We’ve gathered together a diverse selection of 50 fantastic holidays for families – from exotic and exciting overseas destinations to holiday parks, museums, zoos and attractions, South Pacific resorts and, in Australia, from Tassie to the Top End, WA to the Whitsundays, coastal and inland locales.
It’s not just about where to stay – it’s also about what to see, what to do and amazing discoveries.
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Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California is a winner with kids and grown-ups alike. Encompassing two parks – Disneyland Park (Walt Disney’s original theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – this one-of-a-kind Resort never fails to impress with fun attractions for every family member – from colourful journeys that little ones will love to exciting thrill rides for bigger and braver kids and the new Cars Land just adding to the magic.
Join Mickey and Minnie for the ultimate Disney experience as you check in to one of three unique hotels within the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. Whether it’s the Disneyland Hotel, with classic styling that pays tribute to the park’s 1955 opening, to the luxurious Grand Californian Hotel & Spa or the Paradise Pier Hotel, guests of all ages will be charmed.
The Disney FASTPASS Service can save you time by reducing the time you spend in line for attractions.
With five brands in six tropical destinations, Centara Hotels & Resorts, as well as being Thailand’s leading hotel chain, continues to expand across Asia and beyond and has plenty of holiday options to keep everyone happy – especially the kids.
With Centara you have a great choice of tropical destinations including Thailand, Vietnam, Bali in Indonesia, the Maldives, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. There are five Centara brands to choose from, from the top brand Centara Grand Resorts with their professionally run kids’ clubs, through to smaller boutique properties and self-catering serviced apartments. All share the distinctive, warm hospitality of Centara’s Thai homeland.
Centara has the lot, ranging from all-action family resorts through to quiet hideaways. Pick from family-size rooms and suites, rooms with separate areas for the youngsters or villas with their own pool and enjoy sublime spas, amazing water parks and terrific restaurants.
Centara Grand Resorts offer an abundance of attractions, leisure activities and supervised activities especially for children.
When it comes to natural beauty, rich history, vibrant hybrid culture and a host of things to do, Norfolk Island ticks all the boxes. There are many natural attractions, with Emily Bay one of the most beautiful in the world and boasting a boomerang curve of white sand, lapped by turquoise water usually only seen in brochures. Slaughter Bay, just next door, is great for snorkelling.
There are many great bushwalks, including Rocky Point Reserve with its enormous Moreton Bay figs, Norfolk pines and rugged coastal scenery, or if you love fishing, drop a line off Cascade or Kingston wharves or at Bomboras.
Go scuba diving, horseriding, sea kayaking to beautiful Cathedral Rock, mountain biking or enjoy a round of golf. Take a tour of the former convict settlement at Kingston, take in the Mutiny on the Bounty show and visit Cyclorama for an unusual look at the island’s history. There’s even a Norfolk Island Holiday Kids Klub that operates in January.
Hit the shops and pick up some of the cheapest Lego in the world.
Families from around the world planning their holiday in beautiful Hawaii can count on Hawaii’s premier tour, transportation and entertainment experts, Roberts Hawaii to show the way.
Their popular family tours include the Ali`i Kai Catamaran Cruise along the golden Waikiki coastline, with live music, a clambake dinner and Polynesian entertainment; a magical night at the world-class Magic of Polynesia show where families will be enthralled by exciting illusions, light-hearted humor and dramatic fire-knife dancing; and The Waikiki Ocean Club, moored 300 yards off Waikiki Beach, with 10,000 square feet of outdoor deck space, three diving platforms, a 15-foot slide, snorkelling gear, kayaks, banana boat ride, jet skis, and onboard refreshments.
Roberts Hawaii also offers a variety of guided tours to explore Oahu’s many highlights including the island’s famed surfing beaches and Pearl Harbor plus day-trips to some of Oahu’s neighboring islands including Hawai`i (also known as the Big Island), Kauai and Maui. There is also an Express Shuttle service for fast, convenient and friendly service between the Honolulu International Airport and hotel.
The Ali`i Kai Catamaran Cruise on a Friday evening has an extended sail to take in Waikiki’s spectacular weekly fireworks show.
With flippers, fur, feathers, fantastic food, fast cars and motorbikes and family fun Phillip Island packs plenty of punch. An easy 90 minute drive from Central Melbourne, Phillip Island is an extraordinary family holiday destination that offers a wealth of natural experiences and popular tourist attractions to please every member of the family.
Renowned for its fairy penguins Phillip Island is also home to a giant wooden maze and fun illusions at Amaze’N Things, the yummy Chocolate Factory, Ryhll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm and so much more.
