Christmas and New Year are over and done with and yet with 3-4 weeks left of school hols and a tight post-Christmas budget, entertaining the kids may seem like a dauntless task. Never fear! Here is a wrap up of free (or cheap!) things to do with your kiddos this Summer.

Hit the Playgrounds and Parks

Between Burleigh and Byron there is an absolute treasure trove of parks and playgrounds. Here are all our favourites for you to choose from!

Waterlily Park, Ocean Shores
Waterlily Park, Ocean Shores


Have kids that love to skateboard, bike ride or scooter? There are some great places about! We love the Tugun Skate park for experienced skateboarders. If you have little ones that aren’t up to that level, choose one of the many bike paths/walkways in our area. The bike path between Kingy and Caba is a great one!

Fly a Kite

Choose a windy day and get out there! When we fly our kites we try to go for lots of open spaces and less crowds. The Bangalow Parklands are a fantastic spot!

Watch the Planes at Tugun

Pack a picnic and park yourselves for some serious plane watching! My kids get so excited watching the planes at Coolangatta take off and land! We usually go to the park at Boyd Street in Tugun.

Visit your Local Library

Not only is the library free, but it also has SO many great activities for the kiddos over the hols. Check out your local library’s website for more info! Gold Coast Northern NSW

Beach, beach, beach (or creek)

The possibilities for beach and creek fun between Burleigh and Byron is endless! We are so spoilt for choice! To avoid the crowds go early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Go Bushwalking/Hiking

Pack your water bottles and snacks, lace up your comfiest shoes and off you go! Bush walking can be a magical experience with inquisitive little ones! Check out our tips for bush walking here.

Feed the Rainbow Lorikeets at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Magical and FREE! Feeding times are 8am to 4pm every day.

Go Fishing

Grab your fishing rods and head to one of the many fishing spots around! We love fishing at the lake at Eddie Kornhauser Park in Elanora. (Be aware that some areas will require you to have a fishing licence)

Currumbin Rock Pools

Such a beautiful spot for families! Pack your towels and swimmers and get ready for hours of fun. We go early in the morning to avoid crowds.