6 Of Queensland’s Most Child-Friendly Hotels
By: Rosie Stevens, ellaslist
When it comes to holiday destinations, Queensland’s got it all. Beautiful weather, crystal clear waters, sweeping sandy beaches and plenty of activities to keep the whole family occupied are just for starters, alongside stunning accommodation options and gorgeous restaurants. If you're planning a trip to the sunshine state, here's where you should think about staying.
Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa
A 5-star resort with clout, the whole family can recharge their batteries at the beautiful Pullman Hotel Port Douglas. The accommodation options are diverse and luxurious, meaning you can tailor your stay to meet your requirements and budget. A lagoon swimming pool, dedicated children’s pool, waterfall, extensive gardens to explore and beachfront access make this the perfect choice for on-the-go families looking to spend some quality time together.
Special events and programs take place during Queensland school holidays, and accommodation and brekky are free for 2 children under 17 years sharing their parents’ room. Winner, winner, tropical dinner (or breakfast).
Paradise Resort, Gold Coast
If ever a hotel was geared towards kids, it’s Paradise Resort on the Gold Coast. Located at the gateway to the world-famous theme parks with easy access to all, the resort is jam-packed with activities and facilities that promise an epic stay. The Z4K Waterpark comes complete with slides, water-jets, hoses and giant tipping bucket, while an ice skating rink (yes, ice skating rink!), jungle gym and rock climbing wall will keep the kids entertained for hours on end.
The resort offers 359 rooms of varied accommodation styles catering for families of up to six children. All resort rooms have a private balcony with views of the resort's facilities and surrounding areas. Oh, and did we mention the kids club?
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, Airlie Beach
Featuring a lagoon-style pool, 26 acres of botanic tropical gardens and a kid's club that offers dedicated toddler time for little ones alongside games for 4-12-year-olds, there’s not much to complain about at this Airlie Beach resort. The kids’ club offers Wii nights, discos under the stars, mini-golf tournaments, canvas painting, outdoor movies, sand art making, family trivia nights and so much more.
And shall we just touch on the waterpark to end all waterparks? Designed with young families in mind, this 13-waterslide park boasts tipping buckets and frog and octopus-shaped water features for little ones, as well as mini slides, giant slides, jets, fountains, and sun loungers on the outskirts for parents to recline on whilst the kids have the holiday of their little lives.
Whether you’re looking for hotel-style or self-contained accommodation, RACV Noosa is the perfect base to enjoy the delights that one of Queensland’s most family-friendly holiday hotspots. From a one-bedroom suite to a three-bedroom luxury villa with plunge pool or rooftop spa, there’s something to suit every budget and requirements.
Plus, if you didn’t want to stray far from the resort while you enjoy some downtime—that’s fine too! The outdoor, infinity-edge heated pool, two heated water-slides, splash park, tennis courts and playground provide ample opportunity for fun.
Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort
A relaxing, family-friendly oasis set amidst 28 acres of immaculate grounds lush with palms, rainforest areas and award winning tropical gardens, Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort also offers a hefty heap of activities to keep you and your family occupied. A stay here means spending time at the Sun Lagoon Pool and spa, playing at SPLASH water park, flipping out on the Jumping Pillow or indulging in a civilised a game of tennis or giant chess.
The accommodation ranges from condos that sleep up to eight people with two bathrooms to spa villas and ensuite cabins for smaller families.
Sea World Resort
Theme park lovers, listen up! Sea World Resort is located at the adventurous heart of the Gold Coast, perfect for those visiting the parks and wanting to make a holiday out of it. The resort offers a variety of tailor-made packages that combine accommodation with access to either 1, 2, or 3 theme parks (Sea World, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet’n’Wild Gold Coast.)
There are five types of accommodation options to choose from for families, from resort rooms to premium spa suites. And the facilities aren’t half bad either; the resort is complete with a waterpark, Spongebob aquatic adventure playground, Nickelodeon Character Meetups and more.
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