12 Escapes the Whole Family Will Love
There is definitely an art to the perfect family getaway.
First up is the destination, because heading to a town, city or region that boasts plenty of parent- and kid-friendly activities is definitely a plus. And a sure way to banish any cries of "I'm bored!" Once your destination is sorted, it is on to finding where you'll be staying. This can be where the juggling act begins. Not only is the ideal family-friendly escape somewhere that appeals to parents but it should also have kit or facilities that keeps children of all ages smiling. Extra points might be given if a stay can cater for babies or toddlers. While your next school holiday trip may already be locked in, it is never too early to start planning a future family holiday - especially if you're thinking of travelling during busy and peak periods. So it is with that in mind that we're helping to inspire your next family trip by sharing 12 of our top family-friendly getaways. These escapes have something for young and old, whether you're a family of two or a group that includes grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Orchard Keepers, Red Hill VIC
Orchard Keepers was made for families seeking a stylish stay in the heart of the Mornington Peninsula. This gorgeous property encompasses two miner’s cottages that are now joined by a central passageway. All up, Orchard Keepers has four bedrooms, two lounge spaces, two bathrooms and an excellent kitchen diner. Plus a separate cottage can sleep an additional couple. With so much space, Orchard Keepers is an easy option for one or even two families. Kids will love getting their hands dirty picking herbs for dinner from the kitchen garden and the grounds have ample space for lawn games. There is also a grass tennis court for families that fancy undertaking their own Grand Slam tournament. While the surrounding area is heavy with cellar doors and vineyards, it is only an eight-minute drive to Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens. The Enchanted Adventure Garden is also a 15-minute drive away.
Alamanda Lodge, Port Macquarie NSW
Alamanda Lodge in Port Macquarie could be the ultimate family entertainer. It spans three impressive levels and has everything a brood needs for a fantastic family holiday. There are three excellent living areas, all with an entertainment system, so there is no squabbling over what movie to watch or music to listen to. Gather your tribe on the huge deck for family barbecues, take a relaxing soak in the enormous hot tub that sits among the manicured gardens, or make the short walk to Flynn’s Beach. The bedroom configuration is perhaps the biggest hint that Alamanda Lodge is perfect for families. Parents can retreat to the master bedroom, which has its own spa ensuite. A second bedroom has two singles and opens out onto a sunny courtyard; perfect for older children. The third bedroom is fitted out with three bunk beds.
Seventh Heaven, Hobart TAS
Holiday families travelling together towards Hobart have found their dream house in Seventh Heaven. This expansive escape sits just out of the Apple Isle’s capital and gives its guests plenty of space to spread out and settle in. Seventh Heaven is a master of blending adult-approved luxuries with extras that get the kids’ tick of approval, from the stash of toys and DVDs to al fresco areas for parents. Five bedrooms occupy two storeys and there are also two living areas, a contemporary kitchen and a dedicated games room. The garden features a kids’ playground and a trampoline. Views of River Derwent and Hobart are offered from almost every room.
Coral Sands Luxury Beach House, Maslin Beach SA
Tee up a memorable family trip at Coral Sands Luxury Beach House in Maslin Beach in South Australia. This getaway gives the best of both worlds: a house that has luxury trimmings plus a location that puts you close to the Fleurieu Peninsula’s pristine beaches. There is room for 12 guests, split across a master bedroom, a twinset of queen suites, a kids’ bunkroom, and another single suite. The pair of separate living areas are both decked out with large flat screen TVs and a Bose SoundDock. Cooks will find plenty of bench space in the contemporary kitchen to help them feed the masses, and meals can be enjoyed on one of the ocean-view balcony. In the garden stakes, Coral Sands Luxury Beach House really caters for the kids. As well as a private lawn with golfing green, there is also children’s play equipment and a sandpit.
Bonnie's at Barwon, Barwon Heads VIC
This contemporary open-plan home is located in one of Victoria’s favourite family-friendly destinations. Be it for a long-term or short-term getaway, Bonnie’s at Barwon will have you feeling right at home. Three bedrooms – two queen and one with two singles – allow Bonnie’s to cater for families of up to six. A central living space has comfortable sofas and a fireplace, perfect for gathering around on family movie nights. There is also a good backyard with timber deck and barbecue. Barwon Heads is a beloved beachside destination and it is only a five-minute drive from Bonnie’s to Bluff’s 13th Beach. There is also a koala and wildlife sanctuary nearby for those planning a family day out.
