Top Holiday Destinations in Australia
Anything from one week to six. That’s how long the Australian school holiday period can last.
If they (or you) are likely to go stir-crazy staying at home the whole time, or if you feel a family getaway is on the cards, these are the domestic locations that offer family-friendly activities to please all.
1. The Great Barrier Reef and Far North Queensland
Perfect for: Families who like to enjoy sun, sand and surf
A visit to the Great Barrier Reef is a fundamental part of any Aussie childhood. From snorkelling the colourful reef to a day trip through the Daintree, it’s an eye-opening experience that offers endless fun. It's warm year-round, so is perfect for any of the school breaks.
2. Surfers Paradise
Perfect for: Thrills, spills and general adventure
It’s not called paradise without good reason. The sun and surf at Surfers Paradise could be classified as “pristine”. It has plenty of theme parks in one space, with Dreamworld, WhiteWater World, Sea World, Movie World and Wet’n’Wild available to keep kids entertained all holiday long.
3. Coffs Harbour
Perfect for: Relaxing beachside holidays
Coffs Harbour is right up there with other coastal holiday escapes for families from Sydney or Brisbane searching for a fun road trip. Naturally, you can fly into Coffs as well. The kids can encounter sea lions and dolphins at the marine park and spend their days playing along the beach.
4. Kangaroo Island
Perfect for: Younger families and wildlife encounters
Kangaroo Island is a short flight from Adelaide or a short and scenic ferry from Cape Jervis. You’ll find everything paradise is expected to inhabit, from resplendent vistas, native wildlife and powder soft sands. Exploration by quad bike or boat is a must, as is marine-life watching.
Perfect for: Educational escapes
Canberra offers a laid back, quiet city break with more than a dash of culture and education attached. Visit the War Memorial, Parliament House, National Gallery and Questacon, and then take a foodie break at the Old Bus Depot markets while you wait for your Brodburgers to fry. Canberra is also a good gateway to get to ski resorts like Thredbo and Perisher during the winter months.
6. Rottnest Island
Perfect for: Water babies
If you’re heading to Western Australia, a definite contender for family-friendly adventure is Rottnest Island. Teeming with marine life and water activities, kids can splash around at on one of 65 pristine beaches if the weather is warm enough, or hop in a kayak and paddle about from sun up to sun down.