The Best Kids Clubs In Australia
Looking for the best holidays with kids clubs? The obvious candidates here, of course, are Fiji, Bali and Thailand, but these destinations are all off the cards with international travel on hold and us Aussies keen to holiday here this year. I'm not complaining in the slightest as I believe Australia to be home to some of the best family holiday destinations in the world! So get your holiday-planning-butt into gear and prepare for the family holiday to end all family holidays at our pick of the top 8 kids clubs in Australia.
1. BIG4 North Star, NSW
The BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort and Caravan Park has it all for families. The Neptune's Castle Kid's Club (ages 3-12) will help kids have the holiday of their dreams complete with a gigantic indoor play area, themed and supervised activities and arts and crafts. The play centre has a three-level spiral slide, ball pit and mirror maze. The best part? It's FREE!
Families holidaying at BIG4 North Star are often found at Sammy's Adventure Lagoon - a water park with some serious thrills and spills. Set amidst tropical surrounds, the 2-storey aqua play has 4 waterslides and 65 interactive water features including water slides, water cannons, giant fibreglass fish, and a 600 L bucket that spills water every 6 minutes! Other park features include a giant outdoor playground that is fully fenced and shaded, and the Little Treasures play corner for under 3s.
Accommodation: BIG4 North Star has a range of accommodation including five-star, fully self-contained luxury poolside spa villas and spacious family cabins, as well as caravan and campsites.
BIG4 North Star rates: Holiday Lodges start from $147 per night.
2. Hamilton Island, Qld
Hamilton Island is a fabulous Whitsunday’s resort that simply has it all! The Clownfish Kids Club caters for all ages – from 6 weeks to 14 years of age. It offers a large range of supervised fun activities. Please note that Clownfish Kids Club is only open from Monday to Friday during the school holidays.
We love that you can fly directly from Sydney to Hamilton Island and once you settle in, there is so much to do. Choose from water sports, mini-golf, go-karts, quad bikes and wildlife. Or hire a golf buggy and take a tour of the island.
There are many resort-style accommodations to choose from at Hamilton Island. We like Whitsunday Apartments' stylish self-contained apartments.
Hamilton Island rates start from $320 a night for a garden view apartment.
3. Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island
Kingfisher Bay Resort boasts a unique Junior Eco Rangers programme that teaches children to care for the environment and everything in it. It includes activities such as low ropes courses and canoeing, bush and beach walks, sand sculpture, art and craft, campfire songs, spotlighting for bats, sugar gliders and frogs, and even stargazing.
The Kingfisher Bay kids programme is available on weekends and school holidays for kids aged 5-14 years.
Accommodation in the resort is varied with a choice of resort rooms, villas, houses and lodges.
Kingfisher Bay Resort rates start from a very reasonable $169 for a standard room.
4. Paradise Resort, Qld
Paradise Resort has it all – an ice-skating rink, waterpark and kids’ club and it’s just a minutes walk from the centre of Surfer’s Paradise!
Paradise Resorts Kids Zone Mini Fun Park offers a range of fully supervised sessions daily for children as young as 6 weeks. Kids can enjoy themed play spaces such as Astro’s Space Station with pedal-powered space buggies, Under Water World with submarines and slides, and the Magic Garden with its colourful ball pit.
The whole family will love Paradise Resort's Water Park – a giant water playground featuring a refreshing lagoon pool, large heated spa and a giant bucket that fills with 600 litres of water before emptying every few minutes over guests below in one enormous splash.
Little swimmers have their own smaller version including a slippery slide, water cannons and giant tipping water bucket. There’s also a paddling area especially for them with a gently sloping beach entry.
There is also a fully equipped playground and rock-climbing area.
Accommodation options include family rooms and suites.
Paradise Resort rates start at $249 for a resort room, which sleeps two adults and two kids.
5. Daydream Island, Qld
Daydream Island is a luxurious resort located in the centre of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. The Daydream Island Kids Club offers excellent childcare for children aged from six weeks to 12 years. There are two different programs which cater for kids from 0-5 years and 6-12 years. Supervised activities include arts and crafts, treasure hunts, fish feeding, basketball, coconut bowls, tennis, nature walks, mini-golf, group games and much more!
There are also loads of family-friendly activities on offer at Daydream Island such as snorkelling, jet-skiing, tennis, volleyball, and the fabulous themed mini-golf course. Daydream Island also boasts a huge aquarium and outdoor cinema for moonlight movies.