On The Beach Getaway, Boat Harbour NSW
On The Beach Getaway in Boat Harbour puts its guests within easy striking distance of the town’s beautiful beaches. That perk is, after all, where this family-friendly apartment gets its name. Three queen bedrooms allow On The Beach Getaway to sleep up to six, plus two bathrooms eliminate the need to shotgun the first shower of a morning. An ocean-facing balcony gives an unobstructed outlook across the beach and is an ideal setting for alfresco summer dinners or lazy, light breakfasts. When you’re ready to hit the sand, simply cross the road and wander down the foreshore. Pick your way through the surrounding rock pools or waste no time getting your hair wet by wading into the calm waters.
Aqua Resort Busselton, Busselton WA
A cluster of self-contained houses and apartments makes up Aqua Resort Busselton’s family-friendly getaway offerings. There are two location options: the Bay Beach Houses that overlook Geographe Bay, or the Grove Beach Houses that are tucked away in private landscaped gardens. With configurations ranging from two to five bedrooms, families of all sizes will find a hideaway that suits. Some houses even come with a private plunge pool; a tempting possibility for broods wanting to add something special to their upcoming family trip. No matter which house you book, you can expect to have use of open-plan living and dining, a well-stocked kitchen, and sleek entertainment systems with Foxtel. The resort also has its own swimming pool plus an outdoor spa, tennis court, gym, bike hire, and Pilates and yoga classes. Oh, and did we mention the absolute beachfront location?
Oceans Mooloolaba Beach, Mooloolaba QLD
The Sunshine Coast is a haven for holidaying families and Oceans Mooloolaba Beach puts broods within striking distance of the region’s top activities, beaches and sights. The collection of apartments and penthouses ranges from two to four bedrooms, allowing Oceans Mooloolaba Beach to cater for families of all sizes. The penthouses are an especially decadent option and come with a private rooftop, spa and barbecue. As for the resort itself, Oceans Mooloolaba Beach hits all of the right notes for parents and children alike. There is a wading pool especially for kids, movie theatrette, spa, and gym and steam room. It is only a stone’s throw from the soft sand of the beach and the resort sits within the heart of Mooloolaba’s main hub of restaurants and cafes.
Adventure Bay Lodge, Adventure Bay TAS
The rugged lodge at Adventure Bay Retreat will certainly capture the heart of families that love the great outdoors. The lodge is set on 33 acres of beautiful Bruny Island landscape and comes surrounded by pasture and bushland. Explore your backyard by jumping onto one of the provided bikes, or round up the entire family to take on one of the walking trails. Even if you’re staying put for the day, the kids can get their fill of fresh air by clambering over the outdoor play area, complete with a swing, slide and cubby house. Parents can relax by the wood-burning fire or even sneak in a soak in the master bedroom’s deep bathtub.
Howard's Hill, Boneo VIC
Howard’s Hill on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula will delight families that want to add a farm-style touch to their next holiday. Hole up in the converted barn, which has been transformed to comfortably house up to six guests in three bedrooms. Parents can take over the upper floor with its master bedroom, ensuite, private balcony and separate lounge space. This leaves the kids to have the run of the lower level and they’ll especially love the ping-pong and foosball tables. Outside, Howard’s Hill sits on a 30-acre bushland property so there is plenty of room for everyone to stretch their legs if cabin fever hits. Say hello to the your equine neighbours as you explore the farm. Pets are also welcome.
Inspiration on Wedgetail, Eagle Bay WA
‘House’ doesn’t seem an apt enough description for the experience at Inspiration on Wedgetail. This palatial pad has the kind of kit more commonly found in a resort: a swimming pool, spa, squash court, bowling alley and a movie room. Where Inspiration on Wedgetail one ups hotels and resorts it that these features are all yours; there is no need to share with anyone else. Inspiration on Wedgetail makes an excellent base for getaways with the extended family. There are seven bedrooms, sleeping up to 16, and a multitude of living spaces. There are even two kitchens. When you’re not lazing by the pool or perfecting your bowling technique, head out to explore the tastes from neighbouring vineyards and artisan producers.
Capri Waters Holiday Home, Surfers Paradise QLD
Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast has long been a destination synonymous with family getaways. Rather than holing up in a tired serviced apartment however, look towards Capri Waters Holiday Home. This escape sits on the exclusive Isle of Capri, on a waterfront stretch overlooking the canal. A getaway here will certainly add a glamorous touch to any upcoming family trip, as this is a house that comes bedecked with stylish furnishings, shiny surfaces, a glittering swimming pool and floor-to-ceiling windows. The sandy banks of the canal can be accessed from the huge timber deck, and the glittering strips of Surfers Paradise are less than 10 minutes’ drive away.
For more inspiration on where to go on an upcoming family holiday, take a look at our round up of Australia's best family holiday-friendly destinations.