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Are you looking for the best Sunshine Coast family accommodation? Look no further! As one of the most popular holiday destinations in Queensland, there are some incredible family-friendly resorts on the Sunshine Coast and we’ve put together a list of the top 15 places to stay!
15 Best Places To Stay On The Sunshine Coast With Kids
When it comes to finding the perfect Sunshine Coast holiday accommodation, it can transform a good trip into a great trip.
Whether it comes down to finding the best area on the Sunshine Coast that is within easy walking distance to restaurants, beaches and attractions.
Or maybe for you, it’s having accommodation with so much to do that you don’t even need to leave your resort to have fun if you don’t want to!
Sometimes all we want is a place to lay our heads after a day of exploring, but when travelling with kids, having those extra comforts and lots of activities to keep them occupied can make your whole trip extra special, just like these Sunshine Coast family resorts!
Family Accommodation In Caloundra
Caloundra is one of our favourite areas to stay in on the Sunshine Coast. This is a great area for families, with beautiful beaches, restaurants and entertainment, all within walking distance. This is also where a lot of the best family holiday parks are located.
1. Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Star Rating: 4-star
Booking.com Rating: 7.9 out of 10
Highlights: Fantastic water park, pool, playground, family rooms
Address: 2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, Caloundra
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort is definitely our favourite Sunshine Coast family resort. We had so much fun here during our recent stay and could easily have spent several more days here. The kids loved it!
If you are looking for Sunshine Coast resorts with waterparks, this one definitely ticks the box.
The waterpark is fantastic with slides to suit younger kids and plenty to suit the bigger kids too. Plus the whole waterpark area is a shallow wading pool, so even the parents can cool off while they supervise the kids!
We were happy to sit in the shallows and relax while the kids had their fun.
But that’s not the only fun for the kids (and the rest of the family)! There is a jumping pillow, playgrounds, mini golf, and of course, swimming pools and a spa. There are also beautiful gardens and well-maintained lawns that the kids loved doing cartwheels on.
The rooms are modern and clean and they have different-sized family rooms that can sleep up to 7 people in their three-bedroom villa. Perfect for large families! Some of the rooms also have kitchenettes if you want to be self-contained for a longer stay.
The resort itself is just 200 metres from Golden Beach and a short walk to restaurants and shops in Caloundra.
There is also a restaurant on site, Reflections Restaurant, which serves breakfast daily and dinner between Tuesday and Saturday. There is also Legends Bar, which offers poolside access for drinks and snacks. There is a daily happy hour!
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort has a rating of 8.8 for stays with kids. They are part of the Oaks Hotels & Resorts chain. It is located close to the local shopping centre and Woolworths supermarket too
The Ramada Resort is part of the Ramada/Wyndham global chain of resorts and hotels and is located in the Pumicestone Passage at Golden Beach, Caloundra.
The resort has a heated lagoon pool with a spa pool, full-size tennis court, games room, bar and restaurant.
One of the great things about this resort is that each of the rooms has its own kitchenette, so you can easily be self-contained and cook your own meals when you stay. This is perfect for longer stays with kids, to keep your travel costs down.
They have family rooms that accommodate up to 6 people, with 1, 2 and 3-bedroom apartments. Many of these are also with an ocean view! They also have private balconies and an outdoor BBQ area in the beautiful tropical gardens.
Golden Beach is a 10-minute walk and there are plenty of shops, cafes and restaurants around a 15-minute walk from the hotel.
Parents can make the most of their stay with the fitness centre and day spa or by relaxing on one of the pool lounges while the big kids splash around!
Rumba Beach Resort is a popular option with families, rated 9.7 for stays with kids and 9.6 based on its location in the Pumicestone Passage, in the heart of Caloundra. The resort itself is on the beachfront, making it perfect for a family beach holiday!
There are 1,2 and 3-bedroom apartments with fully equipped kitchens, so you can easily make your own meals and enjoy having space to be comfortable in your room. Some of the rooms have their own private spa baths too.
Rooms accommodate up to 6 people in the three bedroom apartments. And many have beautiful sea views! It is also close to local shops and restaurants.
