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Tired of spending hours looking at holiday home websites only to find nothing that can accomodate dad, mum and three children? At Holidayfor5.com all you'll find is carefully selected self contained holiday homes and apartments ideal for mum, dad and 3 children from Australia, NZ and around the world.

All Holidayfor5.com properties have the necessary beds and other facilities to comfortably accomodate 5 people (or more). Each holiday property has been visited and carefully checked by our reviewers to ensure that they are ideal family holiday lettings for 5 people.

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Spoil Mum on the Coast

Having an Aussie holiday with your family of 5, and want to give mum (or dad) a break? Why not spoil them with the Day Spa that comes to you from Ripple Massage.

With all the holidy hot spots covered including Sydney, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Byron Bay and many more, Call Ali today on 0438 567 906 or visit www.ripplemassage.com.au for details of their great packages and how to book. 

Top 5 activities for families of 5 in Queensland

Cost is a big consideration when holidaying with kids. Choosing appropriate accommodation is important, but so is choosing low cost activities. My daughter Amber and I have travelled extensively through Queensland writing reviews for www.kidswelcome.com.au. Here are a few of our favourites, butthere are over 2000 on the web free web directory.

Watch turtles hatch

Where: Mon Repos, Bargara Beach, Bundaberg

It’s a natural wonder to match the whale migration and the march of the penguins. Each year turtles nest and hatch at Barbara Beach near Bundaberg in huge numbers. There are two seasons: The laying (November to January) and the hatching (January to March). For both, and a few miniscule dollars, you can join rangers for an evening watching this natural marvel. The hatching is our favourite – watching tiny turtles battle the waves is sure to crack the hearts of even monosyllabic teens and ignite adult’s paternal instincts.

Fossick for sapphires

Where: Rubyvale and Sapphire

When you get away from the coastal strip in Queensland, it’s rather like stepping back in time. The dirt is red and streets dusty. This is the backdrop for a treasure hunting adventure and, as you approach these towns, signs offering ‘clean wash’ abound. These are buckets taken from sapphire mines and, with a little instruction, they provide hours of fun washing, sifting and exclaiming for as little as $8 a bucket.

Dino discoveries

Where: Richmond, Hughenden, Winton

Parts of Queensland’s outback region used to be an inland sea which makes it the best place in Australia to find fossils. Richmond boasts the Kronosaurus Korner attraction with a working lab and theatre and a fossil digging sandpit for the little ones. The Flinders Discovery Centre in Hughenden houses Hughie, the 7m muttaburrasaurus replica of the first entire dino skeleton found in Australia. And Lark Quarry in Winton is the site of a dino stampede. If you have dinosaur nuts in your family, the dino trail is a must!

Magnificent Maggie

Just off the coast of Townsville, Magnetic Island sits like a jewel in the crown of the Coral Sea. Accessible by quick ferries 19 times a day, Maggie is best explored by mini moke. These small, jeep-like vehicles are open on the sides and instantly transport your family holiday of five into mode. More than 50% of Maggie is national park and one of the most famous walks (4km) is The Forts walk where it’s common to spot koalas in the wild. Maggie boasts 23 beautiful beaches and holiday accommodation options cover all styles and budgets.

The land that time forgot

In the Gold Coast hinterland, only a short drive from the famous theme parks, the quaint Tamborine Mountain awaits and Thunderbird Park combines inexpensive accommodation with numerous kid- friendly activities. Young kids will love digging for Thunder Eggs (natures volcanic bubbles) or wander up stream with the whole family in summer for a dip in the beautiful water hole.

It’s a bit more expensive, but the high ropes adventure course is great for one parent and teens while the rest of the family relax around a campfire. With Tarzan swings, suspended beams, bridges and flying foxes, it’s possible to stay in the treetops for three hours! Different colour courses are designed for varying abilities.

Words: Sarah Pyne About: Sarah Pye is the author of Kids Welcome to Queensland guidebook, Travel with Kids blog, and the Kids Welcome online directory. It includes reviews of over 2000 activities, attractions, tours, events, places to stay, places to eat, playgrounds and beaches in Australia. Plus travel tips and great travel games. Sarah travels with her daughter Amber, her chief expert! You can find them on Facebook.

