Looking for some quality time together? Your family holiday starts here
Australia is your one stop shop for holiday destinations. There is an abundance of great value experiences that are ideal for Mum, Dad and the kids to enjoy together. High energy, fast-paced adventures, nature based activities, world-class sightseeing opportunities and just general fun-stuff that will have you saying ‘remember when…’ for years to come. Here’s a snapshot of our favourite family holiday ideas.
When it comes to water sports and water based activities, you will inundated for choice. Think sandy beaches, sheltered swimming bays, popular surf breaks and a long, winding river. The Murray River is popular for water-skiing, wake boarding and canoeing. Adelaide’s western coastline from Grange, to Glenelg, and Moana offer excellent swimming and sandcastle making, with snorkelling and diving a must at Port Noarlunga. Challenge yourself and book a surfing lesson at Horseshoe Bay or Middleton on the Fleurieu Peninsula.
Get outdoors! Cycling is a great activity for fitness and fun. There are numerous designated bike trails for easy riding with the family. The Riesling Trail located in the Clare Valley, extends from Auburn to Clare and has several loops with scenic stops ideal for picnics. In the Fleurieu Peninsula, the Encounter Bikeway predominantly cycles along the coast so you can enjoy ocean breezes with sea views. A ride along Adelaide’s River Torrens Linear Park is a popular trail which runs from the North Eastern suburbs to Henley Beach, through the city centre, past Adelaide Zoo and Elder Park. Shepparton offers a variety of routes to explore the Greater Shepparton and the countryside, choose your distance starting from 20km up to 80km+ as well as your skill level.
A trip along the limestone coast cannot be complete without a visit to the Naracoorte Caves. The caves are located in the National Park and have been a world heritage site since 1994 due to the substantial number of fossils that have been discovered. Plan your visit to the spiritual heart of Australia, the iconic Uluru located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, 462 kilometres South-West of Alice Springs. Kangaroo Island is possibly Australia’s greatest destination packed full of family fun! Whether it is visiting the Flinders Chase National Park, where you’ll find two of the islands most recognisable icons; the Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch, or sand-boarding down the towering tunnels of the Little Sahara. Close to Leigh Creek, you will find the Iga Warta Experience. Located on Adnyamathanha land, visitors are offered the unique opportunity to experience Adnyamathanha culture via guided tours. On these tours you have the chance to view painting sites dating back 35,000 years.
Every year between approx. May-September, witness majestic Southern Right Whales as they migrate to South Australia’s warm waters to breed & raise their calves. Often within just metres of the shore along the Fleurieu coastline from Victor Harbor to Middleton. It’s a spectacular sight. There are several local tour companies who offer boat tours and the SA Whale Centre is open year-round for education and interpretive tours.
No family holiday is complete without a stop at the playground! In Adelaide’s Northern suburbs (just off Port Wakefield Road, if you’re driving to Clare or the Barossa) St Kilda Adventure Playground is free fun for kids – and the big kids at heart! Flying fox, giant wave slide, maze, wooden pirate ship & more. A great picnic stop to break up a long road trip! South of Adelaide, Port Noarlunga’s Adventure Playground is a fort-like construction with mazes and towers, or Victor Harbor’s Train Park features an old train carriage nearby the Causeway with access to Granite Island via the Horsedrawn Tram and Girdler’s Family Amusements also here too. The living hedge maze at Mintaro will provide hours of fun, with giant games such as chess to challenge you some more!
Fauna and Flora
Whether your kids love creepy crawlies, scaly or soft and fluffy, Australia has it all. Get up close and personal with our natural icons or wander the botanic gardens. Plan a day at the Adelaide Zoo just 15 minutes from the Adelaide CBD with over 250 species including the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant pandas. Head along to zoo keeper talks and live animal feedings. If scales are what you are in search of, head along to the Alice Springs Reptile Park. Observe goannas, thorny devils, and frill-neck lizards or say hi to Terry the saltwater crocodile.
The Hunter Valley Gardens cover over 60 acres of internationally styled display gardens. Experience the gardens with over 8 kilometres of walking paths designed to a standard your will not see elsewhere in Australia.