Stay, Eat, Activities, Coffee in the Gold Coast, Australia

Are you planning a trip with your family in 2020?

 I've traveled overseas dozens of times with my kids since they were newborns. In this time I've been through the planning process and have it down pat. 

I'm sharing my trip planning checklist with you, to make your travel planning calmer and reduce your stress in the process. It includes steps from 3 months before (vaccinations, passports, travel dates, flight and accommodation) up until the day you leave including a checklist of what travel documents to tick off before you leave the house. 

You can download it here. 

Where to Stay in the Gold Coast

After extensive research, we stayed at Turtle Beach Resort which was fantastic for a 2 year old. There were several pools she could play in with very shallow water and lovely water features with fountains.

Turtle Beach Pool Gold Coast with Kids

There is also a "splash zone" but she found it a little intimidating, so we spent a lot of time at the regular pool. The pool was surrounded by trees and had (some) shade and sun lounges to relax on.

We booked a one bedroom apartment so we could put our daughter to bed in the bedroom and we could still watch tv in the evenings.

We also found it very convenient that there was a kitchen, so we could make toast, breakfast, noodles and some meals. There was also a dining table to sit at which made it easier for our daughter, rather than eating at a couch. 

There was no lift, so we had to walk up a flight of stairs to our room; in the future I would request a ground floor room as it's a little nerve wracking when the 2 year old insists she can walk up and down the stairs.

We didn't eat much at the hotel, but what we had was moderately priced and ok, but nothing amazing. There was also a convenience store, although it's offerings were limited so we just walked to a supermarket down the street if we needed anything. 

Eat with kids in the Gold Coast 

Le Cafe Gourmand is a 2 minute drive, and as the name suggests is French. It has great croissants, baguette's and pastries. Great options for kids. 

Marie Anita's If you enjoy vegan food, this is just two doors from the front of the resort if you walk to the left. 

Pacific Fair Shopping Centre has a lot of options for restaurants, shops and a Coles Supermarket. 

Eating at Pacific Fair Shopping Centre Gold Coast

Seafood We wanted to try the local seafood, so we drove to Peter's Fish market which was recommended to us. It was very down to earth, like fish and chip shop style of food. We enjoyed it and we could sit outside with Scarlett. 

Coffee in Mermaid Beach

The best coffee close to the resort is Alfred's Diner, which is just across the road from the resort. They also have amazing burritos and burgers. 

The food places mentioned below also have coffee available. 

Do with Toddlers in the Gold CoastCheck out our Indoor Activities for Kids - Perfect for Hotels and Cafes


I researched all the different theme parks and decided Dreamworld was the most suitable for our daughter as it had the ABC section, as well as animals not just rides. 

ABC World Dreamworld Gold Coast

ABC world includes the Wiggles, Peppa Pig, etc. She really enjoyed the Big Red Car Ride and we went on several times. 

Big Red Car Wiggles Ride Gold Coast

She enjoyed the rides and got a Peppa pig show bag.

The day we went it was extremely hot, so I'd be careful about checking the weather and keep in the shade. There were a few areas we could go to chill out and keep out of the heat, and big fans with water mist. 

We also enjoyed the animals at Dreamworld, especially the koalas. 

Water Play for Kids at the Gold Coast

There is a beach walking distance (although we drove) just down the side street. It's not too busy, or touristy like the beach in Surfers Paradise. 

The Rockpools Playground 

We loved this playground, although man-made, it was created in a natural style with water, rocks and greenery. It's safe for very young kids as the water isn't very deep. There are lots of facilities, toilets, bbq's, drinking fountains, shelters and heaps of parking. 

Rockpools playground gold coast

The main reason we booked Turtle Beach Resort is because of all the facilities it has. Our daughter mainly wanted to play in the pool at the resort, so each day we spent several hours there.

swimming pool toddler gold coast turtle beach resort

 Read more tips for traveling with kids 


Ready to go on your trip? You need a packing checklist for families. I've created this list which includes what to bring on the plane as well as in your check in luggage. You can download it here and feel calm and assured that you have everything you need for your family holiday. 

Comment below, did you find any more great activities for kids in the Gold Coast?  

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