No matter what you want from a vacation, Australia can offer it to you. With exciting cities and their iconic landmarks, to beautiful golden sand beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see, to cute and friendly wildlife (at least most of it is), it’s a place that will capture yours and your children’s imagination.
It’s also a pretty big place – so rather than give you a general overview, we’ve taken a look at four of the most popular family-friendly destinations in Australia. That should help you to plan your dream trip to the land Down Under with your family. Let’s check them out!
With more than 4.7 million residents, Sydney has the largest population in Australia. It’s also the first stop on many tourist itineraries – with its iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge two of Australia’s most famous landmarks.
Meet Aussie Animals at Taronga Zoo
It’s a ferry ride out of Sydney’s Circular Quay to find the best attraction for families in Sydney. Taronga Zoo has animals from all over the world, but it’s the koalas and kangaroos that you’ll want to make a beeline for first. A great day out!
Stand up Paddle Boarding at Bondi Beach
Bondi Beach is one of the world’s most iconic beaches. And while it’s synonymous with surfing, you could also try it’s more sedate and tranquil cousin – stand up paddle boarding. SUP is a great activity to do as a family and Bondi is a great place to do it as it’s not hard to find beginner lessons and rental shops.
If you want to SUP with your dog, pups aren’t allowed at Bondi. But, head on over to Marks park in Tamarama. Remembering to bring a life jacket for both you and your four-legged friend!
Brave the Bridge Climb!
Not one for the faint of heart, the bridge climb is one of the most adventurous activities in Sydney. Children from the age of 8 can embark on a climb to the top of the bridge. Don’t worry, it’s safe! If you’d prefer to stay grounded, you can walk across the bridge itself and enjoy views of Sydney Opera House and the city’s Luna Park.
Melbourne is a little more laidback than Sydney, with its coffee culture and friendly outlook. It’s the second biggest city in Australia, and it’s not hard to find something to do for the family there.
Head to the ArtVo Trick Museum
Sometimes museums might raise an eyebrow with your kids, perhaps even a yawn. Not this one though! The ArtVo Trick Museum follows on from similar museums in Asia where you can be at the centre of a scene such as fighting a kangaroo, holding a lion by its chain, or walking across a rickety bridge. Be sure to take your camera as you’ll get some epic photos.
Take a walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria
Open during daylight hours, the Royal Botanic Gardens of Victoria are a wonderful place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. With thousands of species of plants, trees, and birds, it is sure to capture the imagination of kids of all ages. The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is an interactive section of the garden especially for kids.
Admire the views from the Eureka Skydeck
If you liked the idea of the Bridge Climb in Sydney, you’re going to love the Eureka Skydeck. You’ll get a birds’ eye view of the city from almost 300 metres up in the air. It’s more than just a lookout point though, there are lots of interactive displays and educational activities on offer at the Skydeck.
With sunshine and blue skies around for most of the year, you can plan weather-dependent activities with your family with little fear of them being rained off in the capital of Queensland.
Cuddle a koala at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Another way of describing Lone Pine is the largest koala sanctuary in the world. While it’s not right in the city, it’s well worth making the 12km detour to cuddle koalas, feed kangaroos, and see animals you won’t find anywhere else in their natural habitat.
Get out on the river
The Brisbane River flows right through the centre of the city and is a great place to spend an afternoon. Make the most of kayaking and stand up paddle boarding together – it’s especially magical at sunset! There’s also a beach at Brisbane’s South Bank where you can take a swim or a ride on inflatables.
Looking for a family-friendly way to enjoy the city’s nightlife scene? Not as weird as it sounds! Head to Eat Street Northshore for the Aussie take on the Asian night market. Not only is the food delicious, but the atmosphere is pretty great too!
Perth is known as one of the livable cities in Australia. Surprisingly, it’s one of the most isolated cities of its size in the world! That won’t be on your mind as you feel the Indian Ocean breeze though.
Ride Australia’s Best Rollercoaster
Adventure Land is a theme park and water park all rolled into one. It boasts rides of different sizes and degrees of terrifying so that all of the family will be kept happy. The Abyss has been voted the best rollercoaster in Australia, so why not test your bravery with a ride on that?!
Learn About Marine Life at AQWA
Australia is famed for its marine life – though the Great Barrier Reef is on the opposite coast. The conveniently named AQWA (Aquarium of Western Australia) takes you on a journey through the marine life of Western Australia, and you can even get up close and personal with animals at the touch pool.For more info go to https://www.aqwa.com.au/functions/school-balls/.
Explore Rottnest Island and Meet Resident Quokkas
One of the most popular day trips from Perth is to Rottnest Island, where you’ll meet the unusual quokka. There’s more to the island than these animals though – with bike rides and scenic beaches to chill out on!