23rd July, 2011

Six Kid-Friendly Family Holiday Destinations

When it comes to family holidays, Australia is filled with great choices. From the metropolitan and cosmopolitan cities such as Melbourne and Sydney, to sunny destinations like Surfers Paradise in Queensland, there are plenty of opportunities for any kind of children-friendly holidays. Packed with choices for activities and for enjoying the outdoors, these are just some of ideas for your next family holiday with young children.

Sun and Beach Holidays

Surfer’s Paradise

For a kid-friendly holiday, there’s nothing better then a destination filled with temperate weather, lots of sun-shine, outdoors activities and opportunities for getting close to wildlife. Surfers Paradise is temperate pretty much all year around, with great outdoor activities for kids and the best theme parks in Australia, making it a wonderful sun and beach destination for the family. When it comes to Surfers Paradise accommodation choices are virtually unlimited. Choose an apartment right on the beach for great views and convenient access to enjoy all that which Surfers Paradise apartments have to offer.

The Great Barrier Reef

If you’re looking for an island getaway holiday, then the Great Barrier Reef may be for you. Take the kids snorkelling in sea or go sailing and boat cruising for a day out. You can watch migrating whales, swim with dolphins, or even go for an exciting helicopter ride. Young children will love the warm weather.

Snow Holidays

If you’re keen on teaching your children to ski, then your children may enjoy a snow holiday.

Falls Creek

Located 350 km away from Melbourne in North Eastern Victoria, Falls Creek is a popular ski resort that’s beginner/intermediate skier-friendly. There are lots of restaurants, bars and nightclubs for adults and plenty of family-friendly accommodation. The resort is surrounded by a huge national park that can be used for hiking, trekking and biking.


Thredbo in New South Wales is another great skiing destination for kids and adults. Located in the Snowy Mountains near the Victorian border, Thredbo is approximate 500 km from Sydney CBD. There’s terrain to suit any category of skier – from beginners, intermediates, to advanced skiers. There’s also plenty of vertical terrain for keen snowboarders, as well as instructors who can guide you through it all. Thredbo is accessible by coach or car from Sydney.

Exciting City Holidays

If you prefer somewhere urban for you next city holiday, try any of the capital cities.


Kids will love Taronga Zoo, located on the North Shore of the city, after a cruise in the Harbour and a visit to the Sydney Aquarium. Spend at day at any of the city’s many beaches or the famous museums such as Hyde Park Barracks Museum, the Australian Museum, and the Powerhouse Museum. Don’t forget to do a day trip to the Blue Mountains.


The Melbourne Aquarium is a very popular destination for children and adults. The Rialto and Eureka observation decks will give you a good view of the whole city. Take a tram ride around the city, then over to Queen Victoria Market for a coffee and a good bargain. Head over to Melbourne Zoo for a day out, or head to outer Melbourne for a ride on the Puffing Billy in the Dandenong Ranges. The Healesville and Werribee Wildlife Parks offer opportunities for getting close to animals, as does the Penguin Parade down in Philip Island.