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2020 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS WINNERS

The results are in for the Out & About with Kids’ tenth annual Readers’ Choice Awards, with over 80,000 votes cast across 42 family travel categories around Australia and across the world. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists!

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Meet the characters at Paradise Resort Gold Coast

The results have delivered some surprises, along with perennial favourites and some newcomers making it onto the list of winners and finalists.

Elisa Elwin, publisher of Out & About with Kids says she is excited by the trends in family travel with multi-generational family holidays proving ever-popular.

“The family travel market is a significant and ever-growing segment, particularly with the trend to multi-generational holidays and immersive adventure,” Ms Elwin says. “Our annual Readers’ Choice Awards provide a valuable opportunity for that market to have their say.  Every year we see firm family favourites emerge, but we also gain insight into the shifts and emerging trends in family holidays, which are reflected in readers choices.”

Melbourne emerged as Best Capital City in Australia for Families, Gold Coast came up trumps as Best Holiday Destination in Australia for Families and Dubbo claimed the podium for Best Regional Holiday Destination in Australia for Families. Other Australian winners were Perisher for Best Australian Ski Resort for Families,  Warner Bros. Movie World for Best Theme Park or Amusement Park in Australia for Families, Paradise Resort Gold Coast was once again the winner of Best Family Hotel or Resort in Australia for Families while Big4 Holiday Parks won Best Holiday Park Group in Australia.

Perennial family favourite Fiji claimed two wins with Best International Holiday Destination for Families and Best International Holiday Destination for Families with Babies and Toddlers. Staying overseas, other winners were Anaheim for Best Destination in North America for Families, Thailand for Best Destination in Asia for Families, Japan for Best Destination for Immersing in Culture and New Zealand for Best Destination for Adventurous Families.

All of the winners and finalists are featured below.

BEST DESTINATIONS
BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATION IN AUSTRALIA FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Gold Coast, Queensland 

RUNNERS UP

Sunshine Coast, Queensland 

The Whitsundays, Queensland 

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A family on the Gold Coast. Image Tourism and Events Queensland
BEST CAPITAL CITY IN AUSTRALIA FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Melbourne, Victoria

RUNNER UP

Sydney, New South Wales

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The Melbourne city skyline. Image Visit Victoria
BEST REGIONAL HOLIDAY DESTINATION IN AUSTRALIA FOR FAMILIES

WINNER
Dubbo, New South Wales

RUNNERS UP

Albany, Western Australia 

Cairns, Queensland 

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A family feeding a giraffe at Taronga Westerns Plains Zoo, Dubbo. Image Destination NSW
BEST INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY DESTINATION FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Fiji 

RUNNERS UP

Bali, Indonesia 

Hawai‘i, USA 

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Children walking on the beach in Fiji. Image Fiji Tourism
BEST INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAY DESTINATION FOR FAMILIES WITH BABIES AND TODDLERS

WINNER

Fiji 

RUNNER UP

Bali 

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Nannies with babies in Fiji. Image Fiji Tourism
BEST DESTINATION IN NORTH AMERICA FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Anaheim, California 

RUNNERS UP

Orlando, Florida 

Los Angeles, California 

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A family walking through Anaheim Packing District
BEST DESTINATION IN ASIA FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Thailand 

RUNNER UP

Singapore

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Rai Le Beach at Krabi in Thailand. Image Tourism Authority of Thailand
BEST DESTINATION IN EUROPE FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

London 

RUNNERS UP

Italy 

France 

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Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
BEST DESTINATION FOR ADVENTUROUS FAMILIES

WINNER

New Zealand 

RUNNER UP

South Africa 

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Ziplining with *Ziptrek Eco Tours in Queenstown. Image Destination Queenstown
BEST DESTINATION FOR IMMERSING IN CULTURE

WINNER

Japan

RUNNER UP

Thailand 

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A family enjoying a cultural experience in Japan. Image: Tracey Morris, The Blond Nomads
BEST AUSTRALIAN SKI RESORT FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Perisher, New South Wales