The resort has a heated swimming pool and spa. There is a shaded area over part of the pool and sun lounges for parents to relax. Or it’s just a 100m walk to the beach!
They have a complimentary tea, coffee and muffin service in their 26 Degrees Bar each morning between 7 and 10 am, which is a lovely touch for guests. They are also rated highly on having very comfortable beds!
They also offer bucket, spade and beach chair hire for guests, which is great if you are travelling from interstate or abroad and can’t bring these items with you for your beach vacation!
Ocean Views Resort is located on the main street of Caloundra, just a 5-minute walk from Bulcock Beach. The resort has modern apartments, with some family rooms having self-contained kitchens.
The resort has a swimming pool, hot tub, sauna and a rooftop BBQ area to enjoy the outdoors and the view. There is also a fitness centre and spa.
Located a 20-minute drive from Sunshine Coast Airport, the resort has rooms to accommodate up to 6 guests, and many of these rooms have ocean views. Some rooms have bathtubs available. This is something that needs to be requested at the time of booking.
There are 5 beaches within 2km of the resort, making this a great spot to explore the local beaches and spend plenty of time in the sun, sea and sand! There are also several parks nearby and restaurants, cafes and shops.
One thing to note is that reviews have commented on how loud the hotel room doors are when shutting. This could be an issue if you have a baby who is napping. It has also been mentioned that the building could benefit from some refurbishment.
Mooloolaba is definitely one of the most popular spots on the Sunshine Coast, with its beautiful beach and bustling main street. The recent addition of the Esplanade playground gives even more reason to explore the area with kids, along with the patrolled surf beach and regular events that take place here. It is also home to a great selection of family-friendly accommodation options.
5. Cilento Mooloolaba
Star Rating: 4.5-star
Booking.com Rating: 8.8 out of 10
Highlights: Heated pool, large balconies, family rooms
Address: Cnr First Avenue & Smith Street, Mooloolaba
Cilento Mooloolaba is located less than 5 minutes from the Beach Esplanade at Mooloolaba, right in the heart of the action. This is a perfect place to stay for families who want to enjoy the beautiful beaches, playgrounds and local attractions and definitely a favourite area for many families visiting the Sunshine Coast!
All apartments at the Mooloolaba Cilento have large balconies to enjoy the fresh air from the privacy of your room, as well as cable tv and DVD players for chill-out time for the kids. There is also a shared kitchen and laundry area for guests to use during their stay.
The resort has an outdoor swimming pool, BBQ area and a fitness centre if you can’t skip leg day!
Best of all, you are practically on the doorstep of loads of great restaurants, cafes, shops and tour booking services. Mooloolaba Beach and the beautiful walking tracks between Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headland make this one of our favourite areas too!
And you’re just 500m from the family attraction SEA LIFE Mooloolaba Aquarium and the Mooloolaba Wharf, which has loads of great restaurants and delicious ice cream! A definite winner with the kids! We love the pizzas at The Savvy Squire too.
While we haven’t stayed at Oceans Mooloolaba ourselves, we have been lucky enough to spend an afternoon here after a family wedding recently. And this resort is incredible!
Right from the foyer through to the rooms, it feels luxurious and modern. And the rooms are incredible! The 3-bedroom deluxe suite with ocean view is the room we spent time in and it was massive. Full-size kitchen, dining room, couch and bathrooms. A good-sized balcony with table and chairs and all the comforts you would expect from a luxury resort on the beach.
The location is perfect too, right on the Mooloolaba Esplanade and across the street from the beach so you can enjoy all the restaurants and beautiful natural scenery easily.
There is an outdoor swimming pool, steam room, hot tub and fitness centre. They also have their own small theatre with a projector and leather seating. Plenty to keep the whole family busy and rated a 9.8 for stays with kids!
I can confirm the beds are comfy too since I hurt my back after far too much dancing the night before at my brother in laws wedding and ended up having a rest on one of the kids’ beds for a bit while the kids watched a movie.
It has free private parking on site too, which is a great bonus if you have your own car! Located just 700 metres from SEA LIFE and 10km from the Sunshine Coast Airport. It’s also nice and close to the Mooloolaba Surf Club, which is always popular with views right on the water!
