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Holidays with Kids 2016 TOP10

1Paradise Resort Gold Coast

Gold Coast, 4 stars

Taking out the top spot for the sixth year in a row, Paradise Resort Gold Coast has everything a family could ask for – and more! It is the only resort Australia-wide with an ice-rink, water park and amazing kids’ club all on site, and with the beach and shopping district just minutes away, you’re spoilt for choice. The family accommodation features gaming consoles, televisions and brightly coloured bunkbeds which will have your little ones giggling with glee. Plus, with delicious dining options and plenty of action for the kids, why not take some time out for yourself in the designated adults’ zone, it’s heaven for kids… ‘paradise’ for parents!

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2Reef View Hotel

Whitsundays, 4 stars

3Novotel Twin Waters Resort

Sunshine Coast, 4 stars

Set on the beautiful beaches of Hamilton Island, the Reef View Hotel offers guests stylish accommodation and a room for each budget. With the spacious rooms and suites all featuring a spectacular view over the glittering Coral Sea or the lush tropical gardens, the private balconies are the perfect place to gaze out at the sunset. Enjoy a lavish breakfast at the Pool Terrace Restaurant then take a dip in the 35-metre swimming pool before unwinding in Spa Wumurdaylin. Although a stay at the Reef View Hotel is not complete without experiencing the Great Barrier Reef, so make sure to book a day trip!

Every day will be action-packed for both kids and adults alike at Novotel Twin Waters Resort, with a plethora of activities to be enjoyed, from Segway tours, laser skirmishes and water play at the Aqua Fun Park, to coconut sugar scrubs and aromatherapy massages at the Lagoon Day Spa. Why not venture off hotel grounds and explore the nearby Australia Zoo or UnderWater World SEA LIFE Aquarium? At the end of the day, retire to your spacious, kid-friendly accommodation, in time to do it all over again the next day.


4Kingfisher Bay Resort

Fraser Island, 4 stars

5The Islander Noosa Resort

Sunshine Coast, 3.5 stars

The rugged natural charm of Fraser Island is only enhanced with a stay at the eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort. The tranquil ambiance of the resort will have you willingly slipping into island-time as you experience all that Fraser Island has to offer. Hike through the rugged bushland to discover the plentiful flora and fauna or grab the canoe and explore the many waterways and meet the creatures which call them home. With ten different styles of accommodation there is something for every family but it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll wake with a smile on your face to the melodies of birdsongs and sunshine streaming through the huge windows.

Located in the heart of Noosa at Noosaville, The Islander serves up the perfect blend of beachside fun and city comforts for families. Spend your days kayaking along the Noosa River or floating around in one of the resort’s three pools. Take a short ferry trip across to Noosa Beach and learn to surf or dive. If the kids tire of the outdoor activities, they can unleash their artistic talents the Islander Kidz Art & Craft Club, available in school holidays. Cafes, restaurants and shops are a mere five-minute stroll away from this tropical, family-friendly retreat.


6Ramada Resort Shoal Bay

Port Stephens, 4 stars

7Wyndham Seven Mile Beach

Hobart, 4 stars

A quick two and half hours’ drive from Sydney, or 30 minutes from Newcastle Airport, and you’ve arrived at the temperate waters of Ramada Resort, Shoal Bay. With one, two and three bedroom apartments on offer, whatever size your family, they can accommodate for you. With unimaginable views of the Tomaree Headland, as well as the surrounding of Port Stephens picturesque natural beauty, there are many family-fun water activities on offer, including; fishing, scenic tours, dolphin and whale watching cruise as well as a range of water sports. With access to the Port Stephens Country Club, as well the Shoal Bay’s premier award-winning restaurant, Catch at Shoal Bay, or a more relaxing dining experience at the Sandyfoot Café and bar, dining decisions have never been made so easy.

Set on idyllic Seven Mile Beach, this contemporary, self-contained and eco-friendly resort will transform your family holiday escape. With a playground, games room, kids’ water feature and table tennis facilities, there will be no such thing as boredom for the little ones. In the evenings, the entire family will love onsite Beaches Restaurant & Bar where parents can indulge in the freshest oysters, washed down with a chilled glass of Cascade Premium Lager, brewed in nearby beautiful Hobart whilst the kids will be spoilt for choice with a delicious children’s menu, created from high-quality local produce. And of course, Hobart is only 20 minutes away, should the gang be up for some exploring!


8Oaks Oasis Resort

Sunshine Coast, 4 stars

9Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

Port Monkey Mia, 3.5 stars

An oasis for all! This Sunshine Coast features family fun for everyone. Most recently, Oasis Resort has welcomed a new adventure zone that includes an 18-hole putt putt golf course, a Triple Galaxy Climbing Frame, a Kangaroo Jumper Pillow and for the school holidays, an added BMX Pump Track! As well as the state of the art water park for kiddies 12 and under, parents can unwind on the sunlounge and relax the day away. Or for more adult fun, leave the kids under the monitored care of the resort staff and grab a drink at the nearby sports bar, or racquet up to a game of competitive tennis! Nearby attractions like Australia Zoo and Underwater World are just added bonuses.

Nobody will want to leave this magical haven set in the unparalleled beauty of Western Australia’s Shark Bay. Both parents and kids alike will take great delight in watching a dolphin feeding session, held three times a day – if you’re lucky, the keepers may even ask for your assistance! Take a ride down the blissful white sandy beach on one of the islands beautiful gentle giants- on a camel! Treat your family to an Aboriginal cultural walk and you and the kids can learn about the innate history of the Gathaagudu region. Spend a night star gazing under the beautiful purple hues, learning about the intricacies of the universe, or entertain the kids as they watch water blast 100 metres into the sky at the resort’s local blowholes.


10Sunraysia Resort

Mildura, 3.5 stars


Travel 550km north west of Melbourne, where Sunraysia Resort lines up perfectly with the legendary Murray River. Featuring self-contained apartments as well as the option of staying in stylishly designed houseboats, set along the river with private spas and hooded barbecues, this resort has every family holiday type in mind. The on-site bar and bistro is available to all guests, offering a uniquely modern Mildura cosmopolitan flavour. Kids can escape to the decked out games rooms with arcade games as well as hours of entertainment, or challenge the parents to a round of mini golf and tennis. For the really young, Sunraysia offers a shade sail covered playground, ensuring fun and safety all in one!



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