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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Learn to Build the Sandcastle of your Dreams

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$35 - 45
22 October 2019 – 31 October 2020
Join them on one of their sandcastle workshops and learn all the secrets and tricks to build your own masterpiece. They offer a great chance to make your time in Noosa memorable and fun. Children and adults welcome.

CMC Rocks QLD 2020

Willowbank, Ipswich Area
From AU$85 - 349
22 March 2020 – 20 March 2021
CMC Rocks Queensland is the biggest international country and roots festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Delivering an explosive array of international and national country music superstars, over three massive days and nights at Willowbank Raceway, Ipswich.

Ma Ma Creek Markets

Ma Ma Creek, Lockyer Valley Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 May – 13 June 2020
Come down to the Ma Ma Creek Community Centre on the second Saturday of the month to visit the Ma Ma Creek markets and enjoy the variety that the stalls have to offer. Due to current advice on public gatherings, please contact the host of this event to confirm it is proceeding as planned.

Free Guided Maryborough Heritage Walk Tour

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Free Entry
25 – 30 May 2020
Take a guided walking tour of the city with one of our local guides. Dressed in period costume, the guide will help you discover Maryborough's colourful past and take you back to a time when Maryborough was a thriving port, and the place where about 22,000 free settlers took their first steps on Australian soil.

Opera in the Caves

The Caves, Livingstone Area
From AU$49 - 85
29 – 31 May 2020
Opera Underground! Literally! The Underground Opera Company is pleased to announce their latest concerts at The Capricorn Caves, Rockhampton. The Cathedral is the show-piece of the Capricorn Caves and will provide the most unique, intimate opera and light opera concert you will have ever experienced, with some of the best voices you will have heard, in an environment you may never have seen.

Twilight Makers Market

Cleveland,
Free Entry
Monthly from 30 May 2020
The Twilight Makers Market located in Cleveland on the boardwalk of the Raby Bay Harbour is a monthly market featuring creative and handmade goods by local artisans. The Twilight Makers Market is held from 4pm to 8pm once a month and is a great outing for the whole family.

Wondai Country Markets

Wondai, South Burnett Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 30 May 2020
The Wondai Country Markets are getting bigger and better every month. Managed by the Wondai Regional Art Gallery, the markets operate in Coronation Park, MacKenzie Street, in the Wondai Central Business District every fourth Saturday of the month, from 7am til 12pm.

Kuraby Farmers Market

Kuraby, Brisbane Area
30 May 2020
The Kuraby Farmers and Food Markets is the perfect place to shop, eat and relax at your local weekend market. It is packed with loads of fruit and vegetable sellers, growers, traditional foods, arts and crafts, second hand items, freshly brewed coffee, freshly baked breads, fresh seafood, premium meats, unique and handmade items, jewellery, clothing and loads of activities for the kids.

Rock Climbing - Gold Coast

Palm Beach, Gold Coast Area
From AU$12.15 - 12.15
Weekly from 30 May 2020
Want to experience the thrill of climbing an artificial vertical rock face over nine and a half metres high? The Rock Face is open to the public at the Gold Coast Recreation Centre, with walls offering over 10 different climbs of varying degrees of difficulty.

Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets

Whitsundays, Whitsunday Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 30 May 2020
The Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets are located on the foreshore of Airlie Beach, every Saturday morning. Complete with local produce, art, craft and all locally made souvenirs, it is a great place to spend some time, have a coffee or purchase a unique gift.
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