Have you had enough of your day-to-day routine? Have you been working long hours at the office, and want to unwind with your family?
Do you just want to get away from it all, and explore new parts of the world with the people you love the most?
Planning a luxury family holiday on the Gold Coast allows you to do all that and more. However, to ensure you get the experience of your dreams, it’s important to plan ahead and gather some tips well before your departure.
If you want to plan an unforgettable holiday, keep reading to learn how to get the most out of your next trip.
Look For A Local Activity
What are some of the ways to ensure your next family holiday will be a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience?
Look for a major local event or activity that will draw in crowds from all over the world. Is there a festival that fits in with your family’s lifestyle? If so, make sure you plan your trip so you can connect with others that love the same things you do.
Plus, especially if you’re booking a longer stay, attending a local event at the start of your holiday is a great way to meet other families that you can spend time with.
For example, if you’re a sports fan, you may want to book your family vacation to coincide with the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Representatives and athletes from over 70 different nations and territories will compete in sports like badminton, squash, lawn bowls, hockey, and much more. If you have older children, the games are the perfect way to allow them to explore on their own.
In 2018, the games are set to take place between April 4th and April 15th.
Rent Your Own Home
You want to feel comfortable on your family holiday and have a place where you can kick back and relax after a long day of sight-seeing.
What are the best ways to do just that?
By forgoing a traditional stay in a hotel, and booking your own private home instead. Especially if you have a large family, or if you’re travelling with multiple families, renting out a home won’t just ensure you have enough room to breathe, it will likely also end up saving you some serious money.
Depending on the type of trip you’re planning, you may not want to waste time shopping for groceries or preparing meals. After all, you’re on holiday! The last thing you want to be doing is cooking and cleaning.
Our partnership with My Holiday Concierge gives you the option to hire an in-house chef or take cooking classes so you can learn how to make traditional Australian cuisine. If you’re travelling to celebrate a special occasion, you can even order a personalised cake to honour a birthday.
Additionally, look for homes that allow you to hire the equipment you may need over the course of your stay. This can include items like kayaks, bikes and the furniture/equipment you’ll need for a baby.
Especially if you’re travelling from abroad, you don’t want to have to worry about coming over with heavy suitcases that make travel a nightmare. Plus, renting what you need upon arrival ensures you have plenty of room left in your suitcases for souvenirs!
Finally, if you plan to do a lot of driving on your family holiday, look for properties and companies that provide car hire and transfer services.
Know What You Have To See
As you’re likely well aware, compromise is an enormous part of travelling with your family.
Getting input from everyone in the family about what they just “have” to see ensures that everyone walks away happy. Planning ahead of time also helps to keep younger children calm and constantly entertained, instead of worrying about when it will be time for “their activity.”
Try to devote about half of a day (again, depending on how long you’re planning to stay) to what each family member wants to do.
The Best Things To Do
What are a few can’t-miss activities on the Gold Coast?
You can’t miss our beaches. Coolangatta, Surfers Paradise, and Burleigh Heads are the perfect places to start if you’re ready for a day of relaxing in the sun or hitting the open water.
Springbrook National Park is also a must-see. Travelers love taking a walk across the John Stacey Suspension Bridge, taking in the beautiful waterfalls, or even camping overnight in The Settlement.
Nature-lovers will also enjoy the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you and your family can get up close and personal with stunning tropical birds. Of course, you’ll also have the opportunity to spend some time with everyone’s favourite Australian animal, the Koala Bear!
Young children can enjoy Blinky Bill’s Studio Adventure, where they’ll have the chance to learn more about Australian wildlife and conservation efforts.
If you’re more of a history buff, then be sure to head to the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art. In addition to housing the works of famous artists like Gerard Richter, Dale Harding, and more, the museum also has a special children’s area.
Who knows? Your child could become the next Picasso!
Next, head over to the breathtaking Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium. You’ll be able to take in the stunning Australian night sky and explore the Cosmic Skydome, which shows projections of outer space.
Ready To Start Planning Your Next Family Holiday?
Thanks to this post, you know the best ways to start preparing for an upcoming family holiday.
No matter the age of your children, the length of your stay, or the activities that interest you, we want to help you to ensure each of your family members have the time of their lives.
If you have questions about things to do, wish to inquire about rental properties during your stay, or need further assistance, get in touch with us today.
Together, we’ll make sure you get the most out of your Gold Coast holiday. We can’t wait to welcome you to Australia.