Known for the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park as well as its many beaches, holidaying in Queensland is a popular paradise for winter holidays and family excursions. The climate is tropical to subtropical on the coast and arid and dry to the west. With many things to see and do, there’s something here to ensure that every member of the family has a great time. Here are some of the best places in Queensland for family holidays:

Arlie Beach – For visiting the amazing Whitsunday Islands, Arlie Beach is a beach resort town in the Whitsunday Region. The scenic harbor provides easy access by boat to Gloucester Island and Whitsunday Islands National Parks. Three other national parks are also reachable by water or land. These National Parks are Dryander, Molle and Conway. Area beaches, lagoons and reef are spectacular. These natural places have wide spaces for families to gather and take part in any kind of water sport, picnics and BBQs as well as relaxing on the sands.

Brisbane – The lovely city of Brisbane has much to offer adults and children taking a break together. Downtown and South Bank Parklands offer hours of free fun for all from parks and playgrounds to covered BBQ areas with nearby cafes, restaurants and museums. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is a terrific to get close to native wild animals. Mt. Coot-tha and the Botanic Gardens at its base provide a place for easy and adventure hiking and many opportunities for photographing the views.

Cairns – One of the best cities from which to take day trips to explore the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns has play areas like Muddy’s Playground and the Esplanade Swimming Lagoon as well as numerous places to discover nature. Some of the nearby natural spots of interest are the Botanic Gardens, the Atherton Tablelands and islands like Fitzroy.

Gold Coast – Just less than 100 kilometers south from Brisbane, this city has shopping as well as beaches and outstanding resorts. For families on Gold Coast holidays, the beautiful coastal area offers many attractions like Rockpools and Springbrook. Rockpools is a superb water park where children can play in the water and the playground equipment. Springbrook National Park has a remarkable natural bridge and waterfall, a great place for hiking and nature photography.

Port Douglas – About 70 kilometers to the north of Cairns, Port Douglas is a good place to stay for trips of discovery into the Daintree Rainforest. The coastal village is bordered by the natural port area offering a peaceful beach, cafes and water sports. Fishing and boat tours are especially popular. Horseback riding, golfing and watching native birds and animals in the Wildlife Habitat are some of the other pursuits in the region.

So no matter what type of holiday you’re searching for, Queensland offers a great range of options for anyone looking for a memorable family holiday. Whether you’re heading off on an epic adventure around Australia with kids, or just taking a well-earned family holiday there’s something in Queensland for every family.