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AUSTRALIA over 4 stars

Holidays with Kids 2016 TOP10

1Sea World Resort & Waterpark

Gold Coast, 4.5 stars

Situated right next door to the renowned Sea World, the resort promises world-class accommodation, amazing facilities and easy access to all the thrills and spills that the theme park has to offer. Just a four-minute walk to the beach, this awardwinning resort features a 50-metre lagoon pool with waterfall, SpongeBob-themed aqua playground and the fun-packed kids’ club of your little ones’ dreams. The rooms and suites are all designed with an ocean theme with amenities to suit every family, and with various dining venues available, little tummies will never be grumbly.

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2Turtle Beach Resort

Gold Coast, 4.5 stars

3Daydream Island Resort & Spa

Whitsundays, 4.5 stars

Just a five-minute walk from Mermaid Beach, this popular resort is the ideal home base for experiencing the Gold Coast and its many attractions. The one- to four-bedroom apartments each feature refreshing air conditioning, full kitchen and laundry facilities, TV and DVD player and either a balcony or terraced courtyard, perfect for that afternoon relax and unwind. Your family will be in heaven with the Club Turtle Kids’ Club, Splash Zone Waterpark, themed putt-putt, playground, cinema and four separate lagoon-style pools, each with their own spa. Plus The Deck Restaurant and Bar is open daily, and with a convenience store and eight barbecue areas on site, you have everything you need in arm’s reach for those lazy days.

This island paradise will have you slipping into a real-life daydream. Positioned between mainland Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef, Daydream Island is the perfect gateway to adventure. Explore the island in a self-drive boat, meet Nemo and Dory on a day trip to the vibrant reef or, for a more chilled afternoon, take the kayaks and paddle boards for a spin around the island. With a daily programme of activities and games, your little ones will have a blast at the Kids’ Club while you treat yourself at the Rejuvenation Spa or take a dip in the turquoise waters.

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4RACV Noosa Resort

Sunshine Coast, 5 stars

5Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel

Blue Mountains, 4.5 stars

Noosa’s extravagant lifestyle is presented beautifully through the RACV Noosa resort, offering deluxe apartments and villas for all sizes and ages. The resort’s most recent addition, a second heated pool featuring water slides, a splash park and shaded toddler pool means extra family fun for the littlies! With unique kids dining options and an extensive kids’ club program, the littlies can tire themselves out while parents enjoy a peaceful bicycle experience through the natural environment, a competitive match of tennis, or a stunning alfresco dinner overlooking the spectacular infinity pool, all to be finished off with a nice ice cold beer!

Just on the edge of stunning Jamison Valley in the world-heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park sits Sofitel’s Fairmont Resort. The 222 rooms and suites available provide nothing short of spectacular panoramic views. Guests are provided access to five world-class dining locations designed for any group type or occasion, created with the authentic taste of the Blue Mountains in mind. Children can get lost in the fun of the featured express merry-go-round, junior golf program, tennis courts or literally- in an outdoor maze! Get the whole family together for an interactive bushwalking, wilderness experience, and enjoy some quiet time in the resort’s expansive library set up with wonderful books as well as family-fun board games.

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6Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Broome, 5 stars

7One&Only Hayman Island

Whitsundays, 5 stars

The Indian Ocean will never look quite as divine as it does under the Broome night sky at Cable Beach Resort and Spa. A truly serene ambience is created at this unique resort, offering world-class pools, delicious cuisine, interactive activities such as a water playground, mini-golf, and camel-ride strolls along the beach or private helicopter rides above the ocean! Meditate your stresses away at the resort’s on-site Buddha Sanctuary, featuring ornamental gardens with a 3.5 metre crystal, sitting Buddha. If you’re an early riser, bask in the quiet beauty and experience of sunrise yoga and indulge your family in Ancient Chinese history with lovely terracotta warrior figures situated throughout the resort.

Just a jump and a splash away from Queensland’s Great Barrier Reefer, One&Only Hayman Island is an aquatic nirvana for all things water orientated. Sail, windsurf, paddleboard, kayak or water-ski your way through your stay, where a special kids programme is offered for both the really little and the young-adults. Spoil yourself within the two kilometre confines of the resort with its pristine white sandy beaches and large, picturesque pools. Bask in a world of never-ending flavours, with cuisines from all corners of the earth, all touched with a traditional Aussie finish.

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8Fitzroy Island Resort

Cairns, 4.5 stars

9Q1 Resort & Spa

Gold Coast, 4.5 stars

A 45-minute Fitzroy Fast Cat away from Cairns, this is the only resort located in the National Park. Lose yourself in the peaceful beauty of the Great Barrier Reef, with beautiful walking trails, glass bottom tours as well as kayaking and snorkelling. With several types of accommodation to market all types, the family can enjoy the magical tranquillity of the natural elements in the on-site camping ground, or indulge in the resort’s 4.5 star resort facilities, with a resort swimming pool and spa, swim-up bar, kids play room – that includes a private cinema room. It also features the renowned beachside beer garden- Foxy’s Bar, and the Zephy Restaurant that sources only the finest local cuisine to create eclectic modern Australian dishes.

Experience the only beachside observation deck, escalated 230 metres into the sky at the highest enclosed vantage point on the Gold Coast, with a 360 degree view that cover the spectacular Pacific Ocean, and extends all the way out to the hinterland- while you’re there, grab a bite to eat! When that’s over, mother and daughter can enjoy a share a relaxing bonding experience at the Gold Coast’s acclaimed Q1 spa, converging both ancient and modern traditions into one spectacularly calming session. A world of theme-parks is at your fingertips for you and your family, with an exclusive 3 park pass on offer, as well as a chance at hot air ballooning, jetboating - or even luxe out in a high-speed cruise with only the best deals the Gold Coast has to offer.

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10Sheraton Mirage Port Douglas

Port Douglas, 5 stars

 

This recently revamped beachfront resort is set in the surrounds of the famous Four Mile Beach, within 147 hectares of authentic tropical gardens finished with an assortment of villa accommodation. Kids will never run out of things to do with over two hectares of swimmable, sparkling saltwater lagoon pools, and adults can battle off on the greens at the resort’s 18-hectare golf course. Finish off the day at the resort’s signature al fresco restaurant, where local produce meets international cuisine. Visit the tour desk to receive expert advice on local attractions, tours and entertainment, including must-see adventures to the Great Barrier Reef, Mossman Gorge or the local Kurana Park.

 
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