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Becoming a parent doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your love of luxurious holidays. From snorkelling over giant clams at Orpheus Island Lodge to Tasmanian devil spotting at Saffire Freycinet, these are some of the best luxury lodges in Australia for families who want to create precious holiday memories that last a lifetime.

Saffire Freycinet, Tasmania

Surround yourselves with the beauty of Freycinet National Park at Saffire Freycinet, a laid-back yet luxurious lodge that welcomes children of all ages. Activities include a beekeeping experience, guided walks, archery, and visiting Tasmanian Devils at the lodge’s own rehabilitation centre. Saffire is perfect for nature lovers and fun multigenerational getaways with family and friends.

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, New South Wales

Each freestanding all-inclusive suite at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley comes with its own swimming pool and wallaby spotting galore. Guided walks, orienteering, and horse riding make the most of the stunning location between two National Parks. Rollicking 4WD adventures include a campfire stop, damper making and a picnic lunch.

Pinetrees Lodge, Lord Howe Island

Family-friendly Pinetrees Lodge has been welcoming families for more than 100 years. Pinetrees’ yearly family festival includes kids’ cooking classes, juggling classes, guided adventure activities and early kids’ dinners so parents can enjoy a glass of wine and relax with other adults. 

Fishing of the Lord Howe Island jetty
Fishing of the Lord Howe Island jetty

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Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Take glamping to a whole new level in a Wilderness Tent at Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef where kids get to sleep in a five-star swag. Highlights at Sal Salis include swimming with whale sharks and humpback whales and snorkelling over pristine coral with hundreds of tropical fish just offshore at World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef.

Orpheus Island Resort, Queensland

Each huge beachfront room at this chilled out all-inclusive resort has barefoot chic decor that practically screams ‘island holiday’ (albeit in a posh voice). Kid-friendly activities at Orpheus Island Resort include bush walks, snorkelling over giant clams, fishing trips and taking a ‘tinnie’ to a secluded beach for a five star family picnic.

Creating family memories on Orpheus Island

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Bamurru Plains Lodge, Northern Territory

Located on the edge of Kakadu National Park, the lodge on this 300 square kilometre property offers an all inclusive wild bush luxury stay with activities such as air boating, quad bike safaris, and croc-spotting river cruises. Two kids stay free on the Ultimate Kakadu Experience package.

Mt Mulligan Lodge, Queensland

Each suite at this outback lodge comes with an outdoor bathtub and electric buggy to explore the 28,000 hectare heritage site which includes a working cattle station. Private tours of historic gold mines, barramundi fishing, and helicopter flights around Mount Mulligan are among the experiences on offer at Mt Mulligan Lodge which is located just a few hours drive from Cairns.

Crusher at Tyrconnell Mine
Crusher at Tyrconnell Mine

Rawnsley Park Station, South Australia

Choose from a two bedroom luxury eco-villa or the luxurious self-contained Rawnsley Homestead which comes with its own private swimming pool. Activities include hiking the Flinders Ranges’ walking trails, 4WD tours, mountain biking and a farm animal themed school holiday activities program.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.