Australia’s a big item on the bucket list for a lot of avid travellers, and you may be setting out plans to cross it off yours in the coming months. If you have kids, the days of relaxing on the beach, a good book in one hand and a better cocktail in another, and the nights spent hitting every bar on the strip, may be behind you. However, there are still various places in Australia where the whole family can have a great holiday together. Here, we’ll go over some of the best ideas for your family trip to Australia.
The beach resorts and theme parks that are scattered along the Gold Coast make it one of the most popular destinations for family trips in Australia, and once you visit, you’ll know exactly why! There’s plenty of things to see and do for the whole family; from a wandering around Currumbin Bird Sanctuary, high-adrenaline adventures at White Water World, or diving into an amazing Hollywood experience at Warner Bros. Movie World. If you want something a little more relaxing and low-key, there are other areas of Queensland that might be a better fit. The Sunshine Coast has a range of options like Noosa Heads where you can take it easy, and still be close to plenty of theme parks for the kids. Northern Queensland also has a range of great spots for family trips. Cairns, for example, has a brilliant lagoon on the waterfront, and also puts you within an hour’s drive of the more up-market resorts like Port Douglas and Palm Beach. Fitzroy Island is also a popular spot for day-trips, and an easy 45 minutes from Cairns. Here, you can hire snorkel equipment, and spend a whole day exploring the breath-taking Great Barrier Reef, before hopping back on a ferry to get back to the city.
Western Australia, the largest state in the country, is certainly worth the trip. Some families are put off by the sheer size, but there’s a lot of opportunities to hop out of the car and explore this incredible state. Perth is an intriguing and vibrant city, and though it may not have as many kid-oriented activities as the Gold Coast, you won’t have much trouble finding something to keep the little ones occupied. Companies like Hillarys accommodation offer comfortable hotels right on the beaches, allowing you to wake up to stunning ocean views every day of your trip. The Southwest region isn’t far from the city, where you can find plenty of gorgeous white-sand beaches, as well as some incredible inland regions including treetop forest walks. Valley of the Giants is sure to wow the kids, even if they usually hate walking around the woods at home! A little north of Perth, you can visit the Coral Coast, which is another popular spot for visiting families. Here, you can feed dolphins at Monkey Mia, swim with Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Reef, and watch an incredible migration of whales from Coral Bay. Coral Coast town itself is a great place to use as a basecamp, as it takes a while for the average traveller to grow tired of snorkelling!
Though it’s usually overlooked as an Australian destination, Tasmania has a lot to offer, especially for families with older kids. The Salamanca market should certainly make the itinerary, which is open every Saturday excluding Christmas and Anzac Day. Here, you can walk around over 300 stallholders selling fresh, organic produce, along with crafts and handiwork. Whether you want something that’s quintessentially Tasmanian, a staple of other areas of Australia, or some cultural curiosity from overseas, you’re sure to find it here! Roughly an hour out of Hobart, you can visit Port Arthur, an intriguing look into the convict history of the island. The site is massive, and offers a unique, intimate window into the various facets of life as a convict, including housing, family units, and work. The port was made for prisoners rather than families, so visiting with a pram can be a bit of a challenge! For a truly unforgettable experience, head to the town of Bicheno on the East coast, and witness the penguin tour, where cute little penguins will waddle right past you on their way to the beach in the evenings. This town also has a massive blowhole, which makes awesome video material. It’s best to stick to the nearby carpark if you have younger children, but older ones will have a great time clambering over the rocks to get a closer look.
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