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1Sea World Resort & Waterpark

Gold Coast, 4.5 stars

Taking out the top spot for the eighth consecutive year, Sea World Resort & Waterpark is obviously doing everything right. Located next door to the renowned Sea World, this world-class resort has flourished into a modern one-stop-shop that’s perfect for any family getaway. Just a four-minute walk to the beach and with in-house facilities such as a 50-metre glittering lagoon pool, waterfall, massage and beauty salon, kids’ club and gymnasium to name but a few, you’ll have to extend your stay to experience both what the resort and its world-famous destination offer.

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2Turtle Beach Resort

Gold Coast, 4.5 stars

3RACV Noosa Resort

Noosa Heads, 5 stars

An ideal home base for experiencing the Gold Coast and all its attractions, Turtle Beach Resort is a five-minute walk from Mermaid Beach and a 10-minute drive to the SkyPoint Observation Deck at the top of Q1, Australia’s tallest building. Back at the base, the colourfully accented one- to fourbedroom apartments each feature charming balconies or patios, Wi-Fi access, air conditioning and full kitchen and laundry services. The rooms are not the only award-winning facilities; this resort is also home to a new Splash Zone Waterpark, with four water slides, two toddler slides, a dumping bucket and water cannons.

Surrounded by rivers, beaches, the hinterland and national parks, RACV Noosa Resort is the perfect getaway for families or a group of friends. With 52 one-bedroom suites or apartments, 78 two- and three-bedroom apartments and 26 multi-storey three-bedroom villas – complete with either a plunge pool or rooftop spa – guests are spoilt for choice. In-room facilities such as widescreen TVs and DVD players, Foxtel and free Wi-Fi make it hard to want to leave, yet the call of the heated indoor and outdoor pools, water slides and splash park and playground is difficult to ignore. Drop the kids off at the Kids’ Club and pamper yourself at the One Spa, and finish off the day with dinner at Arcuri Restaurant or Dazza’s Bar.

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4Sheraton Grand Mirage Gold Coast

Gold Coast, 5 stars

5Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel

Blue Mountains, 4.5 stars

The Gold Coast’s only beachfront resort is set among six hectares of sparkling lagoons and tropical gardens. Each of the refreshed 295 rooms and suites features designer furnishings and complimentary Wi-Fi. Ignite your tastebuds at Terraces Restaurant’s seafood buffet and wash it down with a cocktail (or ice-cream) at the swim-up Oasis Pool Bar. Staying here means you’re just a stone’s throw from some of the best family attractions the Gold Coast has to offer.

A mere 90 minutes’ drive west out of Sydney brings you to the World Heritage-listed beauty of the Blue Mountains National Park and the tranquillity of Fairmont Resort. Its location within the village of Leura makes for a spontaneous weekend family getaway laden with charm and quaint boutiques. With pony rides, mazes, a merry-go-round, trains and electric cars, staying here is like a dream come true for the kids.

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6Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Broome, 5 stars

=7Peppers Broadbeach

Broadbeach, 5 stars

Soak up Broome’s legendary sunsets from this family haven set amid winding gardens and centuries-old artefacts. Stretch out beside the lagoon-style Family Pool, where the water playground will keep little tadpoles occupied for hours, or have a putt on the mini-golf course. Rest easy in your choice of a studio, bungalow, villa or suite, each one evoking the laidback ambience of the Kimberley. Don’t leave without joining a camel train along the beach as the sun dips below the Indian Ocean horizon.

Soaring above the buzzing centre of the Gold Coast, the two towers of this hotel offers spacious suites and apartments with breezy contemporary style. Families will feel at home with generous living areas, fully kitted-out kitchens and views over the glittering Pacific Ocean. Stay in the heart of the action, with easy access to shopping, dining and attraction, and while away the hours in the two heated pools.

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=7Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

Noosa Heads, 5 stars

8Q1 Resort & Spa

Gold Coast, 4.5 stars

French sophistication meets the warmth of the Sunshine Coast at this 176-room resort. Natural colours and textures are infused into the design, with the two-storey villas the ideal choice for families looking for space and seclusion in the heart of Noosa. Lounge beside the pool (and be sure to check out the new Cabanas Riviera-style beach club concept), refresh at the AQUA Day Spa and head out to explore all that this coastal community has to offer.

The sky’s the limit in Australia’s tallest residential tower. Its self-contained apartments offer a home away from home for families, with fabulous views, everything you need for a quiet night in, and room for even the largest tribes, with the largest penthouses featuring four bedrooms. The resort also features three swimming pools, a day spa and the panoramic SkyPoint Observation Deck on level 77.

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9Fitzroy Island Resort

Cairns, 4.5 stars

10InterContinental Sanctuary Cove Resort

Hope Island, 4.5 stars

Rainforest meets reef at this island hideaway, just a 45-minute ferry ride from Cairns. With just 99 rooms on the 339-hectare island, your family will discover the peace to reconnect with one another and nature. Venture out to the Great Barrier Reef, dive into a snorkelling adventure and meet the turtles during the daily rehabilitation tour. When you need a break, there’s also a movie theatre, games room and kids’ playroom.

Enjoy the convenience of a Gold Coast location with the grace of a Queensland estate set within 4.2 hectares of classic landscaping. The beach lagoon pool has long proved a favourite feature with families, as has the grand architecture and stained-glass windows of the Great House. Each of the 243 rooms and suites features a balcony and chic decor. Little ones aged four to 12 can play the day away at Planet Trekkers Kids’ Club with indoor games, torch safaris and nutritious cuisine.

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