have to mean spending big. With such a gorgeous natural playground at your doorstep and a huge array of cultural and entertainment attracts there are plenty of free things to do on the Gold Coast. Here are a few of Ocean Plaza Resort’s favourites.
Explore Coolangatta’s beaches
It might be an obvious choice but we can’t leave it off the list. The Southern Gold Coast beaches are renowned as some of the best in the world and you can easily spend all day fossicking among rocks, building sand castles, playing in the waves and soaking up the sun. We love the gorgeous stretch of sand on Greenmount Beach – and bonus – it’s just across the road from your Coolangatta accommodation at Ocean Plaza Resort.
Your kids will absolutely love a fun day out at Broadwater Parklands where the Washington Waters children’s playground offers a massive bouncy pillow, swings, giant lizard and flying fox. Make sure the kids bring their swimmers to explore the new Rockpools water playground with fountains, creek bed and tidal rockpools.
As part of the Gold Coast City Council’s Active and Healthy campaign there are many free and inexpensive yoga classes to be found throughout the Gold Coast. Get zen at Mermaid Beach Monday to Thursday for free or pay a cheap $3 for a Sunday Class at Burleigh Heads.
Visit the Arts Centre Gold Coast
Entry to the art gallery within the Arts Centre is free and you’ll see some of the best local and international art that will inspire and excite.
Feed the pelicans
The hungry hoards of pelicans show up at 1.30pm every day at Ian Dipple Lagoon, Labrador to snatch up leftover fish from Charis Seafood.
Get there early to snag a two-hour free parking spot, enjoy seeing the pelicans feast and then have swim in the shallow waters of the lagoon or play in one of the two shaded playgrounds at the parklands.
Go for a walk
The beauty and wonder of the Gold Coast hinterland is yours for free – take a walk through the rainforest canopy at O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk featuring suspension bridges 180m above the ground.
Daylight savings time
A friendly reminder for our guests – Coolangatta is the last stop in Queensland, so we operate on Queensland time at Ocean Plaza Resort, as does the Gold Coast Airport and entertainment centre Twin Towns.
What’s on in and around Coolangatta in October?
The creek becomes a stage as Buskers by the Creek takes over 17 to 18 October at Winders Park, Duringan Street, Currumbin. From 10am to 6pm each day, and with free entry, there’ll be sword swallowing, music, food, dance, art and more.
Watch movies under the stars as the Ben and Jerry’s Open Air Cinema starts its summer season at the Gold Coast for the first time from 15 October. Located in Pratten Park next to Kurrawa Surf Club at Broadbeach the summer line up includes Minions, Grease sing-a-long, Mad Max and Point Break. Buy your tickets and check the line up out now at openaircineams.com.au
Rev your engines; the supercars are back on the coast this month! The V8 Supercars Castro Gold Coast 600 race will be zooming through the streets of Surfers Paradise. Plus, there’s a Saturday night concert from Cold Chisel. Get your tickets now online.
If you’re on the coast for the race that stops a nation the Coolangatta Hotel is hosting a Melbourne Cup party on Tuesday 3 November. With onsite TAB facilities, sweeps, live entertainment, platters, fashions on the field and raffles bookings you’ll feel like you’re trackside. Make a booking before you miss out.
Stay an extra night on us!
Packing up and heading home from the Gold Coast and the delights of a self-contained apartment at Ocean Plaza Resort can be tough. So don’t go! Treat yourself to another night and stay with us with our pay for four nights, stay five nights special.
Enjoy a mid-week break at a great price! Stay in a two bedroom fully self-contained apartment Sunday night and Friday morning for just $850.00! You’ll love living beachside in Coolangatta and exploring our many facilities – like a golf driving range, full sized tennis courts, sparkling pool and games room.
This special offer is available for new bookings only and applies for stays from Sundays through to Fridays until 30 November. All bookings subject to availability at time of reservations being made.