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.
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41. Sea World Resort & Water Park, Gold Coast, Queensland
No family holiday on the Gold Coast is complete without a visit to Sea World. Sensational Sea World Resort has been winning awards for family excellence for over 20 years and is the first hotel in Queensland ever to be awarded a place in the Queensland Hotel Association’s Hall of Fame. Located right on the doorstep of Sea World theme park, Sea World Resort guarantees a great Gold Coast family holiday. The kids will love the newly upgraded Kids’ Club with specially designed SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer activities and programs.
Take the monorail around the whole park and get a bird’s eye view of all the action below before planning a whole day of rides for all ages, animal attractions (including polar bears and penguins), the amazing underwater viewing of Shark Bay, the world’s first SpongeBob SquarePants Parade and all the action of Castaway Bay plus once-in-a-lifetime experiences to get up close and personal with stingrays, sharks, dolphins and seals.
An exclusive for resort guests, kids can meet their favourite Nickelodeon characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick, Dora, Diego and friends!
42. The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali
Nestled on a white sandy beach on Bali’s southern coast, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua is a lavish 5 Star holiday haven for families. The resort’s expansive Family Suites have two bedrooms and a family room and with three pools, including one with a 12 metre waterslide, there will be plenty of water action.
The Westin Kids Club has been recently upgraded with three age-appropriate, carefully-monitored areas for children and teens. The toddlers area is fully-supervised, the area for 4-12 year olds includes a climbing wall and the brand new Teen Zone is definitely a cool space to hang out!
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua is home to one of Bali’s only dedicated kids spas where little ones can be treated to massages, mini facials and mani-pedis.
43. Embassy Suites – Waikiki Beach Walk Hawaii
The only all-suite nationally-branded resort in Hawaii, Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk is the perfect spot for your family to enjoy a blissful Hawaiian break. The Grand Lanai is a beautifully indulgent complex which incorporates sundeck, pavilion seating area and pool right in the heart of the Waikiki Beach Walk, a vibrant area where visitors can enjoy great boutiques, entertainment and dining.
For families, Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk’s comfortable one and two-bedroom serviced apartments provide heaps of space with private bedrooms, separate living rooms with sleeper-sofa and a mini-kitchen all just steps away from the world-famous Waikiki Beach!
What really sweetens a stay at the Embassy Suites-Waikiki Beach Walk is the range of added-value amenities including full cooked-to-order breakfast daily and nightly poolside receptions, featuring an assortment of complimentary coldies and nibbles.
Don’t miss out on family-fun activities like hula lessons, pineapple tossing or a conch-blowing challenge.
44. BIG4 Holiday Parks, Australia-wide
Taking the kids on a special holiday and keeping them amused has never been easier. BIG4 Holiday Parks offer a family holiday experience that’s got it all and with more than 180 locations to choose from Australia-wide, whether it’s a city stay, seaside escape, country retreat or farm stay you’re looking for, there’s a park to fit every family’s holiday destination wishlist.
Each BIG4 Holiday Park is unique and offers guests the freedom to do what they want and be who they want, to sleep under the stars or in five-star luxury with accommodation options ranging from camping and caravan sites to premier self-contained holiday cabins from budget to five-star.
Kids love the parks’ giant jumping pillows, adventure playgrounds and swimming pools and parents will enjoy the time out, so whether you’re returning to your favourite BIG4 Holiday Park and catching up with old friends or making new ones, BIG4’s family family-friendly parks are the perfect location for a great holiday.
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45. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
You can’t visit Canberra and not visit the city’s amazing galleries and the National Gallery of Australia, the largest art gallery in the country, is the cream of the crop.
Boasting collections that include more than 160,000 works of art across four main areas, Australian art, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander art, Asian art and European and American art, as well as world-class exhibitions, The National Gallery of Australia is an art lover’s heaven. Their latest exhibition showcases the treasures of ancient Peru. More than 200 objects from the Incan empire and earlier, including dazzling gold, ornate jewellery, intricately embroidered fabrics and amazing ceramics, have to be seen to be believed! In the Gold and the Incas exhibition Family Activity Room kids can discover the Peruvian way of life with fabulous hands on craft and learning opportunities, interactive treasure-filled tunnels and colourful dress ups with feathered masks and elaborate costumes.
Until 6th April 2014, the gorgeous children’s exhibition, Toyshop, with its collection of toys made in different styles and mediums from around the world, is not to be missed.
