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Holidays with Kids 2017 TOP10

1Paradise Resort Gold Coast

Gold Coast, 4 stars

Taking out the top spot for the seventh year running, Paradise Resort Gold Coast is the epitome of family fun and relaxation, and proudly holds the title of the only resort in Australia to have a water park, ice rink and kids’ club all under one roof. With 359 rooms of varied accommodation currently offered, and more under construction, this all-inclusive resort caters for families of up to six children. Paradise Resort offers two restaurants, plus a juice bar, mini-mart and two barbecue areas, perfect for low-key, do-it-yourself summer nights. When it comes time for fun there’s rock climbing, laser tag and adventure park plus Zone 4 Kids Club, which offers supervised kids’ club sessions for little ones from newborns to 12 years old.

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2Oaks Oasis Resort

Sunshine Coast, 4 stars

3Royal Palm Resort Gold Coast

Palm Beach, 4 stars

Located towards the southern end of the Sunshine Coast in Caloundra, Oaks Oasis Resort is no longer on the southern end of this list, having risen six places since last year. It’s easy to see why – this fully revamped resort is settled in plush, tropical surrounds and provides an eclectic mix of relaxingyet- invigorating activities. The resort offers airy and minimalist studio, apartment or villa-style accommodation for up to seven guests, with a splash-tastic water park for little ones, and a heated pool and Jacuzzi for their adult companions. Venture outside the grounds to the Stockland Caloundra Shopping Centre for some retail therapy, or soak up the sun and salty air at Golden Beach.

A newcomer to our Readers’ Choice Awards, Royal Palm Resort Gold Coast is a self-proclaimed scene-setter for family holidays on the Gold Coast. The sprawling resort offers modern, self-contained two- to four-bedroom apartments with balconies that offer impressive views of the Pacific Ocean – and some of the region’s most-loved surfing and tourist destinations. Tropical gardens surround a lagoon-style pool with a water slide, fountains, spa and barbecues. There's also direct beach access, tennis courts and a putting green. With complimentary parking and a prime location, packing the family up and driving to the beloved Gold Coast theme parks has never been easier.


4The Sebel Twin Waters Resort

Sunshine Coast, 4 stars

5Kingfisher Bay Resort

Fraser Island, 4 stars

Contemporary beachside chic reigns at this retreat beside the Maroochydore River. Families will find all the entertainment they need on their doorstep, including a private lagoon, complimentary canoe and catamaran hire, and access to the facilities of nearby Twin Waters (including its golf course). Enjoy the views from the wooden deck of your two- or three-bedroom Apartment, or three-bedroom Beach House, while those staying in the four-bedroom Beach House, with room for up to eight people, also enjoy the privilege of a private pool.

Immerse yourselves in the beauty and adventure of the world’s largest sand island at this eco-friendly resort; home to self-contained villas and interconnecting hotel rooms. By day, head out on bush walks and 4WD tours to discover the island’s spectacular lakes and endless beaches, and experience the stunning native wildlife surrounds. Kids will love learning about the environment, with the interactive Junior Eco Rangers program, held on weekends and school holidays.


6Ramada Resort Seven Mile Beach

Hobart, 4 stars

7Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa

Snowy Mountains, 4 stars

Lovers of the outdoors will be right at home at this Tasmanian retreat, just 12 minutes from Hobart’s international airport. Explore nearby Seven Mile Beach and its hinterland (bike hire is available at the resort), and head into the city to discover its acclaimed museums, including quirky MONA for older kids. Rest easy in open-plan apartments and suites, while little adventurers can take on the playground, games room and outdoor pool and water feature, open seasonally.

There’s nothing like an alpine escape to clear the head as well as the lungs. Lake-view apartments and mountain-view chalets set the scene for an action-packed family getaway, whether you visit in summer (when walks, biking, kayaking and archery are the order of the day) or in winter (when the ski resorts of both Perisher and Thredbo are just a short jaunt away, either by car or Skitube).


=8The Islander Noosa Resort

Noosaville, 3.5 stars

=8Broadwater Beach Resort

Busselton, 4 stars

Explore the spectacular Great Barrier Reef from our readers’ favourite accommodation on Hamilton Island. Most rooms offer views of the sea from their private balconies, and hotel guests can take advantage of a Kids Stay & Eat Free offer. Meet the local wildlife, dive into a host of water sports, and be sure to pay a visit to Whitehaven Beach.

Just two-and-a-half hours south of Perth lies the beautiful gateway to the Margaret River region, and this comfortable beachside haven. Venture out to Geographe Bay to discover its marine wonders and meander through the family-friendly wineries and galleries that made the region famous. Families will find accommodation for every need at the resort, from hotel rooms to the three-bedroom split-level Executive Villa.


9Reef View Hotel

Hamilton Island, 4 stars

10The Towers of Chevron Renaissance

Gold Coast, 4 stars

Explore the spectacular Great Barrier Reef from our readers’ favourite accommodation on Hamilton Island. Most rooms offer views of the sea from their private balconies, and hotel guests can take advantage of a Kids Stay & Eat Free offer. Meet the local wildlife, dive into a host of water sports, and be sure to pay a visit to Whitehaven Beach.

This trio of towers rises above the Chevron Renaissance precinct, home to some of the Gold Coast’s most on-trend shops and dining venues. Its self-contained apartments make holidays a breeze for families, while kids will love the 600-square-metre ‘Beaches in the Sky’ swimming pool and the private cinema, adding a touch of theatricality to their favourite movies.



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Busselton, WA

Shellharbour Resort & Conference Centre

Shellharbour, NSW

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Heron Island, QLD


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