Accommodation is in a variety of rooms, suites and family rooms.
Daydream Island rates start from around $340 per room for a standard room and $690 for interconnecting family rooms.
6. Merimbula Beach Holiday Resort, NSW
Merimbula Beach Holiday Park is situated south of Canberra. There are direct flights here from Sydney or else it’s about a 6-hour drive.
This economical resort offers an action-packed kids club. Kids club activities include outdoor activities including rockpool activities, Tug of War, sand sculpting, face painting, board games, magic shows, arts and crafts, table tennis, air hockey and more. Merimbula Beach Holiday Park also offers a resort-style pool, a kid’s wading pool, fountain, giant jumping pillow, children’s playground, balance bikes, and go-karts. Plus, Magic Mountain Family Fun Park is just a short drive away.
Accommodation consists of a large range of modern one-, two- and three-bedroom villas and cabins as well as camping and caravanning sites. Most of the rooms enjoy gorgeous ocean views.
Merimbula Beach Holiday Park rates start from $142 per night for a one-bedroom cabin.
7. Sea World Resort, Gold Coast
What's on offer at Sea World Resort on the Gold Coast? The what's-not-on-offer list is shorter! Sea World Resort is heaven on earth for kids and parents who need to keep kids entertained. The Sea World Kids Club boasts the latest X-Box 360 games, a kids movie theatre regularly screening children’s movies and a host of fun games and activities like face-painting, arts and craft and team sports.
Children must be aged 4yrs to 12yrs to attend without a supervising adult, however, kids under the age of 4 can still utilise the Kids Club provided that they are supervised by an adult. Sea World Resort also offers direct monorail access to Sea World Waterpark.
Accommodation: There are over 400 rooms, most of which accommodate up four people. You can choose from a garden, pool or beach view.
Sea World Resort rates start from $270 per room per night. Sea World have tonnes of great deals that include passes to the waterpark.
8. Lady Elliot Island, Qld
If you feel like splashing out on a family holiday on the Great Barrier Reef, the family-owned and operated Lady Elliot Island is a great choice. Lady Elliot Island offers families a genuine eco-tourism experience through magnificent natural encounters in and out of the water. Here you will learn about sustainability, the natural world, conservation in what is not just a holiday, but a completely immersive experience!
For kids, there is a shaded children’s playground, babysitting services and a Junior Reef Rangers Kids Club. Not only will they be having fun, but kids aged 5-12 years will be learning about marine life and the beautiful coastal environment they’re staying in with this program. They will be taken out for 2-hour sessions as a guide talks to them about the reef and gives them an opportunity to share their island experience with other youngsters.
There are no TVs in the rooms at Lady Elliot Island, so families will have a rare chance to truly disconnect from the online world and re-connect with each other. The Lagoon provides the perfect family snorkelling spot, as well as the opportunity to enjoy glass-bottom-boat tours and Turtle Tours when eggs are hatching!
Lady Elliot Island accommodation and rates: There is a range of units and Island Suites available, starting from just $185 for a family during peak season
Kids’ Clubs Top Tips
When looking for a great resort or villa that has a kid’s club or child-minding facilities, we suggest that you refer to Choice’s top tips before you book!
- Age Appropriateness: When searching through kid’s clubs and the activities they offer, make sure they aren’t things that your children will get bored with, for example, only arts and crafts sessions for your pre-teens might get a little dull. Look for kid’s discos, talent shows, fishing and outdoorsy adventures, cooking classes, and even spa treatments for your pre-teen. Educational programs (like turtle conservation clubs in coastal vacation spots) will keep your children engaged for the whole stay.
- Age Matters: Make sure the kid’s club caters to your child’s age- some won’t if they are too young, or too old. You might get lucky and find a teen-appropriate one with more advanced activities such as film editing and jewellery making. Also, note if your children of different ages will be split up into age appropriate groups and if this is a problem or not.
- Safety: Do your research on whether a hotel has met Australian safety standards or not. This includes staff background checks, childcare/CPR qualifications, plenty of staff per child ratio, do they cater to dietary requirements?, water and sun safety procedures, etc.
- Nannies: Perfect for a night out when the kid’s clubs have closed down for the day. Safety is key here, and it’s always best to go through an Australian agency operating in Bali/Fiji etc where our safety standards are met, but which need to be booked well in advance. If you are getting someone local, make sure they come from a trusted recommendation, you can meet them first, give them lists of anything they must remember, etc.
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