Travelling with the family? There are some places that are better than others when travelling with the kids. Here are eight resorts for families in Queensland.
1- BIG4 Adventure, Whitsundays
With the largest lagoon pool (at 32m) in Airlie Beach, the kids will find it difficult to leave this resort. And there are ample activities to keep the children engaged, such as scavenger hunts, beading and colouring competitions. The weekly outdoor movie is a highlight of this resort.
2- Paradise Resort, Gold Coast
This is where you’re unlikely to see your children because pure paradise is here for those who like to have fun. To begin with, even the accommodation is intended for kids with a junior bunkhouse room featuring bunk beds, television and Playstation 2.
The Z4K Kids Club holds a range of supervised sessions including arts and crafts and something a little bit more energetic with disco on ice nights, an adventure playground and the Z4K Water Park or for those who like frozen thrills, an ice rink and a teen zone.
3- Novotel Twin Waters Resort, Sunshine Coast
A nirvana for families, the resort has its very own circus school.
The whole family gets a chance to learn new skills at Cirque Espace like trapeze flying, tightwire walking and juggling — all with trained professionals at the helm.
What’s more, children aged between two and 12 years of age are also cared for at Kidz Cove with a range of activities such as face painting, disco and party nights and popcorn and movie nights.
4- O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, Gold Coast Hinterland
Young wildlife warriors will be in their element at this retreat that offers an Eco Rangers program for children between the ages of four and 14 years.
Activities for the lessons about the environment include bush walks, rainforest adventure, night-time spotlighting and bush camp.
Most amazing are the arts and crafts made from items collected from the forest floor.
5- Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island
Another good idea is to enrol the talented young wildlife enthusiasts in your family in the Junior Eco Rangers program on the world’s largest sand island.
On Fraser Island, children will be given the opportunity to take bush and beach walks.
They’ll learn about mangroves and tidal zones, listen to Aboriginal legends, sing campfire songs and go stargazing.
Then there’s learning how to identify different leaves, canoeing, spotlighting for bats, sugar gliders and frogs.
6- Novotel Palm Cove Resort, Palm Cove
This is one Tropical North Queensland resort that delights in being ultra family friendly.
Trained professionals oversee both indoor and outdoor activities while children will be happily occupied with arts and crafts, movie nights, pool games and water bomb wars.
This then will leave the parents ample time to play a relaxing game of golf or relax in the day spa.
7- Crocodylus Village, Daintree Rainforest
Adults and kids will love the heart of this enchanted rainforest. Children between the ages of four and 15 years can join the free Rainforest Action Warrior (RAW) Club.
Countless activities aim to educate everyone about the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest.
There’s also a swimming pool, board games, books and plenty of lush rainforest to explore through bush tucker talks, cassowary and crocodile gatherings and waste management expeditions.
8- Hamilton Island, Whitsundays
There’s so much to see and do here with an immense range of activities for the young ones.
The Clownfish Club is a kids club and a childcare facility for those aged six weeks to 14 years.
Primary school kids might like quad biking, golf clinics and water sports, while pre-schoolers can join supervised activities like cuddling a koala at the island’s wildlife park.
Teenagers (and adults) can release some adrenaline at Palm Valley or play golf, take an art class or even visit the spa for some well-earned relaxation.