Australia is an amazing country full of fantastic family holiday destinations. Whether you’re adventuring in national parks, visiting bustling cities or hopping around the islands of the Whitsundays, our own backyard offers an impressive range of family destinations to explore. So, whether it’s a local getaway close to home or a cross-country adventure, show Australia your support and vacation here this year!
Here are 5 of Australia’s best destinations for a fun-filled family vacation.
Known for its golden beaches and relaxed tropical lifestyle, the Golden Coast is a world-class vacation destination, especially for families. And thanks to the fantastic international airport, you can fly direct to the Gold Coast from many parts of the world. Whether you have toddlers or teenagers, kids of all ages are sure to love the Gold Coast’s range of impressive attractions. Exciting theme parks like Movie World and Sea world, to putt putt golf and wildlife encounters, there are countless ways to keep the kids entertained in this incredible vacation destination.
• Sea world
• Surfers Paradise beach
• Currumbin Wildlife Reserve
From the breathtaking harbor to the bustling city streets, Sydney has a lot to boast about. And that’s what it should be! This vacation destination is a must-see for families of all ages. Home to many attractions including Taronga Zoo and Luna Park, families can also explore Sydney’s museums, aquariums and art galleries. Or, if you prefer to explore the outdoors, why not take the scenic ferry to Manly and enjoy a day by the sea. Sydney also hosts a number of incredible events such as the Sydney Royal Easter Show , Vivid Sydney and the incredible New Year’s Eve celebration, which are definitely worth seeing at least once in your life!
• Taronga Zoo
• Luna Park
Boasting some of Australia’s best entertainment and culture, Melbourne is a fantastic destination worth exploring. Whether you want to catch a game of AFL or tennis, or see a musical at one of the city’s many theatres, Melbourne is bursting with sport, art and culture. Spend your time strolling around Bourke Street Shopping Centre, hop on a tram and visit the Lygon Street food scene, stroll through the Royal Botanic Gardens, visit the local markets and spend your days discovering all this incredible city at to offer.
• The MCG
• The royal botanical gardens
• St Kilda
Filled with stunning beaches, tropical islands and resorts, the Pentecosts is your ideal destination for a fun family adventure. Spend your time island hopping between family favorites like Airlie Beach, Dream And Hamilton Island, and lounge on the softest sand in the world at Whitehaven Beach. Kids will love snorkeling among vibrant corals and discovering marine life, while mom and dad will love relaxing in a tropical paradise. With some of Australia’s best resorts, including the Intercontinental Hayman Island, families are spoiled for choice in the Whitsundays.
• Whitehaven beach
• Hamilton Island
• Airlie Beach
Located in Far North Queensland, Cairns has no shortage of activities, attractions and family-friendly accommodations. Boasting fantastic weather and a mild tropical climate, Cairns is a year-round holiday destination ideal for exploring the outdoors. From the Daintree Rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns’ range of spectacular natural wonders makes it a must-visit destination. On top of that, you’ll find stunning beaches, a scenic railway, wildlife encounters and animal sanctuaries that are sure to amaze the kids. Some nearby areas to explore include beautiful Port Douglas, the Atherton Tablelands and Palm Cove.
• The Great Barrier Reef, listed as a world heritage site
• The Daintree Rainforest
• Cairns Esplanade Lagoon