46. Plantation Island Resort, Fiji
Nestled in a protected, tranquil lagoon fringed with coconut palms, seven kilometres of soft white sandy beach and clear blue water as far as the eye can see, Plantation Island Resort, in Fiji’s Mamanuca Islands group, offers fabulous family accommodation in traditional bures or hotel-style rooms and a good choice of dining experiences as well as a resort supermarket.
There are loads of leisure activities including cooking lessons, massage, free non-motorised water activities and fun cultural evenings. Children aged four to 12 will love the Coconut Kids Club plus crab racing, longboat rides, fish feeding, traditional arts and crafts and more. If that’s not enough the resort also boasts several pools, a nine-hole golf course and affordable nanny and child-minding options.
The resort’s Lairo Club for kids 12 – 16 years is perfect for tweens and teens.
47. Roar & Snore, Taronga Zoo, Sydney, New South Wales
Roar & Snore is a fully hosted first-class sleepover experience which incorporates fabulous animal interaction, million-dollar Sydney Harbour views and luxurious tented accommodation in the heart of Australia’s most famous Zoo.
Enjoy a sumptuous roast feast and drinks and nibbles in the main tent as the sun goes down over the city followed by the amazing night safari tour without the bustling crowds. Wake early to a glorious sunrise and the roars, tweets, squeals and trumpets of the animals. Then there’s time for a light breakfast and behind-the-scenes exclusive animal interactions before you’re left to explore the zoo at your leisure.
Get up-close and personal with some of the Zoo’s friendliest creatures including elephants, giraffes, cuddly koalas and slithering snakes.
48. Rendezvous Reef Resort, Port Douglas, Queensland
Located in in the popular family playground of Port Douglas, Rendezvous Reef Resort is a wonderful full-service resort offering the freedom of self-catered accommodation in stylish and spacious villas set in 15 acres of lush tropical gardens.
Here there are innumerable ways for families to enjoy their days – from swimming in the three lagoon-style pools (including a children’s swimming pool) or enjoying a game of tennis, to frolicking in the children’s playground or relaxing over a barbeque with family and friends.
Located just 2km from Four Mile Beach and Port Douglas village, the Resort offers families a choice of one, two or three-bedroom villas each with a fully-equipped kitchen, laundry, separate lounge and dining area.
If you don’t feel like cooking, why not savour a delicious meal at the resort’s Straits Cafe which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
49. Mammoth Lakes, California, USA
Mammoth Lakes is a veritable family playground and while many Australians head here in winter to ski and snowboard on Mammoth Mountain, it is just as much fun in summer!
There really is a mammoth amount of choice when it comes to things to do and most of the big attractions are outdoors. If your family loves to fish, hike or ride a bike, the abundant fresh air and stunning Eastern Sierra mountain scenery, makes Mammoth Lakes magic.
One of the highlights of a summer visit is Bodie State Park, a National Historic Site. The kids might think that anything historic is boring, but watch their eyes light up when you tell them it’s a real, dead, ghost town! Once bustling with a population of around 10,000, it looks much like it did 65 years ago but with no people … except for tourists – and the odd ghost! There is a museum and you can join a tour around the camp – if you dare.
Sign up for a guided kayak tour of Mono Lake. Spectacular!
50. Central Coast Holiday Parks, New South Wales
Just an hour’s drive from Sydney and Newcastle, the Wyong Shire is renowned for its beautiful waterways, patrolled beaches, secluded bays and kid-friendly atmosphere and Central Coast Holiday Parks offer great places for visiting families to stay with four fantastic locations and accommodation options to suit all family sizes and budgets.
Toowoon Bay Holiday Park is located near beaches including Shelley Beach, Toowoon Bay Beach and Little Bay (perfect for little ones) and is just a stone’s throw from The Entrance. Only 300 metres from Soldiers Beach, Norah Head Holiday Park offers the chance to explore quiet rock pools, safe beaches and the amazing Norah Head lighthouse. Canton Beach Holiday Park, in the peaceful park surroundings of the Tuggerah Lakes foreshore, exudes a relaxing coastal township ambience. Budgewoi Holiday Park in Lake Munmorah welcomes fishermen and water sports-loving families all year round and with a grassy lakeside foreshore there’s plenty of space and playgrounds for kids to let off steam.
In addition to numerous caravan and camping sites, Central Coast Holiday Parks offer a wide variety of spacious cabins to suit all budgets.