Explore Queensland: 2024’s Best Resorts for Families

Travel 18 Jun 24 By

By a blue pool with palm trees and loungers a happy mother is holding a laughing sunglasses wearing son in a big inflatable swim ring

Plan your dream family vacation in Queensland! Check out our picks for the best family resorts, offering activities and relaxation for everyone.

Beautiful one day, perfect the next: Australia’s sunshine state, Queensland has long been a bucket list destination for families here in Australia and abroad. And it’s no wonder, with it’s natural wonders, idyllic weather, postcard perfect beaches, hinterland and rainforests there’s adventure and relaxation of offer in equal measure.

That all being said, it’s also HUGE! Queensland is big ole state, so where oh where do you go to stay and play with your family?

Experience the magic of Queensland with your family

Our guide to the best family Queensland Island resorts, Gold Coast resorts, Sunshine Coast resorts and North Queensland resorts guarantees an adventure for all ages and interests.

The best Queensland island resorts for families

Find out which Queensland island resorts top the list for family vacations. Our guide highlights the best spots that will keep kids entertained and parents relaxed.

A family enjoying the pool at Daydream Island resort

Daydream Island Resort

Daydream Island, Whitsundays, Queensland 4741

Daydream Island Resort is a tropical haven for families. With an array of activities on offer across the island each day, guests can explore the island and surrounding Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Resort features:

  • Cockatoo Club for kids
  • Child-friendly
  • Activities for kids
  • Outdoor pool
  • Adult-only pool
  • Water park
  • Lifeguard
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Fitness Centre
  • Beach access
  • Tennis
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Free wifi

Read our review of Daydream Island


The jetty at Tangalooma resort at sunset

Tangalooma Island Resort

Tangalooma, Moreton Island, Queensland 4025

Guests can choose to do as much or as little as they please at Tangalooma Island Resort, with over 50 activities on offer around the resort and island with the highlight being the famous dolphin feeding experience each evening!

Resort features:

  • Dining and Restaurants
  • Wild Dolphin Feeding
  • Land Based Activities and Tours
  • Water Based Activities and Tours
  • Free Activities
  • Resort Units
  • Family Suites
  • Beachfront Villas

Drone image of Lady Elliot Island

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

Reception Lady Elliot Island, Queensland 4805

Situated within a highly protected ‘Green Zone’ the coral cay is a sanctuary for over 1,200 species of marine life and is known for its abundance of manta rays, turtles, amazing array of spectacular marine life and unspoilt coral reef to explore!

Resort features:

  • Activities office
  • Beach volleyball court
  • Beachfront café and lagoon bar
  • Beachfront dining room
  • Children’s playground
  • Gift shop
  • Padi dive shop
  • Reef education centre
  • Salt water pool
  • Table tennis

Drone image of Kingfisher bay resort

Kingfisher Bay Resort K’gari

Kingfisher Bay, K’gari, Queensland 4581

With idyllic white beaches, endless sunshine, World Heritage wilderness to explore, it’s the perfect place to stay and unwind on island time. Take in the scenery from your private deck, or stroll down to the beach for a dip with nature right on your doorstep. 

Resort features:

  • Four lagoon-style pools
  • Outdoor hot tub
  • Three restaurants
  • Four bars
  • Gift shop
  • General Store
  • Island Day Spa
  • 4WD Hire
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Post box and stamps
  • Austec Playground
  • Tennis Courts
  • Water sports (available at the Sunset Bar)

A mum and two children walking along beachfront at Fitzroy Island resort

Fitzroy Island Resort

Fitzroy Island, Queensland 4870

Fitzroy Island is an unspoilt tropical paradise of rainforest and beaches within the calm sheltered waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Fitzroy Island is a National Park, discover spectacular walking trails, abundant marine life and local wildlife.

Resort features:

  • Outdoor resort pool
  • Swim up pool bar
  • Sports & activities hub
  • Weekly activity schedule
  • Children’s play room
  • Turtle Rehabilitation Centre
  • Free WiFi
  • Tour desk

Whitsunday Apartment Pool

Whitsunday Apartments Hamilton Island

14 Resort Dr, Whitsundays, Queensland 4802

Striking the perfect balance between the comfort and flexibility of self-catering amenities with the luxury of resort facilities, Whitsunday Apartments are designed to be your home away from-home on Hamilton Island.

Resort features:

  • Lagoon-style swimming pool
  • Heated Spa located poolside
  • Reception
  • Guest Lounge
  • Free In-room Wifi
  • Tour Desk
  • Golf buggy parking & Shuttle Service
  • Guest laundry

The best family resorts on the Gold Coast

Looking for a magical family vacation? Explore the best options for family travel on the Gold Coast – where kid-friendly meets luxury! Enjoy pools, games and more for an unforgettable stay.