RUNNER UP

Mt Buller, Victoria

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A family at Rock Creek ski lodge Perisher. Image Bret Hemmings Destination NSW
BEST INTERNATIONAL SKI RESORT FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Hoshino Resorts TOMAMU, Japan 

RUNNER UP

Big White, Canada 

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Children marvel at the Ice Village Hoshino Resorts Tomamu Japan
ATTRACTIONS
BEST FAMILY ATTRACTION IN AUSTRALIA

WINNER

Great Barrier Reef, Queensland 

RUNNERS UP

Sovereign Hill, Ballarat, Victoria 

Penguin Parade, Phillip Island, Victoria 

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A family swimming with a turtle on the Great Barrier Reef during a tour with Sunlover Reef Cruises. Image Tourism and Events Queensland
BEST THEME PARK OR AMUSEMENT PARK IN AUSTRALIA FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Warner Bros. Movie World, Queensland 

RUNNER UP

SeaWorld, Queensland 

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Meet Tweety Bird at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast
BEST ANIMAL ATTRACTION IN AUSTRALIA

WINNER

Australia Zoo, Queensland

RUNNER UP

Taronga Zoo Sydney, New South Wales

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Australia Zoo's African Savannah
BEST EDUCATIONAL ATTRACTION FOR FAMILIES IN AUSTRALIA

WINNER

Questacon, ACT 

RUNNER UP

Scienceworks, Victoria 

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Learn about science in a fun way at Questacon in Canberra
BEST INTERNATIONAL FAMILY ATTRACTION

WINNER

Disneyland Resort, California 

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Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park in California. Image Christian Thompson Disneyland Resort
EXPERIENCES
BEST INDIGENOUS EXPERIENCE IN AUSTRALIA FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Uluru, Northern Territory 

RUNNER UP

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory 

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Uluru in Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory. Image Tourism Australia-NT Tourism
BEST ROAD TRIP IN AUSTRALIA FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Great Ocean Road, Victoria 

RUNNER UP

Sydney to Byron Bay, New South Wales

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The Great Ocean Road. Image Tourism Victoria
ACCOMMODATION
BEST FAMILY HOTEL OR RESORT IN AUSTRALIA FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Paradise Resort Gold Coast, Queensland 

RUNNER UP

Sea World Resort Gold Coast, Queensland 

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An aerial view of Paradise Resort Gold Coast
BEST APARTMENT OR SERVICED APARTMENT BRAND IN AUSTRALIA FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites  

RUNNERS UP

Mantra 

Quest Apartment Hotels 

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The pool at Oaks Sunshine Coast Resort
BEST CAMPING SPOT IN AUSTRALIA FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Fraser Island, Queensland 

RUNNERS UP

Gippsland Lakes, Victoria 

Murray River, Victoria/New South Wales

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Camping on Fraser Island. Image Fraser Coast Tourism and Events Queensland
BEST LUXURY PROPERTY IN AUSTRALIA

WINNER

Fairmont Resort and Spa Blue Mountains, New South Wales

RUNNERS UP

Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, Broome, Western Australia 

Sheraton Mirage, Port Douglas, Queensland 

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An aerial view of Fairmont Resort and Spa in the Blue Mountains
HOLIDAY PARKS
BEST HOLIDAY PARK GROUP IN AUSTRALIA

WINNER

BIG4 Holiday Parks 

RUNNERS UP

Discovery Parks 

NRMA Parks and Resorts 

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The waterpark at BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park
BEST FAMILY HOLIDAY PARKS AROUND AUSTRALIA – NEW SOUTH WALES

WINNER

BIG4 Easts Beach, Kiama 

RUNNERS UP

NRMA Ocean Beach Resort, Central Coast 

North Star Holiday Resort, Hastings Point 

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The waterpark at BIG4 Easts Beach in Kiama. Image NEG Photography
BEST FAMILY HOLIDAY PARKS AROUND AUSTRALIA – QUEENSLAND

JOINT WINNERS

BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park  and BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort 

