Adventure | Beach | Family | Food and Wine | City 16 April 2023

The Best Holiday Destinations in Australia for Families

Discover the wonders of family holidays in Australia with Oaks Hotels, Resorts and Suites. From the sandy beaches of New South Wales to the tropical paradise of Queensland, alongside the hidden gems of South Australia, we have compiled a list of Australia's best family holiday destinations to explore.

With diverse landscapes, unique wildlife and rich cultural experiences, there is something for everyone. Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation or quality family time, we've got you covered. Join us as we explore the best things to do during the holidays and how you and your family can create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime.

Discover Oaks' Australian accommodation options, which include hotels, serviced apartments, and suites. You'll surely find the ideal destination for the best family holidays in Australia, courtesy of Oaks Hotels.

1. Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast in Queensland is one of Australia’s favourite family holiday destinations, thanks to its lovely beaches, warm climate, and outdoor activities. Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort in Caloundra is a top pick among family holiday resorts. It boasts a water park and adventure zone, making it easy to enjoy a fun-filled vacation without leaving the resort.

There are plenty of things to do for families on the Sunshine Coast, such as visiting the Australia Zoo to see native wildlife and the famous Irwin family. The SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium is another excellent option for holidays with kids, offering an opportunity to get up close with marine creatures and learn about conservation.

For extra activities and experiences, you’ll also want to check out these fun family drives around the Sunshine Coast

2. Port Douglas

Port Douglas in Far North Queensland is a perfect tropical paradise for families seeking adventure and relaxation. With its warm weather, stunning beaches and close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, it's an ideal holiday destination for families. The Oaks Resort Port Douglas Resort offers comfortable accommodations and is an excellent choice for families. 

Families can explore the unique underwater world of the reef by taking a snorkelling or diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the top activities in Port Douglas. Another must-visit attraction is the Wildlife Habitat, where families can learn about conservation and interact with native Australian animals.

3. Hervey Bay

Booking family holidays in QLD? Hervey Bay is a sought-after Queensland destination for family holidays with its tranquil beaches, thrilling water sports, and excellent whale-watching opportunities. The Oaks Resort Hervey Bay Resort and Spa is ideal for families seeking a comfortable stay with ocean views.

Whale watching is a must-do activity during the season, allowing families to witness the awe-inspiring humpback whales up close. The Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum is another recommended activity, providing a rich insight into the local history and culture.

4. Kingscliff

If you're searching for a perfect family holiday in NSW, consider Kingscliff. It's an underrated destination, offering beautiful beaches, a laid-back vibe, and plenty of outdoor adventures. The Oaks Casuarina Santai Resort is a fantastic choice for families on a budget who still want to enjoy luxury.

Take advantage of the Tweed Coast, home to pristine beaches, waterfalls, and national parks to explore. Another must-visit spot is Tropical Fruit World, where you can try exotic fruits, learn about sustainable farming practices, and take a farm tour. With these activities, you'll have plenty to entertain your family during your trip.

5.Hunter Valley

The Hunter Valley isn’t all wine and vineyards - it's also a top destination for family getaways in NSW. With its picturesque scenery, fascinating history, and top-notch wineries, the Hunter Valley offers a variety of accommodation options, including the Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort.

Families can enjoy a hot air balloon ride to see the stunning vineyards and landscapes or visit the Hunter Valley Gardens for a train ride and playground fun. So, for a unique and relaxing family holiday experience, the Hunter Valley is definitely worth a visit. On the Oaks Hotels blog, you’ll find some bucket-list-worthy activities to add to your family holiday.

6. Cairns

Cairns in Far North Queensland is an excellent destination for those seeking adventure and nature experiences during your family holiday. Cairns is close to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest and provides various accommodation options. The Oaks Cairns Hotel is a perfect choice for families seeking comfortable accommodation in the heart of the city.

Families can explore the Great Barrier Reef by snorkelling, scuba diving or taking a glass-bottom boat tour to witness the mesmerising marine life. Additionally, they can visit the Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome, where they can get up close and personal with the local wildlife and participate in challenging ropes courses and zip lines. Cairns is one of Australia's best family holiday destinations, offering plenty of things to do on holidays for families with kids.

7. Gold Coast

The Gold Coast is a well-known holiday destination for families, offering a range of attractions, beaches, and outdoor activities. The Oaks Gold Coast Hotel is located in the heart of Surfers Paradise and offers comfortable accommodation for families.

One of the top activities on the Gold Coast is visiting the theme parks, such as Dreamworld, Movie World, and Sea World, where families can experience thrilling rides, live shows and up-close animal encounters. Another great activity is exploring Gold Coast beaches and waterways, where families can swim, surf, and do water sports.

8. Adelaide

Adelaide in South Australia is an ideal spot for family holidays, with a blend of urban and natural encounters. The Oaks Adelaide Embassy Suites is perfect for families seeking a centrally-located and comfortable stay.

While in Adelaide, families should take advantage of the chance to visit the Adelaide Zoo. Here, you can see various animals, such as pandas, kangaroos, and lemurs. Exploring the Adelaide Hills is also a must-do activity, where you can discover quaint towns, hiking trails, and wildlife reserves, providing an unforgettable experience for family holidays with kids. We even have a detailed guide on where to eat and drink in Adelaide, including restaurants with world-famous chefs and the best places to wine and dine.

Family Holidays with Oaks Hotels

Australia offers a wealth of destinations for families to explore, each offering unique experiences and opportunities to create lasting memories. Oaks Hotels offers comfortable accommodation options in some of the best family holiday destinations in Australia. Families will have a fantastic time with Oaks Hotels from the tropical north to the stunning coastlines.


Q: What are some of the best holiday destinations in Australia for families?
A: Oaks Hotels recommends the Sunshine Coast, Port Douglas, Hervey Bay, Kingscliff, Hunter Valley, Cairns, Gold Coast, and Adelaide.

Q: What are some family-friendly activities on the Sunshine Coast?
A: Explore the Australia Zoo, visit the SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium, and stay at the Oaks Oasis Resort for a fun-filled family holiday.

Q: What can families do in Port Douglas?
A: Take a snorkelling or diving trip to the Great Barrier Reef, visit the Wildlife Habitat, and stay at the Oaks Resort Port Douglas for comfortable accommodation.

Q: Why should families visit Hervey Bay?
A: Enjoy calm beaches, whale-watching, water sports, and a stay at the Oaks Resort Hervey Bay. Also, visit the Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum for a cultural experience.

Q: What are some of the top things to do in Kingscliff?
A: Explore the Tweed Coast, visit the Tropical Fruit World, and stay at the luxurious yet affordable Oaks Santai Resort Casuarina.

Q: What makes the Hunter Valley a unique family holiday destination?
A: Enjoy world-class wineries, hot air balloon rides, the Hunter Valley Gardens, and a stay at the Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort.

Q: What can families do in Cairns?
A: Explore the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, stay at the Oaks Cairns Hotel, and visit the Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome.

Q: What are some family-friendly activities on the Gold Coast?
A: Visit theme parks like Dreamworld, Movie World, and Sea World, explore the beaches and waterways, and stay at the Oaks Gold Coast Hotel.

Q: Why is Adelaide a good family holiday destination?
A: Visit the Adelaide Zoo, explore the Adelaide Hills, stay at the Oaks Adelaide Embassy Suites, and experience a mix of the city and natural surrounds.