Hilton Surfers Paradise “Doing It For The Kids” Package.

Hilton Surfers Paradise great for kids
One of the Gold Coast's newest apartment buildings is offering a kids friendly promotion until 31st may 2012.

Holiday for 5 recently experienced the “Doing It For The Kids” Package for a weekend stay and in the words of our 10 year old, “it was awesome!”.

On offer (from the hotel website) is: 
  • Complimentary upgrade to a Two Bedroom Deluxe Ocean Residence.
  • Full buffet breakfast for the family.
  • Mini-Hilton Passport which includes;
  • Family pass to Skypoint Observation Deck
  • Two Games for the family at Strike Bowling
  • Two hour use of the movie theatre; watch your favourite DVD from our library, bring your own or connect the Playstation 2! Includes pop-corn and soft drinks!
  • Once passport is fully stamped, proceed to The Food Store for your milkshake
We were firstly delighted to discover the hotel is located right in the heart of Surfers Paradise, on the corner of Cavil Avenue and Orchid Avenue. Once we had parked the car we did not required it again until we left as we were able to walk to nearby shops, restaurants and main beach.
On our arrival we found the staff could not do enough to help us enjoy our family escape together. 

There are several room options available to a family of 5. With younger children the a two bedroom “Deluxe Ocean Residence” we stayed in would be suitable, as you can have twin beds set up in the 2nd bedroom, and with an extra linen charge you can also use the sofa bed. 
Another option is taking two adjoining two bedroom apartments (perhaps more suitable for families with teenagers), or a three bedroom sub-penthouse.

The two bedroom apartments we viewed were really lovely: very new and well fitted out with dreamy ocean views.  The apartment layouts were quite different however so ask to see the floor plan options available.

We liked details in both rooms like bath robes, hair driers in both bathroom and en-suite (again, good for teenagers..) The kitchen areas are well stocked for families wishing to prepare food. There are flat screen TV’s in the living and main bedrooms.

After a look around the extensive pool area on the second floor (which provides a choice of heated, lap, and spa pools plus sauna), the Concierge escorted us to the pre booked private movie theatre. The children were delighted to be able to choose a movie and feast on an array of snacks and drinks. It was a truly indulgent experience.

We were also provided with tickets to visit the Q1 tower Skypoint Observation Deck which is situated a few blocks away and offers amazing views over the Gold Coast and was well worth the visit.

Buffet breakfast at the Salt Grill restaurant was included in the promotional pass, and provided a good choice of food and pastries, and eggs made to order. The service was polite and attentive, as we had come to expect at the Hilton.

On the Sunday morning we were booked into Strike Bowling across the street from the Hilton. This was a thoroughly enjoyable experience to share as a family, and a change from the “mega” amusement parks you normally associate with the Gold Coast.  It is refreshing to take time out for a bit of old fashioned family fun together.

Our stay was capped off by complimentary milkshakes at the ground floor café at checkout, and our ever helpful Concierge, Greg assisting us with our belongings.

Our eldest son turned 10 during our stay and the “Doing It For The Kids” package proved to be a perfect way to celebrate the occasion.

From this Family of 5, the package gets given the big thumbs up and it is encouraging to find a family tailored package put together at a premium, well located hotel.

Location:Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Region: Gold Coast Queensland, Australia

6 Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise
Gold Coast, Australia, 4217
Phone: 07 5680 8000

Number of beds (in total):

Various combinations available incuding 1, 2 and 3 bedroom Gold Coast apartments.


Hilton Surfers Paradise  holiday apartments is perfect for a family Gold Coast holiday for a family of 5 and includes all usual amenities.

Ideal for: Families looking for the perfect Gold Coast apartment holiday, Gold Coast Queensland holiday apartment, family with three children on a self catered Surfers Paradise  beach holiday, families with small children looking for a Gold Coast holiday, , Surfers Paradise Queensland holiday rental, Surfers Paradise self catered holiday options.

Suitable for families with: Babies/Toddlers/Under 12s/Teens/Adult Children

Walk to: beach, shops, restaurants, Casino

Drive to: Gold Coast theme parks.

