Things to do with Teenagers on the Gold Coast That Aren’t Lame!

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Let’s face it, finding things to do with teenagers on the Gold Coast can be TOUGH! Do you spend your time googling ‘activities for teens near me’? Teenagers are at the age when they know everything and do NOT like being told what to do. But don’t despair, we have got a whole list of fun activities for teens that we know they will love.

The Gold Coast is a playground of activities for teenagers. In addition to beautiful weather, there are perfect beaches, incredible theme parks and a heap of school holiday activities for teens on the Gold Coast. Plus, we know where to get the best and discounted tickets to a truckload of things to do when bored for teens.

Take a look at our list of activities for teens. No matter the weather (or the mood of your kid!) there are fun things for teens to do every day of the week. So parents, sit back and relax as we have teens activities on the Gold Coast sorted!

Fun activities for teens

In this article we have divided up this list of things to do with teenagers into sections to help you find the most suitable teens activities:

10 Outdoor activities for teens on the Gold Coast

Tired of looking for fun things to do at home for teens? If you want them to spend more time outside, then look no further than the list of outdoor activities for teens we have compiled. Gold Coast weather is perfect for days out of the house, so there is no excuse for teenage boredom. From adrenaline junky activities to relaxing days out, we have something that is sure to make your fussy kid happy, including free teen activities!

Gold Coast Aqua Park

Ok – so there are two inflatable water park on the Gold Coast. One is at Southport and the other one is at Oxenford. They are similar. You can jump, climb and slide your way around 300m of inflatable obstacles. The Gold Coast Aqua Parks are full of fun summer activities for teenagers (and let’s face it, all year round on the Gold Coast) and a great place for them to meet their friends.

You can find tickets to the Southport location here (these are currently discounted).*

You can find tickets to the Oxenford location here. (Also currently discounted)*

Gold Coast Hinterland Treetop Challenge

If you are looking for some adventure these school holidays, the visit Gold Coast’s Tamborine Mountain for a rainforest adventure with high ropes, flying foxes and over 85 individual challenges, a great range of recreational activities for teenagers.

See what you can do at the Treetop Challenge.

Dreamworld and WhiteWater World

One of the ultimate water parks you can ever visit is WhiteWater World. Conveniently located within the Dreamworld theme park on the Gold Coast Highway, teens can experience epic slides, splash pools and tipping buckets. This is one of the best fun things to do in the summer for teens. 

There are a range of ticket options for teens here.

Village Roadshow theme parks

The Gold Coast is well known for theme parks and a holiday on the Gold Coast isn’t really a holiday without a visit to at least one of them! Learn about our oceans and sea life at Seaworld, experience the Hollywood life at Movie World or just have a splashing good day out at Wet and Wild. All have some amazing rides and experiences. Choose your favourite – or visit all three – these school holidays.

Grab a discounted ticket to all three parks here.

Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat

Enjoy a day with some majestic creatures at the Bonogin Valley Horse Retreat. Whether you are an experienced rider or looking to learn, there are lessons for all age and experience levels. Spending time with animals can be one of the many mindfulness activities for teenagers to help them whatever is going on in their life.

Find out more about the horse riding these holidays.

Take a look at other horse riding places on the Gold Coast here.

Top Golf

Similar to bowling, players will have their own climate controlled bay with a screen to keep track of the leaderboard recording everyone’s distance and accuracy. Food and drinks can also be ordered at the touch of a button. While you play, listen to music or watch sport on the surrounding HDTV’s.

Topgolf puts a unique spin on a game of golf with the giant targets making it easy for all abilities and ages to give it a go in a fun environment. Gather your closest mates or bring the family along for 2 hours of game time at Topgolf on the Gold Coast.

*Grab your discounted tickets here.

Snorkel Tallebudgera Creek

If your bored teen loves the water, bring them snorkelling at Tallebudgera Creek. See turtles, fish and crabs occasionally dolphins in this beautiful creek or maybe they prefer to go kayaking or paddle boarding. This is one of the great free activities for teenagers and with the perfect Gold Coast weather, you can go almost all year round. Tip: There can be strong currents so only swim at the top of the tide.

Find out more about Tallebudgera Creek.

Jet boat ride

Get their adrenalin pumping with the thrill and excitement of a jetboat ride. Jet boats do 360 ° spins, high speed drifting and heap of other manoeuvres in as little as 10cm of water. Racing along the Broadwater your teen will have no excuse not to love this heart stopping activity.

Save time and get your tickets before you go.

