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Exploring Australia's East Coast with Ingenia Holidays

Aleney De Winter follows the road north to chase the sunshine with Ingenia Holidays.

Port Stephens

Just a few hours north of Sydney is the 98,000-hectare Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park, a watery paradise for families offering incredible boating, fishing, scuba, snorkelling and seasonal whale watching.

If your family prefers their adventures on the dry side, take a hike along one of Tomaree National Park’s tranquil trails or a guided koala-spotting walk in the Tilligerry Habitat State Reserve.

Adventurous families can also rev up a quad bike, ride a horse or camel through the dunes, or grab a board to surf the sand at nearby Stockton Beach, Australia’s largest coastal sand dune system.

Sunshine secret For up-close and personal dolphin experiences, join Port Stephens’ resident dolphins in the water on a wild dolphin swimming experience.

Stay

Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach boasts a swimming pool, a jumping cushion, mini-golf, kids’ club, games room and more. Plus, there is direct beach access and 26 pristine beaches right on the park’s doorstep.

BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Soldiers Point offers swimming pools, a purpose-built bike track, pedal karts, a splash park and playground, and easy access to beaches and bushland.

BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Soldiers Point

Mid North Coast

From high-speed jet boat rides and camel safaris to scenic river cruises, wildlife parks, rainforest boardwalks and close encounters with migrating whales, the Greater Port Macquarie region offers plenty to see and do for all ages.

Surrounded by beaches and waterways, South West Rocks is the perfect spot for a relaxing seaside escape. When you’ve had your fill of aquatic fun, visit historic Trial Bay Gaol and Smoky Cape Lighthouse, or hike one of the many fantastic trails.

In addition to numerous beaches and lush green national parks, Nambucca has plenty to offer families. Visit a bush tucker farm, meander along its waterways on a kayak or paddleboard, enjoy a putt at New South Wales’ only island golf course, or take a scenic drive to the home of The Pub with No Beer.

Sunshine secret Paint a rock with your holiday messages, inspirational words and family memories at the legendary V-Wall Outdoor Gallery opposite Ingenia Holidays White Albatross.

Stay

BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Bonny Hills, located just south of Port Macquarie, offers a swimming pool, splash park, mini-golf course, jumping cushion, karts and table tennis.

Pet-friendly Ingenia Holidays South West Rocks is surrounded by waterways, making it an ideal destination for water sports. There’s also a resort-style pool, playground and kids’ club with plenty of activities.

Further north in Nambucca Heads, enjoy an idyllic seaside stay at Ingenia Holidays White Albatross, an oasis for families with a playground, pool, splash park, games room, kiosk and neighbouring V-Wall Tavern for food with a view.

Ingenia Holidays White Albatross

The Tweed Coast

Perfectly positioned between Byron Bay and the Gold Coast (and their myriad holiday offerings), relaxed and friendly Kingscliff – set against a backdrop of volcanic green hills and blue water on the Tweed Coast – lays on natural beauty in spades.

Explore arty Byron Bay with its cool cafes and beautiful beaches. Take a hike along the Cape Byron Walking Track or Cumbebin Wetland Sanctuary boardwalk. Enjoy swimming, kayaking and paddleboarding in and on its waterways, or learn to surf.

Or take a short drive over the Queensland border to Tropical Fruit World and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, with its feathery, furry and fearsome critters, which are in easy reach of Byron Bay and the Tweed.

Sunshine secret Marine lovers can join an organised snorkelling tour to swim with the resident giant green sea turtles at nearby Cook Island.

Stay

Located in the heart of the Tweed Coast, Ingenia Holidays Kingscliff makes a great base for a seaside getaway with features including a resort-style pool, playground and games room.

Surrounded by natural parklands with wallabies, echidnas, koalas and myriad native birds, Ingenia Holidays Byron Bay boasts an onsite cafe, wellness centre, pool, TV and pool room, skate ramp, playground and more.

Ingenia Holidays Kingscliff

Sunshine Coast

A safe and sunny destination for a family holiday, the Sunshine Coast boasts picturesque, patrolled beaches, calm bays and crowd-free strips of sand for little ones to play. A warm year-round climate invites visitors to enjoy the great outdoors, whether that’s at the beach, via a surf lesson at Noosa’s Main Beach, taking a dip in a waterhole at Kondalilla Falls, or exploring lush pockets of rainforest and some of Australia’s most stunning national parks.

There are also plenty of big attractions to see and explore. Get a thrill on the new high ropes and zipline course at the Big Pineapple; say “Crikey” to the crew and critters at Australia Zoo; get your adrenaline pumping on the rides at Aussie World; head underwater at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium; and unleash your inner prince or princess at Sunshine Castle.

Sunshine secret Climb Mount Coolum, the world’s second largest rock, for incredible views over most of the coast.

Stay

In Maroochydore, Ingenia Holidays Rivershore’s variety of accommodation includes self-contained safari tents. Plus there’s a pool, water slide, playground, mini-golf and water sports galore.

BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Noosa is a seaside oasis boasting incredible facilities for kids including a swimming pool, jumping cushion and games room.

Ingenia Holidays Rivershore

Fraser Coast

The Fraser Coast’s waters are safe, sheltered and stinger-free, making it an idyllic destination for swimming, sailing and for spotting the humpback whales that stop here in their thousands on their annual migration south to Antarctica.

In Hervey Bay, Australia’s premier whalewatching city, meet the underwater residents at Reefworld Aquarium and Shark Swim and visit the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere for a virtual encounter with humpback whales. Explore World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, and go boating, fishing or waterskiing. There are local wineries to visit around Childers, and the Bundaberg Rum Distillery makes an excellent day trip. And, of course, it’s an absolute must to board a whale-watching cruise to see the majestic beasts at their best.

Sunshine secret Splash into WetSide Water Education Park, a sustainable water play park with slides, fountains and splash pads.

Stay

Ingenia Holidays Hervey Bay, ideally situated lakeside, is brimming with park features, including a playground, games room, a new jumping cushion and a resort-style swimming pool.

Ingenia Holidays Hervey Bay

Tropical North

Tropical North Queensland, where the rainforest meets the reef, is an idyllic family destination offering amazing weather and a diversity of natural attractions and experiences. Popular Cairns and Port Douglas both provide a gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the lush and lovely Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation. Port Douglas offers all the conveniences of the city with a chilled beach village vibe.

Cairns is positively bursting at the seams with attractions and activities for kids. Take a dip in the Esplanade Lagoon, a patrolled saltwater pool with sandy beaches and a children’s play area. Muddy’s Playground, further along the Esplanade, also offers water play areas to cool off in. Don’t miss Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to experience 40,000 years of Indigenous history through dance and cultural demonstrations. And make sure you book a trip to explore the majesty of the Great Barrier Reef.

Sunshine secret Only 15 minutes from Cairns is Crystal Cascades, a pretty freshwater swimming hole fed by waterfalls.

Stay

While mums and dads enjoy cocktails by the pool at Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut, the kids can play. There’s a water park, jumping pillow, mini-golf, adventure playground, Australia’s first interactive electronic playground and a new Dog Agility Park.

Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut

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