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Luxurious and Beautiful: Family-friendly Resorts outside of Sydney

Finding the perfect balance of beautiful accommodation with family-friendly activities sounds impossible, but it does exist! So, whether you’re seeking a beautiful beach getaway or a scenic mountain escape, we've rounded up some of the best accommodation in New South Wales that caters to the entire family.  

The Fairmont Resort

Situated in Leura’s picturesque surrounds, The Fairmont is an upscale resort that truly knows what a family wants from a holiday. While the parents indulge at the spa, dine at Embers or play a round of golf, the kids can explore the garden maze or mirror maze arcade. Plus, there are pony rides, a merry-go-round and a magic kingdom jungle gym. Why would you ever want to leave?

1 Sublime Point Road, Leura

Mantra on Salt Beach

For families looking for an island resort vibe, Mantra on Salt Beach delivers. With suite-style accommodation, catering up to seven people, the resort is best suited for groups and families. Craving activity? Head out for a bike ride or hit a few sets on the tennis court. Prefer the water? The wading pool, heated rock pool and lagoon swimming pool have got you covered.

Gunnamatta Avenue, Kingscliff

Elements of Byron

Positioned on Byron Bay’s famed Belongil Beach, Elements of Byron has a nature-inspired vibe where families can immerse themselves in acres of lush rainforest and interwoven waterways. The two-bedroom villa-style accommodation houses up to five people and there are plenty of activities, from guided walks, horse riding, poolside fun or simply, the beach is all on hand.

144 Bayshore Drive, Byron Bay

Crowne Plaza Terrigal

A little closer to home, Terrigal has long been a weekend getaway destination and Terrigal’s Crowne Plaza has made it all the more easier for families. Their Family Getaway package includes accommodation, buffet breakfast, a beach fun pack, limited in-house kid’s movies, complimentary wi-fi and…wait for it…the kids stay and eat free!

Pinetree Lane, Terrigal

Break Free Aanuka Beach Resort

Where laidback beachy vibes meets luxe, Aanuka is a tropical style beachfront resort with direct access to Diggers Beach. Check-in to one of the individual villas and make the most of their on-site facilities; two award winning restaurants, three tennis courts, four swimming pools, a day spa, playground and barbeque facilities.

11 Firman Drive, Coffs Harbour

Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges

It doesn’t get more family-friendly than Port Macquarie and Sails Resort on Hastings River is the spot to base yourself. The location is stunning and the accommodation is beautiful – take your pick of the garden or water view rooms. Paddleboard or canoe down the river, relax pool side or rent one of their vintage bicycles and head to Town Beach for some wave action.  

20 Park Street, Port Macquarie

Raffertys Resort

Raffertys Resort, located near Lake Macquarie and just 90 minutes north of Sydney, is ideal for a family holiday. You will find everything you need at the resort; tennis courts, swimming pools, a playground, walking trails and kayaking (just to name a few). And as for the accommodation, choose from their two-, three- or four-bedroom cottages. Perfect for big groups!

1 Wild Duck Drive via Raffertys Road, Cams Wharf

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley

Usually named as an iconic or most beautiful destination, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley has a Family Escape package for two nights or more and the kids stay and eat free! The package includes accommodation in their luxury Heritage Villa, gourmet meals, a horse stables tour, fun nature-based experiences at Junior Rangers and unlimited daily ice-cream.

2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley