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Family Holidays to Australia
Only in Australia
Master the game of Aussie Rules Football Walk across the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge Snorkel the world's largest living structure, the Great Barrier Reef Make friends with an Indigenous Australian Stargaze the superb skies above Uluru Feed a koala at Taronga Zoo
✓ Easter, Summer and Christmas school holidays
✓ Adventure & Activity, Wildlife
✓ 5 years +
Taking a family holiday to Australia...can mean so many things –the country's just so gigantic. It might mean taking surf lessons on Bondi Beach, snorkelling off Queensland's coral-fringed coast, spotting whales and shipwrecks along the southern shores of Victoria or listening to Aboriginal Dreamtime stories in the Red Centre. There are as many Australia trips as there are travellers to dream them up –the choice of adventures is yours.
Whatever you choose, sunny Sydney makes an excellent start point. It has beaches galore, enabling you to take a surf course right in the city, or perhaps you'd like to take a kids' tour of the Sydney Opera House. Animal lovers can become a keeper for the day at Taronga Zoo, and the bravest over-10s will love tackling the Harbour Bridge Climb.
How about sports-mad Melbourne? Children can learn all about Aussie Rules, watching a match alongside passionate fans –so close you can hear the coach's half-time pep talk –before playing a game themselves. Or take the kids to the cricket, for a tour of the MCG –Australia's largest, oldest sporting venue –and a sneak peek into the players' changing rooms.
If they're not worn out yet, hop over to Phillip Island to cruise past fur seals (be warned: they're a bit smelly!) and watch the daily penguin parade. Then head west, to drive the spectacular Great Ocean Road. The route is alive with tales of shipwrecks and maritime mysteries, not to mention whales, dolphins and seals offshore and koalas in the nearby rainforests.
You might decide to go central instead –after all, Australia's red-hued middle is perhaps its most iconic region, a land of crimson desert, huge skies and the sandstone monolith of Uluru. The rock is sacred to the local Anangu people, who will enthral visitors young and old with their traditional stories, as well as teaching you their ancient bush skills. Uluru is one of the world's best stargazing spots and Family Astro Tours will illuminate the skies.
How about ending your Aussie adventure on the Great Barrier Reef, the 2,300km-long swathe of coral off the country's east coast, home to a marvel of marine life: whales, dugongs (known as sea cows), turtles and over 1,500 species of fish. Head out in a glass-bottomed boat, try full-on scuba diving or go snorkelling –perfect for curious kids who want to dip into the underwater world. In short, Australia is awesome all over. The big question is, how long do you have?
Did you know...
- If you visited one new beach in Australia every day, it would take over 27 years to see them all
- Kangaroos and emus can't walk backwards, which is one of the reasons why they appear on the Australian coat of arms
- Australia is one of the world's most ethnically diverse nations –nearly a quarter of the people who live in Australia were born in other countries
- When the platypus was first sent to England, it was believed the Australians had played a joke by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat!
- The most people to ever stand on one surfboard is 47 –the surfers piled on the board at Snappers Rock in Queensland
- The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world –astronauts can see it from space
The Boring Bit
- Airline routes –London Heathrow, Manchester and Birmingham to Sydney and Perth, via Singapore, Dubai or Hong Kong
- Flying time –17+ hours (GMT +8-10 hours)
- Visas –Are required and can be organised pre-travel online
- No significant health considerations –Please consult your GP
Family itineraries in Australia
Family Adventure Down Under
Nights: 13 | from £4,195
Three of the best known aspects of Australia are Sydney, Melbourne and the Great Barrier Reef; this 14 day itinerary encompasses them all, with a special focus on family-friendly fun.
Family Connections - Australia & New Zealand: A Family Journey (2015)
Nights: 15 | from £13,620
Enjoy fun activities for all ages Down Under: learn to surf at Bondi Beach, swim or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, see an endangered kiwi and visit enchanting Hobbiton.
Our preferred family accommodation in Australia
Sample Itineraries which could be adapted for families
Nights: 12 | from £4,995
Cosmopolitan Sydney, the rugged outback, dense rainforests and the famous Great Barrier Reef – it’s all up for grabs on this 12 night tour of Australia.
Highlights of Australia
Nights: 14 | from £4,745
In two tantalising weeks it’s possible to combine Australia’s most gorgeous and gregarious cities with the Great Barrier Reef, the incomparable Red Centre and a wealth of wine and wildlife encounters too.
Alternative family friendly accommodation in Australia
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley
Sails In The Desert