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21 of Queensland’s best family-friendly resorts

Whether you’re planning the annual family holiday, or simply wanting to get away from the daily grind with the kids, you’ll want to lock in one of the best family-friendly resorts in Queensland.

Looking for an actioned-packed stay? Or perhaps you’re on the hunt for that once-in-a-lifetime reef experience. Whatever your dream family vacation looks like, here’s 21 of the best family-friendly resorts in Queensland to help make your next holiday one for the photo album.

Family-friendly resorts with slides and pools

From vast water parks to saltwater lagoon pools, check out these family-friendly resorts that take their water sports seriously. Togs essential. Energy levels, optional…

1. Sea World Resort and Water Park, Gold Coast

For adventure right outside your hotel room, Sea World Resort and Water Park ticks all the boxes. As well as adrenaline-rushing rides and world-famous animal encounters, cool off in this family-friendly resort’s 50-metre lagoon pool and waterfall.

The resort’s Aquaplay is the ideal spot for water-loving kids, and there’s even a kids’ club for four to 12-year-olds to enrol in for when you’re in need of a little quiet time.

2. Oaks Oasis, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast

It’s the towering water park—bursting with slides and water fountains—within the 500m2 play zone at Oaks Oasis that will keep a young entourage entertained all day long.

It’s the restorative and tranquil 10 acres of landscaped tropical gardens that will make you feel like you’re truly on holiday.

3. RACV Noosa Resort, Sunshine Coast

With Hastings St and Main Beach only a short shuttle bus ride away, RACV Noosa Resort is the best of both worlds.

The expansive pool areas cater for all ages, with a balmy lagoon pool with surrounding loungers for adults, and splash pools with water slides that the kids won’t want to leave.

Fancy a kid-free afternoon? The Noosa Kids’ Club Program is in full swing during school holidays, making ‘me time’ a reality. Bliss.

Great Barrier Reef Island Resorts

Turtle at Lady Elliot Island

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Get the whole family exploring island life with early-morning nature walks, snorkelling the surrounding reef, and learning all about the ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef.

4. Lady Elliot Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef

Lady Elliot has over 1,200 species of marine life that call the island home—and so can you. Staying on the island is as easy as choosing your own adventure. Accommodation ranges from eco-cabins and tents, to two-bedroom island suites.

During school holidays, the team at Lady Elliot runs a Junior Reef Rangers program where kids of all ages can revel in learning about this incredible ecosystem.

5. Heron Island, Southern Great Barrier Reef

A family holiday on Heron Island is like living and breathing the Great Barrier Reef up close. As well as unprecedented access to the Reef, guests can literally walk right into the ocean and snorkel in the calm, clear waters.

During school holidays, qualified marine biologists take groups around the island to learn about the reef, marine life and birds, giving parents plenty of time to take advantage of the beach and spa facilities. The biggest bonus? Kids under 12 eat and stay for free.

6. Daydream Island Resort and Spa, The Whitsundays

A dream holiday destination for any well-travelled individual, there are a plethora of memorable things to do with the whole family on Daydream Island.

From shark and stingray feeding shows at the world’s largest open-air aquarium, to educational marine talks with marine biologists, open-air cinema screenings, mini golf and a playground, days on Daydream will entertain all.

7. Hamilton Island, The Whitsundays

Hamilton Island | Holidays with kids

Hamilton Island is famous for its family-friendly resort. Island time is all year round here, with beautiful resort pools the perfect place to spend lazy days.

Swimmers of all ages can swim and snorkel right off the beach thanks to protected waters, with turtles sighted year-round. There is a variety of activities on offer across the island, including water sports, ten pin bowling, as well as visits to the island’s very own wildlife centre.

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8. Fitzroy Island Resort, Tropical North Queensland

Fitzroy Island Resort is a picturesque 45-minute boat ride from Cairns. Once you’ve arrived, there are endless island and Great Barrier Reef experiences to be had.

Snorkel the fringing coral reefs, take a glass-bottom boat tour, hire sea kayaks for DIY family time, even pop into turtle Rehabilitation Centre as part of the island’s conservation work.

The family-friendly resort’s two-bedroom apartments are perfect for group stays, and when you need a break from the outdoors, head to the cinema or games room.

9. One&Only Hayman Island, The Whitsundays

For a family holiday that piles on the wow-factor, One&Only Hayman Island’s luxurious surrounds will make for something extra special.

Younger holiday makers can join the KidsOnly (for four to 11-year-olds) and Teens Club (for 12 to 17-year-olds) while you kick back alongside the Hayman and Aquazure Pools or lay oceanside on Coconut Beach or Blue Pearl Bay.

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Holiday Park Resorts for Families

Don’t compromise value for money for fun on your next holiday, these family-friendly holiday park resorts will give you the quality time you crave—with all the added extras.

10. Big4 Adventure Whitsundays, Whitsundays

Boasting a 32-metre lagoon pool, tennis court, adventure playground and two jumping pillows, fun is the name of the game at Big4 Adventure Whitsundays.