This is definitely an incredible family resort on the Sunshine Coast!
We stayed at Dockside Apartments just recently (for that family wedding in Kawana) and it was a fantastic location. While the apartments are older and not as fancy as some of the resorts on this list, this is a great option if you are looking for something a little more budget-friendly for your family trip.
I forgot to take any photos inside the apartments, so instead I’ve shared the pool area.
Dockside Apartments are just a 5-minute walk to the Mooloolaba Wharf so you can take a quick walk for a meal or a snack (yes, those ice creams are good!) or walk to SEA LIFE Aquarium! It’s also close to the Esplanade and Mooloolaba Beach, which is a lifeguard-patrolled beach and very popular.
The rooms are really spacious, with lots of modern furnishings and storage, plus a kitchen. It actually felt like a home away from home with all the little touches, like an air fryer and a coffee pod machine. Rooms accommodate up to 6 guests.
We were in a ground-floor apartment, which had a furnished courtyard in the front and the back and gate access to the pool and BBQ area. Simon’s parents and brother were in the room above us which had two large balconies. There were 3 televisions in our 2-bedroom apartment too – one in each bedroom plus the living room.
The kids got plenty of entertainment from the cheeky bush turkey that was making a mess in the gardens too.
The pool is older but heated and more than adequate to keep the kids happy for several hours while I switched between the pool and reading on the sun lounge. It also has free guest parking and they can organise an airport shuttle for you.
Noosa is another popular area to stay on the Sunshine Coast. It is located a little further north from Caloundra, but still within easy reach of all the attractions. It has often been seen as the trendy part of the Sunshine Coast, with lots of boutique hotels, cute cafes and prominent surf culture. However, there is still plenty to enjoy for families.
8. RACV Noosa Resort
Star Rating: 5-star
Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10
Highlights: Swimming pool with waterslides, playground, family rooms
RACV Noosa Resort is a popular choice for families, with its heated swimming pools, man-made beach entry, splash play area, heated toddler pool, water slides and spa zone. They also have a playground, tennis courts and other fun family activities, such as bike hire facilities.
The resort has modern 1, 2 or 3-bedroom fully-self contained apartments or private villas. The villas have their own rooftop spa or plunge pool if you want your own little corner of paradise. All apartments also have their own private courtyard or balcony.
The three-Bedroom Enclave Luxury Villa sleeps up to 8 people and it even has a private lift, making it suitable for all abilities. With their heated plunge pools, private garage and spacious villa accommodation, these are certainly the ultimate in Sunshine Coast luxury resort rooms for families!
The resort has its own fitness centre and day spa, with 24-hour reception and room service.
There is a restaurant and sunset bar that offers wood-fired pizza. They also have a courtesy bus to take guests to Noosa Main Beach and Hastings Street throughout the day, so you can easily make the most of staying here if you don’t have your own private transport.
The luxury eco resort is situated right next to Noosa National Park, making it a wonderful spot if you love to explore the great outdoors with your family! They even offer electric bike rental so you can really make the most of the location.
The luxury accommodation rooms each have their own private balconies, air conditioning, a lounge area, a fully equipped kitchen and washing machine facilities. Some of the villas also have views over Laguna Bay and exclusive access to a private pool.
The lagoon pool is heated and there is also a 25-metre lap pool. There is a restaurant, bar, fitness centre, theatrette, games room and day spa to enjoy during your stay.
They have accommodation options to suit up to 11 people, with their 5-bedroom luxury villas. These two-story, open-plan villas come with their own concierge service and a hamper of deluxe local goods to try. This is definitely a great option for large groups who want to enjoy a luxury Sunshine Coast vacation!
The breakfast selection was extensive and the food plentiful. Parking immediately beneath the building meant easy access to our private, comfortable and well-appointed apartment.
Alex Beach Cabins And Tourist Park is a great option if you’re looking for a Sunshine Coast holiday park and Alexandra Headland is a beautiful spot to stay, with some of the loveliest beaches. It has been given a rating of 9.3 for stays with kids!