Tarriff/Room rates, Availability & Booking: Contact Phone: 07 5680 8000 or visit the website


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Casa Conti, Porto Ronco, Lago Maggiore, Ticino, Switzerland

Casa Conti in the village of Porto Ronco on the  Lago Maggiore, Ticino, Switzerland is an ideal Lago Maggiore family holiday apartment. Located right on the Lake Maggiore, this Swiss holiday apartment for five people is suitable for families and has beautiful views across the lake.

This swiss lake holiday apartment will suit a family travelling on a budget looking for Swiss self catering options in Ticini. The Ticino holiday apartment for families has a lovely balcony and a fantastic, direct lake view over the Lago Maggiore.

The apartment has a large living / dining room, an individual additional room with sofa bed, two separate bedrooms and 2 baths.   An additional community garden with chairs, stone table and barbecue. 

The direct access from the garden with a swimming platform is ideal for bathing in the Lago Maggiore.


Porto Ronco, Ticino (Tessin), Switzerland


Lake Maggiore (Lago Maggiore), Ticino,Italian Speaking Switzerland. Swiss/Italian lake district.

Number of beds (in total):

2 x double bed. 1 x Sofa bed


Casa Conti Ticino holiday apartment is perfect for a self catering Swiss holiday for a family of 5 and includes:

Cable TV
Kitchen stove and fridge
Garden & BBQ
Washing Macine
Wireless Internet
Central Heating

Community garden in the lower area of ​​the house, with stone table, chairs and barbecue and shower.
Opportunity to swim directly from your own bathing platform in Lago Maggiore.

Ideal for: Families looking for the perfect Swiss apartment holiday, Porto Ronco Switzerland holiday apartment,  family with three children on a self catered Swiss holiday, families with small children looking for a Ticino Switzerland holiday, two  Lago Maggiore Switzerland driving holiday for families, Lago Maggiore holiday rental, Lago Maggiore Family holidays, Ticino self catered holiday options.

Suitable for families with: Babies/Toddlers/Under 12s

Walk to: Village, shops, restaurants

Drive to: Brissago/Ascona/Losone for shops, restaurants, cafes and more. Approx 7 min by car.

Tarriff/Room rates, Availability & Booking: Click here or contact Martina at

Tel/Fax + 41 (0) 91 792 25 47
Mobile  + 41 (0) 79 250 80 18
e-Mail: contiflomart@bluewin.ch

(Italian, German and English spoken)

Casa Conti Porto Ronco Reviews

"Delightful apartment with amazing views" Rita P, Qld. "The views of the lake and the Isola Bella are to die for. Million dollar views at an affordable family price." KS, Brisbane


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La Pairiere Holiday Farmhouse, Maine-et-Loire, France

La Pairiere is a beautifully renovated 19th Century French Farmhouse, the best Loire Valley holiday home.

With 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, family size kitchen and formal living and dining spaces spread out over more than 300 square metres this french farmhouse for holiday letting has enough room for two families of 5 on holiday in France!

La Pairiere is the ideal location for a large family or groups of families and friends to spend a memorable Loire Valley France self catered holiday. Tastefully decorated using local fabrics and traditional artisan products, hand-picked by the owner / designer, la Pairiere will take you on a  French self catered farmhouse holiday  which is not to be forgotten. This French holiday farmhouse has huge exposed oak beams , with the upper rooms boasting a huge 5m central pitch. Original cobbled entrance, roaring open fireplace for the winter months and alfresco dining at your doorstep during the summer are only a taste of what awaits you on your france farmhouse holiday.


Maine-et-Loire in Pays de la Loire


Maine et Loire, Loire Valley, France, Europe

Number of beds (in total):

Sleeps 14, 6 Bedrooms.


La Pairiere holiday farmhouse Loire Valley France is perfect for a self catering French holiday for a family of 5 and includes:

Garden &  BBQ
Children's sandpit
Linen and Towels provided
Oven and 4 ring stove
Dishwasher & Fridge
DVD TV Radio
High chair

Ideal for: Families looking for the perfect french farmhouse holiday, families with teenagers on a self catered French holiday, families with small children looking for a Loire Valley farmhouse holiday, two families travelling together in France, Loire Valley driving holiday for families, Loire Valley holiday rental, Loire Valley Family holidays, Loire Valley self catered holiday options.

