Surfers Paradise is a popular getaway for families. With warm, sunny days and plenty of opportunities for fun, you're bound to have the time of your life with your kids. Here are three top attractions to add to your list of things to do:
King Tutt's Putt Putt
For an adventure that's bound to be a whole heap of fun, head on over to this mini golf course. The outdoor course and two indoor courses each have 18 holes with their own theme. You'll go from ancient Egypt to the land of the dinosaurs and meet some pirates. Along the way you'll also find yourself in glow in the dark caves, come face to face with King Kong and enter a castle from the middle ages.
A professional movie set and prop design team has created each of the holes to contribute to this magical experience. You might find the outdoor course a bit more challenging, and you're sure to be surprised along the way!
The mini golf course is down the Gold Coast Highway. Right near Adrenalin Park and Mantra Sun City – it's hard to miss with a large King Tutts sign with a massive golf ball. Parking is free at the rear of the centre – which is perfect if your holiday mode of transport is a rental car. A family admission pass starts at $35.
Ripley's Believe It or Not Odditorium
You're sure to leave this attraction with a fresh pair of eyes, having seen things you never knew existed. The odditorium is full of wonderfully wacky things to discover. There are absolutely authentic and utterly unbelievable exhibits along with stories, interactive games, movies and illusions.
Among the more impressive sights are real human shrunken heads, rare artefacts of Egypt, the world's smallest car and a life-size cut out of the world's tallest man. This is also the location of the only twin spinning tunnels in Australia, as well as a fantasy dance room and outer space odyssey adventure gallery and laser room.
The tours through the 15 distinctly themed galleries are self-guided and full of fun for the whole family. The odditorium is located in the Soul Shopping Centre, Cavill Mall. Dracula's Cabaret restaurant is right nearby, and makes for a unique dining experience. Children under four years old get in for free, those from 5-12 can get tickets for $13.50, students are at $24.90 and adults $24.90. There are a number of parking options for this attraction, including the Bruce Bishop Car Park, SOUL Car Park, Esplanade Street Parking and Centro Car Park, all a five minute walk away.
There is a lot of fun to be had at this arcade centre. Some of the many attractions include Let's Go Jungle Special which is the latest version of the Let's Go Jungle arcade game – you'll fight giant bugs and monsters from every direction. Dodgems, or bumper cars, is a classic arcade game that is always a good time. Laser Skirmish is a large maze with fluoro and strobe lights where you can pretend to be spies and assassins with your family.
If you are travelling with your toddler, check out the toddler pack. This costs $22 per child and promises two hours of fun. You'll get unlimited standard games, 12 ticket games, one bowling game and access to kiddy land, cute animals, the carousel, kiddy rides and mini golf.
Timezone is on the first floor of the Paradise Centre, which was previously known as Centro Surfers Paradise or Grundy'. Centro Surfers Paradise Car Park on Hanlan Street is your best bet for parking. For over two hours you'll pay $16. Bruce Bishop Car Park is another nearby option that will see you paying $2.30 an hour.