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Where to go and what to do in Queensland over the school holidays.
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Taking some time off work to spend with the kids during these school holidays?
A family trip around Queensland is a great call as the weather is still warm, averaging 30℃, so there will be plenty of days for fun in the sun. Queensland offers a range of destinations that are family friendly and packed full of activities and experiences, including the Gold Coast, Fraser Coast and the Whitsundays.
These destinations are definite holiday contenders.
Our favourite family holiday destinations in Queensland (and why you should go)
1. Gold Coast
A hub of family activity, the Gold Coast offers kilometres of family friendly beaches and more than a handful of theme and water parks to keep the kids entertained. Beyond the Gold Coast, you can also explore the Hinterland which includes Lamington and Springbrook National Parks.
- Best for: Beach bums and thrill seekers
- Where to stay: Main Beach Tourist Park, Burleigh on the Beach and Trilogy Surfers Paradise
- What to do: Springbrook and Tamborine Rainforest tour or go on a day tour at North Stradbroke Island
2. Fraser Coast
The Fraser Coast offers an adventurous and picturesque holiday break. A must on the list is the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Other attractions include Lake Wabby, Mudlo National Park, Burrum Coast National Park and Jimna State Forest. This is definitely one for more active families and family holidays.
- Best for: Eco-tourism and active holidays
- Where to stay: Mercure Kingfisher Bay Resort, Barooga On Pier and Santalina on Hervey Bay
- What to do: Fraser Island lunch cruise from Hervey Bay and Fraser Island tour
3. The Whitsundays
With 74 islands to explore, The Whitsundays is a seemingly endless paradise for families to enjoy. Eight of the islands contain resorts and many offer watersports and sailing tours, making access to the network of islands easy.
- Best for: Sailing trips and beach holidaymakers
- Where to stay: Whitsunday Apartments, Toscana Village Resort and Daydream Island Resort
- What to do: Whitsundays sail and snorkel at Blue Pearl Bay and Whitsunday Islands Hopper pass
4. Tropical North
A staple on any Queensland visitor’s list, the Tropical North includes iconic destinations such as The Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. Officially it encompasses the area between Northern Queensland (Townsville) and Far North Queensland (Cape York Peninsula) and includes Magnetic, Orpheus, Dunk and Lizard Islands.
- Best for: Photo ops and once-in-a-lifetime experiences
- Where to stay: Seaforth Apartments, Central Plaza Port Douglas Apartments and Driftwood Mantaray.
- What to do: Cairns shore excursion, Kuranda scenic railway day trip and Great Barrier Reef 30-minute helicopter tour
5. Sunshine Coast
Similar to the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast offers family fun amidst a backdrop of pristine beaches. On top of its hundreds of kilometres of beaches, its other major natural attraction is the Blackall Ranges. For activities, kids can visit Australia Zoo, Underwater World, the Big Pineapple and Aussie World.
- Best for: Relaxing beach breaks and close animal encounters.
- Where to stay: Lake Monduran Holiday Park, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas and BreakFree Alexandra Beach
- What to do: Australia Zoo and Sunshine Coast day trip and a snorkelling adventure
A cultural melting pot, Brisbane is the gateway to unique island destinations like Moreton Bay and Stradbroke island. Compared to other Queensland destinations, staying in the city to explore its motley of museums and districts can be a more budget-friendly option that choosing to go beachside at a more touristy location.
- Best for: City break holidays
- Where to stay: Stamford Plaza, Meriton Suites Herschel Street and Burleigh Beach Tourist Park
- What to do: Family drive pack and North Stradbroke Island day tour
Top island escapes for family holidays in Queensland
These Queensland islands are the ideal playgrounds for families. They offer calm waters, watersports, family friendly accommodations and adventure activities that little ones will love.
- Hamilton Island: This luxurious island paradise is a favourite for holidaymakers of every kind. For families it offers plenty of nautical adventures and golfing opportunities and dedicated family adventure packages are often available throughout the year.
- Fraser Island: As the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island features a terrain unlike any other. You can four-wheel-drive across the sands, go birdwatching and explore the forestscape.
- South Molle Island: When visiting the Whitsundays, South Molle Island is a paradise among many. The resort offers a “kids club” where little ones can socialise with other children while having close and educational encounters with native flora and fauna.
- Daydream Island: Searching for a family friendly island in the Whitsundays? Daydream is a haven for them with water activities such as fish feeding and land activities including an outdoor cinema to keep them amused.
- Heron Island: Heading to the Great Barrier Reef? Heron Island should be on your to-visit list. It features 20+ dive sites and its waters are brimming with all manner of aquatic life including rays, reef sharks, turtles and colourful corals.
- Orpheus Island: Within close reach of Townsville, Orpheus Island is a gateway onto the Great Barrier Reef and offers activities such as snorkelling. It neighbours Fantome Island, an explorable island that is the site of a previous leper colony.
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