Two things I know for certain. The earth is round and Aussie kids love an awesome hotel pool, which means Aussie parents are choosing their next trip around a property with a next-level pool.

We are spoilt for choice in Aus, here’s our roundup of the top pool hangs for kids.

Note – we know Australia has loads of drool-worthy pools – but anything on this list had to pass our family-friendly test. We are “Family” Travel after all. 


With all that sunshine – it makes sense that pools in Queensland are epic. Two pools have been left off this list – Daydream Island and One & Only Hayamn Island. They will open in 2019 following refurbishments. We expect both to be on the list soon. Until then, here are a few drool-worthy pictures of the best to get you ready for summer. 

Palazzo Versace, Gold Coast

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Palazzo Versace Gold Coast. Picture: Supplied

Palazzo Versace’s pool is huge. It has shallow areas for little ones and deeper sections for older kids. The large cabanas provide a lovely place to rest in the shade. 

Turtle Beach Resort, Mermaid Beach 

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Turtle Beach Resort, Mermaid Beach.

This may not looks as pretty – but it is a HUGE hit with the kids. Try getting them off those waterslides. The mushroom fountain is great for toddlers. 

Marriott Resort and Spa, Surfers Paradise

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The Mariott hotel pool is a big favourite with kids. It has waterfalls and cave and it even has a section where you can see fish. 

QT Port Douglas, Port Douglas

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Bigger is always better when it comes to hotel pools for kids. And huge inflatable rubber ducks are a winner every single time. 

Q1 in Surfers Paradise

Again, the sheer size of this pool is one of the reasons it made the list. Kids love the wow factor of a massive hotel pool. Q1 also has a great waterfall section the kids can dunk their head under. 

Breakfree Alexandra Heads, Sunshine Coast

This pool has a great natural look. And waterlides. You can’t beat waterslides. 

Paradise Resort, Gold Coast

Paradise Resort was a big winner in our Family Travel people’s choice awards. Families rave about the pool and the massive waterpark. The only downside is that they want to keep coming back to the hotel rather than explore the coast. It’s that good. 

RACV Noosa Resort, Noosa

This is another vote from the kids. Many hotels with fantastic pools will cost a load of cash to stay for a night. Not RSVP. This place is an affordable, super fun option. 

The Sheraton, Port Douglas

We wish we could move into this place. If you have a kid that loves tropical holidays – you don’t need to go all the way to Fiji. Just head to Port Douglas. This pool is huge. 

Sheraton Mirage, Gold Coast

This huge pool certainly has the wow factor. It’s just across from Main Beach and really close to SeaWorld. Just look at that view. 

Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort, Cairns 

Cairns coconut is a kids vote in this list. They love the animals and the rocks. The pool has shallow and deep sections. Plus, it has shade cloths to keep the harsh Queensland sun off. 



Victoria may be colder than Queensland – but this southern state still has some cracking hotel pools.

Crown Metropol, Melbourne

Sleek, stylish and oh-so Melbourne. This hotel pool has views to die for. 

Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne

It may not be huge – but this pool really packs a punch.  The glass-bottomed, cantilevered swimming pool extends two metres beyond the building’s periphery, to hover above Flinders Lane. Yes, you can watch the pedestrians walking below. 

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The Adelphi hotel pool deck Melbourne.

From here the Adelphi looks like any other hotel pool – but swim to the end and you can go over the edge. 

RACV Cape Schanck Resort, Mornington Peninsula

The RACV Cape Schanck pool is massive. The kids will try swimming races in here every single time you visit. 


From top to bottom, New South Wales has loads of drool-worthy pools for kids. These are our faves.

Fraser Suites, Sydney

The Fraser Suites has a huge indoor pool with three glass windows in the bottom. You can see down into the shopping centre below. 

Peppers Salt Resort and Spa, Kingscliff 

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Rock gardens, beach areas and large lounge chairs. This pool is the ultimate place to relax. 

The Byron at Byron, Byron Bay

In the sticky heat of Northern New South Wales this huge pool is a welcome relief. 

The Elements Of Byron, Byron Bay

The swing. Need we say more. The grown-ups will have to fight the kids for a turn. 

The Langham, Sydney

Lie back and look at the roof when you are in the Langham’s indoor pool. The tiny lights look like the night sky. 

Wolgan Valley Resort, Blue Mountains

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Wolgan Valley’s communal pool. Picture: Alison Godfrey

This pool is sensational. But Wolgan Valley guests also get their own private pool in their villa. Check this out. 

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Inside the villas at Wolgan Valley Resort. Picture: Alison Godfrey

Quay West Suites Sydney

That view. You can see the Harbour Bridge from the pool. 

Oaks Pacific Blue Resort, Salamander Bay

You could swim for days in this pool and still not reach the end. 

Sofitel Darling Harbour, Sydney

The Sofitel is one of Sydney’s newest hotels and it is incredible. The pool overlooks the city skyline and parents can grab a cocktail while the kids have a swim. 


Bamurru Plains, Kakadu National Park

This is Australian wilderness at its best. The infinity edge pool at this resort is simply stunning. 

Sky City, Darwin

You can’t see it in this picture, but the other side of this HUGE pool overlooks the ocean. 

South Australia

Arkaba Hotel, Flinders Ranges

This hotel pool is the perfect place to relax after a day in the Aussie bush. 

Western Australia

The Lake Argyle Resort, The Kimberleys

We have no words for this hotel pool. The picture speaks for iteslf. Incredible. 

COMO The Treasury, Perth

Try swimming laps in this glass box. The kids will think it is awesome. 

Crown Towers Hotel, Perth

From the centre cascading waterfalls to the family cabanas – you will love this pool. 


MONA Pavillion, Hobart

Anything with an infinity edge and little bit of luxury is a winner in our books. 


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