Skypoint day climb

If your kid is driving you to climb the walls, send them to the Q1 climb. Scaling the Skypoint Tower this climb takes you to 270m above sea level This is a great activity for young adults or even families to do together – maybe it will give your teen a new perspective (literally!) on their day.

Find out about the Skypoint climb.

Get daytime or twilight climb tickets here.

V8 Supercar laps

The ultimate adrenaline seeking boredom busting activity has to be doing hot laps in a V8 Supercar. Teenagers 14 years and above can strap themselves in and experience what Supercars are really made of. Choose between Holden or Ford and get set for an once in a lifetime experience.

Book your V8 Supercar experience here.

Gold Coast hot air balloon ride

Take to the skies on a majestic hot air balloon journey. Experience true 360° views of the Gold Coast and it’s hinterland. A perfect opportunity to spend some  quality time with your kids – just make sure they are prepared for the early start!

Find out about the discount offer here.

10 Indoor activities for teens on the Gold Coast

Although there are lots of fun things to do with teenagers at home, we know the ones they WON’T think are lame. Take a look at the indoor activities for teens on the Gold Coast we have for you. Our list of fun things to do with teenagers ranges from indoor skydiving to go karting and magic shows, and also includes a heaps of fun things to do for teenagers at night.

Gold Coast Indoor Go Karting and Activity Centre

Visit the Gold Coast’s largest indoor family entertainment centre and find something for everyone. Inside you will find go karting, adventure rock climbing, the challenging leap of faith experience, super hi tech lazer tag, indoor zip coaster, GO-VR experiences and more. 

We loved this combo pass at Game Over when we went!

Infinity Attraction

Journey into a futuristic, maze-like world of wonder. Be transported into another dimension filled with unique special effects, atmospheric sound fields, ultra-groovy music and illusions that appear to go all the way to – Infinity.

Read about Infinity Attraction here.

Grab your tickets here for these school holidays.

Art Vo

Get inside art at this truly unique experience at this ‘trick-art’ gallery. Conveniently located in Robina Town Centre, this is one of the fun group activities for teenagers available on the Gold Coast. Bring your camera to pose on the side of a cliff, surfing or next to a wild animal, and walk away with some great Instagrammable shots.

Click here for Art Vo.

Grab you tickets here.

iFLY Indoor Skydiving Gold Coast

Get their adrenalin pumping these school holidays by doing some indoor skydiving! iFLY lets you re-enact the experience of a skydive from 14,000 from the 360° glass tunnel. The glass tunnel also means that friends can come along and watch – and get the ultimate photo.

Check out the iFLY website here.

Grab your discount voucher here.

Australian Outback Spectacular

This spectacular live show features actions, animals and some amazing lights and immersive technology. Take a journey through the outback and feel like you are part of the action. Conveniently located just 20 minutes north of Surfers Paradise, the venue has been carefully themed to look exactly like it is in the Australian outback. Also part of the night is 3 course meal – yum! Tip: This is a fun thing to do with your teenage daughter or son for a night out. 

Check out the website here.

Grab dinner and show tickets here.

Dracula’s Cabaret

This is a great activity for young adults. More mature teens (15+) can enjoy a dramatic night out at Dracula’s Cabaret. The night features comedy, cabaret, music, dance and much more. Add to the experience by enjoying dinner and then ride the ghost train. Tip: The show includes adult concepts and themes. Make sure this is suitable for your teen.

Read more about the show.

Purchase tickets before you go.

Illusions Magic Show

While the Gold Coast offers great things to do with teenage kids, this show has to be one of the coolest. Grand Las Vegas style illusions are on show at this impressive magic show. Held at Sanctuary Cove, witness the impossible like levitation, sawing people in half and other incredible illusions. Add on dinner and make a night of it.

Take a look at the website and you can buy your tickets before the show here.

Zero Latency

Rainy day activities for teenagers don’t have to be boring – Zero Latency makes sure of it! Featuring  wireless virtual reality gaming teenagers can roam free through virtual universes. Using the latest virtual reality technology this is truly one of the cool things for teens to do on the Gold Coast.

Click here to read up on Zero Latency.

Gold Coast Wax Museum

Located in the heart of Surfers Paradise, this unique museum is home to the largest collection of wax figurines in the Southern Hemisphere. Musicians, celebrities, sporting stars and celebrities have been immortalised in wax for all to enjoy. Teens can also walk through the chamber of horrors or take a look at replicas of the crown jewels. Easily accessible via public transport, this is a fun thing to do with friends for teens.

See what’s on display here.

Get tickets before you go!

