The summer school holidays are nearly upon us. With the kids away from school for nearly two months, it’s the perfect time to unplug from work and technology and reconnect with the family.
Don’t worry if you’ve left it to the last minute to book a fun family holiday as there are some good deals still available.
Queensland – Perfect for beach babies
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas – naturally for families
With a backdrop of the magnificent Noosa National Park, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas is the perfect family holiday location. The beautifully appointed and spacious one and two bedroom apartments and luxury three and four bedroom villas are a popular choice for families seeking a serene and stylish Noosa getaway. Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas is offering some special extras for families over the school holidays with free dinner, drink and dessert for children dining with their parents dining before 6.30pm**; free board games, sports equipment, beach gear and even beach strollers to borrow; free new-release DVDs for in-room viewing; movie screenings in the in-house cinema and free guided runs/walks with nature spotting in the Noosa National Park where guests might see koalas, turtles, dolphins, and kangaroos as well as some of the other 2808 species that call the National Park home. Accommodation in a two bedroom apartment starts from $489* per night (minimum two night stay – total cost $978*). For bookings call 1300 987 600 or visit www.peppers.com.au.
Mantra Twin Towns – family fun on the border
Generations of families have enjoyed chilled-out holidays at Coolangatta. Mantra Twin Towns, just a short stroll from Greenmount Beach and Rainbow Bay has packages from $299* per night in a hotel room including breakfast for two. Over the school holidays the resort is running family-friendly activities, ranging from putt-putt competitions to colouring-in competitions with regular prizes, giant board games, discounted tours and a balloon artist welcoming guests arriving on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. For bookings, call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au.
New South Wales – From the coast to the country
BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort – surf and cinema
The beachfront BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort at Coffs Harbour, with its diverse range of family friendly accommodation, including four bedroom spa villas, is a popular holiday choice for families. Packages start from $278* in a hotel room and include breakfast for two people. During the school holidays an outdoor cinema screens family favourites and every Sunday afternoon in summer there’s live entertainment with a Sunday Chill Session from 3pm until 6pm. BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort has lots of great family activities including a nine-hole putt-putt course, three tennis courts, four swimming pools including a kid’s fun pool with waterslide and kids playground as well as body boards and surf boards to ride the waves of Diggers Beach out the front of the resort. For bookings call 132 007 or visit www.breakfree.com.au.
Mantra on Salt Beach – sun, surf and sand
For the quintessential beach holiday, families can’t go past Mantra on Salt Beach at Kingscliff in Northern New South Wales. Packages start from $325* per room per night and include breakfast, free kids movies, free chef’s tasting station and a variety of activities at a nominal extra charge. Activities feature hair-braiding, outdoor adventures for 7 to 12 year old Junior Adventure Gurus and two-hour indoor Kids Club activities with teacher-directed art, craft and games. This is in addition to the resort’s array of family-friendly leisure facilities including children’s wading pool, heated rock pool, large lagoon style pool, two tennis courts and bike hire. For bookings, call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au.
Peppers Manor House – head to the Highlands
While many families hit the beach for summer holidays, a more relaxed option is to take to the countryside. Head to the Southern Highlands of News South Wales and take a traditional approach to connecting with the family over games and outings. Peppers Manor House has a great school holiday package from just $226* per night including accommodation in a Highland Queen room with daily breakfast, kids under 12 eat free, free use of sofa bed, late checkout until 12pm and lots of family fun with bocce, croquet, tennis courts, outdoor swimming pool and board games. There’s also free Wi-Fi and parking. For bookings, call 1300 987 600 or visit www.peppers.com.au.
Victoria – Great Ocean Road adventure
Mantra Lorne – free family activities
There’s an array of family friendly activities on offer at Mantra Lorne right through the festive season. Packages start from $170* per room per night (minimum two night stay – total cost $340*) and include two glasses of sparkling wine and tapas, full buffet breakfast and kids eat free between 5pm and 6.30pm when dining with their parents**. From 17 December until 24 January, the resort will screen nightly kids movies in The Observatory and have a Cinema Under the Stars each Friday evening on dusk. Both of these activities are free for in-house guests. On Sundayafternoons, there will be live music and Bulgarian spit roast from 3pm in the beachside heritage gardens of the former Erskine House and a Garden Bar will operate daily from 2pm daily with tapas, wine, beer and cocktails. This is in addition to the usual family-friendly family activities including tennis courts, putting green, lawn bowls, swimming pool, bike hire and dedicated children’s menu. For bookings, call 13 15 17 or visitwww.mantra.com.au.
Tasmania – Nature calls
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge – for the new generation of nature lover
Lonely Planet rates Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge as one of the Top 10 Most Extraordinary Places to Stay. During the school holidays, the lodge will be appealing to a new generation of nature lovers with its Wombat Wanderers guided tours through the Ronny Creek area in the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Each evening, a guide will lead young explorers aged over-seven (and the young at heart) on a hunt for the elusive wombat. The tour is just $15 ($30 without a current Parks Pass) and includes a wombat pin and educational material. Rates during the school holidays (from 8 January onwards) start from $299* per night for accommodation in a Pencil Pine Cabin. For bookings call 1300 987 600 or visit www.peppers.com.au.
Western Australia – Explore the Coral Coast
Mantra Geraldton – take to the water
The beautiful beaches of Geraldton, an easy 420km drive north of Perth, are a great place for family bonding over watersports like kite surfing, sailing, windsurfing, surfing, diving and fishing. Mantra Geraldton overlooks Champion Bay and the Batavia Coast Marina. The resort has a great Family Escape Package from just $269* per night (minimum two night stay – total cost $538*) including accommodation in a spacious two-bedroom apartment, grocery package on arrival, DVD, popcorn and lollies on arrival, complimentary car parking and a late check-out until 11am. For bookings, call 13 15 17 or visit www.mantra.com.au.