Discover the extreme relaxation of a 'stop and drop' family holiday on the Sunshine Coast, where everything you need for your dream family escape is within easy reach.
So, you want the ultimate hassle-free family holiday that's as far removed as possible from the usual juggle of organising and shuttling the kids around from one activity to the next?
A holiday where you get to park the car, drop your bags and feel the weight of the world lift from your shoulders as you relax and reconnect with your partner, knowing that the kids will be happily entertained by the new resort friends they've made or the numerous onsite activities.
With the Sunshine Coast an easy driving distance from Brisbane and only a short flight from Sydney, you'll be able to answer 'Yes' to 'Are we there yet?' in hardly any time at all. So, what are you waiting for?
The ultimate 'drop and stop' style 4-star resort. Novotel Twin Waters is located on the beachfront but also has its own private saltwater lagoon, with near endless on-site activities, which include an outdoor pool and spa, catamaran sailing and kayaking, an inflatable aqua fun park, trampoline jump zone, mini golf, stand up paddleboarding, segway tours, bike hire, a gym and outdoor fitness centre, day spa and even a kids club. If that’s not enough, there is also tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course nearby.
This award-winning resort has a string of accolades to its name, including having been officially accredited a five-star rating by AAA Tourism. The resort's two- and three-bedroom apartments are fully self-contained and include impressive home-theatre systems and expansive views. Downstairs you'll find two pools (one of which is a heated lap pool) and a giant Jacuzzi, with family-friendly restaurants and cafes nearby.
Located across the road from the patrolled surf beach at Alexandra Headlands, the resort itself includes a huge waterslide that the kids will love making a splash at as it leads into an expansive 150m lagoon pool. There’s also two more heated pools, BBQ facilities, a spa, gymnasium, and a large children’s playground on-site. Child-minding services are also available.
Named as one of Australia's Top 25 Places to stay by TripAdvisor, Noosa RACV is located just minutes from all the attractions of Noosa village but given its long list of facilities, you’re unlikely to want to leave. Impressive facilities includes an outdoor, infinity-edge heated pool, two heated water-slides, a splash park, playground, floodlit tennis court, toddler pool, day spa, gym, and on-site restaurants and bar.
This eco-friendly resort is nestled next to Noosa National Park. Highlights include a free-form heated lagoon pool and 25m lap pool, day spa, gymnasium and steam room, theatrette and games room, while Noosa Main Beach only a short 500 metre stroll away. The onsite restaurant and bar also offer 'kids eat free' deals, while childcare can be arranged.
More like a fun park for kids, Oaks Oasis includes a 500sqm multi-level, water play park, tropical lagoon pool, spa, triple galaxy climbing frame, kangaroo jumping pillow, floodlit tennis court, 18-hole mini golf course and beach volleyball court, all in a prime position close to the beach and the bustling hub of Caloundra.
Located in the heart of Caloundra with beaches, shops and restaurants only a short stroll away, Aspect Caloundra itself boasts a flood-lit tennis court, grassed BBQ area, lap pool and recreation swimming pool, and even a theatre.
Located in Maleny, in the Blackall Ranges, Wattle Gully Retreat offers a variety of family-friendly cabins set amongst 50 acres of native bush land and rainforest. Relax as you discover the creek winding through the property, or discover the wild wallabies and koalas that live on the property.
Surrounded by the stunning Glass House Mountains, Club Pelican golf course and the Pacific Ocean, The Sebel Pelican Waters offers hotel rooms and one- and two-bedroom suites, with a golf course, day spa, lap pool, fitness centre, hairdresser and bar and restaurants all on site.
The closest BIG4 Holiday Resort to Australia Zoo and the Original Eumundi Markets, BIG4 Forest Glen is bordered by rainforest, and offers accommodation ranging from villas and cabins to caravan and camping sites. The holiday park includes a pool, waterslide, tennis and basketball courts, playground, mini-golf, 25m jumping cushion, bird feeding, movie theatre and a games room.
Located on the beachfront at Caloundra, Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park offers accommodation ranging from unpowered camp sites to self-contained studio units. The holiday park includes an outdoor pool, a tennis court, playground, barbecue facilities and an TV and games rooms for a relaxed, chilled out family escape.
These fully self-contained Coolum Seaside Apartments are a short walk to Coolum's patrolled beach, boutique stores, and bustling cafes and restaurants. There are three heated swimming pools and four spas, a gym, garden barbecues, a tennis court, and free Foxtel and wi-fi.
Boasting an absolute beachfront location that is mere minutes from the airport, the Ramada Marcoola Beach resort offers accommodation options ranging from hotel rooms to one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Facilities include a 60m heated pool and children's wading pool, onsite restaurant and bar, gym and day spa.