9 Holiday Ideas for an Action-packed Family Escape

Yacht transfer, Hayman Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

A sandy lagoon with tropical fish and coral. High-octane theme parks. An infinity pool dangling over a buzzing entertainment precinct. Banish any thought of boredom – these holidays are packed with possibility.

Perch in prime position

Crystalbrook Vincent swimming pool, Brisbane, QLD

An arresting geometric façade, seemingly carved into a sandstone cliff face at Brisbane’s hip Howard Smith Wharves, Crystalbrook Vincent has no shortage of wow factor. Its crowning glory? A spectacular infinity pool on the rooftop overlooking the Brisbane River and the iconic Story Bridge.

The busy eat streets below are home to some of the city’s coolest restaurants (try Greca for a modern taverna atmosphere or Yoko for the buzz of a Japanese izakaya) and it’s just a short walk along the riverfront to the CBD.

If you don’t want to get up from your sun lounger, enjoy a tropical-themed guava and lime sour made with local liqueur. Or snack on mushroom arancini and calamari fritti, thanks to the attentive waiters at the poolside Fiume Bar.

FLY Qantas economy return from Sydney to Brisbane for 2 adults + STAY 2 nights for 2 adults in a Nature Wall Room. WAS 159,167. NOW 87,561 Qantas Points¹. Book now.

Swim with fish under a waterfall

JW Marriott Gold Coast, QLD

For a pool with plenty of “pinch me” moments, there’s no beating JW Marriott Gold Coast. A tropical fantasy sprung to life, its broad sandy lagoon is home to schools of colourful fish and coral and boasts cascading waterfalls, complete with a network of rock grottos connected to a waterslide. Fancy zipping across the water on a sea scooter? Yep, you can do that, too.

FLY Qantas economy return from Sydney to the Gold Coast for 2 adults + STAY 3 nights for 2 adults in a Suite, 1 Bedroom and Balcony Ocean View. WAS 634,443. NOW 349,020 Qantas Points². Book now

There’s now more in every Qantas Point. Use 45% less points at Qantas Holidays. Every booking. Every time. Search and book now.

Live like a high roller

Crown Towers Perth, WA

With 500 rooms, Crown Towers Perth doesn’t do anything by halves. Case in point: the enormous mosaic-tiled lagoon pool where palm trees, sun beds and views of the city create an urban oasis.

Take the pampering up a notch at The Enclave where private cabanas come with a couch, mini bar, television and a dedicated host. With the complex featuring a casino, day spa, riverside promenade and cinemas, you’ll have to dig deep for a reason to leave.

FLY Qantas economy return from Sydney to Perth for 2 adults + STAY 2 nights for 2 adults in a Deluxe King Room. WAS 304,302. NOW 167,447 Qantas Points³. Book now.  

Dive in from your balcony

Infinity pool, Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort, QLD

At Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort, the endless expanse of the Whitsundays is rivalled only by an enormous freshwater lagoon pool (it’s the size of seven Olympic pools).

Book a one- or two-bedroom pool suite with swim-out access from your balcony. And you won’t have to go far for lunch – poolside restaurant Aqua offers seafood favourites, such as crunchy fish tacos and chilled Queensland prawns.

FLY Qantas economy return from Sydney to Hamilton Island for 2 adults + STAY 3 nights for 2 adults in a Lagoon Room. WAS 676,373. NOW 372,087 Qantas Points⁴. Book now

Dive into the Whitsundays

Reef View Hotel, Great Barrier Reef, Hamilton Island, QLD

Well, hello, Hamilton Island. This aptly named Reef View Hotel overlooks the Coral Sea and is the perfect base for exploring the Great Barrier Reef and renowned Whitehaven Beach. But with attractions closer to home, including the expansive resort swimming pool and Catseye Beach, which is lapped by waters teeming with tropical fish, you don’t even have to stray offshore.

Snorkelling here is a dream and if you want to take it up a notch, wakeboards, jet boats and parasails await – or simply commandeer a golf buggy to explore the car-free island at your own pace.

FLY Qantas economy return from Sydney to Hamilton Island for 2 adults + STAY 3 nights for 2 adults in a Garden View Room. WAS 304,352. NOW 167,430 Qantas Points⁵. Book now.

There’s now more in every Qantas Point. Use 45% less points at Qantas Holidays. Every booking. Every time. Search and book now.

Thrill the family

Rollercoaster Gold Coast, QLD

With a longboard-topped retro Holden at the entrance and explosively colourful kitsch décor (think ceramic cockatoo bedside lamps), QT Gold Coast is all about fun – which makes it the best jumping-off point for a theme-park getaway.

