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Best places to cool down during summer on the Gold Coast


If Queensland’s very mild winter just gone is any indication, this summer is going to be a hot one. And while chilling in the air conditioning is nice, it would be a shame to miss out on the Gold Coast’s beautiful outdoors. That’s why you’ll want to have some outside options up your sleeve for when the temperatures sky rocket above 30 degrees.

Thankfully, your choices are plentiful on the Gold Coast when it comes to cooling off—not just for locations; there are so many different ways to beat the heat. Just take your pick and get splashing!


Jump in your pool

You don’t need to venture far for a picturesque swim. Our latest Mater Prize Home lottery No. 310 has a tranquil inground pool with spa jets and amazing views of the canal. You also have easy access to cold drinks in your alfresco area’s bar fridge, and three pool lounges to relax on between dips.

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A splash in the park

As lovely as your own private pool is, at times it’s nice to have a change of scenery. There are a couple of free splash and play parks on the Gold Coast where the kids can get wet, like The Rockpools in Southport which has a creek bed and several tidal rockpools to splash in. If you need a more intense energy-burning option, GC Aqua Park is a must. While you do have to pay, it’s money well spent for the hours of enjoyment the kids will get at the mega on-water inflatable playground.

Theme Park

Thrill and chill at a theme park

For an all-day outing that’s cool and fun, don’t forget about the Gold Coast’s theme parks. There’s Wet ‘n’ Wild, which is all about getting wet with waterslides and pools aplenty; or you can combine a day of rollercoasters at Dreamworld with entry into their water-dedicated park, White Water World, for double the fun! Sea World also has a splash zone at Castaway Bay that’s perfect for younger kids.

Tallebudgera Creek

Paddle on a pretty creek

There’s something so serene about a day spent by a creek. The calm waters are the perfect place for kayaking or stand up paddleboarding, as well as a relaxing swim. Both Tallebudgera Creek and Currumbin Creek are stunning spots, with white sandy shores and turquoise water.

The canals in your prize home’s ‘backyard’ are another great option for taking a kayak or SUP for a spin—no driving required!

Don’t own a stand up paddle board or kayak? Put a small part of your $1 million in cashable gold bullion (included in the home lottery) to good use and get some. You’re guaranteed to use them all the time when living on the Gold Coast. 

Cougal Cascades

Chase waterfalls

Like gold at the end of a rainbow, waterfalls that cascade into swimmable watering holes are a wonderful reward on a hot summer’s day. And there are plenty of them hiding in the Gold Coast Hinterland. Head along a sealed 1.6km walking track through the rainforest to find Cougal Cascades waterfall and freshwater swimming hole. Cedar Creek Falls in Tamborine Mountain is another great place for a swim set amongst stunning nature, as is Warringa Pool in Springbrook.


Surf or swim at the beach

Pack your bag and a picnic lunch, because you could easily spend an entire day lazing on the beach this summer—switching between a snooze on the sand and a dip in the ocean when you need to cool off. The Gold Coast boasts beautiful beaches all the way along it’s 52km coastline, but for some top choices close to your Mater Prize Home, try Kurrawa Beach for stunning views of the Gold Coast’s skyline, or Mermaid Beach for a quieter crowd-free option.

Ready to kick off your summer with a splash? Buy your tickets today for your chance to win this waterfront Mater Prize Home lottery on the Gold Coast for endless days of fun in the sun. Plus, for every ticket you purchase you’re helping support the life-changing medical research and patient care at Mater.

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