Australia is an amazing country that's full of fantastic family holiday destinations. Whether you're adventuring through national parks, visiting vibrant cities or island hopping around the Whitsundays, our own backyard has an impressive range of family friendly destinations to explore. So whether it's a local getaway close to home or an adventure across the country, show your support for Australia and holiday here this year!
Here are 5 of the best Aussie destinations for family holiday fun.
Known for its golden beaches and relaxed tropical lifestyle, the Gold Coast is a world-class holiday destination - particularly 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've got little ones, or teenie boppers, kids of all ages are guaranteed to love the Gold Coast's array of awesome attractions. From the thrilling theme parks like Movie World and Sea World, to putt putt golf and wildlife encounters, there are endless ways to keep the kids entertained across this amazing holiday destination.
• Sea World
• Surfers Paradise Beach
• Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
From the breathtaking harbour to the bustling city streets, Sydney has a lot to brag about. And so it should! This holiday destination is an undeniable hot spot for families of all ages. Home to more than its fair share of attractions including Taronga Zoo and Luna Park, families can also enjoy exploring Sydney's museums, aquariums and art galleries. Or, if you're more into exploring the outdoors, why not take the scenic ferry over to Manly and enjoy a day by the sea. Sydney also plays host to a number of amazing events such as The Sydney Royal Easter Show, Vivid Sydney and the amazing New Years 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 that's well worth exploring. Whether you want to catch game of AFL or tennis, or see a musical at one of the city's many theatres, Melbourne is bursting with sport, arts and culture. Spend your time strolling through the Bourke Street Mall, hop on a tram and visit the foodie scene of Lygon Street, take a walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens, visit the local markets and spend your days taking in all this amazing city as to offer.
• The MCG
• The Royal Botanic Gardens
• St Kilda
Brimming with gorgeous beaches, tropical islands and resorts, the Whitsundays is your ideal destination for family fun adventure. Spend your time island hopping between family favourites like Airlie Beach, Daydream and Hamilton Island, and laze about on some of the softest sand in the world on Whitehaven Beach. The kids will love snorkelling amongst the vibrant coral and learning about the marine life and mum and dad will love relaxing in tropical paradise. Together with some of Australia's top resorts including Intercontinental Hayman Island, families are spoilt for choice across the Whitsundays.
• Whitehaven Beach
• Hamilton Island
• Airlie Beach
Located in far north Queensland, Cairns offers no shortage of family-friendly activities, attractions and accommodation. Boasting fantastic weather and a balmy tropical climate, Cairns is a year-round holiday destination perfect for exploring the outdoors. From the Daintree Rainforest to the Great Barrier Reef, Cairns' array of spectacular natural wonders makes this a bucket-list destination. On top of this, you'll find some great beaches, scenic railway, wildlife encounters and animal sanctuaries that are sure to wow the kids. Some nearby areas explore include the beautiful Port Douglas, Atherton Tablelands and Palm Cove.
• The World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef
• The Daintree Rainforest
• Cairns Esplanade Lagoon