With a huge range of accommodation options and 100’s of activities for kids and adults of every age, Hamilton Island is a top pick for family holidays. You can find self-contained apartments on Stayz for as little as $220 a night and there are reguarly discount flights with both Jetstar and Virgin making it much more affordable that many people realise. Consider staying on the marina side of the island in accommodation that includes a buggy. The kids will love it and they are much more affordable than resort side rooms. The resort pools are only two minutes away by buggy & most appartments have pools.
Head south for the crystal clear waters and white sand of Jervis Bay. This popular family destination offers great beaches, beautiful national parks and easy access to many other south coast attractions and wineries. There are many camping, cabin and self-contained options as well as a few larger resorts to suit any family.
A traditional holiday spot that many will remember from their own childhood, the Gold Coast still has a lot to offer families. For older kids and teenagers, the theme parks are a huge attraction. Choose an apartment rather than a hotel room so you can prepare some meals at home. Some of the resorts have such good facilities you’ll never need to leave. Mantra Sun City even has it’s own waterslide and Paradise resort is literally paradise for kids and adults alike!
If you’ve got a larger budget and can stretch to an international flight, then Fiji is a great choice. It’s only a four-hour flight from Sydney that is achievable with young kids. Accomodation options are endless, ranging from high end resorts to simple beach bungalows and standard hotel rooms. The Shangri-La resort and spa is absolutely stunning and a popular choice.
Within easy driving distance from Sydney and with a range of accommodation options from camping and cabins through to resorts, Port Macquarie and surrounds is an affordable holiday spot with heaps to do. In summer, there are great beaches to explore but even in winter you won’t be short of things to keep the family busy. Go strawberry picking at Ricardoes, visit Timbertown or take a drive to the Bago maze. The Big 4 parks in the area offer great value accommodation.