Our family of 4 boys ages 8-16 will be visiting the Gold Coast in December. There are an overwhelming amount of activities to do in that area. What are your recommendations for activities, hikes and places to visit? We would like to get off the beaten path a bit and get away from crowds while in the National Parks. We are from the States and would like to provide a great Aussie experience for the boys. We would also like restaurant recommendations for that area.
Tamborine Mountain is fantastic for walks. Plenty of beginner level, shorter works for your family, full of waterfalls and also a nice town/village at the start full of cafes and a winery.