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6 Queensland family holiday hot spots the kids will love

Where to go and what to do in Queensland over the school holidays.

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.


Family Holiday Destinations in Queensland

Six of the best family friendly holiday destinations in Queensland and what you can get up to while you’re there.

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.

Perfect for: Beach bums and thrill seekers

What to do

Gold Coast Beaches, Glow Worms and Rainforest Tour - Green and Gold
Gold Coast Beaches, Glow Worms and Rainforest Tour - Green and Gold

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Springbrook & Tamborine Rainforest Tour
Springbrook & Tamborine Rainforest Tour

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North Stradbroke Island - Day in Paradise Tour
North Stradbroke Island - Day in Paradise Tour

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Where to stay

Apartment: Burleigh on the Beach Apartments
Apartment: Burleigh on the Beach Apartments

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2. Brisbane

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.

Perfect for: City break holidays

What to do

North Stradbroke Island - Day in Paradise Tour
North Stradbroke Island - Day in Paradise Tour

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Family Drive Pack - 2 adults & 3 kids - Ipswich
Family Drive Pack - 2 adults & 3 kids - Ipswich

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Whale Watching Tour
Whale Watching Tour "North Stradbroke Island"

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Where to stay

Meriton Serviced Apartments Herschel Street
Meriton Serviced Apartments Herschel Street

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3. 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.

Perfect for: Eco-tourism and active holidays

What to do

Fraser Island Jet Ski Tour from Hervey Bay
Fraser Island Jet Ski Tour from Hervey Bay

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Fraser Island West Coast BBQ Lunch Cruise from Hervey Bay Including Kayaking and Swimming
Fraser Island West Coast BBQ Lunch Cruise from Hervey Bay Including Kayaking and Swimming

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Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Noosa or Rainbow Beach
Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Noosa or Rainbow Beach

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Where to stay


4. 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.

Perfect for: Sailing trips and beach holidaymakers

What to do

Whitsundays Sail and Snorkel at Blue Pearl Bay and Langford Reef
Whitsundays Sail and Snorkel at Blue Pearl Bay and Langford Reef

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Where to stay

Daydream Island Resort and Spa
Daydream Island Resort and Spa

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5. 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.

Perfect for: Photo ops and once-in-a-lifetime experiences

What to do

Create your own personalised tour of Tropical North Queensland Australia
Create your own personalised tour of Tropical North Queensland Australia

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Great Barrier Reef 1 hour Scenic Flight
Great Barrier Reef 1 hour Scenic Flight

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Where to stay

Beachview Apartments at Villa Paradiso
Beachview Apartments at Villa Paradiso

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Central Plaza Port Douglas Apartments
Central Plaza Port Douglas Apartments

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6. 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.

Perfect for: Relaxing beach breaks and close animal encounters.

What to do

Snorkelling Adventure Sunshine Coast
Snorkelling Adventure Sunshine Coast

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Australia Zoo and Sunshine Coast Day Trip from Brisbane
Australia Zoo and Sunshine Coast Day Trip from Brisbane

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Where to stay

Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas
Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

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Looking for other family parks? Check out Turu for more family friendly accommodation.

Family Holiday Queensland Islands

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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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at finder.com.au. On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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