Queensland with children

The Great Barrier Reef, the Sunshine Coast, the Daintree rainforest...find out why Queensland is a great place to take kids, whatever their age.

  • All cities and most major towns have centrally located public rooms where parents can go and feed or change their babies. Libraries and other local government facilities are good places to find these facilities.
  • Most motels and the better-equipped caravan parks have playgrounds and swimming pools, and can supply cots and baby baths – motels may also have in-house children’s videos and childminding services.
  • Top-end hotels and many (but not all) midrange hotels are well versed in the needs of guests who have children.
  • B&Bs, on the other hand, often market themselves as sanctuaries from all things child-related.
  • Many cafés, restaurants and pubs have kids' meals, or will provide small serves from the main menu. Some also supply highchairs.
  • Child concessions (and family rates) often apply for such things as accommodation, tours, admission fees and air, bus and train transport, with some discounts as high as 50% off the adult rate. However, the definition of ‘child’ can vary from under 12 to under 16 years.
  • Medical services and facilities in Queensland are of a high standard, and items such as baby-food, formula and disposable nappies are widely available in urban centres.
  • Major hire-car companies will supply and fit booster seats for you, for which you’ll be charged around $20 for up to three days’ use, with an additional daily fee for longer periods.

For a whole playground full of good advice, pick up a copy of Lonely Planet's Travel with Children. The latest Queensland guidebook is also full of good ideas on how to keep the little grunters happy and safe.

Want more? Check out our Travel with children resource page, which features links to all our family-travel tips and tricks.