Parents & Families

SSA Bursary

The SSA will make a number of bursaries available to people wishing to attend ANZSC201 to help defray the additional costs of familial caring responsibilities. Click here to find out more. 

Babysitting & Child Minding

Unfortunately there won’t be dedicated creche or child minding service for delegates attending ANZSC 2021, however a list of local babysitting/ child minding services has been compiled below. Please click the links below to explore your options:

Company Name About
Heaven Sent Help Heaven Sent Help is a family owned and operated business. Established in 1983 on the Gold Coast of Australia as a booking agency for babysitting services both in the Hotel and Tourist industry as well as the Domestic market.
Gold Coast Babysitters

A Boutique Agency That Provides A Professional Babysitter Service All Across The Gold Coast. Our sitters, most of whom have been with us for a number of years have been personally interviewed and all known to us. They are all female sitters, blue card registered, first aid certified and very experienced with children of all ages including special needs children. 

Coastal Babysitters Coastal Babysitters was created in 2016 to provide Brisbane, Gold Coast and Byron Bay families and visitors to the area with a reliable, trustworthy babysitting service that enabled parents to feel comfortable accessing an established and convenient service that allowed them the luxury of time to themselves. Our carers are either mum’s themselves or have worked in childcare for at least three years and each sitter has undergoing Blue Card and Working With Children checks and obtained their First Aid and CPR certificate.
Find a Babysitter Find A Babysitter is the largest, most effective and affordable way to find a babysitter or nanny for your family in Australia. We are proud to be the Australian market leader, giving you a quality site with a range of helpful features. Find a Babysitter is a search database that allows you to search for a babysitter or nanny in your local area or post a job to have qualified and available babysitters and nannies respond to you. 
Baby Sitters Now Baby Sitters Now is an online portal that connects parents with babysitters in your area. Baby Sitters Now is an Australian family business with children of our own. We have a talented team, our support is fast and friendly and we actively support some fantastic children’s charities. It’s Babysitting… better.
Sittr Sittr is Australia’s #1 babysitter app with pre-screened, trusted babysitters available on demand. Our comprehensive screening processes means that all babysitters have undergone a Photo Identity check and have a Working With Children Check, a government issued background check which includes a national criminal history check. Safety is our #1 priority. All babysitters have Senior First Aid training that includes management of Asthma and Anaphylaxis, so rest assured that they’ll know what to do in an emergency.


Parents Rooms at the GCEC

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre has a parents lounge on the ground floor, southern side close to the main entrance and arena. For more information visit the GCEC website. 


Looking for something to entertain the kids?

Free Activities

Activity About
Mount Tamborine

The green behind the gold, a family drive to this mountain village is a lush, shady breather from the coast. Take your pick of hinterland hikes from the all-abilities-access Cedar Creek Falls track, to the more advanced Witches Falls and Sandy Creek circuits. If you’re looking for more bustle, explore the village where you’ll find quirky antiques, artwork, cafes and boutiques, and plenty of local personalities up for a friendly chat. For an out-of-this-world experience, take the Tamborine Mountain Glow Worm Tour through purpose-built caves that are home to thousands of spectacular glow-worms. Top tip: the kids will love a sweet treat and an iced chocolate from the Polish Place. And for the adults? The Polish Beer menu is hard to resist.

Burleigh Heads National Park

This lush green outcrop on the Gold Coast is perfect for doing a lot or very little. Set up a picnic blanket on the hill to watch the surfers ride waves against a magical sunset, or embark on one of the two easy walks over or around the mountain to Tallebudgera Creek.

Tallebudgera Creek

This is the quintessential calm water spot on the Gold Coast. Although Tallebudgera Creek feeds out to the Coral Sea, the clear blue water of the creek is gentle and inviting – perfect for small children to splash around safely. With a small beach and lots of shade, you can swim, SUP, kayak and picnic in this little paradise. Access from the Palm Beach side of the creek is patrolled by lifeguards, or you can head back to the Burleigh Heads National Park side and find a spot on the southern side.

Natural Bridge at Springbrook & Glow Worm Caves

Just a few hours inland from the shoreline, Springbrook National Park is home to one of the most ethereal natural wonders in Queensland. Surprise your mini waterfall-chasers at dusk with Natural Bridge, a small waterfall that plunges into a glow-worm cave. It’s not suitable for prams, but the trail is easy enough that most two- and three-year-olds would be able to manage.

O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk

Give the kids a bird’s-eye view of the rainforest on the picture-perfect O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walk in Lamington National Park.Suspended 15 metres above the ground in the rainforest canopy, the 180 metres of boardwalk will make them feel like lost-world explorers. The cherry on top? It’s free.


Paid Activities

Activity About
Theme Parks

Did you really have a Gold Coast family holiday if you didn’t have at least one day at a theme park? If you have adrenaline-seekers (of any age) in your family, then heading to the thrill-seeker capital of Australia is a must. The Gold Coast is home to not one, not two, but five large-scale theme parks and they have all the excitement you would expect: grand shows, roller coasters, fairy floss and furry, friendly animals. The most complicated part is choosing which one to visit first.

Learn to Surf

The Gold Coast is known for its legendary surf breaks, so treat the kids to a lesson from the pros who call these waves home. Operators such as Get Wet Surf School provide beginner lessons that will have your little grommets standing in no time.

Jellurgal Aboriginal Culture Centre

Take a trip to the Dreamtime courtesy of the Gold Coast’s Yugambeh people, as they tell tales of Jellurgal (Burleigh Mountain) and its origin. Tours take you through picturesque Burleigh Heads National Park, where the family can learn about the cultural history of the Gold Coast. Afterwards, enjoy some bush tucker and tea at the café, stop by the library or visit the in-house art workshop.

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