9 family holiday houses you’ll want to rent for your next vacay
Do you want to treat the clan to a holiday, but the thought of swipe cards, elevators and high-rise balconies make you nervous? We get it.
Leave the skyscrapers in the rear-view mirror and take off to one of the holiday houses across the state instead.
Offering the trifecta of comfort, space and privacy these holiday houses promise you’ll get the whole family’s tick of approval:
1. La Casa Sirena, Mermaid Beach
With four bedrooms across three levels, space is no issue when it comes to this Mermaid Beach stunner.
Luxury meets comfort in the coastal-themed home that delivers ocean views while also being tucked away behind tropical gardens, to give you less of that ‘I am now living in a fishbowl’ feel.
There are two living rooms on separate floors, making ‘parent time’ an actual possibility during the holidays. The kids won’t be bored either with a heated pool delivering fun all year-round.
As they say in real estate it’s all about ‘location, location, location’ and here you’re only a hop, skip, and a jump away from Mermaid Beach, while in the opposite direction is bustling Broadbeach.
During your stay, you can taste your way along the restaurant strip or splurge out on a shopping spree at the recently renovated Pacific Fair Shopping Centre.
2. Tangalooma Holiday Houses, Moreton Island
Good news for large families (especially families with teenagers), all six holidays houses sleep between eight and 12 guests so you can invite friends of friends, the latest girlfriend, and even their little sister.
Each house looks straight out onto the water, but we bet the breezy verandahs will still be the most used room during your Moreton Island stay.
If your family loves an active holiday, take advantage of the resort’s offerings. Get out on the water and snorkel the wrecks, or hire out a kayak and stand-up paddleboard for the afternoon. Don’t forget to try your hand at feeding the local dolphins at the nightly feeding program, too.
You can also venture inland and head out on a hike, go sand tobogganing, or jump on the quad bikes and follow the tracks around the resort. Psst! We have a whole 48-hour guide to Moreton Island to keep you busy.
3. Mount Barney Lodge, Scenic Rim
This one’s for young families. Kick the usual family camping trip up a notch with a homestead stay at Mount Barney Lodge.
If you like camping but want comfort, you’ll be happy to know that as well as camping, camper trailers, and cabins, the lodge offers beautiful Queenslander holiday houses to rent with the camping fun still on tap. We’re talking sitting around a campfire with marshmallows to spending days exploring swimming holes and bush-walking trails.
What makes this one so popular with families with small children is their holiday program where the kids can learn a few environmental skills like lighting a fire and building objects from the natural resources around them while you read (or drink wine… whatever).
4. Aquila Beach House, North Stradbroke Island
Leave the city behind and switch to relaxed, island vibes an hour out to sea from Brisbane at North Stradbroke Island.
Book into Aquila Beach House for the perfect balance of beachside bliss and homely-haven. The dark shades of the wooden floors, fireplace and furniture create for a cosy retreat, while the light and bright outdoor areas kick the house into its coastal gear.
This is a holiday home for kids who like to let their imagination run wild – you won’t find a pool or playground here. Instead, the kids can stay entertained with the in-house library area, and play I-spy at the whale watchtower between the months of July and November.
It’s also only a short walk to the restaurant strip and Straddie’s Main Beach, but if you’ve got a couple of days up your sleeve, check out what else to do in Straddie with this guide.
You can book into the Aquila Beach House online via Discover Stradbroke.
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5. Misty, Bunya Mountains
Immerse the family in nature in the second-oldest national park in Queensland, the Bunya Mountains.
With over 100 holiday houses to choose from under the Accommodation Centre’s umbrella, there’s more holiday houses than you can poke a Bunya nut at – from smaller cottages nestled in the rainforest to large homes overlooking sweeping mountain ranges.
Most of the houses have fireplaces to cosy up in front of at night and verandahs to chill out on during the day, but you’ll have to search to come across one with WIFI. Families, be warned, this is a digital detox kind of destination so you’ll want a few board games stuffed into your suitcase.
We love Misty, a two-bedroom cottage that sleeps four in its two-storey wooden sanctuary. It’s nestled amongst the forest with walking tracks at your doorstep, while still being close to restaurants and shops.
Got a teenager in the family ? Check out how to spend 48 hours in the Bunya Mountains with a teen (without internet).
6. Eumarella Shores Lake Retreat, Noosa
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and slow it all down at Eumarella Shores Lake Retreat in Noosa. Although technically still on the mainland, you’ll switch the family to island time as soon as you arrive at this lakeside hideaway.
Each lakehouse comes with all the comforts of home – a fully equipped kitchen (so you can still make the favourite spaghetti bolognese), private barbeque, laundry facilities, as well as a fireplace for wintery nights.
Surrounded by 50 acres of nature refuge (think kangaroos at your doorstep every morning), these holiday houses are for families that want to get back to nature, without the hassle of setting up a tent. There’s even complimentary use of a two-person kayak so your days are #sorted and you can put a lake between family feuds.
A short drive will get you and the fam to the hub of Hastings Street, where there’s restaurants and shops galore. Explore the town with this 48-hour itinerary, or discover where the locals hang out with this guide.
7. Noosa Avalon Farm Cottages, Noosa Hinterland
Take to the countryside and get a taste of farm life amongst the mountains in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Stay a while at Noosa Avalon and you’ll soon understand why it made this top Queensland farm stay list.
Set across 30 acres of bushland, each of the self-contained, 1920’s cottages provide views from mountain ranges to rolling grass plains. The property is also pet-friendly, so the family pooch is welcome to come along on this holiday.
Kick back on the verandah with a cuppa while the kids play around with the animals and learn what’s involved in their feeding and care. We can assure you, nothing creates a good mood faster than hand-feeding a potty calf.
8. Eliza Fraser Lodge, Fraser Island
The clan can spread out across two levels, enjoy the views over the island, and relax in a lavish headquarters after spending the days amongst nature.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are sorted with home-style meals prepared daily so everyone in the family can truly take some time off.
With all this time up your sleeve, you’ll be ready to explore the natural wonders of the biggest sand island in the world. Relax on the white silica sand of Lake McKenzie, take a dip in Eli Creek, check out the Maheno Shipwreck, or head out on a 4×4 adventure along 75 Mile Beach.
Need more convincing? Discover why Fraser Island should be at the top of your list, check out this 48-hour guide, and plan your activities with this itinerary.
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9. Coconut Beach House, Cape Tribulation
If you can’t decide on what type of holiday to take, enjoy the best of both worlds and explore the rainforest and reef at Coconut Beach House in Cape Tribulation, one and a half hours north of Port Douglas.
Sleeping up to eight guests, the house is built for the tropics and little kids who like to spend more time outdoors – with a barbeque and massive deck for entertaining, hammock for relaxing, and a selection of books and games to keep the kids busy on a rainy day.
Although nestled amongst 17 acres of tropical rainforest, this holiday home is mere footsteps through a private track to the secluded Coconut Beach, which makes your backyard that much bigger. Oh, and if that’s not big enough for exploring – it’s the midway point between two World Heritage-listed natural wonders, with the Great Barrier Reef on one side and the Daintree Rainforest on the other.
Spend days snorkelling the fringing reef, jungle surfing through the oldest rainforest in the world and hanging out at the pristine beaches. Discover the tropical north with this local’s guide to Cape Tribulation.
You can book into the Coconut Beach House by giving the owner, Gerry, a buzz on +61 7 4098 0150.