The Kids Club here ramps up during school holidays with goo and gunk parties, mini golf tournaments, discos under the stars and Wii nights on the giant outdoor screen.

Its location makes for a great base to do some serious Whitsundays island hopping, too.

11.  Broadwater Tourist Park, Gold Coast

Make the most of the Southport locale at Broadwater Tourist Park with beaches and theme parks close by or let the kids loose in the playground then cool off in the pools.

12. Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park, Gold Coast

Water lovers of all ages will love Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park with its world-famous beaches, refreshing pools, prime fishing and boating spots, water-skiing and canoeing close by.

Family-friendly resorts by the beach

Tangalooma Island resort | family friendly resorts queensland

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Looking to step up your beach cricket game or teach the kids to surf on your next family holiday? A resort by the beach is what you need, and luckily, Queensland offers up both in abundance.

13. Tangalooma Island Resort, Brisbane

You can reach Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island within 75 minutes from Brisbane. The ultimate island escape for the most active of tribes, experiences here are anything but ordinary.

Book a wild dolphin feeding experience, head to the dunes for sand surfing quad biking, or keep it casual and take a sea kayak for a spin around the famous Tangalooma Wrecks.

14. Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Coast

At Kingfisher Bay Resort, kids don’t just have access to sand and sea, they can learn all about the world’s largest sand island’s eco-system, too.

Inquisitive little ones can learn all about mangroves and the tidal zones, take bush and beach walks, listen to Aboriginal legends, sing campfire songs, and go stargazing.

There’s also spotlighting for bats, sugar gliders and frogs, plus plenty of environmental games, a ropes course, canoeing, sand sculpture and arts and craft.

15. Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa, Gold Coast

If your family isn’t quite up to snorkelling in the open ocean just yet, try the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa’s 5-metre deep saltwater pool—complete with tropical fish, waterfalls and an artificial coral reef.

For the adults in the party, the resort features luxurious touches such as poolside cabanas and daybeds, quiet pool zones—even a state-of-the-art sports zone if you’re feeling energised.

16. Rumba Beach Resort, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast

You’ll find the ideal family beachfront accommodation in Caloundra with one, two or three-bedroom apartments at Rumba Beach Resort.

Take an afternoon walk or ride along the waterfront boardwalk and coastal pathway, then cool off at Bulcock, Golden or Kings Beach. For those who prefer to relax poolside, take a dip in the resort’s two pools or kick back in the luxurious outdoor jacuzzi.

17. Turtle Beach Resort, Gold Coast

Turtle Beach Resort is just 300 metres from Mermaid Beach, and boasts facilities for all the family including putt putt golf, a games room, cinema and playground.

The resort’s Splash Zone Waterpark has areas suitable for all ages, and four to 12-year-olds will be hooked on the Club Turtle activities.

Resorts for the Whole Family

Peppers Beach Club

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Whether you’re looking for places to suit your teenagers or you’re bringing along the extended family for a holiday, these all-rounder resorts will keep the entire group suitably entertained.

for a family ride along the Gold Coast beaches. If the kids are happy doing their own thing at the beach or the pool, parents can recharge their batteries at spaQ designer spa and work through the cocktail list in Stingray Lounge.

18. Peppers Broadbeach, Gold Coast

Peppers Broadbeach beachside resort has an enviable location, right in the heart of Broadbeach.

The one, two, and three-bedroom suites have all the mod-cons, while the resort itself features indoor and outdoor pools, game areas for the kids and exclusive guest zones for the adults. Turns out, your family can have the best of both worlds.

19. Peppers Beach Club and Spa, Palm Cove, Tropical North Queensland

Peppers Beach Club and Spa is right on the beach at Palm Cove and features one, two and three-bedroom apartments perfect for a fuss-free, family-friendly holiday.

Choose to spend your stay under a shaded palm on the beach or relax poolside at either the rainforest rock pool or the resort’s peaceful lagoon pool. Want to get away from it all? Head to the Peppers’ onsite day spa.

Family-Friendly Resorts in the Rainforest

Family-friendly resorts in the rainforest

O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Scenic Rim

For a family-friendly holiday with eco-credentials, recharge your batteries in the rainforest to really get away from it all.

20. O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Scenic Rim, Brisbane

If you’ve got a couple of budding wildlife warriors, then O’Reilly’s is just the place. O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the middle of Lamington National Park has designed an Eco Rangers Program to teach children between the age of five and 12 about the local environment.

Activities in this paid program include bush walks and rainforest adventures, bush survival skills, arts and crafts, nocturnal scavenger hunts and campfire cookouts.

21. Takarakka Bush Resort, Carnarvon Gorge, Capricorn

Take the family off the grid at Takarakka Bush Resort in Carnarvon Gorge. One of Queensland’s best national parks is on your doorstep, so take full advantage of your surrounds.

Go wildlife spotting along 1km Nature Trail, learn about the local Indigenous landmarks and spend lazy afternoons swimming in the many rock pools.

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