With the sun shining and the weather heating up, it’s no secret that summer is on the horizon. So, it’s time to venture out with the family and explore your own backyard. Thankfully, Australia is chock-a-block with great family destinations. Whether you’re exploring cities along the east coast, relaxing on one of our pristine white beaches, or enjoying the incredible landscape of Australia’s red centre; there is certainly plenty to see and do for the whole family.
Family is busy, so spending hours searching for the perfect holiday probably isn’t on your list. Don’t stress, we’ve taken care of it for you. We’ve compiled a list of the top holiday destinations to take the family to this summer. With a myriad of gems to choose, we’ve managed to narrow it down to 5 hotspots. Whether you’re after a bit luxe or you’re on a budget – we’ve got something for you!
South Coast, New South Wales
If your family are city dwellers then you may be fiending for a break from the bumper-to-bumper traffic and deafening noise. We have the perfect escape just for you. Jump in the car and travel down to the southern beaches of NSW for a classic beach holiday. If you think the Whitsundays is the only place in Australia for astonishing white sandy beaches, then we’re happy to introduce you to these white gems.
Relax on Jervis Bay and cool-off in the crystal clear water for the perfect family holiday. Trust us, a walk along this coastline will make you wonder if you’ve been transported to beaches in the Maldives.
Located just a three-hour drive from Sydney’s CBD, gather your tribe and discover these Jervis Bay hotspots:
#1 Caves Beach (Booderee National Park)
Caves Breach is the perfect destination if you’re really looking to escape the city life and dodge large crowds – though you might bump into some kangaroos on the way. It’s only a short walk from the carpark and also offers camping, however, make sure to book in advance for summer.
#2 Hyams Beach
Famous for its title as the world’s whitest sand beach, Hyams Beach is a global favourite. After visiting other stretches of coast along Jervis Bay, this destination may seem a little packed. Aside from that, there’s no real complaining, it’s world-famous crystal clear water and white sand speak for themselves.
#3 Discover the Secret Gosangs Tunnel
If you’re the adventurous type, and like exploring off the beaten track, then discovering Gosangs Tunnel is the perfect expedition for you. You’ll find his beauty located at the top section of Jervis Bay near Point Perpendicular. You’ll need to squeeze through a hole in the rocks and climb 20 metres – this isn’t for the claustrophobics or the faint-hearted. Nonetheless, the results are spectacular.
Gold Coast, Queensland
Perhaps best known for its glitz, glamour and beautiful beaches, the Gold Coast is also home to some fantastic family-friendly attractions. It’s a great holiday location for all ages. The kids will go nuts for the local theme parks like Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet n Wild and Movie World. While the stretch of golden beaches, a vast array of restaurants and local wildlife provide the perfect backdrop for quality family time.
With exciting, fun activities like indoor skydiving, fun illusions and light displays, and go-karting, there are plenty of ways to keep the little ones entertained on the Gold Coast. If you need a helping hand with extra cash for your time Queensland holiday, apply with Nifty Loans.
#1 Burleigh Heads National Park
This lush green piece of grass situated next to the beach is perfect for a family picnic. Set up a blanket, bring some food and watch the surfers with a magical sunset backdrop.
#2 Learn to Surf
Treat the kids to a surfing lesson from the pros that know best. Home to some of the country’s best surf breaks, your kids will be starting their surfing career the right way.
#3 Let the kids roam free at Aqua Park
The kids will be forever grateful for taking them to Aqua Park. If you’re sick of sad making it’s way into literally everything, take your kids to splash and slide in this water wonderland. There are lifesavers and life jackets, so you won’t need to worry about their safety. While the kids are having the time of their life, you can sit back and have a coffee or read a book on the beach. Or have a splash around – this activity is perfect for all kids, big and small.
Located in North Queensland, Cairns is a special location for your family to experience. With access to the Great Barrier Reef and some of the world’s oldest rainforest, it’s considered by some to be the adventure capital of Australia. Here are a few things to tick off your family bucket list whilst in Cairns:
#1 Cairns Esplanade and Lagoon
If you’re a sunseeker and fun-lover, chances are you’ll love Cairns Espnanade’s spectacular swimming lagoon on the city’s reclaimed foreshore. The artificial saltwater pool is the crown jewel of Cairns and located on the waterfront overlooking Trinity Inlet- a perfect spot for you and the kids to cool off in the summer heat.
#2 Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is arguably one of the precious jewels on the Queensland coast. With 2300 kilometres of magnificent coral reef and rich ecosystem, it’s one of the natural wonders of the world. Tare so many activities and tours at so many different price ranges, so find one that excites the whole family and get exploring!
#3 Day Trip to Kuranda Rainforest
Though it may be located 25km north-west of Cairns, the journey to Kuranda Rainforest does not disappoint. Experience a scenic steam train trip up the ridge and a breath-taking cable car back down. Or vice versa. The rainforest itself is a world heritage listed rainforest so make sure to immerse yourself in the vibrant ecosystem.
Known as the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is home to countless restaurants, vibrant cafe’s, museums and art galleries and fantastic live music scene. If you’re looking for something that differs from a beach holiday, Melbourne is summer is the place to be.
Here’s what to explore this summer in Melbourne:
#1 Melbourne is the Sporting Capital of Australia
Melbourne is a sports-crazy city. From Aussie rules football to the Formula 1 Grand Prix, if you have sports fans in the home, they’ll get their fix in Melbourne. You can also catch a match or two at the Australian Open. Watch the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Nick Kyrgios battle it out for Tennis supremacy.
#2 Street art in Hosier Lane
Melbourne is known as a city bursting at the seams with incredible street art. The city council has designation areas throughout the city for street artists to go nuts and flex their creative muscle. Hosier Lane is the most well-known spot for street art as it’s located in the centre of the city.
#3 Sea Life Aquarium
Explore the creatures of the sea etched into the Melbourne hustle and bustle. The Sea Life Aquarium is truly a destination for all ages and hosts a wide array of beautiful sea life that is sure to amaze the whole family.
Nothing will quite prepare you for your first sight of Uluru. You’ve probably seen countless photos of the iconic rock, formerly known as Ayers Rock. Although the climb is closed, there are still many reasons why you should visit for a different kind of summer getaway. If you do decide to visit, acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, the Anangu people and be respectful of the site.
It’s not just the magnificent sight of the rock that makes this place so unique, there are still plenty of other things to do with kids:
#1 Mala-Guided Ranger Walk
This free walking tour starts off at 8 am every morning and departs from the Mala car park. Lead by your ranger, the 2km walk takes around 1 and a half hours, and you’ll learn about the significance and meaning behind rock art and Anangu culture.
#2 Experience award-winning dining
Sounds of Silence is an award-winning dining experience that offers you a delectable buffet on a unique viewing platform that overlooks the rock. As the sun sets and the sky lights up with stars, you can enjoy a tucker-inspired cuisine accompanied by a nice glass of sparkling wine and a didgeridoo performance.
So, what are you waiting for? Begin your summer family adventure now. If you’re travelling to one of our capital cities this summer, check out the top hidden hotspots to explore.
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