With spring nearly upon us, we know that warm weather is on its way. Celebrate the coming sunshine with a family break in sunny Queensland. Blessed with beautiful beaches and plenty of family friendly activities, the state of Queensland is perfect for a short break getaway with the kids. From the picturesque shores of Daydream Island to the thrill rides of the Gold Coast’s theme parks, Queensland will have the kids enjoying Aussie surf, sun and sand.
Here are our top five destinations for family fun in Queensland.
Always a popular location for an Aussie break, the Gold Coast beckons many visitors to enjoy its pristine shores every year. Surfers Paradise, the beating heart of the Gold Coast, boasts a three kilometre beach, perfect for swimming, surfing or sunbaking. For a spot of shopping, wander the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Markets in the afternoon with over 120 colourful stalls or visit the large shopping centre, Centro Surfers Paradise. Enjoy a fun day out at one of the four fabulous theme parks, Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet ‘n’ Wild or Movie World. Cuddle a koala at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or take a family picnic to the Gold Coast Hinterland.
Situated at the top end of Queensland, is the exclusive beach town Port Douglas. Boasting a warm tropical climate, a stunning 4 mile coconut tree lined beach and a vibrant esplanade, Port Douglas is a fun-loving family holiday destination. Most activities here revolve around the great outdoors, with the spectacular Daintree Rainforest to the west and the Great Barrier Reef to the east. Enjoy the laid back seaside markets every Sunday morning or take the kids for a ride on the historic Bally Hooley steam train. Be sure to also taste sumptuous Pacific Rim cuisine while you’re in town.
The Sunshine Coast is a fantastic family friendly destination, with many golden beaches, national parklands and vibrant shopping and dining opportunities. Enjoy a stay at one of the high rise resorts situated along the beachfront at Mooloolaba. Take the kids to enjoy the calm waters of Mooloolaba Beach, one of the safest swimming beaches on the Sunshine Coast. Visit Underwater World, where little ones can touch a starfish and see fascinating marine animals including seals, sting rays, sharks and turtles. The Sunshine Coast is also home to the world class Australia Zoo and the quirky theme park Aussie World. The multi award winning Ginger Factory is also worth a look.
This tropical city in North Queensland has more than its fair share of fantastic attractions. Cairns is the perfect gateway to diving and snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef or visiting the lush Daintree Rainforest. Spend time in the sun at one of Cairn’s coastal beaches or lounge by the beachfront saltwater lagoon. Enjoy a Skyrail ride on the city’s Rainforest Cableway to soar high above the tree tops or fly through the forest on a jungle canopy surfing tour. Visit the Cairns Go Kart track for some fast paced thrills or venture to Hartleys Creek Crocodile Adventure Park.
Part of the Whitsundays, Daydream Island is a peaceful oasis nestled in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Home to just one giant resort, this small island is nature’s playground for all ages. Visit the Living Reef, one of the world’s largest man made living coral reef lagoons. This outdoor aquarium is perfect for kids with over eighty different types of sea life. Enjoy the turquoise waters of the island’s beautiful beach with a variety of water sports such as parasailing, jet skiing or sail boarding. Hop on board a glass bottom tinny for a fun fishing experience or take a cruise over to the famous Whitehaven Beach.
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