Tropical family holiday destinations in Queensland

Treat the family to a well-earned break by visiting these tropical destinations across the state.

Queenslanders are spoiled for choice when it comes to tropical beaches, National Parks, rainforests and reefs. Be inspired by these family holiday destinations.

Green Island, Cairns

Far north Queensland offers it all – white sandy beaches, tropical rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef. Book accommodation for the family in Cairns or stay on Green Island for the ultimate summer holiday. Experience snorkelling on the reef, kayaking at the beach, tropical island walks through lush rainforests or parasailing.

Gold Coast

Planning a trip on the Gold Coast is easy as there are so many places for families to stay, eat, swim and play. Stay on the esplanade for panoramic ocean views and quick access to local retail and restaurants. Alternatively, head inland and escape the crowds by staying at the Gold Coast Hinterland for a relaxing rainforest retreat. Here’s a list of things you can do with the kids on the Gold Coast.

  1. Hit the theme parks (Dreamworld, Village Theme Parks, Australian Spectacular).
  2. See a movie at Event Cinemas and BCC Cinemas.
  3. Spend a day at the beach and learn to surf.
  4. Putt Putt at Mermaid Beach.
  5. Go Kart racing at Game Over.

Sunshine Coast

The north coast has a completely different feel with less crowds and more quirky beach communities. Visit the famous Australia Zoo on the way if you are travelling from Brisbane, it’s a great place to stop for a rest for yourself and the kids. Maroochydore, Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Noosa Heads and Coolum are just some of the hotspots for families to stay as they are close to the beach and offer plenty of activities. For a break from the sun drive inland to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to enjoy local produce at Maleny, scenic drives, shopping and dining at Montville and picnics.

Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is one of the most popular Whitsunday Islands for families as it’s just off the Queensland coast and on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. This is the perfect destination for sailing enthusiasts or golfing fanatics.

Stradbroke Island

Does your family prefer to stay in a resort or would they rather camp on the beach? Stradbroke Island offers the best of both worlds for families who are keen to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and switch off on island time. The island is quick ferry ride away from Cleveland and is fully accessibly for 2WD vehicles, except for on the beach. Catch a way, throw in a fishing line or sit around a campfire. There are plenty of pet-friendly accommodation providers and campsites available too, just check before booking.