Top 5 child-friendly Gold Coast suburbs

By Gold Coast Mum
Gold Coast Mum has written this article in partnership with BOQ
Only minutes from the heart of Surfers Paradise, but far enough away to escape the hustle and bustle, is Ashmore/Benowa.
These are great suburbs for the young family.
Ashmore/Benowa is loved by many for its proximity to the beach, M1 and Southport Broadwater Parklands (the popular rock pools, patrolled swimming area and various play parks and jumping pillow).

In Ashmore, there’s also a skate park, BMX track and PCYC with various activities and events on offer.
Girral Park and Tranquillity Park in Ashmore are worth checking out while in Benowa, the grounds for Surfers Paradise AFL and cricket clubs has a fenced play park and is just up the road from the Benowa Tavern – a family friendly pub with a fenced outdoor play park and a fairy/face painter present on Friday and Saturday nights to help entertain the kids.

The Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens - Rosser Park, Benowa (off Ashmore Rd) is a must see for locals and tourists. I’ve visited this gorgeous location countless times for various play dates/ Mother’s Groups, birthdays and baby showers. There’s a play park and toilets (very important), walking tracks, a dog walking area, and plenty of places to spot large lizards, eels, ducks and other wildlife.

The schools in this area also come highly recommended: Ashmore State School, St Kevin’s, Benowa High School, Trinity Lutheran College, Aquinas, Guardian Angels, Emmanuel College.

Royal Pines Resort and Golf Club – a great place for visitors to stay/ to take for lunch/dinner at one of the numerous restaurants.
Nearby is the Emerald Lakes community with its many kilometres of parklands and walking tracks, and the Emerald Lakes Golf Course.
Carrara Markets and the Gold Coast Suns’ home stadium Metricon Stadium (which as well as AFL matches, has held concerts including the Foo Fighters and other large-scale events) is also nearby.
Living near the beach is a real treat!


Robina is another popular suburb for families. It is home to the spectacular Robina Town Centre, perfect for those wanting designer threads or something from the well-known department stores, and the stadium where the Gold Coast Titans play their home matches.

There’s a medical precinct – Robina Hospital, car yards, schools, pubs, play centres, various parks, and walking tracks and dog walking areas.
Popular schools in the catchment include Robina State School and Varsity College – and various private schools are also nearby – Hillcrest Christian College, The King’s School, and Somerset College.

It’s a quick journey east to Miami Beach (maybe 8 minute drive) and is also just a hop, skip and a jump to Pacific Fair shopping centre (pictured below) which often holds stage shows and craft workshops for kids.
The Gold Coast Council provides plenty of events – free and low cost – for families as well as the Active and Healthy Program.

Burleigh is hugely popular – loved for its gorgeous beaches, amazing views of the Surfers Paradise skyline and cruisy/chilled vibe.

Along the stretch of land parallel to the beach are numerous parks and picnic and BBQ areas which are well maintained by the local council.

Fitness groups/personal trainers and mum and bub fitness groups (Stroller Group/ Stroller Club) all operate along the gorgeous stretch from North Burleigh to Burleigh Beach and up the headland.

It’s a great place to take the kids for fish and chips by the beach, or to enjoy the sunset (with the noisy bats playing as the soundtrack).

There are schools, surf clubs, boutique shops/cafes/restaurants, various community groups/events and markets, and so much to check out year-round!

With a quiet village feel, Mudgeeraba, just off of the M1, is also a great place to raise a family.

Despite its country roots (the annual Mudgeeraba Show is a great local event), it is only minutes from Robina Town Centre and a 20-minute journey to the beach.

The suburb has everything you could hope for – parks, football fields, netball courts, running clubs, gyms, mum and bub fitness groups, shopping centres, renowned bakeries, swimming pool, churches and schools. It’s worth checking out!

Pacific Pines
Pacific Pines continues to attract families looking to take advantage of the value for money when it comes to home and land.

The spacious homes, access to facilities including shops and schools, as well as the quick access to the M1 (great for anyone commuting to Brisbane or to the southern Gold Coast) are huge drawcards.

Studio Village Community Centre offers a variety of great events and resources for families including play groups and parenting sessions.
Pacific Pines is also only a couple of minutes’ drive to the renowned theme parks so many locals purchase annual passes to take the family numerous times throughout the year.

We live in central Gold Coast and have these passes as they offer great value for money. We can take the kids to Wet N Wild to enjoy a great morning of play in the kids’ area and then head home after lunch so the kids (who are well worn out by this point) can have their naps at home (or can be transferred from the car to bed).

Of course I could continue raving about the other fab suburbs to live on the Gold Coast – Paradise Point, Runaway Bay, Broadbeach Waters, Currumbin, Coolangatta and more! So many to check out and enjoy!

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  1. Wish we were just a tad closer to the beaches and sights on the GC. Been meaning to have a day trip and escape from the extra hot Ipswich weather :) Great post.

  2. There are some great suburbs to raise children on the Gold Coast . In general I think the Gold Coast is one of the nicest areas to have a family. So many great activities and events, and wonderful outdoor spaces. Great post Gold Coast Mum

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  5. We are looking to move to the GC this year. We have a 4 & 6 yr old girls so we after somewhere family friendly. My partner will be doimg some work out of Brisbane so we don't want to be too far from the freeway but we also don't want to be too far from the beach. I habe been looking at Ashmore as the houses seem to be quite a reasonable price (coming from us Sydneysiders). A lot of people habe told us to be wary of the GC but I have a friend from school who lives in Labrador and she loves it. Any advice would be great! ☺

    1. Hello, Ashmore/ Benowa/ Molendinar are all good. Nice and handy to head to the beach/ freeway/ shops and schools.
      You're welcome to join the FB group for events and to post any questions :-)

  6. What about the Northern Suburbs? Been looking at Coomera, Pimpama, Omerau. A lot of growth in these areas. Are they family suitable?

    1. Hello, Yes I have friends in all of those areas who are happy there.
      Depends what you need to be near - eg for commuting to Brisbane then these locations would be super handy.
      Please join us on FB to post questions with other locals too :-D

  7. Hi there, we are also looking at coming North... what are you latest suggestions for affordable housing and great schools? We have always loved collangatta/Kirra/Burleigh... We have a 9 & 6 yo
    Thank you

  8. Hi,
    We're a family from Perth WA looking at relocating to Surfers Paradise area very Soon! I'd like to be away from the oceanside, hustle bustle but still close enough so our kids don't feel secluded. We have three teenagers! Any nudges in the right direction would be greatly appreciated 😊


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