With world-famous attractions and pristine beaches on your doorstop you’re guaranteed a convenient as well as beautiful location when you book your family into the Gold Coast. From the famous ‘worlds’ – Sea World, Dreamworld, White Water World and Warner Brothers Movie World – to amazing wildlife parks and zoos like Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, there is plenty to keep the family entertained from morning to night.
When choosing a base for your Gold Coast break, the beachside suburbs of Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Main Beach and Coolangatta are popular for families and offer a range of accommodation including apartments, hotels and resorts plus camping and holiday park options. Before booking ask about facilities such as pools, TV and DVD equipment, as well as services such as restaurants serving kids’ meals and kids clubs.
From the splendid beaches and dazzling delights of Surfers Paradise to the walking trails and well-hidden secrets of the Gold Coast Hinterland, no matter where you stay you’ll be well placed for an entertaining holiday.
Main Beach is a stylish beachside area with a great beach (where you can learn to surf with one of the excellent surf schools), al fresco dining and unique shopping boutiques. To the north is The Spit – home to Sea World, Palazzo Versace Hotel and Marina Mirage shopping and dining complex. Balunjali Interpretative Cultural Kayaking Tours depart daily from Main Beach or try a spot of fishing on BKs Gold Coast Fishing Charters.
Sheraton Mirage Resort and Spa Gold Coast
This five-star resort, round the corner from Sea World has 293 guest rooms with garden, lagoon, or ocean views. The SPG Kids Pass all-inclusive dining programme where, for a flat daily rate, children aged 12 and under of Starwood Preferred Guest members can enjoy all-inclusive access to a variety of dining options, including children’s menus, buffets (when available), and drinks. www.starwoodhotels.com
Sea World Resort & Water Park
Here at Australia’s only water park resort guests can enjoy unlimited use of the WaterPlay aqua playground and water park. Stay for two nights or more and experience the exclusive Dolphin Discovery presentation for free. Kids will also enjoy the brand new kids club and can meet a Sesame Street Beach Star every morning in the lobby for a photo. There are a range of room configurations to suit most families. http://seaworldresort.myfun.com.au
Just 30-minutes from Gold Coast Airport, the world-famous Surfers Paradise lays claim to around 40 per cent of all accommodation on the Gold Coast, making it the ideal place to be based when exploring the region. Don’t miss the Surfers Paradise Beachfront Market, every Wednesday and Friday.
Comfort Inn and Suites Mari Court Resort
Perfect for families with fully contained, self-catering apartments. There’s also a nine-hole putt-putt mini golf course plus large tropical swimming pool and games and entertainment room. There is also a babysitting service and home delivery food and beverage packages. www.maricourt.com.au
Crown Towers Resort
Choose from one, two or three-bedroom apartments with spacious living areas and gourmet kitchens. Sit back and relax while the little ones take advantage of the numerous games on offer in the games room, or enjoy the lagoon-style pool with its own sandy beach, waterslide and pirate ship to climb about. www.crowntowersresort.com.au
Surfers Paradise Marriott
All ground floor bars and restaurants of this 28-level resort are surrounded by waterscapes. An $8 million aquatic playground includes a five-metre deep saltwater lagoon, home to an artificial coral reef and more than 400 tropical fish, which guests can join in feeding. www.marriott.com.au
Set on a five acre oasis close to beaches, attractions, and the heart of Surfers Paradise, choose from Standard Resort Rooms, Resort Family Rooms with a second bedroom, Resort Interconnecting Rooms or Junior Bunkhouses. Facilities include the Z4K (Zone 4 Kids club), tropical pools, restaurants and bar. www.paradiseresort.com.au
Surfers Aquarius on the Beach
These absolute beachfront apartments provide luxurious accommodation within walking distance of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. Featuring a large heated outdoor pool, children’s wading pool, squash courts, putting green, children’s play area and four barbecue areas set plus bikes and surf equipment for hire, these apartments are ideal for families. www.surfersaquarius.com.au
Mantra Sun City
Just a short stroll to Surfers Paradise Beach and the cosmopolitan hub of Cavill Avenue, the Aztec-inspired Mantra Sun City is perfect for families seeking privacy and comfort close to the action. Choose from hotel rooms to self-contained two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses. The resort also has a lagoon style pool with snake-like waterslides, as well as an indoor pool and spa and tennis courts. www.mantrasuncity.com.au
Home to one of the most pristine beaches in the world, Broadbeach is close to many family-friendly restaurants, cafes and shops. The Pacific Fair Shopping Centre (with a child minding service) has over 130 fashion and accessory stores plus a cinema.
