Australia’s luxury all-inclusive resorts you can go to with kids

If there’s one thing I’ve learned while researching this story, it’s that Australian all-inclusive luxury resorts aren’t cheap. But they are spectacular. And worth considering for a special occasion, like a milestone birthday or wedding anniversary.

But I’ll be honest, it took my husband days of research to find somewhere for my fortieth birthday where we could also take our three month old baby.

couple with young baby in a baby carrier at the entrance to Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley
Emirates One & Only, Wolgan Valley is one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia that accepts babies. Credit: Janeece Keller

If you’re looking luxury, be it a a private island, unspoilt natural scenery or a once-in-a-lifetime animal encounter you’re probably going to peruse the list of properties that are part of Luxury Lodges of Australia. Some of the biggest bucket list resorts are on this list – think Longitude 131 at Uluru, Lizard Island in Queensland and Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley in NSW.

But many of the ultra luxury resorts in Australia don’t take kids. And most don’t let you bring a baby or toddler. So if you’re like my husband was and looking for something extra special for the whole family, here’s a list of the ultra luxury, all inclusive resorts in Australia where you can take the kids.

Arkaba, South Australia

In South Australia’s Ikara Flinder’s Ranges, Arkaba offers the ultimate luxury outback escape. Arkaba is not simply a place to sleep. It’s an other-wordy experience. Scenic flights over Wilpena Pound, private guided wilderness walks, safari excursions and wild animal encounters are just some of the activities that make this a truly unique all-inclusive experience. 

Dinner table set up at sunset with people standing in background drinking wine
Each meal is an opportunity to taste some of the best locally sourced and carefully prepared cuisine. Photo: Arkaba/Randy Larcombe

Rates:

Adults: $990/person/night

Children (under 16) – $495/person/night

Includes:

  • Daily guided wilderness safaris
  • Accommodation at Arkaba Homestead
  • All chef-prepared meals
  • All beverages including award-winning South Australian wines

Lizard Island, Queensland

 Lizard Island is a totally secluded oasis just an hours flight from Cairns. It’s also the northern-most resort in the Great Barrier Reef. Each villa and suite has been designed to showcase the incredible surrounds with floor to ceiling windows providing unbeatable ocean views. Snorkelling, kayaking and diving expeditions can be enjoyed in crystal clear waters while back on dry land, the spa, tennis court and yoga retreat will fill your days in paradise. It should be noted that Lizard Island only caters to children aged 10 and over.

four adults swimming in the pool in the background, dinner table set up in the foreground. All-inclusive resorts
Private infinity pool in the family Villa at Lizard Island Resort. Photo: Lizard Island Resort
Two paddle boarders in crystal clear blue waters at Lizard Island all-inclusive resort
No better way to explore the Lizard Island coastline. Photo: Lizard Island

Rates:

The Villa – $5,999/night

Accommodates up to five guests

Includes:

  • Gourmet meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner)
  • Deluxe picnic hampers for private beach outings
  • Non-alcoholic beverages and selection of wine, beer, spirits & champagne
  • Use of motorised dinghies, stand-up paddle boards, clearview kayaks and snorkel equipment

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, New South Wales

One&Only is located on a 7,000 acre conservancy reserve in the Greater Blue Mountains. The resort is an industry leader for sustainable tourism and was designed to tie in with the natural beauty of the area rather than compete with it. Private horse riding lessons, 4×4 adventures, mountain biking and evening campfire stargazing experiences are on offer. Plus, the One&Only spa is unmatched when it comes to holistic healing for mind, body and soul. As far all all-inclusive resorts go, this one is tough to beat.

Cottages at the Wolgan Valley all-inclusive resort with blue mountains in background
The blue haze over the mountains adds to the magic. Photo: One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort

Rates:

Wollemi Villa – from $2,960/night

Accommodates up to five guests

Includes:

  • Private pool and courtyard
  • Gourmet breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
  • Selected range of local wines and beers with meals and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Two on-site nature-based activities per day including stable tours, nature walks and the Wolgan Rangers activity for kids.

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Only fifteen wilderness tents comprise this exclusive beach-side safari camp. On the dunes of Cape Range National Park, the untamed desert landscape meets the tranquil waters of Ningaloo Reef at Sal Salis. Shark and whale swims, kayaking, snorkelling and fishing expeditions showcase Australia’s incredible wildlife. The accommodation is described as ‘eco-luxe safari camping’ that provides simple, barefoot luxury. This all-inclusive camping experience is only suitable for kids over the age of 5.

Eco-luxe camp tent set up on the beach at night at Sal Salis all-inclusive resort
The most luxurious camping experience we’ve seen. Photo: Sal Salis/Archie Sartracom

Rates:

Wilderness Tent – from $750/person/night

A third guest can stay in a ‘swag’ for $375/night

Includes:

  • Chef prepared meals and snacks
  • Open bar
  • Guided wilderness activities including sea-kayaking and National Park walks.

Pinetrees, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales

For over 100 years, Pinetrees has hosted families at its remote Lord Howe Island property. Less than 2 hours by plane from Sydney and Brisbane, its a nature lover’s paradise with snorkelling, bike riding and bush walking on offer. You can even milk the cows. High chairs, cots, baby monitors and strollers are provided free of charge and kids are well catered for when it comes to meal times.

Two kids and father sit on edge of cliff overlooking water
Lord Howe Island has loads of great walks suitable for kids. Photo: Pinetrees Resort

Rates:

Garden Cottage – from $1,953/night (minimum 5 nights)

Accommodates up to five guests

Includes:

  • Free accommodation and meals for children under 10
  • Full breakfasts, lunches, afternoon tea and 4-5 course dinners
  • Island transfers

Silky Oaks, Queensland

Just 36 rainforest retreats make up this tropical haven, including 23 treehouse that will make you feel like a (very spoiled) kid again. Each villa at Silky Oaks has a hammock that overlooks the Mossman River, offering breathtaking views of the Daintree Rainforest. Although it isn’t technically all-inclusive because some meals are not provided, the dining experiences on offer are worth the extra money.

Platform extending out over rainforest
Dining amongst the trees. Photo: Silky Oaks Lodge

Rates:

The Lodge Suite – from $853/night (minimum 3 nights)

Accommodates up to two adults and two kids

Includes:

  • Full breakfast and afternoon tea
  • Use of canoes, mountain bikes, tennis court and gym
  • Return shuttle to Port Douglas daily
  • Morning yoga and guided nature walks

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