Family Holiday Accommodation

The Sunshine Coast offers a beautiful and underrated family holiday destination, with loads of fun activities available to keep everyone entertained. And once you’re all ‘funned’ out, there is a huge selection of sandy beaches to relax on and soak up the sun and salty ocean.

However, you might be wondering where to haul your luggage to at your choice of accommodation after you’ve landed at the Sunshine Coast airport.

How to choose accommodation

Choosing accommodation is the most important task while planning your holiday.

Whether you want to be close to shopping malls, theme parks, the beach or great restaurants, there are countless places to choose from, whatever your budget.

Why not opt for cheap family hotel rooms and spend your money on outings and sightseeing instead? And don’t forget the souvenirs from the gift shop!

Or, splurge a bit and enjoy some luxury in the Sunshine Coast with some of our best family resorts. The top-rated family-friendly resorts have just about everything so you don’t even need to leave the property, never mind lift a single finger.

When on a family holiday, you can choose between double beds, bunk beds, an interleading door or even a full suite so everyone can be comfortable. Most family-friendly resorts are very safe so the littlies can enjoy some independence too. And of course, this gives mum and dad a chance to grab a cocktail and relax next to the pool as well. 

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Sunshine Coast Family Accommodation Features to Consider

When you’re booking family accommodation on the Sunshine Coast, you need to consider what amenities and features are important to you. For example, do you mind having your kids just sleeping on a sofa bed? Or will twin beds work better than a double bed because brother and sister need their own space?

  • Is the location important? Do you want to be situated close to the main beach, or the Sunshine Coast hinterland? Or, are you more interested in the shopping scene?
  • Do you want restaurant dining options available at the accommodation so that you don’t need to go out and look for food? Do you want breakfast included?
  • Would you prefer a more laid back, relaxed vibe when it comes to what the accommodation looks like? Fancy statues and glass ornaments and white bedding and furniture aren’t always ideal with kids.
  • Would you prefer it if the accommodation has childcare options for young children?
  • Is free WiFi important to you?
  • When it comes to swimming pools, do you prefer a resort-style pool over a heated lagoon pool? Or is a swimming pool not a deal-breaker because you’ll be spending your day at the beach?
  • Do you want features such as a covered BBQ area, a tennis court, fitness centre, mini golf or a private jetty?

At the end of the day, Google’s top rated best family accommodation isn’t necessarily the best option for you and your family. The best Sunshine Coast family accommodation will have all the features that you and your family see as important.

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Do You Want Sunshine Coast Family Accommodation Close to the Beach?

The Sunshine Coast’s family friendly coastline spans across more than 100km, including Noosa Main Beach, Marcoola Beach and Mooloolaba Beach that are safe for swimming of all ages, and Alexandra Beach and Coolum Beach that boast impressive waves making them a surfer’s paradise. Even young children can enjoy the patrolled surf beach so be sure to bring the whole family along. If you’re bringing your surfboard along, it’s worth securing direct beach access and book accommodation within walking distance to the beach, or else make use of the free parking at the main beach.

If you’re planning a Sunshine Coast family holiday between June and October, this is when the humpback whales can be seen in the waters as they perform their north migration. If that’s something that you’d love to experience, booking accommodation with expansive sea views and perhaps a private balcony is a great idea. Alternatively, take a boat tour for a whale watching adventure, or even experience with whales if you’re brave enough.  

Many people travel to the Sunshine Coast to enjoy the watersports and other coastal activities, such as:

  • surfing,
  • stand-up paddle boarding,
  • diving,
  • snorkelling,
  • kayaking,
  • jet skiing, and
  • boating

Are You Looking for Holiday Accommodation in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland?

While the Sunshine Coast beaches are certainly the area’s main attraction, the exquisite nature and hinterland come a very close second, perfect for an escape away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

The Glass House Mountains include 11 different ranges that spluttered volcanic activity millions of years ago. The awe-inspiring landmark makes a beautiful backdrop scene when choosing forest accommodation. If you’re a family of hikers, mountain bikers or trail runners, there are endless routes to keep you busy – and make you come back for more!

Explore the Glass House Mountains National Park via a guided tour, and let the kids swap Fortnite for waterfalls and Call of Duty for crystal clear rock pools. Enjoy Australia’s indigenous fauna, flora and wildlife, and watch the wallabies go by.

Why not go for the full experience and book a cabin in the woods, and cut the WiFi and opt for a personal connection instead. 

Why Everyone Is Booking a Sunshine Coast Family Holiday

It’s no secret that the Sunshine Coast is a family holiday maker’s dream destination, with small picturesque towns dotting the coastline and magnificent hinterland valleys.

There are loads of activities for the whole family on the Sunshine Coast, from the historic Eumundi Markets to a fine dining degustation experience overlooking Noosa Beach. 

And, many family-friendly resort options in the Sunshine Coast have things like a swimming pool, children’s wading pool, a water park, tennis courts, and even a games room to keep the kids occupied.

The Sunshine Coast offers endless attractions and things to do, such as:

  • Sea Life Sunshine Coast
  • Australia Zoo
  • Aussie World
  • Noosa National Park
  • Hastings street
  • Mary Valley
  • As a home base for a Fraser Island trip
  • markets on the Sunshine Plaza
  • day tours

Our Family Holiday Recommendation

Sunshine Towers Boutique Holiday Apartments Cotton Tree is conveniently located in the Sunshine Coast’s CBD, within walking distance to everything you need, from the beachfront to shopping to restaurants, and loads more to explore. If you’re all beached out you can enjoy the resort’s heated semi salt water pool with jets.

The spacious apartments are all open plan. Choose between two or three bedroom apartments that all have the following features:

  • air conditioning,
  • free unlimited Wi-Fi,
  • dining room,
  • TV in lounge,
  • TV in master bedroom,
  • spacious, fully equipped kitchen,
  • large balcony, and
  • laundry facilities (washing machine and dryer.)

A Fine Selection of Sunshine Coast Family Holiday Accommodation