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This year, the first weekend of October is Queens Birthday Long Weekend QLD. It’s the first long weekend of spring, and there’s no better time to take a break with the family and enjoy the warmer weather.
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be expensive for everyone on Queens Birthday Long Weekend QLD to have a great time. Why not try out our list of ways to enjoy your long weekend on a small budget? Check out these great money saving tips
Feed the lorikeets this Queens Birthday Long Weekend QLD
You don’t have to shell out an admission fee on Queens Birthday Long Weekend QLD to get up close and personal with Currumbin’s colourful and friendly rainbow lorikeets. There are free feeding sessions at 8 am and 4 pm every day, where you can hold bowls of sweet nectar for the birds, who will happily land on you to have a snack.
Make a splash: Money saving tips
If you’re a bit sticky after feeding the lorikeets, drive 15 minutes up Currumbin Creek Road to discover a hidden gem. The Currumbin Rock Pools offer a place to splash around and swing on ropes, then spread out on the grass to dry off while the grown-ups sizzle a few sausages on the nearby barbecues.
Hit the markets
With so many different markets springing up each weekend, your only problem will be finding time to get around them all. Start off on Friday evening at Nightquarter in Helensvale, where for a $3 entry fee (and kids under 13 free) you can enjoy free music from Dubmarine and Scott Dalton. Spend Saturday at the famous Carrara Markets where you can browse the food, clothing, produce, homeware, beauty and souvenir stalls to your heart’s content. On Sunday morning head on over to Kurrawa Park in Broadbeach for the Beachfront Art & Craft Market, then finish the day off at the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets.
Get back to nature
Pack a picnic lunch and spend a peaceful day at the Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens in Benowa. There’s something here to amuse everyone and entry is free. The kids can enjoy the playgrounds, spot butterflies in the native butterfly garden or smell and touch the plants in the sensory garden. The whole family can enjoy an easy flat stroll along the boardwalks or wander the Mangroves to Mountains Walk. Try the Kaialgumm Games Trail where you can use your smartphone to learn about, and interact with, the indigenous games.
Break out the bikes and pedal your way along your favourite parts of the Gold Coast Oceanway. This network of cycleways starts at Point Danger in Coolangatta and ends at The Gold Coast Seaway. Not only are the views fantastic, but if you bring your bathers, you can always decide to stop for a swim and a nap on the sand. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Spot a whale
There’s no need to sign up for a fancy guided tour to find whales at this time of year. Just find yourself an elevated spot and aim your binoculars at the sea. Great whale-spotting locations include Point Danger in Coolangatta, Kirra Hill, and Tumgun Lookout or Burleigh Point in Burleigh Heads.
With so many free or low-cost activities available, it’s easy to have a fantastic Queens Birthday Long Weekend QLD on the Gold Coast without breaking the bank. Enjoy your holiday!