Fun water sports for your family holiday

Posted By Holly On July 31, 2013

Catch a wave in Surfers Paradise with your family. Fun water sports for your family holiday.

Surfers Paradise is one of the most popular family holiday destinations in Australia, and it's not hard to see why!

With its beautiful scenery and a reputation as Australia's nightlife and entertainment hub, Surfers Paradise offers plenty of activities to fill up your family holiday.

To really get the most out of your trip you'll definitely want to make sure you hit the water during your stay in Surfers Paradise!

Families who stay in one of the Mantra hotels in Surfers Paradise like Mantra Sun City or Mantra Crown Towers will have the advantage of being within easy walking distance of those gorgeous waves, so there's really no excuse for not getting out to the beach and enjoying some fun on the water.

Here are some of the top water sports to have a go at during your family holiday in Surfers Paradise:


You've got to take part in a bit of surfing when you're in Surfers Paradise! This classic water sport is suitable for almost everyone, and it's a great activity that keeps you active and fit while providing plenty of fun as well.

All the gear (including wetsuits, boards and wax) can usually be purchased or hired out from a surfing school or surf shop, so all you really need to bring is your family and some waterproof, broad-spectrum sunblock.

If your family are all seasoned surf pros then you can go ahead and hit the water, but if you need a bit of brushing up on your technique or a beginner's lesson in how to catch the perfect wave, there are plenty of surf schools situated in Surfers Paradise.

"To really get the most out of your trip you'll definitely want to make sure you hit the water during your stay in Surfers Paradise!


A little bit more leisurely than surfing, kayaking is also a great water sport to try with your family - what could be better than paddling around on glassy, calm waters and enjoying all the beauty of Surfers Paradise?

Tour companies like Australian Kayaking Adventures will take you out on the gorgeous Broadwater on the Gold Coast, a truly unique experience that will definitely be a highlight of your family holiday.

Many tours are aimed at first-timers, so you don't need to worry about your level of kayaking skill before you go - as with all water sports however, it's a good idea to remember to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, hats and appropriate footwear with you.

Jet skiing

For a truly action-packed adventure, you can't go past an afternoon out on the waves on a jet ski.

This water sport makes a great morning or afternoon activity, giving you a high intensity, thrilling experience that'll still leave the rest of your day free for other adventures!

Jet skis are personal watercrafts that you can use to cruise around the water, but as this activity involves a bit of skill it's more suitable for families with older children and teenagers who would be capable of handling a jet ski on their own.

At Surfers Paradise Marina you can hire jet skis from $80.00 and ride them around a one kilometre course, enjoying the ultimate rush in a relatively safe and controlled environment.

Jet boating

For families that love a bit of thrill-seeking, jet boating is the perfect water sport to try once you're in Surfers Paradise.

An adrenaline-pumping adventure that will give you beautiful sightseeing opportunities to boot, jet boating is great fun for the whole family.

Tour companies like Paradise Jet Boating will give you the opportunity to whizz along the water on a course that takes you through the Broadwater and past Sovereign Island. 

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