4 Of The Best Kid-Friendly Eco Resorts In Queensland
By: Rosie Stevens, ellaslist
In addition to being the gateway to the most famous World Heritage Listed coral and marine-life sites and home to a beautiful year-round climate, Queensland also plays host to some of the country’s most renowned kid-friendly resorts.
These resorts also make a concerted effort to minimise their impact on the environment through their practises—meaning they’re great for kids, great for you, and great for the environment. Triple whammy or what?
Here are 4 of the state’s eco-friendly, kid-friendly resorts:
Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort
The Eco Resort on Lady Elliot Island gives families a genuine eco-tourism experience through magnificent natural encounters in and out of the water.
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.
There are no TVs in the rooms, so families will have a rare chance to truly disconnect with 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!
Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island
World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is a true gem of a holiday destination situated at the start of the Great Barrier Reef, offering a refreshing change from the bustle of the resort islands of Queensland's north.
Kingfisher Bay’s self-contained villas are a home away from home, offering families the room to spread out and enjoy their surrounds. If a hotel room is more your style however, the resort offers interconnecting suites where kids (and parents!) get their own space.
When it comes to facilities and activities, Kingfisher Bay Resort’s range of child-friendly ones is second to none. During weekends and school holidays, kids can learn about nature with the Junior Eco Rangers program, which boasts activities like orienteering, night-walks, and campfires with storytelling.
For the little ones there is an Ausplay playground with climbing frames, swings and slides, alongside free use of tennis courts for the older ones. Families can also choose between 4 of the resort's swimming pools.
A veritable eco-paradise that offers the eco-minded traveller an opportunity to experience nature in a relaxing and comfortable setting, Heron Island is a thoroughly unique Great Barrier Reef destination, and it happens to have a plethora of family activities on offer.
Alongside guided bird walks, guided island walks, turtle watching and nature presentations (we told you it was an eco-paradise!) kids aged 7-12 can immerse themselves in the island’s Junior Rangers Program. The program is super interactive, and covers topics ranging from reef ecology, forest awareness, coral cay formation, turtle nesting and whale watching.
O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat
Located amongst the stunning scenery of the subtropical Lamington National Park, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat is the perfect destination for nature-loving families. From guided walks to 4WD history tours, there’s something for all ages and budgets to see and do; with programs ranging from wildlife encounters, daily bird feeding and glow worm experiences.
The Eco Rangers program is jam-packed with animals and activities—perfect for keeping kids entertained while adults relax! In addition to more nature-based activities than you can shake a stick at, there’s also a plunge and infinity pool to while away the afternoons in.
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