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.
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
Up to 50% off family Sea World stay with unlimited theme park entry
Available on stays from 15 July 2020 - 24 December 2021. Package includes accommodation, unlimited theme park entry to Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, Wet’n’Wild and Paradise Country for the duration of your stay, and more. Valid for four people. T&Cs apply.
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
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
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
Valid on select hotel stays worldwide like Australia, New Zealand, Bali, Thailand, USA, Europe and more on all dates, including over holidays like Easter, Christmas and New Year's Eve. Some restrictions apply.
Destinations include Gold Coast, Port Douglas, Bali, Phuket, Fiji, Vietnam and Hawaii. Sample packages include a 5-night stay in Surfers Paradise for $299 (Regularly $579) and a 5-night package to Fiji for $999 (Regularly $2,101).
Stephanie Yip is the travel editor at Finder and has been writing about travel and lifestyle for over a decade. She has written for Travel Weekly, Escape, Showpo, The Nibbler and Hostelworld. She was also the editor of kids magazine DMAG. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Communications from the University of Technology Sydney and has visited 55 countries (and counting).
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