The tourist park has a heated outdoor swimming pool, a games room and a playground to keep the kids busy. They also have a community BBQ area with BBQs, a pizza oven, large picnic tables, a fridge and a sink for guests to enjoy cooking their own meals. This is perfect for anyone who is camping and wants to cook outside of their van!
All of the recently renovated cabins are air-conditioned with fully equipped kitchens and dining tables, televisions, free wifi and their own individual parking bays. They have cabins and villas to accommodate up to 5 people.
It is a scenic 5-minute walk to Alexandra Headland beach and to several surf clubs, cafes and restaurants. Maroochydore Beach is 400 metres away and Mooloolaba beach is 2.2 kilometres away. It is also less than 3 km from SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium and 8 km from Sunshine Coast Airport.
Aquarius Kawana is a great option if you want to stay a little further from the busy Sunshine Coast areas of Mooloolaba, Noosa and Caloundra, yet still enjoy the same beautiful beach holiday experience.
The hotel has modern furnished family rooms that accommodate up to 6 people, in their 3-bedroom apartments, making it suitable for larger families. Each of the units has its own fully equipped kitchen to cook meals. Some also have a balcony. The rooms are spacious and comfortable.
There is an outdoor swimming pool although it is not huge. Many of the rooms have beautiful views of Kawana Lake.
The resort is also located really close to Sunshine Coast University Hospital, in case your reason for staying is for a more personal reason related to health. It is also just 3.2km from Sunshine Coast Stadium in case you have plans to attend a sporting event during your stay.
The nearest beach is Kokarina Beach, which is around a 20-minute walk from Aquarius Kawana, or 2.1km from Kawana Beach.
Coolum is one of the most beautiful areas of the Sunshine Coast and there is some lovely Coolum accommodation for families. Many of these have larger apartments suited to longer stays too, since you won’t want just one night in Coolum!
12. Coolum At The Beach
Star Rating: 4.5-star
Booking.com Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Highlights: Spacious family rooms, 4 pools, close to shops/restaurants
Address: Cnr Margaret Street and David Low Way, Coolum Beach
Another of our favourite areas to stay on the Sunshine Coast is most definitely Coolum and Coolum At The Beach is the perfect place to enjoy this stunning coastal area!
The resort has 4 swimming pools, so that alone is enough to get the kids excited! They include a heated lap pool, a children’s pool, an ocean pool and a heated resort pool. Plus there’s a fitness centre for the adults!
The self-contained apartments have private balconies or terraces that overlook the gardens or the pools. They also have fully equipped kitchens, complete with a dishwasher and microwave, air conditioning, tv with cable channels and a DVD player.
There are BBQ facilities in the gardens for guests to use if you’d rather cook dinner outdoors too!
The resort is a 5-minute walk to shops, cafes and the nearest supermarket. It’s only a 5-minute drive to Peregian Springs Golf Course too.
Coolum beach is 350m away. There are also some beautiful walking trails along the coastline at Coolum and a much more relaxed atmosphere compared to the more touristy areas on the Sunny Coast.
Endless Summer Resort sounds like paradise and when you’re located right on Coolum Beach, that’s pretty close to the truth! Just a 50-metre stroll gets you onto the patrolled Coolum Beach!
The resort has self-contained apartments with full kitchens, with rooms to accommodate up to 6 guests, with 3-bedroom apartments.
Rooms are furnished with modern decor, each with a spacious lounge area that is great for chilling out with the family after a day at the beach, watching cable TV or a DVD together. They also have their own private balconies, free wifi and laundry facilities.
There is a 25m heated swimming pool with waterfalls and a waterslide, as well as an outdoor heated spa and barbeque area.
The resort is located 6.5 km from Mount Coolum National Park, in case you have plans to do some of the walking trails during your stay. Their booking desk will also help you book tickets to local attractions, such as Aussie World and Australia Zoo.
It has been given a rating of 9.6 for families!
One thing to note is that it is a 2-night minimum stay at this resort, no matter when you plan to stay. This is often the case during school holidays for most accommodations, but here, it is always the case.
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Family Accommodation In Maroochydore
Maroochydore is a great spot to base yourself if you want a quieter area of the Sunshine Coast. It’s also perfect if you love boating and water activities since you can easily hire a pontoon or boat and head out for a day of fishing on the Maroochydore River.