You’ll be a short drive from the endless entertainment of Dreamworld, Wet’n’Wild, Warner Bros. Movie World and Sea World. Once back at base you can recharge at the swim-up bar in the Palm Springs-glam pool while the kids tackle the tower of freshly baked treats at the cute retro FIXX Cafe.

FLY Qantas economy return from Sydney to the Gold Coast for 2 adults + STAY 3 nights for 2 adults in a QT King - Mountain River View Room. WAS 215,908. NOW 118,775 Qantas Points⁶. Book now.

Feel the big Melbourne energy

Flinders Lane street art graffiti mural, Vic

A stately fixture on the Collins Street bling strip, Grand Hyatt Melbourne is equally well positioned for exploring the edgy eateries of Flinders Lane (try duck bao at Supernormal or exemplary sushi at Kisumé) and the aerosol art of the city’s laneways.

As for Melbourne’s famous sport scene – well, these plush digs are so close to the MCG and Rod Laver Arena you can almost hear the roar of the crowd.

FLY Qantas economy return from Sydney to Melbourne for 2 adults + STAY 2 nights for 2 adults in a Grand King Room. WAS 160,086. NOW 88,066 Qantas Points⁷. Book now.  

Do more - or nothing at all

Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas, QLD

Will it be the Daintree Rainforest or the Great Barrier Reef? The two World Heritage sites anchor most visits to the Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas, a tropical idyll of pastel-pink buildings connected by palm-shaded boardwalks.

But there are also plenty of excellent reasons to stay on-site. Slip into one of the nine lagoon-style pools, take a swing at the 18-hole golf course, hit the beach or find your zen in daily yoga classes and guided meditation.

In need of more R&R? Hit the Kaia Day Spa for a hot-stone massage and coconut body mask or take a sunset cruise with drinks and canapés across the placid Coral Sea waters.

FLY Qantas economy return from Sydney to Cairns for 2 adults + STAY 3 nights for 2 adults in a Lagoon View King Room. WAS 330,563. NOW 181,849 Qantas Points⁸. Book now.  

Wander among the icons

Sydney Harbour Bridge aerial, NSW

Shangri-la Sydney is the grande dame of the Emerald City, embracing its dress-circle position, rising 36 storeys above Circular Quay to deliver the full twinkling expanse of harbour and horizon. Tear yourself away to explore the city’s most prized assets within a short walking distance. You won’t need a map to find the Sydney Opera House and that famous bridge. Stop for a beer at Sydney’s oldest pub, The Fortune of War, while wandering the historic laneways of The Rocks. A 10-minute stroll the other way will take you to Barangaroo’s bars and restaurants (try high-end seafood at Cirrus or southern-fried chook at Belle’s Hot Chicken).

FLY Qantas economy return from Melbourne to Sydney for 2 adults + STAY 2 nights for 2 adults in a Deluxe Darling Harbour 1 King Room. WAS 203,558. NOW 111,981 Qantas Points⁹. Book now

There’s now more in every Qantas Point. Use 45% less points at Qantas Holidays. Every booking. Every time. Search and book now.

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1. Crystalbrook Vincent: Qantas Points are correct as at 2 March 2022 and are subject to change. Pricing is based on check in date of 1 June 2022. Availability may be limited.
2. JW Marriott Gold Coast: Qantas Points are correct as at 2 March 2022 and are subject to change. Pricing is based on check in date of 1 June 2022. Availability may be limited.
3. Crown Towers Perth: Qantas Points are correct as at 2 March 2022 and are subject to change. Pricing is based on check in date of 1 June 2022. Availability may be limited.
4. Intercontinental Hayman Island Resort: Qantas Points are correct as at 2 March 2022 and are subject to change. Pricing is based on check in date of 1 June 2022. Availability may be limited.
5. Reef View Hotel: Qantas Points are correct as at 2 March 2022 and are subject to change. Pricing is based on check in date of 28 July 2022. Availability may be limited.
6. QT Gold Coast: Qantas Points are correct as at 2 March 2022 and are subject to change. Pricing is based on check in date of 1 June 2022. Availability may be limited.
7. Grand Hyatt Melbourne: Qantas Points are correct as at 2 March 2022 and are subject to change. Pricing is based on check in date of 1 June 2022. Availability may be limited.
8. Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Port Douglas: Qantas Points are correct as at 2 March 2022 and are subject to change. Pricing is based on check in date of 6 September 2022. Availability may be limited.
9. Shangri-la Sydney: Qantas Points are correct as at 2 March 2022 and are subject to change. Pricing is based on check in date of 1 June 2022. Availability may be limited.
Image credits: Tourism and Events Queensland (QT Gold Coast and Crystalbrook Vincent).

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