If you’re looking to plan your next family holiday, then you’ve come to the right place. When it comes to family holiday destinations, Australia boasts a diverse selection of experiences and attractions where parents and kids can bond and relax together. From stunning beaches and rainforests to wildlife habitats and theme parks, there is always something for everyone to enjoy.
Of course, every family is different; some yearn for the country, while some are keen to stay near the coasts. We’ve done the heavy lifting for you and made our list of top family holiday destinations in Australia.
Create lifelong memories with your family and indulge in sun-kissed holidays along Mornington Peninsula’s bayside beaches. Breathe in the fresh air, sample the Peninsula’s famed gastronomic experiences, and soak up the relaxed alfresco lifestyle. You can have your kids take a tour of the summer carnivals at Rye and Rosebud, or have them wander through Australia’s oldest and most famous hedge maze – the Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens.
With nature all around, there are also plenty of activities and places to keep you and the kids entertained. Discover both water and land creatures in their natural habitats with wetlands visits and conservation area explorations. Get up close with wallabies, cuddle up with koalas, and feed kangaroos in a beautiful bushland setting at Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park. Alternatively, you can also visit the Enchanted Adventure Garden, an award-winning natural fun park just an hour from Melbourne.
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Boasting magnificent weather, scenery and a beach lifestyle that your kids will certainly love, Byron Bay is a great place to reconnect and spend a holiday with your family. The laid-back and relaxing vibe of the region will be perfect for you and your partner, while the kids can enjoy building sandcastles and splashing in the waves at the best family-friendly beaches in the Bay, such as Main Beach, Clarkes Beach, and Watego’s Beach.
If you’re looking for an ocean adventure that the whole family may enjoy, head out to Cape Byron’s Marine National Park and go kayaking with dolphins, turtles, and whales in their natural environment. The hinterland region surrounding the bay is also ideal for family getaways. Take your kids to the Macadamia Castle & Animal Park where they can delight in plenty of fun activities, including getting up close with farm animals, reptile shows, and themed playgrounds.
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Renowned for its family-friendly attractions, surfing spots, and eclectic neighbourhoods, the Gold Coast is one of the top choices when it comes to family holidays. This amazing destination is packed with local attractions and fascinating beaches that will keep everyone on their toes. Exciting large-scale theme parks are also on offer, including Wet ‘n’ Wild, WhiteWater, Sea World, Dreamworld, and Warner Bros. Movie World.
For nature lovers and those who are keen for a family adventure, Gold Coast is teeming with wildlife parks and bushwalking trails. You can head out to the subtropical hinterland where you can enjoy rainforest walks or swim beneath pristine waterfalls.
There is also plenty more to discover on the Gold Coast, such as dozens of dining options and family restaurants that offer free kids meals, games rooms, playgrounds, and arts and crafts. A unique shopping experience for the whole family is also a great way to relax and unwind, from popular brands to boutique labels; there is truly something for everyone in the vibrant markets and shopping centres on the Gold Coast.
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Growing into a sophisticated and upmarket resort town, Port Douglas has become one of Australia’s favourite family holiday destinations. Roughly an hour’s drive from Cairns via a spectacular coastal road, Port Douglas is the only place in the world where two World Heritage-listed sites meet – the stunning Great Barrier Reef and the historic Daintree Forest. A day out on the reef and a tour of the scenic rainforest are some of the best things to do in Port Douglas with the kids.
There are also other fabulous places in Port Douglas that you and your family could spend time at, including Four Mile Beach, which runs more than the length of the township and is blessed with palm fringed golden sands & turquoise waters. In addition, be sure to indulge and taste the local treats as well, as the ‘Port’ is a foodie haven with everything from local favourites and elegant restaurants to hip cafés.
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Margaret River & South West
Considered as one of the world’s international biodiversity hotspots, Australia’s South West offers varied family holiday experiences, including a diverse array of native plant and animal life, stunning walking trails, and fabulous beaches. You can also experience spectacular wonders and extraordinary landscapes in one great road trip along the edge of the South West, between Perth and Esperance.
Jam-packed with ocean eco-adventures, gourmet escapes, and exciting wine tours, Margaret River offers attractions and experiences like no other. Here, you can explore some of the world-class wineries with your partner while the kids play at the on-site playgrounds, or delight in a sumptuous dining experience at one of the renowned restaurants in the region.
With hundreds of miles of coast fringed by rugged bushland, there are also plenty of things to do like sea kayaking, surfing, and mountain biking along old forest logging tracks. You can also trek to historic lighthouses and walk along the longest jetty in the southern hemisphere. From June to early December, the whole family can enjoy whale watching at Flinders Bay, which will make for a truly memorable experience for the children.
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We’ve hand-picked some of the most stunning accommodations for your next family holiday with a range of lodges, beach villas, and holiday homes. Check out our exclusive collection and start planning your getaway today.
Image Credit: Tourism Australia, Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree, Sean Scott Photography, Townsville Enterprise Ltd & Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism.