Best family resorts on the Gold Coast

Whether you are looking for a luxury getaway with action-packed kids’ clubs and opportunities for some serious indulgence, or apartment-style accommodation for a home away from home with plenty to do for the kids, the folks at Holidays With Kids share their top picks of all inclusive family resorts on the Gold Coast.

Sea World Resort & Water Park

Gold Coast, 4.5 stars

Astounding visitors with its remarkable kid-friendly facilities and glorious Gold Coast location, Sea World Resort & Water Park is the ultimate of kid friendly resorts on the Gold Coast! With direct monorail access to Sea World, close proximity to the region’s other theme parks and great family package deals all year round, it provides style, comfort and – most importantly – buckets of fun. Featuring restaurants and bars, a kids’ club, massage and beauty salon, gymnasium and a host of water sports, family resorts on the Gold Coast don’t get better than this!

Turtle Beach Resort

Gold Coast, 4.5 stars

A close runner-up for the third year in a row, Turtle Beach is another property that has proven its popularity among Australian families. Located at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast, the resort offers fully self-contained kid-friendly accommodation with an exceptional blend of family-centred facilities, including a 15-hole putt putt course, tennis court, cinema, fitness room, games rooms and barbecue entertainment areas. For those aged four to 12, the star attraction is Club Turtle, where they’ll hang with other kids and enjoy various activities. Chelonia is the adults-only equivalent which parents can escape to when their kids are happily occupied.

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

Gold Coast, 5 stars

Rounding out our top three, Surfers Paradise Marriott woos guests with its luxurious amenities and stunning panoramic views over the hinterland and river. Offering elegant accommodation, with a selection of interconnecting rooms that are perfect for families, its high quality rooms and services has seen it remain a family favourite. With great package deals that encompass its array of dining options, spa treatments, hair services, fitness centre, kids’ club and a private saltwater lagoon that is ideal for snorkelling, it provides the ultimate beach getaway that’ll keep everyone happy.

Sheraton Mirage Resort & Spa Gold Coast

Gold Coast, 5 stars

You can’t go past the Sheraton Mirage for five-star indulgence on the Gold Coast beachfront. Freshly refurbished rooms and suites, relaxed oasis pool area complete with ice-cream at the swim-up bar and all-inclusive dining for kids with the SPG Kids Pass programme combine to make sun-soaked holidays a delight for all (The Golden Door Spa & Health Club doesn’t go astray here, either). Best of all, theme park thrills are mere moments from the resort’s doorstep, with Sea World just a five-minute drive away.

Q1 Resort & Spa

Gold Coast, 4.5 stars

Panoramas over Surfers Paradise are guaranteed at Australia’s tallest residential tower and resort – Q1 Resort and Spa. This 78-storey complex is home to one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments (all with in-room spas), offering creature comforts as well as a sleek and modern style. With two lagoon pools outside, a heated lap pool inside and sandy adventures on nearby Main Beach, it’s a water babies’ paradise, while a games room and private theatrette has something for all ages.

When it comes to family resorts, Gold Coast certainly doesn’t disappoint. Sun, surf, sand and relaxation are a great mix for a family getaway!

Paradise Resort, Surfers Paradise

Gold Coast, 4.5 stars

With an awesome kids club, water park, indoor ice skating rink, climbing wall, and heaps of activities and entertainment, Paradise Resort on the Gold Coast is a family-friendly haven. Recently refurbished, there is now even more for the kids to enjoy. Also due to open in 2021 is the adults only lounge and pool. So, Mum and Dad can enjoy some alone time knowing that the kids are having the time of their lives at the kids club.

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Written by Angela Sutherland

After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music.

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