QLD Family holidays – Winter school holiday destinations

Need to shake down those winter blues with a sunny coastal escape? While most of Australia buttons down in the cooler months, there are family holidays in Queensland that offer a bright range of activities, from Great Barrier Reef tours over 24-degree water to brilliant art trails and delicious seafood. Here are some of our top picks for QLD school holiday getaways in winter – and don’t miss some Queensland family accommodation deals while you’re looking!

Family Holidays Queensland –
Winter fun in 3 QLD destinations:

1. Townsville

Snorkellers looking at the beautiful corals and marine life at John Brewer Reef, Townsville
Snorkellers looking at the beautiful corals and marine life at John Brewer Reef, Townsville

Boasting a warm climate even during the winter months, Townsville in tropical north Queensland is the perfect destination for some year-round sun and festivities. Stroll the iconic Strand Jetty and view the Museum of Underwater Art’s reef sculptures, or catch a boat to Magnetic Island where you can snorkel over brilliantly coloured coral. 

Catch a live show or event at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre, home to international acts as well as gala banquets and sporting events. You’ll also find delicious local produce at the Strand Night Markets, as well as fashion, arts and entertainment, held on the first Friday of every month. There’s also a colourful street art trail to explore in the town. 

Need somewhere to stay? Located in Townsville’s CBD,Clarion Hotel Townsville is only a five-minute walk to local shops and restaurants.  You can also dine in or relax in the lounge at Gossips Restaurant.

2. Hervey Bay 

Whale watching at Hervey Bay, QLD
Whale watching at Hervey Bay, QLD

There’s a reason Hervey Bay is one of Australia’s best destinations for a beach getaway in winter. Winter gives Hervey Bay its driest season of the year, making it the perfect place to enjoy outdoor activities and events. Let yourself be replenished on one of the golden beaches along the 14km of foreshore, or explore the walking and biking trails that wind along the coast from Point Vernon to Urangan. You can also jump on a boat tour to explore the spectacular western side of Fraser Island.

Winter also heralds the beginning of whale watching season in Hervey Bay, which runs from July to November. Jump on whale and dolphin watching tours, such as Blue Dolphin Marine Tours to see these beautiful creatures up close. Refuel with a great meal and entertainment at one of Hervey Bay’s family friendly hot-spots, such as Enzo’s on the Beach.

Need somewhere to stay? Located in the centre of the city, Comfort Inn Hervey Bay is in close proximity to some of Hervey Bay’s most popular attractions.

3. Toowoomba

The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, QLD
The Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, QLD

Known as the Garden City, Toowoomba, a two hour drive inland from the Gold Coast, comes to life during winter with natural attractions, art trails and great food. Accustom yourself to the fresh Toowoomba air in beautiful Queens Park, a 26 hectare green space near the heart of town. For great views of the Lockyer Valley, Picnic Point Parkland is a superb place to picnic. You can also enjoy the view from the Picnic Point Cafe and Restaurant.  

Treat yourself to a winter-time show at the heritage-listed Art Deco Empire Theatre, with a regular calendar of events ranging from musicals and opera to comedy. Give the family an extra culture fix by visiting the impressive Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery, home to over 400 artworks by notable Australian artists. 

Need somewhere to stay? Toowoomba is full of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. Explore your options in premier locations at Comfort Inn Grammar View, and Comfort Inn Glenfield.

Book your stay at ChoiceHotels.com to get the best value for your QLD family holidays. You’ll also find Queensland family accommodation deals such as Choice Hotels ‘Kids Stay Free’ offer when you book direct.

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