Paradise Resort Gold Coast

122 Ferny Avenue, Surfers Paradise
Queensland 4217

Tailored for kids, teens, and parents alike, there truly is something for everyone at Paradise Resort Gold Coast to enjoy ensuring your holiday is jam-packed with fun. 

Resort features:

  • Waterpark, Pool, and Spa
  • Character Experiences
  • Giant Chess Board
  • Indoor Jungle Gym
  • Outdoor Adventure Playground
  • Trampolines
  • Movie Nights
  • Dunk Tank
  • Live Shows
  • Friendly Competitions
  • Kids Club & Teen Club
  • and much more!

Learn more about Paradise Resort Gold Coast here.


InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Manor Circle, Sanctuary Cove, Gold Coast, Queensland 4212, Australia

Discover tranquil moments as a family spent lounging beneath swaying palm trees, plunging into the resort’s iconic one-acre Lagoon Beach Pool, or passing by native families of grazing kangaroos at InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort!

Resort features:

  • Two Swimming Pools
  • Planet Trekkers Kids Club
  • Sanctuary Cove Country Club
  • Golfing Destination
  • The Marine Village and Marina on your doorstep

Learn more about InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort in our review here.


Family with nickelodeon characters at SeaWorld resort Gold Coast

SeaWorld Resort Gold Coast

Seaworld Dr, Main Beach, Queensland 4217, Australia

Book an unforgettable family holiday at Australia’s only theme park resort! More than just accommodation, Sea World Resort offers the perfect combination of fun, adventure and relaxation, guaranteed to keep the whole family happy. 

Resort features:

  • Gymnasium
  • Water Park
  • Resort Pool
  • Spa
  • SpongeBob Light Show & Aqua Play
  • Meet a Nickelodeon Character
  • Shoreline Restaurant
  • Hatsuhana Japanese Restaurant
  • Sea World Marine Park Next Door!

Read more about SeaWorld Resort Gold Coast here.


Pool and slide area at Turtle Beach resort Gold Coast Queensland

Turtle Beach Resort

2346 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach, Mermaid Beach, Queensland, 4218, Australia 

Turtle Beach Resort offers unparalleled facilities and activities to keep the kids entertained! Enjoy a cold drink on The Deck watching the kids run wild in the Splash Zone water park, or drop them into the Club Turtle Kids Club and escape for some quiet time in the Adults Only pool. Yes please!

Resort features:

  • Splash Zone Water Park
  • “The Deck” Restaurant and Bar
  • “Club Turtle” Kids Club
  • Deluxe Pools, Spas and Saunas
  • Putt-Putt, Cinema, Games Room and Playground
  • Tennis / Basketball Court and Gym
  • BBQ Areas, Tour Desk and more

Family enjoying the facilities at NRMA Treasure Island Holiday resort

NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort

117 Brisbane Rd, Biggera Waters, Queensland, 4216, Australia

With a year-round kids’ club, and an activities and events program that has something to delight every member of the family, this Gold Coast resort is definitely one to consider!

Resort features:

  • Year-round kids activities
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming pools
  • Pedal kart hire
  • Mini golf
  • BBQ
  • Bouncing pillow
  • Camp kitchen
  • Pet friendly
  • Access friendly accommodation
  • Basketball
  • Boat ramp
  • Camping, glamping and caravan sites
  • Cinema
  • Playground
  • Spa
  • Tennis
  • E-bike hire
  • EV charger

JW Marriott Gold Coast Resort and Spa

158 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, 4217, Australia

This five star family-friendly resort is in the heart of Surfers Paradise! Enjoy peaceful saltwater lagoons and an outdoor freshwater pool with a slide to a fitness centre and Sport Court, daily fish feeding, snorkeling in the saltwater lagoons and much more!

Resort features:

  • Activities for kids
  • Outdoor pool with fish feeding
  • Restaurant
  • Spa
  • Fitness center
  • 24 hour room service
  • Bicycle rental
  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis
  • Gift Shop

BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

66-86 Siganto Dr, Helensvale, Queensland, 4212, Australia

BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park is in the prime position to experience all the Gold Coast has to offer. This tropical park is the closest park to the Gold Coast Theme Parks with family and dog friendly accommodation.

Resort features:

  • Water/Splash Park
  • Pedal Go Karts
  • Playground
  • Pool
  • Pool – Heated
  • Pool Table
  • Spa
  • Sports Equipment Available
  • Table Tennis
  • Toddler Pool
  • Walking Tracks
  • Wide selection of accommodation available
  • Wildlife Viewing

The best family resorts on the Sunshine Coast

Searching for the best family resorts on the Sunshine Coast? Our detailed guide offers top picks with great amenities and kid-friendly activities to make your family trip unforgettable.

