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There are many properties in the Luxury Lodges of Australia portfolio that are ideal for families and offer great family holiday experiences.
The lodges are all luxury properties and as such are not your usual ‘resort with kiddies club’ destinations. They are all destinations where the experience of the region is paramount to a stay at the lodge.
For a full summary of Family Friendly Lodges and child policies and ages, please check the plan your trip section of this website.
An accommodation summary has also been created to outline accommodation configurations at each of the Luxury Lodges of Australia. Each lodge is different, not just by virtue of their remoteness, their special location and the small number of guests they accommodate at any one time. Many of the lodges offer a rate that includes accommodation, food and beverage and importantly, signature experiences.
Below are a few examples of memorable family holiday experiences in some of Australia's most diverse and inspiring regions.
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley – Blue Mountains – New South Wales
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is the quintessential Australian bush experience, offering an extraordinary range of activities incorporating the 7000 acre conservation area, abundant wildlife including sightings of rare albino wallaroos, mountain biking, horse-riding, superb spa for adults, and arrangements for children while parents have a romantic dinner. Extra activities for children include bush craft, archery and kite flying. Find out more
Saffire – Freycinet – Tasmania
Saffire’s range of activities gives your family options for every mood and every moment. Guided or self-guided bushwalks, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, kite-flying, bird-watching, archery, beach games, board games, mountain bikes, cooking demonstrations, the list goes on. Lasting from one hour to three hours, these activities are your opportunity to engage and connect with Freycinet’s stunning natural wonders and attractions. Adventure, relaxation, rejuvenation or exploration, the complimentary experiences and activities add great depth and dimension to a family stay in Tasmania. Find out more
Sal Salis – Ningaloo Reef – Western Australia
The sun and tide set the pace at Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef. This is where the reef comes closest to the Australian mainland – and Sal Salis is located right on the edge of the dunes just steps form the water. The camp is a haven for snorkeling, fishing, exploring the reef straight from the beach and the highlight experience, swimming with the world’s largest fish, the Whale Shark (April to July), or Humpback Whales (August to October). At high tide take gentle stroll up the beach, dodging Soldier Crabs, before drift snorkelling back along the inner edge of the reef. Or kayak out to the Blue Lagoon, a 5 metre deep natural aquarium where huge schools of fish, reef sharks and turtles swim amongst the coral formations. Then after dinner you might like to do a little star-gazing and learn of the constellations that fill our southern skies. Ningaloo is a major breeding ground for Hawksbill, Loggerhead and Green Turtles, which lay their eggs on the beach at night. The camp and activities are suitable for children five years and older. Find out more
Arkaba – Flinders Ranges – South Australia
Just ten guests at a time share this remote 60,000 acre private wildlife conservancy dedicated to the conservation Australia’s unique wildlife and birds. Mobs of kangaroos, emus and other abundant wildlife delight families on open-top safari drives through the spectacular ancient landscape, while expert guides deliver a unique tourism experience where guests get to touch, smell, and hear the stories of the environment. With only 5 rooms, the best way to experience Arkaba as a family is with an exclusive use stay, either with another family or on your own. Under this option, the guides will run bush immersion programs for the family that include species identification, tracking wildlife, setting camera traps for key species, radio tracking feral species, orienteering in the bush, astronomy, learning how to toast the perfect marshmallow over the camp fire. Arkaba accepts children of 8 years and above. Find out more
Silky Oaks Lodge – The Daintree – Queensland
Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa is located in a stunning riverside location adjoining one of the oldest living rainforests the World Heritage listed Daintree National Park, and is an ideal base from which families can explore Far North Queensland. Children over the age of 8 are welcomed at this friendly tropical rainforest retreat. Canoeing, river snorkeling or paddling, goanna spotting, biking, hot air ballooning, guided walks or followed by a swim in the river are just some of the activities available at the lodge for children. Find out more
Southern Ocean Lodge – Kangaroo Island – South Australia
With over one third of the total area protected by National and conservation parks, it’s no wonder that Kangaroo Island is often dubbed Australia’s Galapagos or ‘the zoo without fences’. Children ten years and over are welcome at Southern Ocean Lodge – the world-celebrated luxury wilderness lodge on Kangaroo Island. Families will be able to see fur seals lolling around Admirals Arch, koalas clinging to trees at Hanson Bay Sanctuary, waves crashing against the island’s shoreline, and rock formations that will take your breath away. Special family friendly activities include kayaking, beach fishing, and sand boarding. Find out more
Capella Lodge – Lord Howe Island – New South Wales
Children ten years and over are welcome at this contemporary beach-house style lodge on the tiny island paradise Lord Howe, it’s World Heritage-listed and home to the world’s southern- most coral reef. Families will love snorkelling to see vibrant corals and diverse marine life including anemone fish and turtles, collecting shells along white-sanded beaches, and the unforgettable experience of hand- feeding giant kingfish. Find out more
Longitude 131° – Uluru – Northern Territory
