Australia is vast and varied and a fantastic place to take a family holiday. Your biggest problem will be narrowing down where to go, so here’s five suggestions for fun family breaks.
Hang Out With The Quokkas
At only 11km long and 4.5km, Rottnest Island is traffic-free, with the exception of occasional service vehicles. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy the nature, the scenery and the quokkas. That’s right: quokkas, massively cute, extremely friendly, small kangaroo-like creatures. They’re very tame which is a bonus for getting close to them, but keep an eye on your picnic bags. There’s a lot of free outdoorsy stuff to do on the island; most families rent bikes and tour the beaches and coves.
The Top End
Darwin is a great base for seeing the outback; it’s a modern, vibrant city with easy access to the likes of Kakadu National Park. You can go it alone into Kakadu and camp or you can book a tour. If you go it alone, make sure to heed the park information which tells you which bits are safe for the time of year you’re going. There’s a lot of crocs around and they can get pretty territorial if you get in the wrong place!
Life is a Rollercoaster
So you’re the kind of family who like to spend their week off being flung upside down doing loop the loop? The Gold Coast theme parks are ideal for you. You can get a multi-park pass to keep the costs down or you can pay for them individually. There’s accommodation close to the theme parks if you want to stay locally but if you want to stay in a town, Surfer’s Paradise is your best bet. It’s packed with shops, cafes and nightspots for a lively urban holiday.
Hit the Road
Tassie has some breath-taking scenery, such as Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park – you won’t be disappointed at the views around here. Tasmania’s capital, Hobart, has some nice historical bits to visit, including the penal colony of Port Arthur. The smallest Aussie state, Tasmania is ideal for a road trip as the distances aren’t too vast so you won’t be subjected to too many ‘are we there yet’s.
Get your Flippers On
The Great Barrier Reef is huge and it can be accessed from several points, both island and mainland. For a fun family holiday, ease of access is a bonus and staying at the resort on Heron Island means you can snorkel straight off the beach onto the reef. So while there’s bigger and better bits of the reef to be seen with tours, you can still fill whole days with a bit of sunbathing and snorkelling.