9 of the best family holiday parks in Queensland
Nothing brings families closer together than getting off the grid and taking some time out in a relaxing environment. Holidays are all about quality moments with your family, so it’s important to choose a destination that has everyone’s needs covered.
That’s why we love the family holiday parks throughout Queensland. With great location options and built-in activities for the whole family, they’re a great way to step back from the rat race, reconnect with your loved ones and explore all the wonders that the Sunshine State has to offer.
To help you plan your next adventure, we’ve tracked down the best family holiday parks in Queensland.
Big4 NRMA Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park
The Atherton Tablelands is a short 45-minute drive inland from Cairns, within a fertile plateau of the Great Dividing Range – the world’s third longest land-based mountain range.
Big4 NRMA Atherton Tablelands Holiday Park is a tropical oasis you’ll never want to leave. Bordering a state reserve, it’s the perfect spot for families looking to connect with nature, with abundant natural attractions including lush rainforests and spectacular waterfalls right on your doorstep.
When you’re done exploring, excellent holiday park facilities are available, including a salt-water pool, barbecues, camp kitchen, free wifi, playground and laundry.
Choose between two and three-bedroom eco villas, cabins and cottages, or drive your caravan into one of the powered or unpowered sites. The park received an Eco Certification in 2011, as a result of their commitment to providing environmentally, socially and economically sustainable accommodation and facilities, so you can feel good about your choice.
Hot tip: The Atherton Tablelands is an excellent mountain biking spot, with trails for riders of all ages and skill levels. Grab a bike and head out – it’s the best way to explore this beautiful region.
Great Keppel Island Holiday Village
Get acquainted with Queensland’s amazing flora and fauna at Great Keppel Island, part of The Great Barrier Reef, on your next family holiday. Spanning almost 1500 hectares, the island is home to more than 100 species of birds and the crystal clear tropical waters are filled to the brim with fish, turtles, giant clams, corals and other marine life. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a Humpback whale!
Great Keppel Island Holiday Village is situated in a quiet part of the bush, just minutes walk from the beach. In fact, you’ll be surrounded by 17 pristine, white-sand beaches and secluded coves which are perfect for exploring all-year round.
Fancy a bushwalk? You’re in the right place. There are excellent tracks at every turn, perfect for an adventurous family. You’ll find native flora, fauna and a rich Aboriginal heritage waiting for you to discover. Hike up to the lighthouse and marvel at the postcard-esque views.
Accommodation includes twin-bed rooms; double-bed canvas tents, cabins and campsites. Plus, there are two self-contained houses suitable for families, sleeping five to six people. A fully equipped communal kitchen and barbecue is also on site.
Hot tip: You’ve got world-class snorkelling on your doorstep. Ask the staff for snorkeling gear and they’ll make sure you’re all set up and ready to go.
Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park
Cape Hillsborough is a national park where the ocean and the rainforest converge. The jaw-dropping scenery, excellent walking tracks and abundance of native wildlife make it a perfect destination for a Queensland family holiday.
Situated within the national park, Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is the holiday destination for families looking to unwind from the frenetic pace of city life. The park is private and secluded and positioned directly on the beachfront. Their ethos is to encourage guests to get back to nature, unwind, disconnect and reconnect with each other and with their surrounds.
Choose from a selection of beach huts, houses, or family beach cabins and enjoy the top-notch facilities on offer including a swimming pool with water slides, camp kitchen, barbecues, a reading and tv lounge and a bar.
Take in some of the Aboriginal culture while you’re at it. Get out and explore via the Diversity Boardwalk, an award-winning environmental walk which highlights the cultural significance of the Yuibera People on the local environment. You can also walk the 1.6 kilometre Juipera Plants Trail which also provides an insight into local Aboriginal history.
Hot tip: Just offshore from Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park you’ll find Wedge Island. On the left side of the island is Orchid Rock and in late September it’s often filled with golden orchids.
Big4 Adventure Whitsundays Resort
BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort is one of the most awarded family holiday parks in Queensland and the perfect place for a family trip to this beautiful region. Covering 26 acres of tropical gardens the resort has options for camping and caravanning, as well as beautifully appointed cabins and luxurious three-bedroom condos.
The facilities here are one of the reasons why this is one of the best family holiday parks in Queensland. Once the kids have tired themselves out at the incredible 13-slide waterpark, you can head over to the resort’s own animal park or settle in at the outdoor cinema for a family movie night.
Outside the park, you’re smack bang in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef, so snorkeling is a must. If you’re feeling extra adventurous why not opt for a family scuba diving session? You can get certified in various locations and then you’ll have a front-row view to the world’s most famous reef.
Hot tip: There’s no better way to truly experience the Whitsundays than to sail. Choose from day sailing, overnight fully crewed charters or a self-catering bareboat experience.
Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort, Tropical North Queensland
If you’re heading to Cairns for your family holiday, you’d be hard-pressed to do better than the amusement-filled Coconut Holiday Resort. On arrival, you can opt for a tour in their kid-friendly Nemo, Turtle, or Frog buggy, to familiarise yourself with all of the on-site facilities.
Once you’ve settled in, the impressive Splash Waterpark will likely be your first stop. Complete with the ever-popular tipping bucket, it’s the best way to beat the Tropical North Queensland heat and keep your little ones laughing and playing for hours.
Once you’re all swum out, watch on as the kids explore the adventure playground, experience the interactive play hub or bounce up a sweat on the biggest jumping pillow in the southern hemisphere. Enjoy your quality family time, and when you’re done, relax and unwind in the adult-only therapeutic hot spa, if you fancy.
For caravanning families, the resort’s Super Ensuite Sites start from $75/night for two people ($15 extra/child). These sites come complete with private laundry facilities, bathroom (including spa bath) and barbecue, so you can relax and enjoy.
Hot tip: Every Thursday the resort serves free pancakes for breakfast.
Toowoomba Garden City Holiday Park, Southern Queensland Country
Escape the hustle and bustle of city life and trade it for some family time in the Southern Queensland Country. The perfect opportunity for a change of pace and to introduce the kids to the beauty of the Australian country lifestyle. Immerse yourself in the epic landscapes of national parks, sample paddock-to-plate produce and boutique wines, and catch a glimpse of the rural farming communities that contribute so much to the entire region.
If you’re a family of swimmers, there’s something for everyone. A shallow wading pool is perfect for little ones, plus there’s a heated children’s pool for young swimmers and a giant jumping pillow perfect for all ages.
Make cooking a family affair and enjoy a BBQ in the elements. Cook up some sausages and pick some fresh herbs for a salad from the free herb garden onsite. If a family movie night is in order, head over to the TV room, where you can settle in and relax for the evening.
A variety of accommodation options are available, from cabins to cottages, with powered sites starting at $41/night. And, if you’re towing the caravan, here are 10 tips to help you and your family have the best experience.
Hot tip: Head to Toowoomba during the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers to watch the Grand Central Floral Parade, enjoy live entertainment, and spoil the kids in the sideshow alley.
Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park, Sunshine Coast
If you’re a family full of adventurers, Caloundra is for you. With world-class beaches at your fingertips, as well as an impressive coastal walk which stretches 25 kilometres, it’s the perfect family holiday option for active families looking to do more than lay by the pool.
This beloved family holiday park in Queensland provides easy access to the patrolled beach and 11 of its caravan sites have complete ocean views, so you can check the waves before heading out.
When you need a break from the sun, the whole family will love the on-site recreation room which has free internet, a TV and computers, as well as interactive gaming consoles and a pool table.
The studio units include a private patio, a double bed and a set of bunks. Most importantly, they’re fully air-conditioned, so you can cool off after a long day outside.
Hot tip: Make sure the kids pack their skateboards because the Dicky Beach skatepark is just a stone’s throw away from where you’ll be staying.
Jacobs Well Tourism Park, Gold Coast
If theme parks are high on the family holiday wish list, look no further than the Gold Coast. In addition to the incredible array of stunning beaches, trendy restaurants and subtropical hinterland on your doorstep, you’ll also find Dreamworld, Wet’n’Wild and Movie World.
When you arrive on the Gold Coast, make a beeline for Jacobs Well Tourist Park and you’ll be just 15 minutes away from the theme park strip. But that’s not the only reason families rush to stay here. It’s also a boating and fishing hotspot that grants access to a myriad of islands to explore. With the boat ramp at your front door and car and boat wash facilities waiting for you when you return from your fishing expedition, this park is perfect for fishing families and outdoorsy teens.
Back at the holiday park you can access free WiFi or hire movies and board games to use during your downtime. Otherwise head down for a swim in the netted enclosed area just off the beach or stroll down to the jetty.
Hot tip: If you’re a serious fishing family, visit Jacobs Well in spring, when the estuaries and surrounding islands are teeming with flathead, bream and whiting.
Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park, Southern Queensland Country
Situated on five acres of countryside, the Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park offers the perfect escape for those who are partial to spectacular mountain views and built-in serenity. Explore Killarney and the Southern Queensland Country region during the day, and then watch the sun set from Carr’s Lookout in the evening.
It’s also the perfect holiday park in Queensland if you’re keen on bringing the family pet. You can rest easy knowing your dog is safe and sound because the newly created pet-friendly cabin has a fully fenced yard that your pup can call home while on holiday. The nightly rate starts from $140/night. And that’s not your only pet-friendly option – budget cabins start from $95/night and your dog can stay inside the cabin too!
Hot tip: Be sure to visit the Queen Mary Falls National Park and bird watch along this circuit, or go taste-testing at the wineries in Granite Belt.
*Please note the temporary closure of all Queensland campgrounds in national parks, state forests and state-managed recreation and protected areas, in response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.