14. The Sebel Maroochydore
Star Rating: 4-star
Booking.com Rating: 8.2 out of 10
Highlights: Outdoor pool, family rooms, free parking
The Sebel Maroochydore is a great family-friendly hotel in Maroochydore, with 2 bedroom apartments that accommodate up to 5 guests. The hotel is located directly opposite Maroochydore Beach and has views of Mt Coolum!
All rooms are air-conditioned and come with a private balcony or terrace with views of the beach and surrounding area. The 2-bedroom apartments also have spa baths.
There is a 25m pool that includes a children’s wading pool, as well as a sauna, a rooftop barbeque area and a spa pool.
It is located close to restaurants, shopping centres and bars, as well as being just 300 m from SEAL LIFE Aquarium. The airport is 8km away.
One of the complaints many guests make is that the wifi is not free. This could be an issue for some guests! Especially since most places offer it for free these days!
We spotted this cool holiday park while going past on a pontoon along the Maroochydore River and searched for the spot where it was so we could bookmark it for a future stay. I have a bit of an obsession with staying in safari tents! Glamping is always so fun so that’s what got out attention.
Aside from safari tents that can accommodate up to 6 people, they also have powered campsites in case you are wanting to bring your caravan or go camping on the Sunshine Coast. They have cute vintage caravans to hire too, although these aren’t family sized!
They have a swimming pool and beautiful gardens, free parking and free bike hire too. There is a playground for the kids, mini golf and lots of space outdoors. Plus being right on the Maroochy river means you can throw out a line for fishing or go for a kayak or stand-up paddleboard session.
There is a restaurant and room service menu. The nearest supermarket is a 10 minute drive.
All rooms have a tv and fridge. Some of the rooms have river views or a balcony, plus all with free wifi. The safari tents aren’t airconditioned but they do have ceiling fans and you get a breeze off the river.
This is definitely a fun place to stay with kids if your family loves to do things outdoors!
You can get to the Sunshine Coast by flying to Sunshine Coast Airport or by driving from Brisbane. The Sunshine Coast is about 1 hour and a half north of Brisbane.
What Is The Closest Airport To The Sunshine Coast?
The closest airport is Sunshine Coast Airport which has semi-regular flights from Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, or Auckland. Otherwise, you can fly to Brisbane Airport from most international destinations and get a hire car.
When Is The Best Time to Visit The Sunshine Coast?
The best time to visit the Sunshine Coast is during the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn. During this time there will be fewer crowds, but still with the warmer weather to enjoy outdoor activities.
If you are planning to visit the Sunshine Coast during the Australian school holidays, make sure to book your accommodation really early as it does get very busy. Especially in December and January.
What Is The Best Area To Stay On The Sunshine Coast?
There are several great areas to stay on the Sunshine Coast that are perfect for families. Caloundra has great beaches, Mooloolaba is a hub of activity along the esplanade, also with beautiful beaches and walking tracks, while Noosa Heads and Coolum offer stunning headlands and coastal walks.
Where you choose to stay may depend on the transport you have. If you have your own car, you can stay a little further out and easily make your way to the different attractions. Otherwise, Mooloolaba is a great option for getting around on foot.
How Do You Get Around The Sunshine Coast?
The easiest way to get around the Sunshine Coast is by car. There are also public buses that travel along the coast and can be used to get around.
If you’re staying in a central area like Mooloolaba or Noosa, then it’s easy to walk between different places. There are also bike hire options available from many places and hotels.
How Many Days Do You Need In The Sunshine Coast?
The amount of time you need to spend on the Sunshine Coast depends on what you want to do, but three to five days is usually a good starting point! If you are planning to visit some of the popular attractions such as Australia Zoo, Eumundi Markets, Glass House Mountains and Aussie World, having an extra day for each of these is recommended!
The Sunshine Coast offers something for everyone, whether you’re looking to relax by the pool or explore some of the region’s popular attractions. With its stunning beaches and natural beauty, it makes a great destination for families seeking outdoor adventure. We hope this has helped you pick the perfect Sunshine Coast family resort for your stay!
Do you have a favourite Sunshine Coast accommodation?