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Three Kid-Friendly Trips to Take These School Holidays Without Leaving Australia

The July school holidays are quickly approaching and with the amount of holiday destinations out there, the planning process can get quite overwhelming. First, you need to find a destination you want to visit. Then, you need to answer the infinite number of questions. Is it kid friendly? By this we mean, what kids facilities are available? Is there a kid’s club? Is breakfast included? Can kids stay free? Where will they sleep?

These are our top three picks for kid-friendly places to visit come July – without leaving the country.

Yamba, New South Wales

Combining award-winning restaurants and trendy cafes with slow-paced coastal living and kilometres of raw beachfront, Yamba is an ideal family holiday for those who want to surrender to the chilled out coastal vibes of a stunning beachside town.

Ideally situated opposite Pippi Beach, The Sands Resort at Yamba has been stamped with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence and is the perfect self-contained accommodation where families can enjoy the resort’s amazing facilities. Lounge by the lap swimming pool—complete with a splash area for kids—a second large leisure pool, outdoor heated spa, two tennis courts and outdoor entertaining facilities including barbecues. Check out the Luxury Escapes deal at The Sands Resort at Yamba.

Only 1.5 hours from Byron Bay, Yamba epitomises New South Wales coastal lifestyle at its best. Explore uncrowded shorelines and untouched coastal trails, experience some of Australia’s best surfing waters, as well as deep sea fishing and keep an eye out for the pods of dolphins and whales migrating through Pippi Beach and along coastal New South Wales.

Gold Coast, Queensland

If you’re looking for an adventurous fun-loving family holiday, look no further than Australia’s very own Gold Coast. With endless dining options, outback adventure tours, jet boat extreme rides, theme parks, dolphin and whale-watching cruises and island adventures, there really is something for every member of the family – plus a lot to enjoy together!

Sofitel’s signature French-inspired elegance meets the sun-soaked Australian beach lifestyle at the five-star Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach, an icon nestled just moments from the region’s best sights. Experience international five-star facilities with plush ocean-view accommodation, two beautiful skyline swimming pools, a Two-Chef-Hatted restaurant, a French-style bistro, SoFit gymnasium and tennis court. You’ll truly enjoy this ultra-luxe stay with the kids. Check out the Luxury Escapes deal at Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach.

Take the family on a Jetboat Extreme ride. This fun-for-the-family activity is a 55-minute thrilling jet boat ride departing from the heart of Surfers Paradise and passing scenic islands, waterfront mansions, the Palazzo Versace hotel and more. It’s the ultimate family adventure.

Great Ocean Road, Victoria

Dotted with seaside villages, incredible native wildlife, rainforests, beaches, waterfalls and spectacular coastal scenery, the Great Ocean Road offers one of the world’s most spectacular coastal road trips.

1st Stop: Mantra Lorne
Sitting approximately a quarter of the way down the Great Ocean Road, the charming, 150-year-old Mantra Lorne is the perfect base to explore the first half of Australia’s most iconic coastal road. Ideally situated with direct beach access (it’s the only direct beachfront property in the area) and surrounded by 12 acres of lush grounds, the Mantra Lorne borders the Heritage-listed 1860’s Erskine House and is built around the oldest guesthouse in Victoria, offering families a charming seaside stay in one of the most sought after locations in the country. Check out the Luxury Escapes deal at Mantra Lorne.

2nd Stop: Lady Bay Resort, Warrnambool
Lady Bay Resort sits just off Warrnambool Bay and is a scenic three-hour drive from Melbourne and the final town on the famed coastal road. These charming self-catering apartments are perfectly located for soaking up the beauty of Warrnambool Bay and the last half of the Great Ocean Road, with plenty of facilities onsite to keep the family entertained including a seasonally-heated outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant, day spa, a gym, games room and DVDs, and a barbecue area. Check out the Luxury Escapes deal at Lady Bay Resort.

See natural wonders including the 12 Apostles and the Bay of Islands, and discover one of Australia’s most famous surfing spots at Bells Beach, uncover the history of the Shipwreck Coast at the nearby Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village – a recreation of an 1870’s coastal port with an entire recreated town including a historic lighthouse and fort – and follow the winter ‘whale trail’ through Port Fairy to Portland.


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