AUSTRALIA’S BEST HOTELS, RESORTS, SERVICED APARTMENTS AND PLACES TO CAMP IN
Whether you want to camp out under the stars, enjoy the comforts of home in a serviced apartment or all the fun of a resort with a water park and kids’ club, these are the best places to stay across the country as voted by families in the 2023 Out & About with Kids Readers’ Choice Awards
Opening image: BIG4 Adventure Whitsundays Resort
Best place to camp in Australia: BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, Queensland
Tropical North Queensland has an undeniable appeal for nature-loving families. Surrounded by crystal-blue waters, Airlie Beach is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and all its enchanting sights. Nestled in lush garden surroundings, powered campsites at BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort create a private, peaceful getaway. Facilities include an animal park, mini golf, outdoor movies, kids' craft club, and a giant waterpark with 13 slides.
Images: A family camping, pedal karts at BIG4 Adventure Whitsundays Resort
Best family hotel or resort in Australia: Paradise Resort Gold Coast, Queensland
Dreams really do come true at Paradise Resort! This two-hectare Gold Coast oasis is jam-packed with family fun, including two water parks, an ice-skating rink, on-site eateries and poolside movies. Like a mini theme park, the enormous Kids' Zone is split into immersive themed rooms, where Paradise Resort’s Kids Club entertains guests from six weeks to 12 years old. Amidst all the action, ‘quiet zone’ sessions create a calming, sensory-friendly space.
Images: Play in the water park at Paradise Resort Gold Coast
Best apartment or serviced apartment brand in Australia: Oaks Hotels, Resorts & Suites
At more than 50 properties across Australia, familiar comforts will make the whole family feel at home (at least, if your place also has a pool, spa and sauna). Self-contained suites include separate living areas, fully equipped kitchens and luxurious linens. Add a grocery hamper to your booking, and you’ll find snacks ready to fill hungry bellies on arrival.
Image: A Deluxe Room at Oaks Cairns Hotel