Start planning your family vacation in Australia
Discover why Australia should be next on your list for an incredible family trip that you and your kids will always remember. The wildlife, adventure, beauty and culture of this place make it a top choice for family travel and as if this wasn’t enough, you’ll have no shortage of family-friendly accommodations to choose from. Plan a whole range of adventures that you won’t find anywhere else, from swimming in the Great Barrier Reef and discovering an underwater paradise, to visiting Sydney’s top attractions as a family and discovering life down under.
Best things to see and do in Australia with kids
What to see as a family
The first stops for any family trip to Australia should certainly be the classics. These sites are world-famous for a reason and missing out on seeing them would be unthinkable. Take a trip to The Great Barrier Reef and enjoy stunning stretches of beach as well as the underwater world that awaits you. Go snorkeling or take a trip out on a glass bottomed boat to see the bright colors and diverse species that can be found here. Back on land, visit sites such as the Sydney Opera House or explore the cool bars and delicious restaurants that are dotted all over the city. Places like Bondi Beach are always favorites among visitors and here you can get a real sense of the atmosphere in this beautiful country whilst relaxing in the sun and enjoying the shops, restaurants and bars. Australia is home to so many places of extreme natural beauty and these are well worth a visit. The 12 Apostles are the perfect spot to take some family snaps to remember your vacation and this marine national park is so beautiful that you’ll be happy to visit again and again. Kakadu National Park is the best place to visit to enjoy the Australian Wildlife and natural surroundings. Why not visit at sunrise or sunset for the view of a lifetime?
What to do as a family
Australia’s wide open roads and stunning sites are best visited on a family road trip; the perfect way to travel with kids. On a road trip you can travel to your own schedule and be as flexible as you like. Take a trip along the famous Great Ocean Road, a route that you could only dream of for your first road trip as a family. Stop at stunning sites all along the way where you can enjoy picnics, walks and even a spot of surfing along the Gold Coast. One of Australia’s main attractions for family travelers is its diverse wildlife and on a trip here you’ll be able to enjoy safari tours to see all your favorite creatures. Visit a sanctuary or one of Australia’s many wildlife parks to see koalas, kangaroos and so much more, with a guide who can tell you all about each species. Taronga Zoo is just one great example, with specialized tours for families of all ages. The Blue Mountains, to the west of Sydney are not to be missed and here you and your kids will be able to explore this beautiful area on foot, by bike or even on horseback. The area outside of Sydney is also a great place to visit fro thrill-seeking families looking to enjoy theme parks, bungee jumps and even skydives - you won’t be disappointed by this adrenaline rush.
Best time to visit Australia as a family
Since Australia’s seasons are inverted, with the hottest time of year falling around Christmas and the coldest around July, it can be a little confusing when deciding when to book your trip. In general, the peak seasons are between December and February, when visitors and locals alike enjoy the sun. The winter months that coincide with summer vacation elsewhere are also busier, meaning that you can also expect to run into a lot of other visitors between June and August. Generally speaking, if possible, try to visit during the shoulder season of spring and fall, since these will mean cheaper prices, especially when it comes to flights, as well as cheaper accommodations and more availability. Visitors who are much younger or older may wish to avoid the mid-summer heat, which can be scorching at times and may be exhausting for those not used to the heat. Deciding where to go will make your choice of when to visit much easier, since you’ll be able to make an informed decision based on the activities you and your family would like to experience. Whenever you decide to visit, traveling to Australia is an incredible experience and an unbeatable family vacation.
Family vacation tips for traveling to Australia
With a little research and knowledge you can ensure that you are as prepared as possible for your family trip to Australia, here a few tips and tricks to ensure that everything runs smoothly on your vacation.
- There’s no need to be scared of the wildlife. Australia’s wildlife has a fearsome reputation for being deadly but, given that you take recommended precautions, you need not worry about any deadly encounters here.
- The Australian sun is stronger than you think. Many people forget that the sun here is incredibly powerful. Due to a hole in the ozone layer, the sun’s rays that enter here are much more powerful than elsewhere. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and avoid sitting in the sun too much during the afternoons.
- Prices here are high. Australia is an expensive country and as such you may need to research a little beforehand to work out how to budget for your family trip. Rest assured, it’s worth every penny but you may want to travel during off peak season if this is an issue for you.
- Speak to your GP before traveling to Australia with your kids to make sure that you are all up to date with any necessary vaccinations.