An eco-sensitive, luxury tented resort located facing Uluru, in the spiritual heart of Australia. A great immersion for families with children over the age of 10 with Australia’s outback red centre, and its extraordinary desert landscapes. Guided walks along the base of Uluru, Camel Rides, Bush Tucker Tours, Scenic Helicopter Flights, Motorcycle Tours, outback cycling, 4WD outback adventures and stargazing are just some of the experiences on offer. Find out more
Spicers Peak Lodge – Scenic Rim – Queensland
Both on its grounds and in the spectacular surrounding region, Spicers Peak Lodge provides many opportunities to pursue leisure in and out of doors. There are a variety of experiences designed to give families access to this strikingly beautiful part of the Australian wilderness including guided aaand self guided bushwalks, mountain biking adventures, 4WD Discovery tours, star gazing, tennis and helicopter scenic flights. Explore the diversity of unique Australian flora and fauna and traverse the foothills and valleys to get up close and personal with some of the region’s very special wildlife, including the rare glossy black cockatoos, bushy tail rock wallabies and the native koala. Find out more
Bamurru Plains – Top End – Northern Territory
A Wild Bush Luxury safari-style camp, welcomes children over the age of 6, for a unique Top End Mary River floodplains and wetlands experience. The team at Bamurru Plains believe that connecting children to the bush is fundamental to their education. Field guides immerse children with stories from the bush while the big kids relax in breathtaking surrounds and enjoy all the adult-comforts you adore. Birdwatching, floodplain airboat tours, fishing, bushwalking, 4WD safari tours, are examples of activities on offer. Find out more
Pretty Beach House – Sydney Surrounds – New South Wales
The guesthouse is surrounded by natural beauty including several glorious golden beaches and picturesque sheltered bays, all easily accessible for hiking expeditions along walking trails and over coastal sandstone cliffs. Indigenous rock art by the local Darkinjung tribe features at the doorstep of the guesthouse, dating back an incredible 10,000 years. Children aged 13 years and above are welcome at this super-sophisticated private guesthouse surrounded by ancient angophoras. Children under 13 are only catered for with an exclusive buy out of all four pavilions for one party of guests. Find out more
El Questro Homestead – The Kimberley – Western Australia
El Questro tours and activities form an integral part of every visit to the property. The Homestead offers a wide range of complimentary excursions that provide opportunities for guests to fully immerse in the natural attractions of the Wilderness Park. The homestead welcomes children 16 years and over. Surrounding The Homestead, a rich green lawn sweeps down to a pool overlooking the stunning Chamberlain Gorge. Soak in the Zebedee Thermal Springs, cruise private gorges, rivers and waterfalls, explore from the air, horseride or hike the terrain on foot. Find out more
Lizard Island – Great Barrier Reef – Queensland
With 24 powdery-white sand beaches and 40 luxurious suites, Lizard Island is the most northern resort in tropical Queensland and is located directly on the Great Barrier Reef. The island is reserved for the fortunate few who will experience an unforgettable luxury holiday and welcomes children over the age of 10. Families visiting Lizard Island Resort can enjoy an extensive range of activities including snorkelling directly off a private beach, as well as the unlimited use of non-motorised water sports and motorised dinghies. Find out more
Lake House – Daylesford – Victoria
Lake House offers little people menus and a games room for rainy days. Families are welcomed to enjoy the bounty of this regional food mecca and large range of activities for all ages. Taking in the picturesque surrounds of Lake Daylesford and the Wombat State Forest is a glorious benefit for in house guests at Lake House. Small touches in the new Suites include birdwatching books which help guests to recognise the many beautiful examples of local wildlife that can be viewed on the property and even from the comfort of your suite, with binoculars provided. Find out more
True North – The Kimberley – Western Australia
Exploration and adventure is the very essence of a True North cruise and the experience of a lifetime for all ages. The True North welcomes families however parents need to be aware that under maritime regulations all passengers are considered ‘berthed passengers’ and children are not permitted to travel as ‘extras’. Guests wishing to book a child under the age of 12 years are also advised that there are no dedicated child minding facilities on-board nor are crew available to engage in child minding. Adults travelling with children must accept full responsibility for their supervision and ensure they that they do not disrupt guest enjoyment in any way. Find out more
BEST SUITED FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG ADULT CHILDREN
Cape Lodge – Margaret River – Western Australia
Positioned in the heart of the great wine region of Margaret River, Cape Lodge attracts those who are seeking a private, stylish and sophisticated retreat, and those with a yearning to discover outstanding food and wine. Children will be accommodated on the same basis as adult guests although the lodge management advises that the property and facilities are not ideal for children under 12 years of age as all rooms are designed for a maximum of 2 guests.
The Louise – Barossa Valley – South Australia
The Louise is ideal for couples looking to relax in the ambiance of a romantic hideaway retreat and enjoy a memorable dining experience in an intimate setting at Appellation restaurant. Minimum age on property is 10 years old. Guests 10 years and older are charged at adult rates. Find out more
BEST SUITED FOR ADULTS ONLY
qualia – Great Barrier Reef – Queensland
Crystalbrook Lodge – Northern Outback Queensland – Queensland.
Is best suited for adults only, EXCEPT with a full property booking (all rooms booked by one party). Find out more