For a reasonably priced and easy holiday with the kids, Gold Coast tourist parks are an excellent choice.  Some of the best Gold Coast holiday park options have endless activities for the kids, including water parks, kids clubs and awesome playgrounds.

In this article, I cover some of the best caravan parks, Gold Coast offers for families.  Whether you’re pitching a tent, parking up the van or prefer the comfort of a cabin, there are some excellent camping Gold Coast options for everyone.  I’ve chosen the best Gold Coast campsites, based on the facilities they offer families.  This is not the guide for people looking for tranquil camping sites, rather families looking for a place where there are heaps of awesome activities to keep their kids busy.

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Best Gold Coast Tourist Parks for Families

Below I’ve listed some of the best holiday parks and camping grounds, Gold Coast offers for families.  In each of the Gold Coast holiday park reviews below, I’ve provided information including the park’s location, nearby attractions, accommodation options (tent and van sites as well as cabins) and the facilities on site.

I’ve also included the map below so you can easily see where each of the Gold Coast camping parks is located.  You can zoom in and out for a better view.

Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park


For families looking for good value accommodation close to the Gold Coast theme parks, Big4 Gold Coast Holiday Park is a great option.  This holiday park is located at Helensvale just across the road from Movie World.  However families may never want to leave the Helensvale caravan park as there is so much to keep the family entertained.

Check out our full review of the park here!

The Big 4 Caravan Park, Helensvale is so close to Movie World that you can walk there in just 15 minutes, plus there is public transport available to reach the other Gold Coast theme parks.  There is also a range of shops, restaurants and fast food all within walking distance.

The Big 4 caravan park, Gold Coast has 200 powered sites and 100 unpowered sites, as well as 100 self contained cabins. There are even some pet friendly options too.  Check out the park map here.

At Big 4 Gold Coast holiday park, things to keep the entire family entertained include:

  • A massive water park with awesome waterslides (check out the video below)
  • Resort style pool including a toddler pool
  • Heated spa
  • Games room
  • Giant jumping pillows
  • Go karts
  • Games room
  • Pool table
  • Table tennis
  • Kids club – seasonal

Other facilities on site include:

  • Licensed Cafe open for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Camp kitchen
  • Free Wifi
  • Laundry

Pet Friendly: Yes

Click here for more information and to check current pricing.

 

Big4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park – Tweed Heads Caravan Park


Ok so not technically located on the Gold Coast, but just over the border is Big4 Tweed Billabong Holiday Park.  The Tweed Heads Caravan Park is a brilliant place for families which just couldn’t be left off this list of the best family holiday parks Gold Coast offers.

The location of the Tweed Heads Holiday Park is somewhat isolated with nothing worth mentioning within walking distance.  However it’s just a short drive from all of the Gold Coast attractions, that’s if you can get your kids to leave!

The Tweed caravan park offers a range of powered sites for both tents and vans as well as numerous self contained cabin options too.  Click here to check out the park map.

The best part about this holiday park is all the excellent facilities for families. On site family activities include:

  • The Billabong: great for kayaking or stand up paddleboarding, both which can be hired on site. There is also an aqua trampoline in the middle of the billabong.
  • Green Cauldron Waterpark: which has a range of awesome waterslides.
  • Lizzie’s Lagoon: includes a resort style swimming pool with beach entry, as well as a second swimming pool with waterslide.
  • Jumping Jellyfish: a giant jumping pillow, which is surrounded by a sand play area.
  • Coral’s Cove: include both indoor and outdoor play equipment for under 6s.
  • Children’s playground
  • Movies by the pool on Saturday nights
  • Peddle carts for hire
  • Kids Club during school holidays

Other onsite facilities include:

  • A first class camp kitchen which includes ovens, hot plates, fridge, freezer, microwave, toaster, coffee machine, BBs, deck area for eating and a lounge area with TVs.  Seriously the best camp kitchen I’ve ever seen!!!
  • BBQs
  • Kiosk selling basic groceries, snacks and drinks
  • Laundry

Pet Friendly: No

Click here for more information and to check current pricing.

 

Broadwater Tourist Park – Southport Caravan Park

Broadwater

Located right on the shores of the Broadwater just opposite Sea World, the Broadwater Tourist Park is a lovely place for a family getaway.  This Southport Caravan Park is an excellent place for families who enjoy swimming or other boating activities.  Plus being just 5 km from Surfers Paradise, it’s in a great spot for enjoying all the other attractions on the Gold Coast.

Nearby there are some great things for families to do.  The Broadwater Parklands are just a short walk away and include fantastic playgrounds for kids as well as the Rockpools, which is a free splash area for the kids.

