7 Gold Coast family accommodations that won’t break the bank

Affordable hotels with room for broods of four or more.

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Each year Australian families flock to the warm shores of the Gold Coast for sun, surf and play, so when it comes to family-friendly hotels the list can seem endless.

If you’re overwhelmed by choice, check out these handy top picks. We’ve culled the list down to seven of the best for you to consider. Many are budget-friendly, have ample room for large families, offer private car parking and feature child-friendly activities such as kids’ pools and playgrounds.


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1. Sea World Resort

If surprising the littlies with a stay at Sea World Resort doesn't get them excited for, we don't know what will.

There's only one thing that will make kids happier than taking them to Sea World, and that's actually staying at the resort. As well as super fun it's also very convenient.

  • Familyroom configuration: Deluxe family suites accommodate up to 8 guests
  • Child rates: Not available
  • Kid-friendly activities: Sea World theme park,kids club
  • Parking: Free open-air

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2. Mantra Circle on Cavill

Within a stone's throw of Surfers Paradise Beach, Cavill Avenue and the Q1 Shopping Centre, this apartment hotel offers a convenient base for family adventure.

Apartment hotels are ideal for families as they offer homely amenities such as kitchens and lounge areas at a fraction of the price of a hotel suite.

  • Family-room configuration: 3-bedroom apartments accommodate up to 6 guests. Additional sofas, rollaways and cots on request for a fee
  • Child rates: Children under 2 stay free when using an existing bed
  • Kid-friendly activities: Outdoor kids' play area, arcade-style games room, pool
  • Parking: Free, secure underground

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3. BreakFree Longbeach Resort

From kid-friendly wading pools to an on-site tennis court, children have plenty to keep them occupied while staying at BreakFree.

This family-friendly apartment hotel features one, two and three-bedroom apartments. Most overlook the city or the beach and all have balconies where you can unwind.

  • Family-room configuration: 3-bedroom apartments accommodate up to 6 guests
  • Child rates: Children under 3 stay free when using an existing bed. Cots for children under 2 and extra beds available for a fee
  • Kid-friendly activities: Wading pool, tennis court, playground, babysitting service
  • Parking: Free, secure undercover

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4. Atrium Resort Gold Coast

Adventurous families will adore the 3-star Atrium Resort as it's perfectly located between the Gold Coast and Stradbroke Island.

These self-service apartments offer the flexibility of cooking your own meals before you head out to explore some of the Gold Coast's vast landscapes such as Stradbroke Island and Broadwater.

  • Family-room configuration: 2-bedroom apartments accommodate up to 5 guests
  • Child rates: Children under 3 stay free when using an existing bed. Cots for children under 2 and extra beds available for a fee
  • Kid-friendly activities: Pool, barbecue area, tennis court, bicycle rental, games room, no-party policy
  • Parking: Free private parking

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5. Ocean Pacific

This self-rated 4.5-star property offers families apartment-style accommodation in a resort setting.

Located 10 minutes from Broadbeach, the Ocean Pacific is a relaxed and casual resort in a quiet area of the Gold Coast. Self-catering is available but with so many restaurants within walking distance, why not hang up your apron and let somebody else cook

  • Family-room configuration: 2-bedroom family apartments accommodate up to 5 guests
  • Child rates: Cots for children under 2 and extra beds for children under 16 available for a fee
  • Kid-friendly activities: Swimming pool, barbecue and picnic area, games room
  • Parking: Free, secure underground

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6. Turtle Beach Resort

Children will be spoilt for choice when it comes to activities at this resort, which offers a kids' club, waterslides, a child-friendly pool and mini-golf range.

Turtle Beach Resort is set i a comfortable and relaxed environment moments from Mermaid Beach. The largest room can accommodate up to 10 guests, making this an ideal choice for a group consisting of multiple ages or multiple families.

  • Family-room configuration: 4-bedroom family rooms accommodate up to 10 guests
  • Child rates: Cotsfor children under 2 and extra beds for children under 16 available for a fee
  • Kid friendly activities: Swimming pool, waterslides, Club Turtle Kids Club, mini-golf range, barbecue entertainment area
  • Parking: Free, secure underground

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7. Sandcastles on the Broadwater

Looking for the perfect location? You'll be 15 minutes from the theme parks, 10 minutes from the Gold Coast and less than 5 minutes from the beach when you book a room at Sandcastles.

Boasting tropically landscaped gardens and lagoon-style pools, relaxation and comfort are guaranteed at Sandcastles. For little kids there's a playground and games room while big kids will enjoy the sauna and golf range.

  • Family-room configuration: 3-bedroom apartments accommodate up to 6 guests. .
  • Child rates? No. No extra beds can be added.
  • Kid friendly activities: Swimming pool, barbecue and picnic area, movies on-demand, games room, babysitting service
  • Parking: Free public parking available nearby

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How did we pick these hotels?

Our editorial team selected the Gold Coast hotels on this list based on price, location and real customer feedback from hotel booking sites and review platforms. Where applicable, we used our own personal experiences to make recommendations.

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