Abuzz with sun and fun, beautiful beaches and awe-inspiring hinterland, Queensland is Australia’s favourite family-friendly playground. Discover our top four Queensland destinations for a family holiday.

Cairns

Home to warm year-round temperatures, sun-filled days and a gamut of sightseeing opportunities, Cairns is an ideal location for a family holiday. 

A gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, Cairns is renowned for its natural attractions and boasts some of Australia’s best wildlife parks and sanctuaries; including Cairns Tropical Zoo, Cairns Wildlife Dome and Rainforestation Nature Park. 

The city also encourages fun and frivolities with features like the Cairns Esplanade’s man-made lagoon, public barbecues and picnics, slides, play houses, see-saws, and Australia’s biggest skate park.

Plan Your Cairns Family Holiday 

  • Flights to Cairns: Virgin Australia operates flights to Cairns daily, direct from Brisbane, Townsville, Melbourne and Sydney.
  • Cairns Holiday Packages: Our partner, Virgin Australia Holidays offers great Cairns holiday packages.
  • Cairns Tours and Activities: Entertain and wow your family with a number of fantastic Cairns tours and activities from our partner GoDo. 

Sunshine Coast Hinterland 

An area of outstanding natural beauty and rural historic charm, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland offers a great setting for a family escape. 

Nature lovers can explore the area’s splendour on a number of walks through the Blackall Range. Meandering through a number of exquisite national parks, the tracks form one of 10 Great Walks of Queensland. Adventurous families can choose to pitch a tent along the way at a number of bush campsites. 

The area’s most famous family drawcard is Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.  Located at the base of the Glass House Mountains the zoo brims with wildlife and adventure, home koalas, snakes, wombats, dingoes, tigers, elephants, crocodiles and more. 

Plan Your Sunshine Coast Hinterland Family Holiday 

Stradbroke Island

Home to scenic headlands, kilometres of rolling surf, white sandy beaches and swimming lagoons; and carrying the slogan “Where summer never ends”, North Stradbroke Island is a year-round haven for holidaying families. 

Four wheel driving, fishing trips, snorkelling, whale watching, bush walks, rock pools, pristine salt, and fresh water lagoonsthe island is an adventure enthusiast’s and nature lover’s paradise. Stradbroke’s past can be uncovered at the local museum, which showcases a long heritage of Aboriginal history, shipwrecks and mineral sand mining.

On-island accommodation caters to families of all sizes and budgets, with everything from campsites to houses for rent.  

Plan Your Stradbroke Island Family Holiday 

  • Flights to Stradbroke Island: North Stradbroke Island is located one hour from Brisbane, accessible by vehicle ferries which depart from Cleveland. Virgin Australia operates flights to Brisbane from all state capitals and most regional Queensland ports
  • Stradbroke Island Tours and Activities: Entertain and wow your family with a number of fantastic Stradbroke Island tours and activities from our partner GoDo.

Gold Coast 

Thanks to the variety of attractions and activities, the Gold Coast is one of Australia's most popular family-friendly destinations. The coast’s glittering beaches entertain with sun, surf and sand. Scenic walks intersect the Gold Coast Hinterland, and offer a unique look at Australia’s native flora and fauna. 

Animal lovers are treated to close encounters with polar bears, dolphins, sting ray and even whales at Sea World. Film buffs can take a unique look behind the scenes at Warner Bros. Movie World. While Wet 'n' Wild offers kids of all ages (and at heart), thrills and spills on adrenaline-pumping water rides. 

A growing number of professional sporting teams  like the Gold Coast Suns  call the region home and can be supported on a family-fun day out to a local stadium.  

Plan Your Gold Coast Family Holiday