We spent 7 days at Lakes on their package which includes 3x day trips ( items on their website). Firstly, this is great value. The cost of the day trips alone if bought directly would be around $8-900 for a family of four. Surprisingly we enjoyed the croc farm the most. The sky rail is fantastic, but the town of Karanda I find more geared to international tourists. Green Island is average, and we were happy to get on the first boat back. My kids would rather spend a day at The Lakes pool!
Then plus's - great pools at Lakes, nice well maintained grounds, nice atmosphere, great value for families. Comfortable beds.
The downsides - too far from town. The rooms are very tired. Clearly when you are on a "package" you get the worst apartment. We had a ground floor with a huge, unusable deck because all the ceramic tiles were lifted and broken into shards- quite dangerous without shoes. It also backed onto a large wetland area with ponds that was home to some enormous mozzies. You couldn't go outside from dusk without getting eaten alive. This was not the case at other areas in the resort. The TV in the apartment was the size of a shoebox - quite surprising in the days of cheap flatscreens. There was also no service for the week so the towels and general cleanliness of the apartment was pretty average by the end of the stay, particularly given there is a "no cleaning" rule in our family when on holidays.
Fortunately we were heading to Palm Cove for 5 days in a 5 star following our stay. There was a massive difference in the quality of the two resorts. Nonetheless for families on a budget The Lakes is an option that will satisfy.
Worth considering, but do your research.
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