Mother and child enjoy pool at Novotel Sunshine Coast

Novotel Sunshine Coast

270 Ocean Drive, Twin Waters, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, 4564

Conveniently situated just five kilometers away from the Sunshine Coast Airport or an hour’s drive from Brisbane, the resort provides easy access to a plethora of unique attractions. Visitors can explore iconic destinations like Australia Zoo, made famous by the legendary Steve Irwin, the vibrant Eumundi Markets, Aussie World, Sea Life, and verdant hinterlands.

Resort features:

  • Cafe
  • Children’s Pool
  • Communal Lounge
  • Family Friendly
  • Games or recreation room
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Playground
  • Restaurant
  • Spa/Sauna
  • Swimming Pool
  • Free Wifi

Drone image of Rumba Resort

Rumba Beach Resort

10 Leeding Terrace, Caloundra, Queensland, 4551

The multi-award winning Rumba Beach Resort overlooks Bulcock Beach and Pumicestone Passage, the resorts location is second to none in Caloundra.

Resort features:

  • Cafe
  • Children’s Pool
  • Family Friendly
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor Dining Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Restaurant
  • Secure Parking
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tour Desk
  • Free Wifi

Family riding go karts at Rivershore resort

Ingenia Rivershore Resort

99 David Low Way, Diddillibah, Queensland 4559

When you’re not taking the little ones to your choice of the Sunshine Coast’s 30 beaches, Rivershore will keep you occupied with a water slide, playground and mini-golf onsite for the kids to enjoy!

Resort features:

  • Water Sports 
  • Fishing
  • Nature
  • Splashpark
  • Restaurant or Cafe
  • Swimming Pool
  • Mini Golf
  • WiFi (fee may apply)
  • Glamping
  • Playground
  • Camp Kitchen
  • BBQ Facilities
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Dump Point

BreakFree Sunshine Coast pool

BreakFree Alexandra Headland Beach

180 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland, Queensland, 4572

The kids faces will light up when they see the waterslide at this resort, which will keep them well entertained when you feel like relaxing by the pool!

Resort features:

  • Children’s Pool
  • Family Friendly
  • Gym
  • Playground
  • Spa/Sauna
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tour Desk

Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas pool

Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas

33A Viewland Dr, Noosa Heads, Queensland, 4567

Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas is the ideal location to immerse yourself in a laid-back beachside scene. The unique and distinct offering of both the resort and villas mean that there is something to suit everyone.

Resort features:

  • Day Spa
  • Games or recreation room
  • Gym
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tour Desk
  • Broadband Internet Access

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort water park

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort

2 Landsborough Parade, Caloundra, Queensland, 4551

The resort is set amongst 10 acres of landscaped palm gardens with the main restaurant surrounded by a tranquil waterlily filled lagoon. Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort provides guests with a variety of accommodation styles and an extensive array of resort facilities.

Resort features:

  • Barbeque
  • Children’s Pool
  • Communal Lounge
  • Games or recreation room
  • Laundry
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Swimming Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Tennis Court
  • Free Wifi

The best family resorts in North Queensland

Escape to North Queensland with your family and stay in the best family friendly accommodation. Explore, relax, and create lasting memories in a tropical paradise at one of the family-friendly resorts listed below.

Family of four enjoy Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort pool

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort

122 Lake St, Cairns City, Queensland, 4870

Novotel Cairns Oasis Resort offers an unforgettable stay for families of all sizes. With a range of room types, family friendly dining options, large tropical lagoon style pool and VIK Kids holiday program they’re sure to have the perfect accommodation suited to your needs.

Conveniently located near many family friendly attractions including the Cairns Aquarium (next door to the resort), The Esplanade, Great Barrier Reef, Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome and more, Novotel Cairns a great base to explore.


Family enjoying pool at Crystalbrook Riley Cairns

Crystalbrook Riley

131/141 Esplanade, Cairns City Queensland, 4870

This five star resort features 1,000 square metres of pool to play in, cabanas to laze, a short trip to the Cairns Aquarium and over 200 free in-room movies. What more could you want for a holiday with the whole family?

Book your next family vacation for:

  • Complimentary access for kids 3-14 years of age to the Cairns Aquarium
  • Kids to enjoy one complimentary meal with one paying adult at Paper Crane or poolside dining
  • Kids pack on arrival
  • Over 200 free in-room movies with your own popcorn maker
  • Opportunity to sign up and become a Junior Citizen of the Reef with the Crytsalbrook partner Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef, and SpongeBob
  • Plus join Crystalbrook Crowd and receive 10% off your stay and 10% off at all Crystalbrook Collection restaurants and bars

Kids enjoying the water park at BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut

BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut

23/51 Anderson Rd, Woree, Queensland, 4868

Set just seven minutes’ drive from Cairns’ CBD, Cairns Coconut is an 11-hectare landscaped tropical oasis loved by families.

Accommodation comes in a few shapes and sizes – with cabins, condos, villas, caravan sites and camping grounds available with two swimming pools, slides, splash park and pedal cars!

If timing your visit for school holidays, be sure to call ahead to find out what activities are planned in-park – so parents can have some well earnt downtime and kids can burn off energy.


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cairns

DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns

121-123 Esplanade, Cairns City, Queensland, 4870

Just walking distance from the centre of Cairns, restaurants, and the marina, DoubleTree by Hilton Cairns is just steps away from Cairns Aquarium, Cairns Art Gallery, the Esplanade Lagoon, and the city centre.

A major drawcard of DoubleTree Cairns is its proximity to Muddies Playground, one of the most popular playground for kids in Cairns.

Kids will also love the twice-weekly Baraamundi feeding in the resorts Barramundi ponds.


Two young girls enjoy the rooms at Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns

Shangri-La The Marina, Cairns

Pier Point Rd, Cairns City, Queensland, 4870

This hotel sits between Trinity Inlet, the Coral Sea and Cairns Esplanade! Laze by the swimming pool and sample the flavours of Far North Queensland in the waterside restaurant The Backyard.

This current offer helps make a Cairns holiday more affordable:

  • Booking Dates: 25 March 2024 to 31 December 2025
  • Stay Dates: 25 March 2024 to 31 December 2025
  • Length of Stay: Minimum 3 nights

This offer includes:

  • Daily breakfast for 2 adults and 2 kids in The Backyard
  • Unlimited ice cream by the pool for kids
  • Kids eat for free with a paying adult in The Backyard, Pool Bar or In-Room Dining, to choose from the kids menu
  • High-speed and restriction-free Wi-Fi and broadband internet access
  • *Kids are classified as 11 years and under

Go kart track at Cairns Colonial Club Resort

Cairns Colonial Club Resort

18-26 Cannon St, Manunda, Queensland, 4870

Set amidst 11 acres of spectacular rainforest gardens, the family-friendly Cairns Colonial Club houses 345 modern accommodation rooms, three gorgeous lagoon-style swimming pools, a man-made beach, a purpose-built Conference and Functions Centre plus Thirsty Flamingo Poolside Bar & Dining, a contemporary full-service restaurant.

An ideal access point for all major attractions including the reef and the rainforest.


Family enjoy the green landscaped grounds of Cairns Harbourside Hotel

Cairns Harbourside Hotel

209-217 Esplanade, Cairns North, Queensland, 4870

Book a two-room suite for you and your family for only $399 a night. Plus, kids under 12 eat FREE!

Unwind with room service cocktails or lounge by the sapphire blue outdoor pool. Wander the expansive grounds with colourful blooms and picnic-perfect lawns, or head out to explore the nearby Great Barrier Reef or Daintree!

The hotel boasts stunning water, mountain, and garden views from its 173 rooms, all with private balconies. The hotel’s Harbourside Bar & Kitchen offers a Farm-to-Table dining experience.


Arial shot of Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach

Castaways Resort and Spa Mission Beach

2 Pacific Parade, Mission Beach, Queensland, 4852

This really is the ultimate beachfront escape! Idyllically bound by the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest and positioned absolute beachfront with direct access to the 14 km long beautiful, white sandy beach you’ll find plentiful family adventure here. 

Castaways Resort and Spa offers a wide range of accommodation, with 47 Beachfront rooms and self-contained apartments, a private Beachside Villa and 18 lush Rainforest rooms spread over two centrally-located properties!


Peppers Blue on Blue Resort Magnetic Island

123 Sooning St, Nelly Bay, Queensland, 4819

Peppers Blue on Blue Resort is the perfect place to experience the great outdoors – whether you’re fishing or diving, exploring reefs or rainforests, biking or boating. For those desiring more leisurely pursuits, laze around the magnificent saltwater lagoon, stroll along the marina or dine at Boardwalk Restaurant and Bar.


Big 4 Ingenia Holidays Townsville

40371 Bruce Hwy, Deeragun, Townsville, Queensland, 4818

This holiday park is set up to make the most of the 320 days of sunshine North Queensland enjoys each year, with two resort-style pools and shaded gazebos for you to stay cool. The kids will be kept entertained with a water park, two playgrounds, a jumping cushion, volleyball court, basketball court, trikes and an 18-hole mini-golf course.


Seagulls resort Townsville foyer

Seagulls Resort

74 The Esplanade, Belgian Gardens, Queensland 4810

Set amongst three and a half acres of lush tropical gardens, their extensive facilities will help make your stay a comfortable and enjoyable one, such as an onsite restaurant, meeting facilities, guest laundry, free WiFi and parking.


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