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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Clermont Historical Centre - 100 Objects

Clermont, Isaac Area
From AU$3 - 15
Weekly from 6 March – 25 December 2019
Clermont’s history is set to be unveiled in a revealing exhibition for the first time. The 100 Objects collection is the latest creation from Clermont Historical Centre. The vast assortment represents Clermont’s eclectic and colourful past.

Jericho Tourism Market Day

Jericho, Barcaldine Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 March – 12 October 2019
Come on down to the Jericho Tourism Market Day! Monthly markets - pancakes, sausages, coffee, cold drinks. Stall holder tables are available for AUD5. Open 9.30am to 12pm. The second Saturday of every month during the cooler months.

Natural Curiosity: Discovering the secrets of Queensland's Greatest Collections

Townsville City, Townsville Area
6 April – 10 November 2019
An exhibition created by the Museum of Tropical Queensland. We are all curious about the natural world. We are intrigued by how things began, what they are like now and how they will be in the future.

Sunshine Coast Lightning

Sippy Downs, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$15.00 - 117.00
27 April – 15 September 2019
The Sunshine Coast Lightning netball franchise is a joint venture between Melbourne Storm Rugby League Club and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and was established in late 2016. The Club is based at USC’s Sippy Downs campus, on the Sunshine Coast in south-east Queensland.

Drawing Machines

Ipswich Area
Free Entry
27 May – 15 September 2019
Swinging pendulums, turning cogs and spinning discs… come and play with the drawing machines! Make a frenzy of marks with wind-up mice and chickens. Swing the pendulum table and see magic spirals appear.

Quandamooka Festival 2019

North Stradbroke Island,
1 June – 31 August 2019
Quandamooka Festival, held over three winter months, returns in 2019 to coastal region of East Brisbane with up to 55 events including whale watching cultural tours, Kunjiels (corroborees), Indigenous sports, music, eco boat tours, art exhibitions, fibre art and weaving workshops, bush tucker dining, arts and cultural talks by specialists and new events featuring international acts and First Nations dancers and performances - something to suit all ages!

Margaret Olley: A Generous Life

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
13 June – 13 October 2019
‘A Generous Life’ examines the legacy and influence of the much-loved Australian artist, Margaret Olley (1923–2011) who spent a formative part of her career in Brisbane. A charismatic character who exerted a lasting impact on many artists as a mentor and friend over several decades was also a muse for artists from William Dobell to Jeffrey Smart.

Ferrari Park Markets Laidley

Laidley, Lockyer Valley Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 22 June 2019 – 25 January 2020
Take home some fresh local produce and home-made treats from one of their local country markets. You'll also find collectables, arts and crafts, books and lots of other goodies. Laidley Markets are held on the fourth Saturday of the Month in Ferrari Park Patrick Street, Laidley from 6am to 12pm.

Quilty

South Brisbane, Brisbane Area
Free Entry
29 June – 13 October 2019
‘Quilty’ is the first major survey exhibition in a decade of one of Australia’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Ben Quilty. The exhibition extends from Quilty’s early reflections on the initiation rituals performed by young Australian men to his experience as an official war artist in Afghanistan and his campaign to save the lives of Bali Nine pair Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast 30th Birthday

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$21 - 30
1 – 31 August 2019
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast (formerly Underwater World) is turning 30! For three decades, it’s been a favourite with local families and those making a day trip from Brisbane. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is celebrating turning 30 during the whole month of August with AUD30 entry for adults and AUD21 entry for children.
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