Nine of the best luxury properties for families in Australia
Here are the nine best luxury properties for families in Australia, as voted by our readers in the 2017 Gold List Awards.
By Taylor Dean
Crown Towers Perth is a favourite among families looking to stay in the heart of the city. The hotel offers a Bring The Family special, which includes an in-room movie, access to the pools and gym and a child-friendly in-room dining menu offering mini burgers and ice cream sundaes. Kids also get to take home a Crown teddy bear and colouring books.
The offer runs until 9 October 2017 and starts at A$318.
2. One&Only Wolgan Valley, NSW
Nestled in a valley in the Blue Mountains, One&Only Wolgan Valley offers a variety of outdoor activities to keep children entertained all day. Guests can interact with the region’s wildlife on a guided nature walk or go on a Colonial Heritage Tour and learn about the 1832 Heritage Homestead and its restoration process.
Families can also partake in a child-friendly horse-riding lesson or embark on a trail ride, ranging from a one-hour trip to a half-day journey through the valley. The resort also offers a junior and senior rangers program where children can participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities including biking and archery.
3. Alamanda Palm Cove by Lancemore, QLD
Situated north of Cairns between the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, Alamanda Palm Cove is the ideal location for a family-friendly beach holiday. All guests of the resort have direct beach access, with the spacious Alamanda Suite offering a private pool and beach front views.
The resort also offers a variety of family packages, including access to a family-friendly pool zone, DVD library, yoga classes, and movie and games rooms. Alamanda also offers professional babysitting services.
4. Jamala Wildlife Lodge, ACT
At the Jamala Wildlife Lodge, families stay among animal sanctuaries at Canberra’s National Zoo & Aquarium. Guests can choose from three accommodation options, including the Jungle Bungalows which place guests in suites adjoining the enclosures of bears, lions and cheetahs. Separated by sturdy windows, these suites give guests the opportunity to observe the animals up close. The Giraffe Tree House allows guests to wake up and feed giraffes right outside their window.
The Lodge offers several itineraries ranging from an overnight stay to a three-night schedule. The family-friendly zoo tours teach guests about the zoo’s conservation efforts while showcasing a variety of endangered animals.
5. Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, WA
Situated on the coast of the Indian Ocean in Broome, Western Australia, the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa features a variety of both on and off property activities. Families can spend a day at the beach or relax by the pool while the kids play in the resort’s water playground. At night there is the option to try a round of mini golf or head to the games pavilion for a family game night.
The surrounding area offers a variety of outdoor family activities, including kayaking, whale watching, ATV tours, hovercraft boat rides, and helicopter tours. Kids can also hold baby crocodiles on a guided tour at the crocodile park.
6. Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas, QLD
Just an hour drive north of Cairns, the beach front Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas offers a family-friendly escape in the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. An onsite tour desk is available to assist in the booking of family tours to the rainforest, Great Barrier Reef, and Port Douglas.
The resort features two hectares of saltwater lagoon pools with the ground floor guest rooms offering private ladders with direct lagoon access.
The resort offers a family package that starts from A$309 per night and includes two SPG Kids Passes, an all-inclusive dining package for kids under 12.
7. Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Gold Coast, QLD
Situated on the northern end of the Gold Coast just a five-minute drive from Surfer’s Paradise, the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Gold Coast offers five-star family accommodation in a location surrounded by scenic beaches and amusement parks.
Families staying at the resort can purchase discounted tickets for a variety of amusement parks in the area, including Movie World and Sea World, where kids can swim with dolphins. Guests can end their day at Surfer’s Paradise beach or by the resort’s family-friendly pool.
Guests can rent bikes to explore the surrounding coastal neighbourhoods or have the concierge assist them in the booking of dolphin and snorkel cruises.
8. Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas, QLD
Bordering the Great Barrier Reef in the Whitsunday Islands, Hamilton Island offers a scenic getaway with numerous family-friendly activities. The Hamilton Island Yacht Club Villas span over three to four levels, with four bedrooms to accommodate large families.
Guests at Hamilton Island can hire a private catamaran to sail around the island exploring the reef. Jet skis and dinghies are also available. The resort also offers a Deep Water Turtle Discovery, where snorkellers can swim with turtles above the coral.
On site families can enjoy a round of mini golf or swim in one of the resort’s pools. The Clownfish Club offers babysitting services while parents take time out at the spa or at a wine tasting. Rates for a stay at the Yacht Club Villas starts at A$1125 per night.
9. Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa, QLD
Between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, the Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa offers a number of outdoor activities for travelling families. At the centre of the resort sits a large, lagoon-style pool. The villas also feature private plunge pools.
The concierge can help arrange family friendly activities in the area such as snorkelling and diving in the Great Barrier Reef or a crocodile tour on the Daintree River.
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