Travelling with kids can sometimes be hard. Kids have different ideas of what’s fun and what’s cool. Here is a great list of 17 places to visit with kids in Australia that will put a smile on their face but will also keep Mum and Dad (grandma and grandpa and aunts and uncles) happy. We’ve also included some ideas on where to stay that have been approved by families, so everyone is happy. Tell us any other places to visit with kids in Australia that you love and we’ve missed.
Questacon Science Muesum, ACT – There are a ton of things to do in Canberra with kids but why not start with Questacon. It’s where science meets technolology and is filled with hands on fun activites the kids will enjoy discovering. It’s open from 9-5 every day (except Christmas Day) and will cost you about $70 for 2 adults + 3 kids. Where to stay… Stay in Canberra at the Avenue Hotel Canberra and visit all the other great family attractions.
Ularu, NT – Arguably, Australias most well know landmark this amazing monolith is steeped in Aborigial history and its amazing beauty is sure to blow you away. It’s not the easiest place to get (about a 6 hour drive from Alice Springs) but there are accommodation options near by so you can get a chance to see Ulara at sunrise and sunset. Where to stay…Stay close to Ularu at the Emu Walk Apartments
Gold Coast Theme Parks, QLD – The Gold Cost has the best selection of Theme Parks in Australia that will keep any ‘daredevil’ happy. Visit Dreamwork & Whitewater World, Movie World, Wet & Wild and Seaworld. Look out for deals to help save money. Where to stay…Berkely On The Beach has great views of the beach and is close to great restaurants and other attractions. –
Mt Kosciouszko, NSW – Australia’s highest mountain is not only something to visit in winter. Hike the mountain in summer and explore the beautiful terrain. It’s a great walk for the whole family. Catch the chairlift from Thredbo and follow the ecofriendly path to the summit. Where to stay…Elevation Apartments is in the heart of Thredbo Village.
Cable Beach, WA – Taking a camel ride with the kids along the glorious Cable Beach in Broome is something your family will never forget. The Cable Beach resort is also an amazing resort that will allow parents the chance to unwind while the kids have the time of their lives. Where to stay… Cable Beach Resort has everything the kids and you will want.
Phillip Island, VIC – Phillip Island is home to cute fairy penguins which is #1 on your ‘to visit’ list but it also offers many other great things to do with the kids. Visit Amaze’N Things, the Chocolate Factory, Churchill Island Heritage Farm or go trout fishing. It’s a great family holiday with something for everyone in the family. Where to stay…Cscape Beachfront Apartments is close to the beach and all of Phillip Islands attractions.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, NSW – Take the kids on a Safari at Taronga Western Plains Zoo. This zoo is great because you can drive around, walk around or bike around and you get to see the animals up close and in their natural habitat. This is a great family holiday that should be one of your must-see things to visit with Kids In Australia. Where to stay… Country Apartments is in Dubbo and is a great base for exploring the area.
Perth Mint, Perth, WA – One of the world’s oldest gold mints still operating from its original premises, take the kids to see the largest collection gold bars, the largest coin ever made (values at $50Million) and gold being melted and made into gold bars. A family of 4 will cost about $60. Where to stay…Como Bed & Breakfast is a great family friendly option when staying in Perth.
Otway Fly Tree Mountain Adventure, Weeaproinah, VIC – This experience has something for everyone. Take a relaxing 2km walk among the tree tops 30m above the ground, then ramp up the adrenaline and take to the Zipline Eco-Tour. This fully guided tour above the trees includes 8 cloud stations, 6 flights and 2 suspension bridges. Open 9-5 daily, the Zipline Eco-Tour will cost about $350 for the family or just do the tree top walk for about $60 for a family. Where to stay… LorneWorld is in Lorne which is on The Great Ocean Road so keep going and explore the whole area.
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb, Sydney, NSW – Be prepaid to pay big bucks for this experience but it truly is a once in a lifetime. Climb the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge with a fully trained guide and view Sydney from this spectacular vantage point. Your 360 degree view of Sydney will be something you’ll always remember and you’ll get a great photo to keep forever. Don’t forget kids need to be at least 8 years old to climb. Where to stay… Check out our list on Budget Sydney Accommodation for Families or stay at Hotel QT Sydney in the heart of Sydney for something special.
Fraser Island, QLD – Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and is World Heritage Listed due to its remarkable natural beauty. The family can take a guided 4WD tour around the island, visit Rainbow Beach, go for a walk, visit Lake Boomanjin, have a picnic or go fishing. You’ll want to stay more than 1 day. Where to stay… You can get accommodation or a camp site on Fraser Island or stay in near by Hervey Bay at The Bay Apartments.
Haigh’s Chocolate Factory, SA – This activity is certain to be a hit with the kids. Haigh’s is the oldest Australian family owned chocolate maker, starting in South Australia 100 years ago (1915). Take a free tour at their factory and see how the magic is made. Yes – you get to taste some chocolate on the tour! Where to stay… North Adelaide Heritage Cottages & Apartments is in the heart of Adelaide so you’ll have lots of great eating options.
Hasting Caves & Thermal Springs, TAS – Take the 45 minute guided tour through the dolomite caves and see the spectacular formations. The caves are well lit and have good access, making it great for families. Then, hop into your swimmers and relax amongst the beautiful rainforest in the warm thermal springs. So amazing it really is one of the places visit kids Australia. The cost for a family of 4 is about $60. Where to stay… The Kermandie isn’t too far away from Hasting and includes breakfast.
Scenic World, Blue Mountains, NSW – Travel on the steepest railway in the world, see the Three Sisters from a glass Skyway and then travel down the Cableway to take a scenic walkway on the floor of the Jamison Valley. Their are great facilities and plenty to keep kids of all ages happy. At $88 for a family of 2 adults and up to 5 kids under 14, it’s a great way to see the beautiful Blue Mountains. Where to stay… Try the Best Western Alpine Hotel in Katoomba and stay in their family room.
Port Arthur, TAS – Let the kids experience the life of the Convicts and visit historical Port Arthur. The old buildings and amazing stories will have them enthralled. The café has a kids menu and there are a ton of activies that are designed to keep the kids active. Why not try a Ghost Tour if you have older kids? Where to stay… Base yourself in the heart of Hobart and stay at Hadley’s Orient Hotel.
Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, QLD – Get the kids as close to a Big Croc as they can without getting bitten. Hartley’s is a great way to get to see these amazing prehistoric animals in action. Don’t miss the Boat Lagoon Cruise then check out all the other animal exhibits. Lots of family fun. A family of 2 adults and 2 kids can get in for under $100. Where to stay… Port Douglas is a great base to see the Great Barrier Reef too. Try the Peppers Beach Club.
Sovereign Hill, VIC – Take the kids on an adventure back in history the 1850’s and join the Gold Rush. Sovereign Hill is a living museum with working exhibits brought to life. Set on 25 acres of an original mining site, Sovereign Hill is a goldfields town with shops, hotels, a theatre, schools, factories, a gold diggings and underground mines to explore. Where to stay… The Provincial Hotel, Ballarat is in the centre of town.
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