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Ten great family holiday destinations in Australia

written by Webjet Australia April 8, 2016
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Heading out and exploring your own backyard is one of the best ways to spend your school holidays. Thankfully Australia is full of great family holiday destinations, whether you’re exploring cities along the popular east coast, hopping between pristine beaches and national parks along the west coast or heading to Australia’s vibrant Red Centre.

Full of must-see UNESCO World Heritage sites, stunning surf beaches, historical precincts, fantastic activities and beautiful mountain ranges, there’s plenty to see and do with kids in Australia.

Here are our picks for the top 10 family holiday destinations in Australia:

Broome, Western Australia

Broome is undoubtedly one of the west coast’s best spots. Famed Cable Beach is absolutely unmissable, with 22.5km of soft white sands to explore. Be sure to stick around for sunset and enjoy a sensational Aussie sunset from one of the country’s most acclaimed vantage points.

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Top family accommodation:

Blue Seas Resort
Right near the airport and close to Sun Pictures and Courthouse Markets, this 4.5-star aparthotel is a Broome favourite also within close proximity of Pearl Luggers Museum and Matso’s Brewery.

Ramada Eco Beach Resort

Located in Roebuck, Ramada Eco Beach Resort is just by the ocean, minutes from Eco Beach and close to Osprey Rock.

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Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia.

Gold Coast, Queensland

“Famous for fun” and renowned for its family-friendly outings, the Gold Coast is packed with beautiful beaches, wildlife parks, vibrant markets, and has great access to Australia’s best theme parks and dozens of dining options perfect for families.

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Top family accommodation:

Peppers Broadbeach

When you stay at Peppers Broadbeach in Broadbeach, you’ll be by the sea and only minutes from Oracle Boulevard and Jupiters Casino.

Paradise Resort Gold Coast

Located in Surfers Paradise, Paradise Resort Gold Coast is by the ocean and minutes from King Tutts Putt Putt and Slingshot, as well as Adrenalin Park and Budds Beach.

Skyline of the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Skyline of the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

There’s plenty of fun things to do in Canberra with kids, whether it’s visiting one of the many museums, a simple pleasure like rolling down Capital Hill, or treating the whole family to brunch at one of Australia’s best concentration of cafes.

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Top family accommodation:

East Hotel

Located in Griffith (Capital Hill), the 4.5 star East Hotel is minutes from Manuka Oval and Manuka Shopping Centre, as well as Kingston Shopping Centre and Parliament House.

Hyatt Hotel

With a stay at Hyatt Hotel Canberra in Yarralumla (Capital Hill), you’ll be minutes from Albert Hall and Old Parliament House.

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The National Carillon in Canberra, ACT.

Sydney, New South Wales

Australia’s famous harbour city is a perfect city for families, home to Taronga Zoo, kid-friendly Darling Harbour and plenty of museums and art galleries which make great spots to learn, explore and discover.

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Top family accommodation:

Novotel Darling Harbour

Stay at Novotel Sydney Darling Harbour and you’ll be steps from Harbourside and minutes from Sydney Convention Centre, as well as a short stroll from some of the city’s most famous landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Vibes Hotel Rushcutters

With a stay at Vibe Hotel Rushcutters Sydney, you’ll be centrally located in Rushcutters Bay, only a short train or bus ride from Sydney’s CBD and popular precincts like Kings Cross and Bondi Beach.

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The Sydney Harbour Bridge on New Years Eve.

Launceston, Tasmania

Located in northern Tasmania, Launceston may not be as flashy as Hobart, but it’s still full of great activities for families. Whether you’re travelling with toddlers, kids or teens, there’s dozens of things to do in the vibrant Tasmanian city – from exploring City Park to visiting the Cataract Gorge Reserve.

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Clarion Hotel City Park Grand

With a stay at Clarion Hotel City Park Grand in Launceston, you’ll be minutes from Boags Brewery, Albert Hall Convention Centre and City Park.

Peppers Seaport Hotel

Peppers Seaport Hotel is in the heart of Launceston, walking distance from 1842 Gallery and Royal Park, as well as Boags Brewery and Queen Victoria Museum.

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Cataract Gorge in Launceston. Source: Leonemoff.

Darwin, Northern Territory

From wildlife parks and food markets, to close encounters with some of Australia’s most untouched flora and fauna, there’s lots to do in Northern Territory’s capital city and plenty of sweeping plains to explore on a 4WD adventure using Darwin as a starting point.

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Top family accommodation:

Darwin Central Hotel

With a stay at Darwin Central Hotel, you’ll be centrally located in Darwin, steps from Smith Street Mall, Crocosaurus Cove and Darwin War Memorial.

Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Located in Darwin (Wharf Precinct), the 4-star Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is minutes from Fort Hill Wharf and Government House, as well as Darwin Deckchair Cinema and WWII Oil Storage Tunnels.

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Florence Falls in Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory.

Melbourne, Victoria

Melbourne is certainly one of Australia’s most packed capital cities. With an array of museums, art galleries, colourful family-friendly spots and more, there’s no shortage of things for kids to do in and around the Victorian capital.

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Top family accommodation:

Crown Towers

Crown Towers is a 5-star hotel in the heart of Southbank, walking distance from Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex and Melbourne Aquarium. 

The Langham, Melbourne

With a stay at The Langham, Melbourne, you’ll be centrally located in Southbank, steps from Eureka Tower and Eureka Skydeck 88. 

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View of the Yarra River in Melbourne, Victoria.

Cairns, Queensland

Far North Queensland is full of family-friendly spots but Cairns is probably the most accessible and full of family-friendly accommodation, only a stones throw from the world’s largest coral reef.

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Top family accommodation:

Pullman Reef Hotel Casino

Stay centrally located in Cairns, steps from Reef Hotel Casino and Cairns Rainforest Dome. This 5-star hotel is also within close proximity of Reef Fleet Terminal and ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre.

Cairns Coconut Hotel Holiday Resort

Located in Woree (Cairns), Cairns Coconut Holiday Resort is convenient to Cairns Golf Club, Arthouse and Barlow Park.

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Family snorkelling in Far North Queensland.

Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Considered one of Australia’s best wildlife experiences, head to Kangaroo Island and enjoy miles of striking natural landscapes and pristine scenery.

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Top family accommodation:

Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn

Stay at Kangaroo Island Seaside Inn in Kingscote, and you’ll be on the beach and only a stone’s throw from Kingscote Tidal Pool and Soldiers Memorial Park.

Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge

With a stay at Mercure Kangaroo Island Lodge in American River, you’ll be on the beach and within the region of Penguin Interpretive Centre, Sealink Ferry Terminal and Kingscote Tidal Pool.

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Admirals Arch on Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Brisbane, Queensland

Queensland’s colourful capital is one of the best spots to head with kids, especially if you’re stopping by on a larger tour of the sunshine state. There’s many things to do with kids in Brisbane, whether you’re into wildlife experiences, exploring the city’s many great precincts or soaking up Brisbane’s fantastic weather.

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Top family accommodation:

Emporium Hotel

At Emporium Hotel in Fortitude Valley you’re minutes from Emporium and close to Queen Street Mall, Twelfth Night Theatre and RNA Showgrounds.

Rydges South Bank Brisbane

With a stay at the 4.5-star Rydges South Bank, you’ll be centrally located in South Brisbane, steps from Queensland Conservatorium and Southbank Institute of Technology. 

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Brisbane River in Brisbane, Queensland.

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