Padlock’d Escape Rooms

If you are looking for team building activities for teens, then look no further than Padlock’d Escape Rooms. Take part in a museum heist, escape from an abandoned carnival or much more at these unique and challenging escape rooms. Teams of up to 6 people must work together to solve the problem and ultimately, escape! Choose from 10 rooms over 2 locations to escape from.

Click here for the Padlock’d experience.

Get your tickets here.

There are so many things to do with teenage kids on the Gold Coast that we could go on forever. Instead, make sure you take a look at all the other activities for teens here (and get your tickets in the same place!)

School holiday programs for teens on the Gold Coast

School holiday activities for teenagers can be hit and miss, that’s why we have done the hard work for you and found the best of the best. From arts and crafts for teens, fun activities for teenagers and things to do for teens at night we have a heap of activities that will make sure they are happy.

We know that juggling time is hard during the holidays, that’s why we have included half day, full day and multiple day holiday programs. Some are even good team building activities for teenagers (but don’t worry, they won’t even know it!). You can find a huge range of excellent school holiday programs on the Gold Coast here.

10 fun things to do at home for teens

When your kids can’t get out and about, finding activities for teens at home can become a full time job. Because we know everyone is different, we have compiled a heap of entertaining and interesting activities, including art ideas for teens. This list of stuff to do for teens to do at home is about to elevate your level of parental coolness!

How to draw cool things drawing guide

Looking for art activities for teens? Learn to draw cool stuff with this awesome book ‘How to draw cool things’. It contains step-by-step instructions that will suit even a very beginner. Optical illusions, 3D letters, cartoons are just some of the things they can learn to draw.

Get your drawing guide here.

Be a rubber band engineer

Got teens that love to tinker? This book will teach them (step-by-step) to create their very own rubber band launchers and gadgets. You will never believe what they can make with just a rubber band and the ideas between the pages. Plus, it will keep them out of your hair!

Find out how here.

Get Procrastibaking

Tired of looking for outside activities for teenagers? Then send them into the kitchen to have some fun. Not only will they love these recipes, but they will (hopefully!) end up with something delicious to show for it. Filled with 100 non-boring recipes, there is sure to be something they want to make.

Buy the book and get started.

Non boring board games

Put away the boring board games for teenagers and take a look at these. Challenging, creative, hilarious or even straight up ridiculous, these games will have them putting down their devices and actually enjoying themselves. It even includes some team building games for teens.

Get playing with these board games.

Learn how to ride a hoverboard

If they want to impress, encourage your kids to learn how to ride a hoverboard. Imagine showing up to school or sport on one of these. It even has built in speakers so they don’t even have to turn off their music to ride. Ride into the future on one of these hoverboards.

Purchase a hoverboard here.

An escape room in a book

Get involved in a mystery without even leaving the comfort of home with this unique book. With just 60 minutes to escape from a labyrinth, you must take on the challenges, solve mysteries and clues to finish the book. Perfect to entertain teens that love to read or those that love a good mystery.

Find out if you can escape.

Put your time to good use

With a lot of time to kill during school holidays, reading any of these books is a great way for teens to learn how to put their time to good use. This selection includes books on becoming more efficient, techniques to increase their level of happiness and even confidence building books like ‘What’s my super power’. Perfect for those that are looking to learn more about themselves or just read a good book on a rainy day.

Check out this selection of books on highly effective teens.

Master a remote controlled car

Take a look at this selection of the latest, greatest and quirkiest of remote control cars and vehicles. Racing cars, 4WD’s, mini coopers and heavy machinery vehicles are just some of the vehicles you can control. You can even build your own from Lego! Some can even be used on grass so your teen can take them (and themselves!) outside for a bit.

Choose your vehicle here.

Fun things to do when stuck at home

Finding fun things for teens to do at home doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, this book makes it easy and interesting in a quirky way. This book is full of things for teens to do when bored.

Read up on things for teens to do here.

Fly a drone

What could be cooler than spending a day flying a drone! Teens will love getting off the couch to spend time in the backyard when they have a drone to play with. From a basic model to something much more sophisticated (some with handheld screens), teens will be sure to find a drone that is cool enough for them.

Purchase a drone here.  

Fun activities for teens on the Gold Coast at night

We have a whole article dedicated to things to do on the Gold Coast at night have have listed 10 of our favourite things, so do check that out too!

Fun activities for teens on the Gold Coast

While it can be almost impossible to find things to do for teens that they will 100% love, we think our activities for teenagers to do is pretty impressive, and not at all lame! Try it out with your teenager and let us know what they think. We are quietly confident!

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of school teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, an expert Queensland publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children including things to do with them over the school holidays. Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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