If you’re looking to take a break with your family, whether it’s a quick weekend jaunt or a longer holiday, there’s loads of great accommodation options available throughout Queensland.
When it comes to top spots though, it’s hard to go past the Sunshine Coast with its picture-perfect beaches, year-round warm weather, and variety of kid-friendly activities.
If it’s time for you and your family to have some time off, we’ve found the best accommodation on the Sunshine Coast for families.
RACV Noosa Resort
In Noosa, the RACV Noosa Resort puts you close to the town’s action, as well as the beach. The resort is set among bushland that overlooks a wetlands sanctuary, but is still close to all of the restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and beaches that make Noosa one of the Sunny Coast’s most popular holiday destinations. Perfect for families, RACV is a pro at pools with two heated pools, a lagoon pool with its own beach entry, a waterslide pool, a toddler pool, and an interactive splash park all found within the resort’s grounds. For the grown-ups, you’ll have access to a tennis court, day spa, gym, outdoor heated spa, restaurant and bar.
Where: 94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5341 6300
Rumba Beach Resort
If you’re looking for luxury accommodation in Caloundra that will keep both parents and children happy, check out Rumba Beach Resort. The hotel’s low-rise towers cocoon two pools (one of which is a heated lap pool), as well as a giant Jacuzzi—perfect for when you need to hit the relaxation button. The 2 and 3-bedroom apartments accommodate families of up to six and are fully self-contained, virtually soundproof, and decked out with premium features. The apartments boast home-theatre systems, comfy King Cloud beds, well-equipped kitchens for those nights in, and expansive ocean views. Tucked beneath the hotel you’ll find a number of quality cafes and family-friendly restaurants to dine at during your stay. Five stars for convenience!
Where:10 Leeding Terrace, Caloundra
Contact: 07 5492 0555
Mooloolaba is a family-friendly Sunshine Coast destination, and is home to the popular Underwater World. If you and your crew want to be close to all the action, booking a holiday at Seaview Resort will do just the trick! The apartments are located along the esplanade at Mooloolaba, and directly opposite the beach. Take a break from splashing in the waves and hit the resort’s tennis court for a family play-off followed by an alfresco dinner courtesy of the on-site BBQ.
Where: 143 The Esplanade, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5444 3400
Wattle Gully Retreat
If you’d like to enjoy a holiday in the Sunshine Coast hinterland where the kids will beg to swap iPads for lessons in nature, Wattle Gully Retreat is the perfect place to rest your heads. This haven incorporates 50 acres of native bush land and rainforest, with a creek winding through it. Located in Maleny, in the Blackall Ranges, the retreat features a variety of cabins catering to groups of different sizes, and takes family-friendly accommodation to another level with a pets welcome policy. Take the kids on a rainforest walk, enjoy a picnic beside some rock pools, feed and spot a variety of animals (wallabies and koalas live on the property), or fish in the creek. If they get bored of the nature slant, send them to play in the resort’s treehouse. Now, tell us, how’s the serenity?
Where: 158 Ansell Road, Witta
Contact: 07 5494 4426
Novotel Twin Waters Resort
If you’re looking for a big-time resort where kids have plenty of room to explore and play, the Novotel Twin Waters Resort could be just the place you’re looking for. This premium 4-star resort is situated in Twin Waters, about 5kms from the Sunshine Coast airport, and is set among a whopping 36 hectares of natural bushland! The resort is located on the beach, and has a private lagoon for guests to enjoy, plus a restaurant, bar and lounge, cafe, day spa, and 18-hole championship golf course.
Where: Ocean Drive, Twin Waters
Contact: 07 5448 8000
BreakFree Alexandra Beach Resort
Handily located just across the road from the patrolled surf beach at Alexandra Headlands , the BreakFree Alexandra Beach Resort is another one of the Sunshine Coast’s best family-friendly accommodation options. If you need to get a shopping fix, the boutique-heavy towns of Mooloolaba and Maroochydore are a hop, skip and a jump away, but your family may not even want to leave the resort. The venue features a large waterslide that leads into a 150m lagoon pool, as well as a BBQ area, two more pools (both heated), a spa, a playground, a gym, tour desk and Internet kiosk.
Where: 180 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland
Contact: 13 20 07