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Best Family Indulgent Escapes on the Gold Coast

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With so much for families of all ages to see and do, it is no wonder the Gold Coast is one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations. Boasting tropical sunshine, endless kilometres of breathtaking coastline, unrivalled beaches, and a lush hinterland rich with native flora and fauna, the Gold Coast is bursting with fun-filled activities for families.

The famous theme parks need no introduction – just ask the kids. Between Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet‘n’Wild and Movie World, there are unlimited days to be spent lost in the enthralling sights and sounds, thrills and spills, and adrenaline-pumping experiences.

Best family hotels near Gold Coast theme parks

For a guaranteed top-notch family holiday, check-in to the 5-star Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort located on Hope Island just ten kilometres from three of the four major theme parks. After a long day at the theme parks, mum and dad might just be in need of the luxurious comfort the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort provides.

Staying at Main Beach or Surfers Paradise provides many accommodation options when you book through Hotels.com, and you’re still an easy twenty kilometres or so from the theme parks but within walking distance of Sea World. The Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort at Main Beach is definitely the place to relax and recharge your batteries. Boasting a spectacular lagoon, garden and ocean views from its beachfront position, staying at the Sheraton Grand Mirage is an escape in itself as you’ll discover when you relax on the Sheraton’s own private beach or in the blissful outdoor pool with fabulous restaurants and bars.

Best family hinterland hotels for families

Once the kids have had their fill of theme park thrills, a little time-out in a soothing natural environment might be in order (or craved by mum and dad at least!) The Gold Coast hinterland is home to endless kilometres of lush, heritage-listed rainforests and national parks, providing a welcome contrast to the hype of the Gold Coast beach and theme park scene.

Spend a day exploring the Lamington National Park with over 320kms of scenic trails in the sub-tropical forest. The kids will be thrilled by O’Reilly’s Tree Top Walkway consisting of nine bridges spanning 180 metres, suspended sixteen metres above ground amidst the leafy treetops. There are a few Lamington National Park accommodations options to choose from.

The ideal accommodation for families exploring Lamington National Park is the 4-star O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat. In a picturesque rainforest setting, O’Reilly’s have rooms for couples and families offering soul-soothing views of the mountains, valleys and the rainforest creating the feeling that you have truly escaped to an enchanted forest.

Stay a few days as you explore waterfalls and walking trails, take the kids on guided bird walks or show off your skills on Segway tours of the local area. Enjoy a picnic by a waterfall, or a pizza in the Rainforest Bar, or simply relax on the deck of your one, two- or three-bedroom villa with a blissful outlook as you soak in the outdoor spa.

Best beach hotels on the Gold Coast

Heading south from the Gold Coast and a few days at Burleigh Heads should be on your holiday agenda. Enjoy the sea breeze as you hike around the coastal headlands at Burleigh Heads National Park – the kids are sure to sleep well that night! Where to stay? The beachfront Burleigh Mediterranean Resort offers babysitting and childcare services along with a children’s pool so the kids will love it. This resort is the perfect place for mum and dad to indulge in a little R&R too, with both indoor and outdoor pools and a rooftop terrace offering the perfect spot for a cocktail or two.

Burleigh Heads is also a great place for the older kids to practice their surfing, but if it’s a swimming beach you’re after, continue south down to Currumbin beach where the littlies can safely paddle in the estuary. The calmer waters at Currumbin make this a great beach for surf lessons for beginners.

And while you’re in the neighbourhood, don’t forget to call in to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary for some amazing wildlife encounters and experiences – ones your family will never forget.

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