RUNNERS UP

NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort 

BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut 

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BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park and BIG 4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
BEST FAMILY HOLIDAY PARKS AROUND AUSTRALIA – VICTORIA

WINNER

BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park 

RUNNER UP

BIG4 Apollo Bay Pisces Holiday Park 

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The indoor playland at BIG4 Ballarat Goldfields Holiday Park
BEST FAMILY HOLIDAY PARKS AROUND AUSTRALIA – TASMANIA

WINNER

BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park 

RUNNER UP

NRMA Port Arthur Holiday Park 

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BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park in Tasmania
BEST FAMILY HOLIDAY PARKS AROUND AUSTRALIA – NORTHERN TERRITORY

WINNER

BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park 

RUNNER UP

BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park 

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BIG4 Howard Springs in the Northern Territory
BEST FAMILY HOLIDAY PARKS AROUND AUSTRALIA – SOUTH AUSTRALIA

WINNER

BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park 

RUNNERS UP

NRMA Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park 

BIG4 West Beach Parks 

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BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park
BEST FAMILY HOLIDAY PARKS AROUND AUSTRALIA – WESTERN AUSTRALIA

WINNER

RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort 

RUNNER UP

BIG4 Beachlands Holiday Park 

BEST INTERNATIONAL HOTELS AND RESORTS  – THAILAND

WINNER

Centara Grand Beach Resort Phuket 

RUNNERS UP

Club Med Phuket 

JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa 

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Centara Grand Beach Phuket
BEST INTERNATIONAL HOTELS AND RESORTS  – BALI

WINNER

Club Med Bali 

RUNNERS UP

Bali Dynasty Resort 

Grand Mirage Resort & Thalasso Bali 

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An aerial view of Club Med Bali
BEST INTERNATIONAL HOTELS AND RESORTS  – MAINLAND USA

WINNER

Disneyland Resort Hotels, Anaheim, California 

RUNNERS UP

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Florida 

Great Wolf Lodge, Anaheim, California 

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A room at Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Image Disney
BEST INTERNATIONAL HOTELS AND RESORTS  – HAWAI’IAN ISLANDS

WINNER

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikīkī Beach Resort 

RUNNERS UP

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, Kapolei 

Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Maui 

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Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Resort. Image Hilton Hotels and Resorts
BEST INTERNATIONAL HOTELS AND RESORTS  – FIJI (VITI LEVU)

WINNER

Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort 

RUNNERS UP

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island 

InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa 

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Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort is designed like a Fijian village. Image Angela Saurine
BEST INTERNATIONAL HOTELS AND RESORTS  – FIJI (OTHER ISLANDS)

WINNER

Castaway Island, Fiji

RUNNERS UP

Plantation Island Resort 

Malolo Island Resort Fiji 

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A family walking along the beach at Castaway Island, Fiji . Image Mark Snyder Tourism Fiji
BEST INTERNATIONAL HOTELS AND RESORTS  – PACIFIC ISLANDS

WINNER

Pacific Resort Rarotonga, Cook Islands 

RUNNERS UP

The Rarotongan Beach Resort and Lagoonarium, Cook Islands 

Holiday Inn Resort, Vanuatu 

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Pacific Resort Rarotonga
BEST INTERNATIONAL HOTELS AND RESORTS  – EUROPE

WINNER

Disneyland Paris Hotel 

RUNNERS UP

LEGOLAND Castles, LEGOLAND Deutschland Resort, Germany 

Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol, Cyprus

BEST INTERNATIONAL HOTELS AND RESORTS  – BEST LUXURY PROPERTY

WINNER

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai 

RUNNERS UP

Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa, Hawai’I 

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge, South Africa

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Atlantis The Palm Dubai
BEST AIRLINE FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Qantas 

RUNNERS UP

Emirates 

Air New Zealand 

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Australian families love Qantas
BEST TOUR COMPANY FOR FAMILIES

WINNER

Intrepid Travel 

RUNNERS UP

Trafalgar 

G Adventures 

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A homestay in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco with Intrepid Travel

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