There are a lot of things that you could do in Australia as a childless adult; surfing, camping in the Outback, or even scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef. Once the little bundle of joy arrived, you might have resigned yourself to putting things like that on hold until they can at least walk unsupervised. However, this doesn’t mean that you’re done exploring Aussie; you might even find that you see a whole new side to Australia that didn’t interest you before your baby came along.
There’s nothing more wonderful than seeing your baby interact with the ocean for the first time. When planning your baby’s first beach holiday, you’ll want to take him somewhere that’s not too packed with tourists so he’s not overstimulated, and so there’s less chance of losing him in a crowd. Patonga Beach on the New South Wales central coast is practically car free, the waters are mostly calm, and the Patonga Creek is a perfect watering hole for toddlers. Cover your baby with plenty of sunscreen, and let him take his time playing in the sand and sea.
Alternatively, you could take the baby on a trip to the Sunshine Coast. The weather in the area is warm without being uncomfortable, and you’ll have as much fun strolling along the beachfront paths with the pram as you would on the beach. You might even lull the baby into an early nap with a calm water river cruise.
It’s tough to keep the whole family happy when there are kids of different ages to entertain. The baby can’t join in with the rougher activities, but obviously the older kids won’t be happy doing baby-friendly activities all the time. Fortunately, Gold Coast can offer something to make everyone happy. When school lets out for the holidays, take the whole family up to Gold Coast for a week or so; you might be better off looking into holiday house rentals so that you don’t disrupt the baby’s routine too much, and to avoid waking other guests with late night feedings. The Burleigh Heads National Park has easy trails for prams, and the older kids can have a scavenger hunt and see who can spot the most critters. Alternatively, you can the baby can enjoy the beach while his older siblings learn how to surf.
If you’re looking to show your baby another first, then you should all go up to Mt Hotham in Victoria so he can see his first snow. Parents can even have a little time for themselves during this skiing holiday; there is a Class 1 child minding facility located in the Kids Snowzone building, so your baby is in good hands while you hit the slopes. Otherwise, you can all find a good vantage point to watch other skiers fall over. Make a point to come back once your baby is a little older. Kids can learn to ski at Mt Hotham as early as three years old.
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