Wave Resort Broadbeach
In the heart of the cafe and dining precinct of Broadbeach, The Wave offers luxury accommodation in spacious one, two and three-bedroom apartments. The top-floor plunge pool and poolside barbecue has 360-degree views of Broadbeach and the Gold Coast. www.thewavesresort.com.au
Ocean Pacific Broadbeach
Spacious modern apartments, on-site facilities and a wonderful location in central Broadbeach. Take in breathtaking ocean views from the balcony or relax by the pool while the kids enjoy the games room. www.oceanpacificresort.com.au
This beachfront location is ideal for family vacations. Soak up spectacular ocean views from your room’s balcony and lounge around the resort’s pool or enjoy the parks, bike and running tracks, shops, restaurants and cinemas a short stroll away. The resort’s tour desk can help plan each day with over 100 tours including rainforest walks, historic train journeys, theme parks, cruises and fishing. www.voyagerresort.com.au
Ashmore Palms Holiday Village, Ashmore
A five-minute drive inland from Main Beach this is a popular choice for families, offering a range of self-contained holiday cabin accommodation. Free kids’ activities include face painting, craft, balloon modelling and sand art. www.ashmorepalmsgoldcoast.com.au
Surfing is the major focus of this prestigious beachside suburb, close to the shops and tourist attractions of Broadbeach, a short drive to the north. The area is known for its ‘millionaire’s row’ of beachfront homes, but there are also plenty of affordable alfresco restaurants and cafes too! The local Surf Life Saving Club is a great spot for a bite to eat with fantastic views.
Turtle Beach Resort
This award-winning family resort is centrally located at Mermaid Beach, just a short distance from many Gold Coast attractions and has options for one to four-bedroom apartments. From lagoons to lap pools the crew will have fun here, with floodlit tennis courts, an 18-hole putt-putt course, children’s playgrounds, arcade games rooms and cinema. www.turtlebeach.com.au
Montego Sands Resort
This family-run resort offers a choice of one and two bedroom fully self-contained holiday apartments. Its quaint Tuscan villa charm with large internal courtyard creates a peaceful retreat. All apartments have their own private balcony and the two bedroom split-level penthouses have a parent’s retreat upstairs with spa bath and are perfect for families. www.montegosandsresort.com.au
Lying on the Queensland and NSW border, Coolangatta is the gateway to South West Queensland. With many activities, including diving, whale spotting and great walking tracks there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had. It’s also near to the must-see Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Beach House Seaside Resort
Located beachfront on Marine Parade this is a Coolangatta icon with the original Beach House built in 1912. Today the resort contains 132 spacious fully self-contained two bedroom apartments and is located within minutes of restaurants, bars and shopping centres. www.diamondresorts.com
Ocean Plaza Resort
One of Coolangatta’s landmark high rise buildings, Ocean Plaza offers luxury self-contained two and three bedroom apartments. The resort features a heated pool and spa, children’s wading pool, two full size tennis courts, games room, gymnasium, golf driving nets and a choice of restaurants on its doorstep. www.oceanplazaresort.etourism.com.au
Outrigger Twin Towns Resort
With a prime position overlooking the beaches of the Southern Gold Coast and the Tweed River, this four and half-star resort offers premium facilities and features seven restaurants and lounges plus swimming pools, tennis courts and mini-golf course. www.twintowns.com.au