7 amazing Australian destinations for family vacations.
And if you’re lucky, you might spot some of the wonderful wildlife this seascape has to offer, including migrating galls, dolphins, Australian fur seals and penguins.
Port Arthur, the former prison town, really promotes exploration and the rich history of days gone by with the World Heritage-listed convict site, Port Arthur Historic Site. It is home to dozens of structures, including the separate prison, filled with stories to tickle children’s imaginations.
For relaxation by the water, visit Stewart’s Bay. The water is clear and quite shallow, so ideal for supervised little ones. The return to the city center is easy, allowing you to return well in advance for the designer markets at the old historic site.
Gold Coast, Queensland
Ok… let’s face it, not the more Obscure recommendation at first sight! But sometimes kids just want to go crazy and tackle a few slides and roller coasters on their road trip. And as you head north through sunny Queensland, the Gold Coast is the place for some serious fun.
But aside from the obvious, there are places like Jellurgal Mountain where you can take a guided native-led walk along a beachside rainforest boardwalk. Seriously, well worth a visit and the kids will feel so engaged and involved.
Then there’s the hidden world of glowworms (bet you didn’t see it coming?), lighting up the night in the Gold Coast hinterland. The worms live under the natural bridge in Springbrook National Park, located just 60 minutes from Surfers Paradise.
Mount Tamborine, just an hour from the city, is home to a beautiful national park and incredible local culinary experiences. And if you want to escape high-rise accommodation for something more family-friendly, NRMA Treasure Island Holiday Resort will delight the whole family.