Suitable for families with: Babies/Toddlers/Under 12s/Teens/Adult children, two families travelling together in France

Walk to: Village, shop, restaurant

Tarriff/Room rates, Availability & Booking: Contact Emma on ederoquefeuil@bigpond.com  (French and English spoken)

Nearest Airport : Nantes at 100 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 200 Kilometres
Nearest Train : Angers at 35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway : Durtal / Sable at 40 Kilometres
Nearest Beach : beach at 100 Kilometres

La Pairiere Farmhouse France Reviews
'What a fantastic time...such a charming place, such perfect surroundings' Goulson's UK. 'An oasis of calm' Hodson's UK. 'after 10 days we have to leave this haven of peace and quiet, we could have stayed 1000. what a lovely place in a very beautiful part of France' Schoenholzer's Switzerland. ' we know we loved this area, and now we have even more reasons to love it' Sue and David UK. 'had a wonderful stay...we were spoilt for the choice of places to visit and see' Cathrine and James UK. 'having just spent a beautiful week in out French 'rancho relaxo' it's hard to sum it all up, but we'll try...superb!' Simon and Tracy London. 'Angers, Tours, Le Mans, Samur and every tiny village in between. we have eaten many varieties of cheese and tried as many wines as possible, and still we leave without trying them all!' Snyder's USA ' soaking up the French way of life, beautiful chateau, riding along the mayenne, boating in daon, a really special 2 weeks' Harrison's Australia

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Portobello by the Sea, Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia

Well appointed 3 bedroom beachside holiday apartments
Dicky Beach, Caloundra, Queensland, Australia
With a beautiful swimming pool and bbq area that's protected from the wind, its easy to kick back and relax knowing the kids are having fun and you don't have to move from the deck chair at Portobello Apartments at the Sunshine Coast Qld's Dicky Beach is an ideal holiday for five people in Caloundra.

With just 60 apartments the pool is never crowded and you can always get the barbie when you want it. 5 person families can wander between apartments without getting lost or having to cross any roads, and the beach is just a short stroll away. If you have a family of 5, ask for one of the three bedroom apartments. Unit 60 is the pick of the 3 bedroom Portobello by the Sea apartments for a family of 5 holiday in Caloundra, with views of both the pool and the ocean.

Check out the Dicky Beach Surf Club just 2 minutes stroll away for a fantastic feed.

Property street address:

Unit 60
Portobello By The Sea
6 Beerburrum St
Dicky Beach, Caloundra
Queensland, 4551


Dicky Beach, Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Easter Australia, Australia

Number of beds (in total):

One king size bed, one queen size bed and two single beds.

Apartment Amenities:

Unit 60, Portobello by the Sea 3 bedroom holiday rental apartment Caloundra includes:

Heated  resort style pool
Carparking: undercover garage and ample on street parking
Electric hob, oven, and dishwasher
microwave oven
broadband internet (additional charge)
Laundry with washer and and dryer
Cable TV (Austar)
LCD TV in the living room and second TV in master bedroom
Fully screened doors and windows
Toaster / Kettle
Bathroom Linen
Ironing Equipment
Alarm Clock
Big showers

Ideal for: Families with three young children and families with three teenagers looking to enjoy a Sunshine Coast family beach holiday or Sunshine Coast's theme parks including Australia Zoo and Underwater World. Family beach holidays QLD,  family self catering holidays Sunshine Coast, Caloundra. Dicky Beach 3 bedroom holiday apartment, Caloundra holiday for 5 people.

Suitable for families with: Babies/Toddlers/Under 12s/Teens/Adult children

Walk to: beaches, shops includng restaurants and takeaways, bottle shop, surf club.

Tarriff/Room rates: Contact manager

Booking contact:

Resident Managers
Frank & Rosa Collins
Lance & Pia Rule
Ph: (07) 5491 9038


Link for Online booking: Contact Manager


"The kids just loved going down to pick up fish and chips in their PJs and then eating at the bbq table beside the pool. Best family holiday ever!"

Janice K, North Melbourne

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