Families

If you have little people to consider in your holiday planning, you’ve come to the right place.  Queensland is king for family friendly holidays from learning to surf and theme parks to hands-on animal encounters and getting busy at museums, your kids will have a fab time in the sunshine state (and we’re pretty sure you will too!).

  • Gold Coast – Land of the theme parks, mini golf, kids club and plenty of sweet spots to learn to surf like Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta.  Swap your beachy backdrop for lush green rainforest in the Gold Coast Hinterland. There’s loads of walks and waterfalls to tick off the list.  Meet loads of Australia’s favourite birds and wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Brisbane – Sneakily educate your youngins at one the awesome kid-friendly exhibitions at a museum or gallery or meet and meet some cute Australian animals at Lone Pine. Brisbane has loads of outdoorsy activities for families like kayaking, rock climbing and segways. To keep your cool head to Stradbroke or Moreton Island or the Southbank Pool.
  • Sunshine Coast – Swim at kid friendly beaches like Bulcock beach at Caloundra where you’ll find sweet ice cream spots to enjoy after a dip, find a short walk around Noosa National Park (keep an eye out for koalas!) and make sure you have enough time and energy to nail Australia Zoo.  
  • Southern Queensland Country – Feed cows, chickens, pigs and other cuties at a farm stay or road trip around the region in search of water holes and waterfalls. After all of that you'll be famished so head to Stanthorpe for some fresh fruit picking (and eating!).
  • Outback Queensland – Dig for dinosaurs, meet a bilby, star gaze at the Cosmos Centre, climb Big Red near Birdsville, check out country life on a farm stay or learn more about our heritage.
  • Fraser Coast – Meet the migrating humpback whales from June to November each year. The kids will love seeing these impressive mammals for the first time in Queensland.  Fraser Island is also popular for kids of all ages with day tours and camping on the island.  There’s even a Junior Eco Ranger program at Kingfisher Bay Resort with bush and beach walks, star gazing and campfire fun.  Grab your reel and rod and teach the kids to fish off the piers in Hervey Bay or the beach at Burrum Heads.
  • Bundaberg – Two glorious words. ICE CREAM. Check out two of Queensland’s best spots to get your dairy down, Mammino’s and Nana’s Pantry. Also see the circle of life in full swing from November til February at Mon Repos Turtle Experience.  The mums lay their eggs from November and the baby turtles rise from the sands and race for the seas from January. It’s turtley awesome!
  • Gladstone – Snorkel right off the beach at Heron Island or get off the grid and neigh all the way on horseback at Kroombit Tops National Park.
  • Capricorn – Let the kids go batty at the Capricorn Caves or if you need some serious family time, take an island escape and head to Great Keppel Island
  • Mackay – Take a day trip and head to Eungella National Park to meet a platypus.  The best times to spot these cute furry critters is at dawn and dusk (they play bingo at the Eimeo Pub during the day).  Go all Tarzan and fly through the forest at Finch Hatton Gorge.  For early birds, head to Cape Hillsborough National Park at sunrise and get face to face with wallabies and kangaroos.
  • The Whitsundays – The Whitsundays island resort kids clubs and reef ranger programs are super fun, plus there’s loads of snorkelling straight off the beach.  The Whitsundays is the perfect place to learn to sail and if your kids like big things, you’ll have to get a family pic with the Big Mango in Bowen. The Airlie Beach Lagoon is a cool spot when things get a little steamy.
  • Townsville North Queensland – ReefHQ is the world's largest living coral reef aquarium and is a fab place to learn about the Great Barrier Reef. Don’t miss the turtle hospital.  You’ll find great playgrounds (and gelato options) along the Strand. For koala encounters in the wild, jump on the ferry to Magnetic Island.
  • Tropical North Queensland – If the kids are keen to try to find Nemo on the Great Barrier Reef, stay on Green Island or take a day trip to the reef and snorkel or learn to dive (you have to be 8 years for a PADI Bubblemaker experience).  Swim closer to home at the Cairns Lagoon. North of Cairns, the family can learn to throw a boomerang, play the didgeridoo and collect bush tucker. Or explore the lush bushland, waterfalls and rainforest on the back of a horse or on board a quad bike. There’s also the Cairns Tropical Zoo, Wildlife Habitat, Kuranda Sky Rail and tropical treats to be tasted in the Atherton Tablelands.

