Finding the perfect location for your next family holiday can be tough, especially when travelling with younger kids. Thankfully there are plenty of family-friendly holidays ideas in Australia, no matter which state you plan on visiting. Here are a few to help get your adventure started:
Camp under the stars and enjoy the great outdoors in WA. The kids will love this getaway adventure, with plenty of opportunities for fishing and stories around the campfire.
Take a drive along the Gibb River Road, a 650km track which takes you past some of the most scenic views in West Australia. With gorges, pools and waterfalls along the way, you can also stop for a swim. You won’t necessarily need a four-wheel drive to tackle ‘The Gibb’, but you will need tough gear which can handle the outback.
Don’t forget a trip to the beautiful Karijini National Park. One of the most stunning natural parks in Australia, you can camp nearby and make day trips to view the amazing natural landscape.
Wildlife at Fleurieu Peninsula
Located just south of Adelaide, the Fleurieu Peninsula is one of the best places to meet Australian wildlife.
The Urimbirra Wildlife Experience is home to over 400 Australian native bird and animal species, with koala shows throughout the day. Salt and freshwater crocodiles are also on display, as well as snakes, pythons and lizards.
Visit Granite Island, near Victor Harbour, where the world’s smallest (and cutest) penguins live. Each day at sunset they come marching out from the ocean to settle into their burrows on the shore. Dolphins, seals and whales can all also be seen from lookouts throughout the day.
Theme Parks on the Gold Coast
Known around the world, the Gold Coast is the theme park capital of Australia. With 5 separate, enormous theme parks to choose from, there’s never a dull moment for kids.
Dreamworld and Warner Bros. Movie World are two of the top attractions, boasting whole days of sets, rides and characters. All the kid’s favourites are on display, from SpongeBob to Spiderman, as well as plenty of fun experiences for younger ones too.
With rollercoasters, interactive sets and your food and drink covered, it all adds up to an awesome getaway.
Up Close with the Outdoors
The scenery in Tasmania is truly breathtaking. Known for its amazing mountains and lakes, it’s also home to Wineglass Bay, one of the top ten beaches in the world.
Enjoy hikes in the beautiful outdoor trails and view the pink granite mountains rising out of the sea, or see the fiery red rocks at the Bay of Fires.
Cradle Mountain is another spectacular sight. The 5-day hike to explore it all is best left to older kids, but there are still shorter walks which will let younger children experience the stunning park.
New South Wales
Skiing in the Snowy Mountains
Home to the famous Mount Kosciuszko, the Snowy Mountains are Australia’s best spot for a skiing holiday. With a wide range of restaurants and cafés, as well as Australia’s only schnapps distillery, there are plenty of drinks to warm up mum and dad too.
Selwyn Snow Resort is a good choice for families, and specialise in catering to kids and beginners. Classes are available for people of all ages and skill levels, but if skiing isn’t your style, there’s still snow-tubing, tobogganing and the scenic chairlift ride.
Australia Capital Territory
Canberra is a great location for curious kids who love to learn. Questacon is one of its most famous attractions. The centre is a fun and interactive way for kids and adults to play with science, with heaps of games and a dedicated play area for toddlers and younger kids.
Parliament House and the National War Memorial provide a deeper look into the history of Australia, and can make great day trips.
To cap it off, take a visit to the Australian National Botanical Gardens, and enjoy walking tours of the beautiful grounds, which hosts the largest collection of native Australian plants in the world.
Visit Phillip Island
A quick drive over the bridge south of Melbourne will take you to the fantastic Phillip Island. The perfect location for kids, it’s packed with multiple things to see and do.
Take a visit to the Grand Prix Circuit and race go-karts on the 760 metre track. Also home to Australia’s largest slot car track, the circuit is a great way to race against the family and have some fun.
If racing isn’t your game of choice, there are plenty to choose from at the tenpin bowling and entertainment centre. Visit in the summer to see the Island Summer Carnival, with rides and showbags for all ages, then relax with a visit to the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory to wind the family holiday up.
Explore the Waters in Darwin
There’s plenty of wildlife splashing about in Darwin, like Aquascene, only a 5-minute walk from the central business district. Kids and adults will love hand feeding the friendly fish which swim up to the shores each day.
Then head to one of the free water parks, like Leanyer or Palmerston. They have a range of fun slides and play areas for kids of all ages.
Finish the day with a visit to the Mindil Beach Markets, and enjoy the sights and smells of delicious food as the sun sets over the horizon.
No matter which choice you make, you’re sure to have a great family holiday with your kids. Which place are you most excited to visit? Let us know in the comments below.
This piece was written by Daniel Defendi, who writes for PMX Campers in Perth, Western Australia. You can catch Daniel on Google+ to discuss this piece.