Where is it: Surfers Paradise Beach, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast
What's it all about: Simple - build 3,000 sandcastles in an hour!
Tell me more: The Gold Coast is well known for its sandy beaches, so what better place to attempt to break the world record for constructing the most sand castles in one hour! It also fits in perfectly with their really cool Sand Safari which showcases amazing sand sculptures! The record attempt sounds simple enough, but the sandcastles have some strict specifications to be counted for the record - a conical castle 600mm high (that's a lot of sand to shovel!) with a formed castle turret on top - and it has to be perfectly formed! Thousands of people joined in to help - we were in a team of 5 that had to build at least 10 sandcastles and after a full hour of shovelling in the sand we were very relieved when the final hooter sounded! It was a really well coordinated and super fun day but after all of the hard work we came up short - there were definitely 3,000 attempts, but the strict specifications meant that not all were counted! It just means that we will have to try again next year!
Killarney Glen, Beechmont
Where is it: Lot 2 Beechmont Rd, Beechmont QLD
Why we love it: It's a beautiful rocky creek and waterfall that has carved a heart shaped waterhole!
Tell me more: <NOTE: Generally open on weekends, access to the creek is currently off limits - the area is controlled by the Department of Defence who have removed public access indefinitely due to safety concerns.> This amazing creek and waterfall can be found just over an hour's drive south of Brisbane in the Gold Coast hinterland. You would be lucky to find this spot if you were not looking for it, there are no signs and only a small parking area off the road so it's very easy to miss (although on a warm day we're sure that you would see plenty of cars parked here!). And once you have found a carpark, it's a reasonably steep 15 minute walk down to the creek - it's not a simple walk, but we managed ok with our little kids so it's not overly challenging.
Don't be disappointed upon arrival at the creek - it looks like any regular creek - it's not until you cross over to the other side (you will need to get your feet wet) that you will see what makes this place so popular! Stand in the right spot and you will see that the clear, cascading water has created a large pool of water into the shape of a heart and it really does look magnificent! Some well-worn paths will lead you downstream from the heart where you can safely access the water and swim all the way back up to the heart (if you wish). With its rocky creek-bed and its crisp and clear water, Killarney Glen would be worth visiting in its own right, however add to it the lovely heart shaped waterhole, this really is a special place!
Amenities: Nothing here, you will be to be self-sufficient!
Parking: Quite limited so get in early to get a spot! 👍
Access: A little difficult but the walk down provides some nice scenery! 👍👍
Best for: Because of the access difficulties, this might be best for the older (over 5yo) kids! 👍👍👍
Summary: Access to this spot can be a little bit of an adventure, but if you have the opportunity to visit Killarney Glen, it really is worth it! Just the creek, surrounding scenery and clear waters would warrant a visit, however add to it the heart-shaped pool and it's a must see! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: It's hard to find formal information on the current opening status of Killarney Glen, so you might need to scour the internet and social media for up-to-date info!
Accessing the creek
On top of the bank
Inside the gorge
Downstream from the heart
Gold Coast Arts Centre
What's it all about: A really impressive cultural centre that always has something fun to see!
How can I join in: Check the website to see what's on - they have some great shows on so book early so you don't miss out!
Tell me more: Gold Coast has so many awesome attractions that sometimes it's hard to know where to start! And we think that it must have been this competition for visitors that has driven Gold Coast to create such a really impressive arts centre! It's a really nice centre that attracts some great exhibits and events. With a theatre, gallery and family area there's sure to be something on offer for everyone! We were quite impressed with this facility, so we are really excited to see what's in store when the new Gold Coast Cultural Centre precinct is finalised next year - just in time for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games! One of our favourite events that we have attended was the celebration events for Play School's 50th Birthday which was a really special exhibit and we had such a great time!
Amenities: A great facility with full amenities, bar and café! 👍👍👍👍
Cost: A mix of free and paid events! 👍👍👍
Parking: Some paid and some free parking - expect it to be busy for big events! 👍👍👍
Access: Easy to access and wheelchair (and pram) friendly! 👍👍👍👍 Entertainment: Something for everyone! 👍👍👍👍
Best for: From the very little guys upwards! 👍👍👍👍
Summary: The Gold Coast Arts Centre is a great visit for both Gold Coast locals and those who can't get enough of their cultural fix from the other impressive cultural centres in the region! Even though we have Brisbane's excellent venues so close, we will definitely be visiting the Gold Coast Arts Centre again in the future! 👍👍👍👍
Hints: This is a really popular arts centre, so plan and book ahead! And there's also a little playground right next door as well!
Play School 50
Brisbane Family Explorers