Introducing Your Perfect Next Queensland holiday
Things to do with the family in the Sunshine State
When it comes to entertainment, the Sunshine State has you covered. Queensland family holidays are a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Whether you’re adventurous or timid; inquisitive or in need of relaxation; a water lover, a hiker or anyone in between, there are plenty of activities to keep the whole gang happy, no matter which part of Queensland you visit!
Queensland is well known for its incredible coastlines, but it’s also home to breathtaking landscapes and scenery, often just a stones-throw away from the beach. Enjoy time together in the fresh air by hiking, biking or horse riding through the hinterland. Travel less than half an hour to reach bushy mountain tracks when staying on the Gold Coast, spend a day in the quaint hilltop townships that overlook the Sunshine Coast or, for the less physically active, take in panoramic mountain-to-coast views as you ride the Kuranda Skyrail in Tropical North Queensland. If you want to try something more adventurous why not try zip lining through the trees? This is available on the Gold Coast and in Cairns—ask our Queensland Holiday Experts more about it here!
You can’t move for wildlife in Queensland. If you didn’t come across wild animals on your hike (which we’d find hard to believe!), why not visit the world-famous Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or the magical Mount Tambourine Glow Worm Caves on the Gold Coast or Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane. If your perfect next Queensland holiday has taken you up north, there are wildlife adventures waiting there too! Snorkel or dive on the Great Barrier Reef (accessible from the Whitsundays, Cairns, Palm Cove and Port Douglas) or opt for an exhilarating crocodile safari in Cairns!
They don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. With year-round fabulous weather and seemingly endless miles of pristine beach, there is nowhere better to get out on the water than Queensland. It doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or a pro, everyone can enjoy spending time getting wet! Try your hand at surfing on the southeast coasts or kayak and Stand Up Paddleboard along one of the creeks. Up and down the state you can play all day long at inflatable aqua parks or try wakeboarding at cable parks.
Whatever the weather, Queensland family holidays are full of thrills. From outdoor pursuits such as theme parks, water parks, jet boat rides and skydiving, there’s something for every adrenaline junkie to try their hand at here! On rare rainy days, head indoors to keep the thrills alive. Wherever you stay, you’ll find activities like indoor trampoline parks, rock climbing and bouldering, indoor skydiving simulators, laser tag games, mini golf, go-kart racing and more!
If you want to learn something new on your Queensland family holiday, add these places to your hit list: the Museum of Brisbane, Surf World Gold Coast and the Queensland Air Museum on the Sunshine Coast. Browse visiting exhibitions, enjoy interactive science programs or marvel at traditional and modern art at the Museum of Brisbane surrounding Cultural Centre precinct. At Surf World Gold Coast look at the displays documenting the history of surfing. These trace the development of the sport from 1930 until today! If the air is more your thing, the Queensland Air Museum exhibits a huge selection of historical aircrafts daily, from 10am – 4pm.
For the Big Kids
Your perfect next Queensland holiday may be one with the family, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some “big kid” time too! Queensland has a lot to offer grown-ups—from visits to the iconic Bundaberg Rum Factory to a guided tour of the XXXX Brewery in Brisbane and day trips around the boutique wineries and craft breweries of the Gold Coast hinterland. For the discerning palette why not book a food and wine tour in Tropical North Queensland to see what the local producers have to offer. Plus, wherever you visit on Queensland’s coast the local markets have lots of amazing food, drink and crafts to buy!
By Sarah Tayler
Sarah is an avid traveller. When not writing for My QLD Holiday, she can be found gallivanting around the globe. Sarah has a soft spot for Barcelona because she’s a sucker for Gaudi and tapas! She’s also a big fan of leisurely river cruising and loves nothing more than stopping off along the banks of the Loire Valley for a spot of wine tasting, visiting Bordeaux for the history and amazing French food.