Australia has plenty of great family holiday destinations, no matter what city you call home. Here, we've listed our top pick of the best 4 family holiday destinations we recommend, some of which are often overlooked. From taking a Blue Mountains Tour to spending a few days at the best theme parks in the country, we've got a great list of family-friendly holiday ideas you don't want to miss:
The Gold Coast theme park holiday
The Gold Coast is home to Australia's best theme parks. Spend a few days exploring each of the parks and take the kids on rides, see live shows and performances and learn about amazing marine animals all in a few days. Movie World, Dream World, Wet n Wild and Sea World are great places to take your kids as they are built with kids in mind. In other words, you'll never have to worry about boredom setting in and will most likely have a peaceful drive back the hotel as your kids will be tired from an exhausting but fun day.
A Blue Mountains Escape
Why not take the kids on a Blue Mountains holiday to explore the amazing bush land of the region? The Blue Mountains has so much to offer in the way of family activities too. Spend a day at the Jenolan Caves, exploring the underwater rivers and rock formations. Take in the Three Sisters before embarking on tour of the surrounding bush land. Then retire for the evening at a cottage overlooking the rugged terrain.
Phillip Island Holiday
Phillip Island has been a favourite destination for many Melbournites and is becoming increasingly popular with people from all over the country wanting to visit this island paradise. Take the kids swimming at one of the calmer beaches or go surfing on the other side of the island and face the massive waves. The island has a number of great bike tracks which you can take right through the island to experience the beautiful surrounds of untouched landscapes. The island itself is actually home to one of the largest Little Penguin colonies in the world. At sunset, the penguins come ashore to their burrows on the sand. Known as the penguin parade, no Phillip Island tour is complete without witnessing this amazing spectacle.
A visit to our Nation's Capital
A trip to Canberra is a great idea for a family holiday. Canberra has a number of great places to take the kids and has activities and sights to interest the whole family. Visit the Mint, the National Gallery and the AIS. Take the kids to Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre to experience a range of hands on exhibitions and interactive displays. Often overlooked as a holiday destination, Canberra really does have heaps to offer those going on a family holiday.
Family holidays are all about making lasting memories with your kids. I hope our pick of the top 4 family holiday destinations has given you some useful ideas for where to take your family on your next vacation.