Queensland’s best family getaways

Here are some of the top family friendly places to get away with the gang these school holidays.

With our perfect weather and gloriously diverse natural landscape, it is hard to go wrong when picking a family holiday destination in Queensland. Here is a handful of foolproof family holiday spots in getaway in the sunshine state. Before you leave, use this guide for the essentials you’ll need when planning your break.

Moreton Island

Moreton Island is often referred to as ‘nature’s theme park’. The crystal clear waters that surround this stunning island are brimming with marine life, from turtles to dugongs and dolphins. Kids will love having the chance to roam and explore wide sandy beaches, swim in spring-fed lagoons, and walk the many bushtracks that pepper the island. Sandboarding, fishing, swimming, bushwalking, snorkelling  are just some of the natural attractions your family will love. When holidaying on Moreton, you can keep it low key and camp in one of the many beautiful campgrounds. There is also the option of staying at the famous Tangalooma Island resort where the star attraction is the unique activity of hand-feeding a pod of wild bottlenose dolphins.

Cairns

Every Queenslander should visit Cairns once in their lifetime. Why not do it with the family? The activities in the great northern city are endless. Of course there is the unmissable experience of snorkelling or scuba diving on the world’s largest reef. You can visit the beautiful Daintree rainforest, the oldest rainforest in the world. Walk along beautiful secluded beaches, get involved in the happening local music scene or go on a croc spotting cruise. The opportunities are endless. There are a number of family-friendly accommodation options in Cairns, but for those looking for a bang for buck deal, we recommend the Big4 Holiday Park. The resort has endless kids facilities including a special club, pools and playgrounds. Activities include outdoor movies, mini golf, beach volley ball, and free pancakes on Thursdays. It’s entirely impossible for anyone to be bored. The holiday park offers both cabin and camping options in a range of prices.

Murphy’s Creek Escape

It doesn’t get much better than a family holiday at Murphy’s Creek. This huge campground is not only beautiful, it is also affordable, with a range of camping options including powered sites, group sites and remote private sites. There is also a range of activities readily available to keep the whole family completely entertained throughout the day. You can go for a hike, abseil, swing on the flying fox, or try some archery. Cool off in the inland beach and as the sunsets, enjoy the solitude as you cook dinner over a beautiful open campfire. If you want to get away from it all and introduce the kids to the wonders of the great outdoors, you really can’t go past Murphy’s Creek Escape.

Paradise Resort Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is always a popular choice for a family vacation, close to beaches and theme parks alike, it’s hard to go wrong with this famous tourist location. Paradise Resort Gold Coast prides itself on being ‘heaven for kids and paradise for parents. A water park, ice-rink and kids club are just some of its attractions. Parents are encouraged to make the most of their stay at this award-winning family resort, by using the complimentary child care. There is even a designated ‘Zone 4 adults’ where activities include live music, wine and beer tasting, and cooking demonstrations.

Hayman Island

For those who really want to splash out for a vacation with the family, Hayman Island is one of the few luxury five star resorts in Australia that not only allows children, but really goes the extra mile to appeal to families. Hayman’s was named Australasia’s Leading Family Resort five times. Young guests love Hayman’s Kids Club — a cute cottage surrounded by lush gardens for kids from five to 12. There is also a crèche for children from six weeks to five years. The resort has introduced a Ranger program for the older children during the school holidays and offers fun activities like the Butterfly Trail and PADI Bubble Maker program for eight to 12-year-olds.

Babysitting is also available and all sitters hold a Positive Notice blue card for Child Related Employment.The Hayman Junior Chef program also runs in the school holidays and covers juice making and pizza making,and there is even a Hayman’s Chocolate Room. With the kids in good hands, mum and dad can take time out at the spa, have a hit of tennis, take a scenic bushwalk to Blue Pearl Bay, go snorkeling, sip on the world’s largest cocktail while overlooking the gorgeous Hayman Beach, or have a romantic dinner for two in the Oriental Restaurant.