From here it’s also just a short tram ride into Surfers Paradise or a short stroll to Australia Fair Shopping Centre which has lots of shops, places to eat and cinemas.  Sea World is a short 10 minute drive away.

The Broadwater Tourist Park offers 225 powered tent and van sites including some stunning waterfront sites.  In addition, the park also provides 28 self contained cabins.  Campsites start at $48 per night.  Click here for a map of the park.

Of course with the calm waters of the Broadwater on the doorstep, families will no doubt spend a lot of their time swimming.  However the Southport Caravan Park, Gold Coast does also offer some great activities including:

  • Playground
  • Bouncing pillow
  • Two swimming pools
  • Games room
  • Tennis court

Other facilities on site include:

  • Laundry
  • Camp kitchen
  • Barbecues
  • Kiosk
  • Boat ramp
  • Free wifi

Pet Friendly: Yes

Click here to check out their website.

Main Beach Tourist Park Gold Coast

Main-Beach

A lot of people often ask for recommendations for caravan parks, Surfers Paradise offers, but there isn’t actually any.  In terms of caravan parks near Surfers Paradise, Main Beach Tourist Park, Gold Coast is probably one of the closest.

Main Beach Tourist Park is in an excellent location just across the road from Main Beach and is within walking distance to numerous cafes, restaurants, bars and shops at nearby Tedder Ave as well as Marina Mirage.  Also Southport is just 2kms one way and Surfers Paradise is just 3km the other.  The Park is also great for families visiting Sea World, which is just 2.5 km away.

The Main Beach Tourist Park has a great range of accommodation options including 123 powered tent and van sites as well as 19 self contained cabins.  Sites start from just $48 per night.  Click here for the park map.

The Main Beach Caravan Park, Gold Coast is located just across the road from the gorgeous Main Beach, which will no doubt provide families with hours of entertainment.  Other activities on site include:

  • Swimming pool
  • Playground
  • Games room

Other onsite facilities include:

  • Camp kitchen
  • Barbecues
  • Kiosk
  • Laundry
  • Free wifi

Pet Friendly: No

Click here to check out their website

NRMA Treasure Island Caravan Park

NRMA Treasure Island

NRMA Treasure Island Caravan Park is in the northern end of the Gold Coast in the suburb of Biggera Waters.  This Biggera Waters Caravan Park is a popular site among families who are looking for a place where they can set up and pretty much never leave.  There is so much here for kids to do it’s ridiculous!  It’s also the perfect place for families wanting to explore all the great Gold Coast attractions.

If you do decide to leave the park, the park is in a great location for exploring all the great attractions on the Gold Coast.  It’s just a 15 minute drive to Surfers Paradise and an easy drive to all the theme parks including Sea World, Dreamworld and Movie World.  It’s also just a short walk to Harbour Town where you will find a range of shops, places to eat and cinemas.

The NRMA Holiday Park, Gold Coast also has a huge range of accommodation options here including 99 powered tent and sites, safari tents and 106 fully self contained cabins.  So no matter what your camping style is, everyone is well catered for.  Check out the park map here.

At Treasure Island Holiday Park – Gold Coast, activities for families include:

  • Water park
  • Four massive swimming pools
  • Heated spas
  • Three children’s playgrounds including a toddler playground
  • Bouncing pillow
  • Kids’ Club
  • Pedal go karts – $10 per hour
  • Mini golf – $4 per person
  • Games room
  • Tennis Court
  • Outdoor gym
  • Boat ramp into Biggera Creek
  • Outdoor cinema

Other facilities on site include:

  • Galleons Bistro which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week
  • Licensed bar open 7 days
  • Kiosk which sells a range of grocery items, food and drinks
  • Camp kitchen
  • BBQ areas
  • Laundry
  • Amenities block
  • Free Wifi

Pet Friendly: There are some pet friendly sites

Click here for more information and to check current pricing.

Nobby Beach Holiday Village

Located in the heart of Miami, Nobby Beach Holiday Village is a great location for families looking for an easy getaway.  From the park, it’s a 10 minute walk to Miami Beach as well as being surrounded by a range of shops and places to eat.  With the nearby beach and fun onsite activities, the kids won’t have a chance to complain they’re bored.

At Nobbys Beach Caravan Park, Gold Coast there is a range of accommodation options.  There are 38 powered tent and van sites as well as 41 self contained cabins.  Powered sites start from $48 per night.

Activities onsite for the kids include:

  • Children’s playground
  • Two heated swimming pools
  • Massive 35 metre water slide

Other on site activities include:

  • Camp kitchen which includes stone benchtops, BBQs, microwave, toaster, fridge and seating for up to 30 people
  • BBQ areas
  • Free wifi
  • Minimart for basic food and drinks
  • Laundry

Pet Friendly: No

Click here for more information and to check current pricing.

