Without a doubt, my favourite travel destination so far has to be Australia. Paul and I visited for 3 weeks prior to getting married and while there I was actually offered a job, it was so tempting to up sticks and move over but the timing wasn’t right for us. It is something I do still think of, although I am no longer in the same line of work and with kids, it would be far harder now.
Instead, we plan to head back over with the kids to visit in a few years time. It’s not the cheapest of holidays but we are luckily able to spend part of it staying with Paul’s cousin when we do eventually head over. I do however know of families who have spent months travelling OZ in a campervan picked up from sites such as Gumtree, which does sound really appealing to me, I personally think a minimum of 3 weeks is needed due to it takes so long to get to, and having battled the jetlag so badly myself I would need a few days to adjust anyway (I tend to suffer from jetlag on the way out rather than when coming home as I get so excited for holidays I can’t sleep for days prior to setting off).
This diverse and lovely country is a great place to travel with loved ones and it would be a mistake to stay put in one place. It is built for family travels, for it is filled with astounding theme parks, awe-inspiring tourist attractions, and glorious beaches.
Travelling to Australia with the whole family would be an amazing experience and make for an unforgettable holiday. As with most foreign holidays, you do need to ensure you have checked what insurance and health checks you need before travelling.
So, here are some family-friendly destinations I would consider when planning a family trip to Australia:
Definitely an attraction not to miss when you are in the Land Down Under is the Sydney Harbour. It is an iconic waterway located in the country’s biggest city, Sydney. The scenic view in this spot is truly worth the visit and you can have a picnic with the entire family, too. Not only that, but you can also go under the Sydney Harbour Bridge or ride a high-speed catamaran going to Manly beach.
Or you can even climb the Bridge if you are feeling brave – Paul and I did a few years before having the kids, and while the jumpsuits are possibly the most unflattering thing you will ever wear, the view certainly makes up for it. This is what stopped me being afraid of heights if I could manage that I could take on the world – or even a skydive which I actually did a few years ago.
Gold Coast Theme Parks
If you are travelling with kids somewhere in Australia that is a must is the Gold Coast. Apparently, there are five huge amusement parks to be found here, namely Movie World, Sea World, Dreamworld, White Water World, and Wet n’ Wild. Both kids and adults will love it here as each has a unique theme for you to enjoy a memorable experience. Nothing really beats sharing all the good times with the family in an amazing place!
I’ve been reading this 48 hour family time itinerary of things to do in the Gold Coast, and it has certainly bumped it up our to-do-list for the trip.
For nature tripping, you can go to South Australia’s Kangaroo Island. This underrated attraction is a perfect weekender for the entire brood. You will get to see the kangaroos living here and can try out the thrilling sandboarding as well. It is home to native wildlife, including koalas, sea lions, and other bird species. Also, it will be a great time to visit honey farms, surf beaches, fishing jetties, and caves while here.
Great Barrier Reef
A must when in OZ is heading to the Great Barrier Reef! In the event you are all up for an amazing family adventure, head to this famous attraction. In fact, it is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, which is blessed with plenty of corals and marine life. You could try diving here and you will all have some fun or a trip on a glass-bottomed boat is just as amazing. It will surely be a trip you are going to treasure for a lifetime.
Great Barrier Reef has over 100 islands, from unique and exotic islands to the Whitsundays and the remarkable Northern Islands. The islands of the Great Barrier Reef will redefine your idea of paradise.
Of course, with so many wonderful beaches in Australia and such wonderful weather you could keep costs down by doing a tour of the hundreds of beaches, packing up a picnic and just having some plain and simple, cheap family fun.
Where would you love to take the kids on holiday? A few other places we would love to visit can be found here.