We are a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children ages 6 and 8) and are currently planning a trip to Oz next ydar. Current itinerary in Oz is roughly:
2.5 weeks Central Coast (with relatives), during which - 2/3 days in Sydney and a 3-day trip to Red Centre (adults only).
1 week Sunshine Coast
Fly Brisbane - Cairns. Approx 10 days in / around Cairns. Want to see Great Barrier Reef and Rainforest.
We are aware that we must not try to do too much with the children, but yet want to do as much as we can without exhausting them.
Also, we probably need to stay somewhere nice and restful (and preferably near the beach) for a quiet week before the long trip home.
I'm looking for advice right now in relation to where is a good place to stay in / around Cairns? ideally with good facilities for children. Would like comfortable, air-conditioned accomodation, with good swimming pools, and prefereably not too far from nice beaches.
Should we stay in Cairns? or Port Douglas? or somewhere else?
Do you think I need to book a long time ahead?
Any advice / help would be greatly appreciated.