Get up close with fairy penguins at the world-famous nightly Phillip Island Penguin Parade
Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and is a must on any South African adventure.
Take the kids up the cable car to Table Mountain for a stunning view over the city. Stroll around the Victoria and Albert waterfront and let the kids pick a bag of special stones at Scratch Patch – the floor is covered in semi-precious stones! Join a tour to explore Cape Point with its many attractions – swim with African Penguins at Boulders Beach, visit the World of Birds in Hout Bay or chill out at pretty Fish Hoek beach. At Cape Point, walk
the Shipwreck Trail, visit the Nature Reserve, ride the Flying Dutchman funicular up to the old lighthouse and take selfies at the Cape of Good Hope.
Visit the Castle of Good Hope and watch the daily key ceremony.
If you are looking for a whole new way to holiday with your family, check out NRMA Holiday Parks.
Set in four pristine locations along Australia’s east coast – Gold Coast, Darlington Beach, Umina and Merimbula – NRMA Holiday Parks allow you to do it all, or do nothing at all. Whether you are chasing action-packed family adventures, traditional beach holidays or nature-based camping retreats, NRMA Holiday Parks has it all and more!
All four parks have daily kids club activities plus fantastic resort-style pools, jumping pillows and fun kids playgrounds. Treasure Island Holiday Park (Gold Coast) and Ocean Beach Holiday Park (Umina) now have brand new pirate-themed waterparks! Other park facilities may include tennis courts, basketball courts, games room, golf course, lawn bowls, archery, a BMX track, go kart hire and beach volleyball, depending on the location.
Each park offers a range of family accommodation from luxury five-star cabins to ‘glamping’ sites and tent sites and all parks feature onsite restaurants and cafes that can easily cater for all dietary requirements.
You can join the NRMA More for Members Benefit Program onsite from just $26.70, saving you up to 50% across ALL kids activities, discounts on your stay and priority check-in.
It’s not called Paradise Resort for nothing! What family wouldn’t love this two-hectare oasis with beaches and the Gold Coast’s mega attractions a mere stone’s throw away? With a host of accommodation options to suit all families from Standard Resort Rooms, Family Rooms with a second bedroom, Interconnecting Rooms or Junior Bunkhouses, there is something to suit families of all sizes and shapes.
Zone 4 Kids is a veritable kiddie utopia. The kids club caters for babies and toddlers right through to 12 year olds with children separated into groups to ensure age-appropriate care and activities. Meanwhile mum and dad can beat a retreat to the Resort’s day spa knowing the children are in safe hands. Amongst a raft of other activities, the resort’s two new waterparks, a new ice skating rink called the Chill Zone, a new pool, two spas, a new adventure playground and rock climbing will ensure that your kids will never want to leave.
Paradise Resort is the only resort in the Southern Hemisphere to have a permanent ice-skating rink!
Accessible only by 4WD vehicle, Eurong Beach Resort offers a magical beachfront position on stunning Seventy-Five Mile Beach and is the ideal hub for exploring spectacular Fraser Island – the world’s largest sand island and Mecca for nature-loving families.
Accommodation is designed to suit every budget and family with their spacious self-contained hotel units offering a small kitchenette, bathroom, telephone, TV and private balconies or shared terraces. The larger self-contained, two-bedroom apartments also offer private balconies and full kitchens. If you’d prefer not to do the cooking, there’s a café and bakery plus Eurong Beach Resort’s restaurant and bar which serves buffet and a la carte meals overlooking the inviting lagoon style swimming pool.
Leave the driving to an expert local guide and take a Fraser Explorer Tour or take to the sky with a joy flight for amazing views.
Marvel at the wonder of Wollongong – NSW’s third largest city. Located on a narrow coastal strip along the Pacific Ocean and bordered by the Illawarra Escarpment in the west, the stunning Royal National Park to the north and tranquil Lake Illawarra to the south, Wollongong and its surrounds makes a perfect playground for families who enjoy the great outdoors.
Savour the region’s highly popular attractions from one of the Wollongong City Tourist Parks, strategically located at Bulli, Corrimal and Windang beaches. These Parks offer a range of accommodation options, including standard and deluxe one, two or three-bedroom cabins, plus unpowered, powered and ensuite caravan and camping sites, with facilities like camp kitchens, barbeque areas, guest laundries, kids’ playgrounds and cafes to make your stay comfortable.
Take advantage of the scenic coastal cycleway to recreational activities including patrolled swimming, surfing, fishing, boating and the harbourside boardwalk – the Blue Mile and be sure to plan a visit to the Science Centre & Planetarium or Symbio Wildlife Park.
Kids stay free, strict terms and conditions apply.