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Easter is just around the corner, and if you're craving some much-needed sun and just have to getaway, then in many ways Northern Queensland is the ideal choice for a family holiday.

Australia is a country world-renowned for its friendly people, great weather and wonderful wildlife. The state of Queensland itself though, might just be the most welcoming place on Earth.

This list of places to eat, stay and play, this Easter Holiday 2023 is here to inspire your next family getaway.

Queensland boasts a range of leisure and attraction options that make it ideal for holidays of any length. With its subtropical climate, it's little wonder why there are many families that come here to vacation year after year. It is also the home of the Great Barrier Reef - which is one of the most popular family destinations in the world.

Cairns Beaches and The Great Barrier Reef Drive

Arriving in Cairns travel north along the Captain Cook Highway to discover the beachside suburbs of Yorkey’s Knob, Trinity Beach, Palm Cove and Ellis Beach, each with its own character and all worth the time to explore. Stroll along the shore, then enjoy a coffee or meal at many of the cafes and restaurants with sea views.

Check out the local boutiques stores for swimsuits, rash vests, sunhats and swim nappies – ask if they stock Tyoub bathers too and be ready to take a swim, I keep to the pool. (Read the warning signs for stingers, rips and crocs).

Danger crocodiles and stinger in water do not swim

Port Douglas

Temperature ranges from 20.5 - 29C (68.9 - 84.2F), so it's perfect for exploring this tropical paradise without breaking a sweat!

St Mary's By The Sea Port Douglas

Port Douglas is another stunning resort town with spectacular beaches and beautiful natural scenery which makes it an ideal location for families looking for adventure or just some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

There are plenty of activities which are family friendly, here are a few you can easily do in a day.

Nectar Port Douglas - Acia & Smoothie Bowls

Nectar Port Douglas

Start the day with a coffee in Macrossan Street or even better a great start from Nectar Port Douglas Acia and Smoothie Bowl, these deliciously nourishing bowls can be served gluten free and with booster add ons like honey, almond butter and fruit. Followed by an easy drive-up Flagstaff Hill for views out to Low Isles and back to Cairns.

View from Flagstaff Hill

View from Flaghill

A trip to Port Douglas wouldn't be complete without stopping in to see the lovely sisters, Prue and Brooke at Tahitian Lime Store.

Their designs are flattering, glamorous and sensual.

From dresses, kimono's and jumpsuits the fabrics are rich and light, perfect for the hot and humid subtropical climate.

As swimwear is a passion of mine, I can't help but fall madly in love with their styling. Classic cuts to fit all the right curves, all made in buttery soft Italian swim fabrics. 

Tahitian Lime Store - A Bohemian Oasis

Tahitian Lime Store Port Douglas


On the Road Again

Head North to Mossman Gorge Visitors Centre and take the boardwalk though the rainforest. I would recommend carrying babies in a sturdy ergo sling as parts of the trail are not pram friendly with roots and stairs in parts.

But the rock pools, small waterfalls and swing bridge is worth the effort.

Open everyday (except Christmas) is the Wildlife Habitat in Port Douglas. Habitat is an eco-certified wildlife sanctuary that allows you to interact with animals in five unique habitats. Little ones will love feeding the kangaroos, bird watching richly coloured birds in the woodlands including the elusive Cassowary, and the opportunity to witness The Salties from the underwater viewing area and CrocArena.


From campsites to family owned and run inns, hotels and private rentals there is a welcome home-from-home for every family’s needs and suit every budget. A pool, perhaps a fake beach or slopping shallow end and free wifi is a must for most families.

Here is a wishlist when we look at accommodation for the 5 of us.

  • Interconnected rooms or an apartment style for a bit more space
  • Kitchenette with micro, kettle, and mini fridge.
  • Complimentary kids’ movie channel
  • Laundry facilities washer and dryer
  • Children’s paddle pool, and outdoor play equipment
  • Family friendly swimming pool with plenty of shade and lounges with pool side service and towels.

Onsite restaurants with a kids menu, check to see if kids under 4 eat for free with a paying adult. There might be onsite BBQ facilities, depending on where you are staying and this makes a great alternative to restaurants.

We also look for playgrounds, beaches, shops and activities nearby for easy walking distance so we can avoid taking the car everywhere.

Peppers Beach Club - Port Douglas

Peppers Luxury Resort Port Douglas

A holiday with the kids can be a lot of fun and Northern Queensland is the perfect holiday destination with so many things to see and do. A family friendly hotel can make all the difference to your holiday enjoyment with young children.

Ultimately, where you choose to go on your family holiday is a personal decision. If you have kids and want to travel somewhere that’s going to make them happy (and it should) then by all means consider going to tropical North Queensland for Easter.

You will have a great time with the family, no matter the age of the children.

Does you children's swimwear wardrobe need a refresh?

Remember to pack your little ones the tyoub sustainable swimwear and reusable swim nappies. Tyoub has everything you need from beautiful limited edition prints to classic bathing suits and full sun protection. There are plenty of kids swimwear options to choose from in Tyoub swimwear range.

Get the perfect resort, beach and pool look ready for your Easter holiday 2023. 

tyoub kids swimwear and swim nappy