School is almost out and for most Australian families, summer represents a time to down tools, hit the beach and focus on making the kind of holiday memories that kids will cherish for a lifetime. But as the festive season approaches, so does the pressure on parents to find the perfect family holiday destination – one that won’t break the bank, but will still deliver on the quintessential summer holiday that has become a much loved part of Aussie culture and tradition.
Thankfully, bagging a spot near the sea that caters perfectly for families has never been easier. Oaks Hotels & Resorts boasts a range of resort properties with spacious apartments dotted along the coastline and close to some of the best beaches in Australia.
When you think of an idyllic beach holiday, it’s hard to go past Queensland as the number one pick. The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its un-crowded and unspoiled beaches, endless summer vacation vibe and now – according to Holiday with Kids Magazine who rated it in its Top 10 Family Resorts – one of Australia’s best family holiday hot spots, Oaks Oasis Resort.
While the beach is in easy reach, Oaks Oasis Resort also sports something the kids may come to love even more, with a dedicated open-air Adventure Zone, complete with 18-hole putt putt golf course, triple galaxy climbing frame with rock-climbing grips and obstacles, a giant Kangaroo Jumper pillow, and sandpit, as well as a multi-level Water Park featuring water slides, fountains, interactive splash zones, a cafe and shaded relaxation zones. Add to that tennis and beach volleyball courts, a lagoon pool, spa, children’s playground and expansive lakeside restaurant, Reflections Restaurant & Bar, and the Aussie summer holiday just hit a whole new high. Book an Executive Family Room, catering for up to two adults and two children, from just $135* per night.
One of Australia’s best family-friendly beaches is arguably Greenmount Beach at Coolangatta, home to 800 metres of north facing, sugar-coloured sand fringing crystalline sea and one of the easiest breaks for aspiring grommets to learn to surf on. With a cool surf culture and popular alfresco dining scene, parents and kids alike will love all that ‘Cooly’ has to offer.
Oaks Calypso Plaza is as close to the sands of Greenmount Beach as you can get in this laid-back surf haven. Offering spacious, recently renovated apartments, lush gardens and an onsite lagoon style pool complete with a kids wading zone, spa and giant waterslide, this resort is a coastal holiday heaven close to Coolangatta International Airport, theme parks, the Gold Coast Hinterland and just a little over an hours’ drive to beautiful Byron Bay. Enjoy the self-contained convenience of a One Bedroom Apartment from just $178* per night.
Catch the end of Australia’s annual whale migration in the beguiling blue water paradise of Port Stephens, sand toboggan down the famous Stockton Sand Dunes or eat your fill of locally caught seafood fresh from the trawlers. Port Stephens is the kind of destination that kids remember forever, but if the sand and beach isn’t their thing, Oaks Pacific Blue Resort boasts a giant 500-metre circular lagoon pool, thought to be Australia’s longest and the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
Holding 2.5 millions litres of water, expertly cleaned by 6 x 2 tonne sand filters and driven by 4 x 25 horse power pumps, the sparkling jewel in Oaks Pacific Blue Resort’s crown is 0.9m deep throughout – so perfect for all ages, and has over 3000sqm of pool floor to explore! Another bonus is all hotel facilities can be accessed directly from the pool, making this one aquatic holiday you will definitely want to pack your swimmers and goggles for! Dive into a Studio Room from just $157* per night.
For more ideas for beach and city breaks and some sizzling summer deals, please visit www.oakshotels.com
Prices shown current as at 2 November 2016 for lead-in room types and is valid for travel from 1 December 2016. Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.