Maps and Mysteries: Family Treasure Hunt at Cotton Beach Resort

What happens when you combine the thrill of a treasure hunt with the beauty of the Australian coast? You get an unforgettable family adventure at Cotton Beach Resort! Join us as we embark on a treasure hunt that takes us across the beach, through the gardens, and into the hidden nooks of this stunning resort, solving puzzles and chasing clues with the whole family.

4/27/20242 min read

green grass field near body of water during daytime
green grass field near body of water during daytime

The Blog Post:

Every family vacation needs a bit of adventure, and our recent trip to Cotton Beach Resort included a unique twist that turned our stay into an exhilarating treasure hunt. It wasn't just any treasure hunt—it was a carefully crafted adventure designed by the resort, incorporating local lore, environmental puzzles, and plenty of fun for both kids and adults.

Kickoff to Adventure:

Our treasure hunt began with a mysterious map we found in our condo upon arrival, marked with various landmarks around the resort. The front desk handed us a compass, a list of initial clues, and a small logbook to document our journey. The stage was set for an epic quest, and the excitement was palpable among the kids and even the grown-ups!

The Clues:

Each clue led us to different parts of the resort and required a variety of activities to solve. One clue took us to the beachfront, where we had to count the number of steps from the lifeguard station to the nearest palm tree—a great way to get the kids involved in measuring and estimation. Another clue was hidden within a crossword puzzle that covered the history of Casuarina, giving us a fun and educational challenge.

Engaging with Nature:

One of the most memorable clues led us to the resort's butterfly garden, where we needed to identify a specific butterfly species to find our next hint. This was a fantastic opportunity for the kids to learn about local wildlife and for us to take some beautiful photos.

Puzzle Solving:

As we moved from clue to clue, the puzzles became more challenging, involving cryptic riddles that hinted at the resort’s history or the natural features of the area. Solving these riddles as a family was incredibly rewarding and sparked lively discussions and teamwork.

The Final Treasure:

The final clue led us to a secluded part of the beach, just as the sun was setting. There, partially buried in the sand, was a small, locked chest. The last puzzle involved a combination lock, the code for which we had pieced together from previous clues. Inside the chest, we found a collection of small treasures: custom-made bracelets with the resort’s logo, free meal vouchers for our last night, and a beautiful framed photo of Casuarina Beach.


The treasure hunt was not only a highlight of our vacation but a brilliant way to explore every corner of Cotton Beach Resort and engage with the local culture and environment. It brought out a sense of adventure in all of us and made our family vacation uniquely memorable. We left Cotton Beach not just with treasures but with stories and shared experiences that we'll cherish forever. If you're looking for a fun, engaging, and active way to spice up your family vacations, a resort-organized treasure hunt might just be the golden ticket!