 

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Family Friendly Beaches

Queensland has more than its share of popular beaches, but sand and surf don’t always spell a relaxing day at the coast when you have little ones running around. With plenty of rock pools to explore, calm surf for little swimmers and sand for budding sand castle enthusiasts, we decided to do the homework for you. From the Gold Coast to the Tropical North, here’s our list of the best family friendly beaches in Queensland.

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Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

Broadbeach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Pacific Fair is the Gold Coast's unmissable shopping and dining destination, offering an expansive collection of luxury, iconic global brands and leading Australian retailers. With 400 stores, Pacific Fair offers a captivating blend of the world’s best brands, set amongst tropical landscapes and a unique outdoor ambience.

Whitsunday Segway Tours

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Ride your own Segway through the spectacular Conway National Park rainforest along the Whitsunday Great Walk. Surrounded by lush rainforest and flowing streams, their experienced tour guide will share interpretive commentary, highlighting the local flora and fauna and points of interest during the nine kilometre round journey.

Aquarius Sail and Snorkel

Multiple Locations
Experience the ultimate in luxury sailing and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef with an Aquarius reef cruise from Port Douglas to the outer Great Barrier Reef. Aquarius is a 62-foot vessel carrying a maximum of 30 guests on a unique and personalised reef experience daily from Port Douglas.

Paradise Jet Boating

Multiple Locations
Experience Paradise Jet Boating's premium "Adventure Ride"... famous for its unique blend of thrills and adventure mixed with beautiful scenery and sightseeing. Paradise Jet Boating's premium adventure ride travels over 35 kilometres through Moreton Bay Marine Park.

Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) is located across two riverside buildings in South Bank’s Cultural Precinct. QAGOMA presents an evolving program of Australian and international exhibitions, with a focus on the contemporary art of Australia, Asia and the Pacific.

Ginger Factory

Yandina, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Open daily with free admission the iconic Ginger Factory is one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular tourist attractions. The park features great shopping facilities, modern dining, educational tours, fun rides, regular school holiday entertainment, an undercover playground, free wi-fi, and is surrounded by acres of beautiful sub-tropical gardens and walks.

Calypso Reef Cruises

Multiple Locations
Calypso Reef Cruises offers family cruises, reef tours and dive trips to the Great Barrier Reef for snorkelling and scuba diving. Agincourt Reef - Explore the very outer Great Barrier Reef in luxury and style with Calypso.

Pilgrim Sailing - Magnetic Island

Multiple Locations
Pilgrim Sailing offers small personalised lunchtime and twilight sailing cruises around Magnetic Island on a beautiful 58 foot yacht. Pilgrim is also available for private charter for the day - perfect for families or groups of friends to get together and explore the island.

Tangatours - Moreton Island

Multiple Locations
Operating on the beachfront of Tangalooma Island Resort, Tangatours is an exciting adventure and tourism operator which provides both land and water based activities to the resort and day guests. What a perfect way to spend a day in paradise, sailing along the crystal clear waters of Moreton Bay in one of their easy to use Catamarans, getting up close and personal with the large array of sea life on their fish feeding, snorkelling or diving tours and much much more!

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Smithfield, Cairns Area
From AU$53 - 215
Embark on a fascinating journey of discovery over and through the Wet Tropics Rainforest, home to the world’s oldest continually surviving tropical rainforest. Enjoy a truly unique perspective of Australia’s World Heritage listed tropical rainforest, gliding mere metres above the pristine canopy before descending to explore the forest floor at the Red Peak and Barron Falls.
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