TRAVEL: 10 of the best holiday parks for families in Queensland

06 July 2018
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1. Queensland Recreation Centres, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast

These days it’s not only important for family holidays to be fun and relaxing, they need to be affordable too, and we think we’ve found the perfect spot at Queensland Recreation Centres.  

Queensland Recreation Centres have two stunning beachside holiday parks on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast offering weekend and school holiday accommodation. The holiday parks include self-contained, ensuited rooms that sleep up to seven, and start from $84 per night with no minimum stay requirement.

There are loads of fun things to keep the kids entertained during your stay, also. There are casual climbing days at the indoor rock wall on Saturdays, as well as plenty of other school holiday activities. The holiday parks have plenty of sporting equipment available too, if you want to shoot hoops or have a hit on the tennis courts.

For more information on these awesome Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast holiday parks or to book visit

2. Paronella Park, Far North Queensland

Located in Far North Queensland, a half hour’s drive from Cairns, Paronella Park is like a fairytale with castles, bridges, tunnels, and waterfalls, all wrapped up in a story of human triumph.

Paronella Park is the perfect spot to let kids’ imaginations run wild on the 13-acre property. The ‘Dream Continues’ tour runs daily and tells the fascinating story of Jose Paronella and his Dream and then, every evening, there is a ‘Darkness Falls’ tour, featuring flood lighting of many of Paronella Park’s highlights. Depending on the time of year, you can spot fireflies, glowing mushrooms, nocturnal marsupials, or even the resident crocodile, Dundee.

Also included is a site for the night in their boutique caravan/camping park, complete with gas BBQ, hot showers and a coin laundry; a souvenir map guide, bookmark, and fish food (to feed the resident fish and turtles), which kids will love.

There is a café serving fresh food, and visitors are able to bring their own food too to enjoy a picnic next to the waterfall or castle – perfect for all budding princes and princesses!

3. Kurrimine Beach, Tropical North Queensland

If you love driving off the beaten track, Kurrimine Beach is a small fishing hamlet in Tropical North Queensland located half way between Mission Beach and Innisfail, and just a 10km detour from the Bruce Highway. Not only will you find a stunning tropical beach and the warmest welcome in North Queensland, the Kurrimine Beach Holiday park is great if you’re travelling with children.

The Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park is run by a family who has first-hand experience of holidaying with children AND understands that mum needs a holiday too!

Kurrimine Beach Holiday Park is a small park with big facilities – there is a huge saltwater pool with giant inflatable toys, a water park, jumping pillow, play room, giant chess and go-karts. Add to this a short stroll to the beach and you have everything a family could want.

Special Offer - up to 2 kids stay and play for free - not valid on long weekends or school holidays, minimum stay 3 nights.

4. Treasure Island Holiday Park, Gold Coast

If you’re looking for a place that will have you AND your kids saying WOW, this is it. Your kids will be saying WOW when they see the water park, the kids club, the mini golf, the go carts, jumping pillow, playgrounds and space to ride around. And you? Well, you will be saying WOW to how easy it will be to occupy your kids AND to the spacious size of the accommodation. Accommodation ranges from townhouses, villas, units and cabins to powered caravan, tent and motorhome sites.

5. Kenilworth Homestead, Sunshine Coast (West)

Beachside holiday parks in Queensland are always popular, but don’t forget the beauty of the country. You’ll find it right here at the heritage listed Kenilworth Homestead, a privately run outdoor recreation, family camping and function centre right on the banks of the beautiful Mary River.

The holiday park is open to camping, caravans, camper trailers and campervans. There’s plenty to do including swimming, feeding the farm animals, exploring the river or simply relaxing.

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6. Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, Mt Mee State Forest

Neurum, an eight minute drive from Woodford, is home to the Neurum Creek Bush Retreat, a holiday park nestled in the foothills of Mt Mee State forest. The perfect way to get in touch with nature and turn all tech devices off, it’s here you will be able to enjoy some old-school outdoor fun, swimming, kayaking or BMXing with the whole family (and your dog). If you’re keen to rough it, bring your swag, otherwise it’s a perfect for tents right through to caravans and motorhomes. There’s an onsite camp shop with all the necessities and plenty of amentities. If you’ve got a four wheel drive, there’s also 4WDing in the state forest nearby.

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7. Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park, SE Queensland

One of the very popular caravan parks in Queensland, Tallebudgera Creek Tourist Park offers every camping option you could need from unpowered camp sites to huge luxury villas. It’s a magical spot to go camping on the Gold Coast, right on a gorgeous estuary which is safe for kids and the perfect spot to pop a boat in for some fishing or a paddle in a canoe. The holiday park has three swimming pools and a playground for the kids. If you’d prefer to surf the waves, Tallebudgera surf beach is only a short walk away as well as the Burleigh Heads National Park where your family can enjoy scenic walks amongst the lush rainforest.

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8. Mt Barney Lodge, Gold Coast (West)

Grassy and shady campsites await you at Mt Barney Lodge where you can pitch your tent or park your caravan, motorhome or camper trailer. There’s gorgeous creek frontage and spectacular mountain views to enjoy here as well as campfires to partake in some traditional marshmallow toasting. If you’d prefer, there’s also rustic cabins to stay in and onsite camper trailers if you don’t own one. Activities to enjoy with the family include eco-walks, rock climbing, exploring waterholes, abseiling, rock climbing and the kids can be kept entertained with the Mt Barney Lodges kids program over school holidays.

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9. Big 4 North Star Hastings Point, Northern NSW

OK, we know this holiday park isn’t in Queensland, but it’s only 15 minutes south of the Gold Coast Airport, so stay with us! In fact, BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort at Hastings Point is jam packed full of fun (and relaxation) for the whole family.

The holiday park is situated amongst 10 hectares of manicured gardens and gorgeous palms, perfect to relax amongst while the kids enjoy a game of tennis, the games room, pool tables, outdoor playgrounds and the kids club, Neptunes.

There are plenty of great spots for year-round kayaking, swimming, fishing and family fun, the beach is only a short stroll away.

Whether you prefer camping, caravanning, campervanning or enjoying fully contained accommodation, there are options for everyone from luxury poolside spa villas to spacious family cabins, caravan and camp sites.

Find out more about this idyllic family holiday park by reading our review.

10. Gold Coast Holiday Park, Helensvale

Closest to all the Gold Coast theme parks, BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park is your destination for FUN! The holiday park offers the perfect family getaway with a huge pool, water slide, poolside cabanas and a licensed café.

The park also offers large rig sites, a new amenities block and a dog-friendly environment so the whole family can come and enjoy a coastal getaway.

Do you have your holiday park all booked but are dreading the packing process? Check out our Essential Family Holiday Packing Checklist.

Is a New Zealand campervanning holiday more your thing? Why not read our Campervanning in New Zealand article, covering a trip around the south island with suggested New Zealand holiday parks included!

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Eva Lewis

Eva is a digital content expert who runs a successful women's lifestyle blog - The Multitasking Woman. Eva is an experienced social media manager, digital consultant, article writer and copywriter and has written for various publications and business websites over the years.  When Eva doesn't have her head in the digital space, she enjoys spending time with her husband, six year old son and one year old daughter, ploughing through her current favourite books in the Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon, gardening and chatting with her chooks. 

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