8 Gold Coast activities your dad will love!

Melissa Chambers

Winter is over and the weather is as close to perfect as you can get it. So if you're planning a family trip to the Gold Coast, here are a few things your Dad will no doubt want to try!


Did your Dad love playing in the sandpit with you as a kid? Did you have to fight him for your Tonka Trucks? Do roadworks or construction sites fascinate him? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then maybe you should take him to Major Dirt Box at Yatala. There he can spend the day learning to drive excavators, bob cats, dump trucks and more. Major are a Registered Training Organisation who have been around for 20 years so Dad will get professional tuition whilst having the time of his life.


There is nothing better than the exhilaration of cruising the stunning water ways of the Gold Coast on a Jet Ski. This Jet Ski Safari takes you on a two and half hour adventure to Stradbroke Island. Once there you will change to a 4x4 dune buggy for a 25-minute adventure across sand dunes. No special licences are required and life jackets and full instructions and safety briefings are provided.


Whilst still on the water, how about taking Dad on a Jet Boat Experience with Paradise Jet Boating? This white-knuckle boat ride is sure to get the adrenalin pumping as you twist, spin and cruise your way through the beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater.


Bring out the dare-devil in Dad with a session at Hydrofly! The latest water jet technology allows you to Flyboard, Hoverboard or Jetpack. Hydrofly is an experience like no other and has to be seen to be believed. All instructors compete at World Championship Levels so you can be assured of top class tuition. Prices start at $99 for a 30-minute session.


If your Dad has a little bit of a competitive edge, then why not challenge him to a race around the tight and twisty track at Slideways Go Karting in Pimpama. The 700m European-style track is sure to get your heart racing as you fly around the track at speeds of up to 70km/hour.


If Go-Karting seems a little bit tame for Dad, then why not take it up a notch or two with a V8 Supercar Experience. Located at Norwell on the northern end of the Gold Coast, the V8 Supercar Experience is where Dad can jump in the driver’s seat of a V8 Supercar. With professional instruction from V8 Supercar Racing legends like owner and principal instructor Paul Morris this is one car ride Dad won’t forget in a hurry. There are a number of different Race packages available from a 3-lap ride to a 12-lap drive.


If that’s not enough V8 action for Dad, then why not get him tickets to the Castrol Gold Coast 600? Held from 21-23 October, this three-day race event combines the energy and excitement of V8 Supercar racing with the party atmosphere of Surfers Paradise.


If all that adrenaline pumping activity has worn Dad out, he can relax afterwards with a leisurely game of golf at Slice Virtual Golf. The OptiGolf Simulator allows you to play golf with real clubs and balls on many of the world’s top golf courses, in air conditioned comfort! Slice Virtual Golf is licenced and also has an awesome pizza menu. Prices start at just $17 per person for a one-hour session.

Melissa Chambers

All Around Oz

Melissa and husband Brenden are passionate Aussie travellers who have called the Gold Coast home for the last 11 years. They think it's the best place to live and raise a family. From the beaches to the hinterland there is always so much for residents and visitors to do. Melissa writes about their adventures on their blog All Around Oz.

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