Ashmore Palms Holiday Village

For families looking for a great holiday park which is central for visiting all the Gold Coast theme parks as well as the gorgeous beaches, Ashmore Palms Holiday Village is a great one to consider.  Located just a 15-20 minute from to all the theme parks, beaches and as well as within walking distance to a supermarket, this holiday park is in the perfect position for exploring all the Gold Coast attractions.

Unlike the other holiday parks in this guide, there is no option for camping here at the Ashmore caravan park.  They do however offer a range of excellent self contained cabins, 112 of them in fact.

While you’re not out exploring all the Gold Coast attractions, there is plenty on offer at the Ashmore holiday park for families including:

  • Two swimming lagoons with interactive water equipment
  • Two playgrounds
  • Movie nights
  • Tennis court

Other facilities on site include:

  • BBQ Areas
  • Laundry
  • General Store selling basic grocery items, snacks and drinks.
  • Free wifi

Pet Friendly: No

Click here for more information and to check current pricing.

Kirra Beach Tourist Park

Kirra-Beach

If you’re after a Coolangatta caravan park, then probably the closest is Kirra Beach Tourist Park.  This is a great spot for families who love the gorgeous beaches around Coolangatta.  This is a simple holiday park with all the essential features for a great family getaway.

From the Kirra Holiday Park, it’s just a 10 minute walk to Kirra Beach and the local cafes and shops.  It’s then a 25 minute walk to Coolangatta or a quick 5 minute drive.

There is a range of accommodation options at Kirra including 160 powered sites, 22 unpowered sites, 7 budget lodge rooms and 6 cabins.  Unpowered tent sites start at $37 per night.  Click here for a park map.

For the family, there is plenty to keep busy with, including:

  • Swimming pool
  • Children’s playground
  • Jumping Pillow
  • Games room
  • Go Kart hire

Other on site facilities include

  • Camp kitchen
  • Barbecues
  • Kiosk
  • Laundry
  • Jumping pillow
  • Free wifi

Pet Friendly: Yes

Click here to check out their website.

Ocean Beach Tourist Park, Gold Coast

Ocean-Beach Tourist Park

Located directly opposite the beautiful Miami surf beach, the location is what earns the Ocean Beach Tourist Park it’s place on the list.  While this Miami Caravan Park, Gold Coast offers is limited in terms of its facilities compared to the other parks in this guide, hearing the waves crash at night sure does make up for it.

From Ocean Beach Tourist Park your just a short drive from all the main attractions on the Gold Coast.  You’re also within walking distance to North Burleigh and the cafes and takeout places of Miami.  Plus the Miami Surf Life Saving Club is right next door.

At Ocean Beach Tourist Park, there are 55 powered sites and 6 self contained cabins.  Powered sites are from $48 per night.  Click here for a park map.

Facilities on site include:

  • Camp kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Barbecues
  • Kiosk
  • Free wifi

Pet Friendly: No

Click here to check out their website.

Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park

Tallebudgera

Located on the gorgeous banks of the Tallebudgera Creek, this would have to be one of the most stunning camp locations on the Gold Coast.  With the calm, crystal clear water from the creek, families can spend their days swimming, kayaking and playing on the sandy banks.

In the area surrounding Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park, you’ll find the Burleigh Heads National Park as well as a few shops and cafes in nearby Palm Beach and Burleigh Heads.

Like most holiday parks, at Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park, there is a huge range of accommodation options.  Families can choose from 296 powered sites, 24 unpowered sites, 3 budget lodge style rooms, and 31 fully self contained cabins.  I recommend booking early (like a year in advance) and grab yourself one of the stunning waterfront sites.  Click here for the park map.

Of course the main attraction at this Tallebudgera Caravan Park, Gold Coast offers is the stunning creek itself.  However if you can be torn away from the idyllic waters, there is also a range of activities available at the park including:

  • Three swimming pools
  • Children’s playground
  • Tennis court
  • Games room

Other facilities on site include:

  • Camp kitchens
  • Barbecues
  • Kiosk
  • Laundry
  • Free wifi

Pet Friendly: No

Click here to check out their website.

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And there you have it our ultimate guide to the best Gold Coast tourist parks for families, I hope you found some great ideas for your next family holiday.  We’ve also got a guide to the best campsites around the Sunshine Coast here.  Or if you’re after a more secluded Gold Coast Hinterland spot check out our review on Mt Nimmel Lodge.

If you’re new to camping, we have plenty of other guides to help you get started too including how to choose a pop up tent, how to choose a sleeping bag and we even have the ultimate camping checklist here.

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