8 family-friendly and fun hotels in Australia

You don’t have to go far to find a great family getaway this summer!


Australia is bursting with some of the finest and most unique hotels and resorts to suit families of all ages. From waterslides and wave pools to sleeping with the lions, it’ll be hard to choose just one!


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Paradise Resort Gold Coast

Voted Australia’s leading family resort, Paradise Resort on the Gold Coast is a must-visit for every family. The resort is designed to keep your children entertained, making it the perfect getaway for your next holiday. Kids can take advantage of the resort’s ice-skating rink, waterpark, game room, and jungle gym, while teens will find themselves in the teens club, where they can socialise with others of their own age. The resort also makes sure there are daily activities for families to enjoy together, such as movie nights and live music shows. With fun and games always at your fingertips, you won’t want to leave paradise!


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Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

Situated in the Jamison Valley, the award-winning Fairmont Resort in the Blue Mountains combines luxury and leisure to give you an unforgettable experience. Indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasiums, tennis and basketball courts, a golf course, and more make the resort a premier destination for family fun. The Fairmont Resort is also the perfect getaway for you and your partner to enjoy a relaxing spa day and great dining, all while staying in a luxury suite.


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Silverwater Resort in Phillip Island

For a special stay on Phillip Island, the Silverwater Resort has everything you and your family need. Stay in one of their one, two, or three bedroom apartments, which include a private terrace overlooking the island, and take advantage of all of the amenities the resort has to offer. The kids can enjoy heated pools, table tennis, arcade games, and even jumping pillows. After a day of fun, relax at the Watermark Restaurant and Lounge Bar, where adults can enjoy creative cocktails and children can indulge in gourmet desserts.


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Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

A short drive from the township of Jabiru, the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel makes it easy to explore Kakadu’s most significant natural attractions, including Ubirr and Nourlangie. The hotel itself is shaped like the head of a crocodile, but the architecture isn’t the only cool thing about this resort. After a day of discovery tours in Kakadu, guests can cool off in the large outdoor pool, then enjoy a gourmet meal of Kakadu bush tucker at the Escarpment Restaurant and Bar.


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Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

This place is the ultimate holiday destination for families with kids of all ages. The Big4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort caters to everyone’s taste and budget, with various condos, cabins, and villas available to stay in. To entertain the kids, a mega waterslide park takes up a portion of the resort, while the resort’s 13 colourful waterslides take family entertainment to a whole new level. There’s also an Animal Park, with a collection of kid friendly animals for children to visit, as well as mini golf and an outdoor cinema. There is plenty to do for adults at this resort as well! You’ll have the kids so captivated and entertained that they won’t even notice that you’ve slipped off for a poolside massage or spa session.


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Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra 

The Jamala Wildlife Lodge in Canberra is a roaring good time for any family! Its three individually designed five-star accommodation precincts provide you with the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most dangerous and endangered animals. Stay in one of the Giraffe Treehouses, where friendly giraffes linger on your side of the lounge. Or stay in a jungle bungalow, where you’re one heartbeat away from lions, tigers, and Malayan sun bears. Oh my!


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Rawnsley Park Station

Overlooking the southern side of Wilpena Pound, Rawnsley Park Station provides the perfect base for exploring South Australia’s picturesque Flinders Ranges. Stay in a traditional Australian homestead, featuring a spacious living room, wide verandah, and your own private swimming pool. Spend your holiday walking the Flinders Range, with multi-day guided tours, helicopter rides over the area, and wildlife tours. This resort offers a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of the outback with your family. 


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Cable Beach Club

Located in beautiful Broome, the Cable Beach Club is a beautiful destination for a family holiday. The Cable Beach Club is located directly on Cable Beach, so families can enjoy the region’s attractions, including camel tours and relaxing in the sun. The resort also offers boat tours, kayaking, whale watching, and a chance to hang with giant saltwater crocodiles at the crocodile park. Take a break at one of the resort’s many restaurants or bars after a long day of exploring Perth and Cable Beach, where you’ll find a wide variety of drinks and menu options to suit all tastes. 


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