Queensland – fun for your family

Thu, 07/04/2016 - 1:20pm
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With so much to do in Queensland, there really is something for everyone member of your family. From Theme Parks on the Gold Coast for the thrill seekers, to days lying on the beach on the Sunshine Coast for families looking to relax, or exploring the reef with your budding nature enthusiasts; take your little ones for the holiday of a lifetime in sunny Queensland.

Gold Coast - Thrill Seeking Families

For those families who like every hour of their holiday to be action packed, the Gold Coast is the location to head to. As the hive of theme park activity, you can fill your days with fun at the exciting Warner Bros. Movie World, Wet ‘n’ Wild with rides and water slides on offer. Plus a day out at Dreamworld is a must just to see the kids get splashed on the Rocky Hollow Log Ride!

Warner Bros. Movie World - Image Credit: Tourism Events Queensland Warner Bros. Movie World - Image Credit: Tourism Events Queensland


After all the running around surely you are ready for some beach time? For those little ones who just can’t sit still, there’s plenty to keep them entertained. You’re spoilt for choice with surfing lessons at Main Beach, sandcastle building at Broadbeach, beach games at Burleigh and paddling at Surfers Paradise. Why not take the whole family to the Beachfront Markets at the Surfers Paradise Esplanade on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights… perfect for a wander after dinner.

Sunshine Coast – Relax with the Family

For families who enjoy a slower pace to their holiday- where relaxing is a priority- the Sunshine Coast is the perfect destination. Spend leisurely days at one of the many amazing beaches such as Kings Beach; little feet can’t help but explore the rock pools for fish and the water babies will be happy spending hours playing in the fountains. With surf patrols at a selection of the beaches including Golden Beach and Bulcock Beach, there are heaps of safe swimming spots for kids- plus boardwalks and beach-side playgrounds to enjoy too! A fantastic way to finish the day is eating fish and chips on the waterfront while watching the sunset.

Australia Zoo - Image Credit: Tourism Events Queensland Australia Zoo - Image Credit: Tourism Events Queensland


If you fancy a day trip during your holiday, why not visit Australia Zoo, the home of the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. From Kangaroos to Lemurs, and Cheetahs to Pythons, everyone is bound to be chatting about their favourite animals on the journey home. Don’t miss the live displays at the ‘Crocoseum’ for jaw snapping fun, or the daily encounters - including getting up close to a cuddly Koala! If creatures of the sea is more your thing, head to Underwater World SeaLife where kids can see lots of marine life at the Tidal Touchpool, get spooked at the Shark Shipwreck or get close enough to be splashed at Seal Island.

Tropical North Queensland - A Family of Nature Lovers

If you’ve got a budding ‘David Attenborough’ in your family then a visit to Tropical North Queensland will feel like a dream come true. Exploring the Great Barrier Reef on a guided cruise is a fantastic way to spend your holiday. Make the most of your day while the tour guides pick out the best spots to visit for you. At each stop the boat anchors up, giving you time to swim and snorkel around the reef discovering marine life. Make special memories with the kids spotting the most colourful fish, admiring the gracious sea turtles and trying to find Nemo amongst the anemones.

Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef- Image Credit: Tourism Events Queensland Snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef- Image Credit: Tourism Events Queensland


If you’ve always wanted to explore jungle life, then the Daintree Rainforest is an experience the whole family will love. Every journey will feel like an adventure, encountering insects and animals unique to the oldest surviving rainforest on Earth. Why not see it from a different perspective and get above the trees on a Jungle Surfing canopy tour - Zip lining your way through the treetops is sure to bring out the Tarzan of the family.

A different side of Queensland – Island time with the family

If your family are regular visitors to Queensland, why not get to know this state better and escape to one of the islands. Just a short ferry from Brisbane and you can be soaking up the sunshine on Moreton Island. Kids will love this island, famous for the wild dolphins who visit the shores each night at sunset to be fed. Whereas the adrenaline junkies will love the rush from sandboarding down the dunes at Little Sand Hills, Big Sand Hills and The Desert.

Dolphin Feeding Moreton Island - Image Credit: Tourism Events Queensland Dolphin Feeding Moreton Island - Image Credit: Tourism Events Queensland


For an untouched island experience, visit Fitzroy Island, explore the beauty of this National Park on one of the many rainforest walking trails. The little ones will be entertained for hours on the giant ocean trampoline. Captivate their inquisitive nature with a glass bottom boat tour, perfect for families with younger children.

One of the most popular islands to visit is Fraser Island. Buckle up for a 4 wheel drive tour of largest sand island in the world! Bring your swimmers; with over 100 freshwater lakes, white sand beaches and natural waterslides you won’t want to get out of the water. If you are a family of trampers there are lots of guided nature walks to discover the spectacular scenery and wildlife.

With so much to see and do for all ages, your family will love a holiday to Queensland. Filled with activity, excitement and adventure make this a holiday to remember. Do you have any more tips for families travelling to Queensland? Let us know.

Amy Gardiner

Amy Gardiner is a keen English traveler making memories in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. With a passion for different food cultures and matching local wines and beverages, the first stop at every destination is a local restaurant or street food pop up. She also writes about special experiences and top activities to enjoy.