For families, Australia is an adventure playground full of beaches, theme parks, history and nature to explore. Pack your bags and get ready to journey into some of our country’s top family holiday spots.
Planning a family holiday is the perfect way to enjoy quality time together and get out into the great outdoors. From endless stretches of pristine coast to wildlife-filled, native bushland, travelling in Australia is an investment towards learning about, appreciating and enjoying nature at its best.
Let’s take a look at our top holiday spots, with smorgasbords of fun for all ages.
Phillip Island, Victoria
You’ll create memories to last a lifetime, with a trip to Victoria’s Phillip Island. The main attractions? The famous Penguin Parade and the treetop boardwalks at the Koala Conservation Centre. If you can’t get enough of Australia’s cute wildlife, get up-close and personal with kangaroos and wallabies at the Phillip Island Wildlife Park. There’s also safe swimming beaches, mini-golf courses, go-kart tracks and the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory.
The home of the iconic Big Banana pulls out all stops, when it comes to entertaining the kids. Explore the ‘World of Bananas’ with plantation tours, laser tag, toboggan rides and an inflatable water park. The Butterfly House will captivate all ages and Dolphin Marine Magic lets you swim with dolphins and feed cute penguins. For adventure lovers, there’s camel and horse rides on the beach, surf schools and Zorbing.
The Gold Coast is world famous for thrills, spills and screams, with Sea World, Movie World and Wet’n’Wild dishing out the family action.
Gold Coast, Queensland
Chances are a theme park visit is at the top of your child’s holiday wish list. The Gold Coast is world-famous for thrills, spills and screams, with Sea World, Movie World and Wet’n’Wild dishing out the family action. It’s not all about dizzying rides though, with dozens of beaches, rainforest trails in the Hinterland, animals at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and school holiday entertainment in Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach and Coolangatta.
Do you want to combine your family holiday with fun learning activities? Canberra serves history up on an exciting platter of museums and galleries. Visit the Old Parliament House, the National Museum of Australia and the Royal Australian Mint to watch some very cool robots in action.
Of course, there’s a Parliament House tour, but when it’s time for fun you can slip down the slides at Big Splash Waterpark, ride the elephant carriages of the Historic Carousel and delight the littlies with a turn on the Kingston Miniature Railway.
How do you choose between them? Fun in the sun? Tick. Adventure in the great outdoors? Tick. Thrilling attractions? Tick. Quite simply, you can’t go wrong, so flipping a coin might be your best bet.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.