Head to Australia and you can happily leave the iPads firmly shut away for the duration (except perhaps for the flight - it’s a long old way to the other side of the world) and spend time exploring the great outdoors as a family. While children younger than ten may not be old enough to get the most out of Australia, this vast country is a true adventure playground for those who’ve reached double figures.
Yes, we know it's a long flight but Australia is absolutely
worth the journey. And don't let the time differences and fear of
jet lag stop you from exploring this part of the world as a family
either: children are surprisingly adaptable with time zones and
often adjust much quicker than us oldies.
Australia is suitable for holidaying any time of year, so head
here in either the Christmas, Easter or even Summer holidays. And
yes, while our summer is technically Australia's winter, the lower
temperatures are much more suited to children, and, for those with
an interest in large marine life, it's also the perfect time to
spot whale sharks off the west coast's Ningaloo Reef.
If you've got animal lovers in tow, head to Tasmania to see
Australian fur seal pups, or Kangaroo Island to see, you guessed
it, kangaroos, along with sea lions, koalas and penguins. Beach
lovers can't miss the famous Bondi beach to try your hand at
surfing alongside the seasoned pros; or the Great Barrier Reef for
the chance to snorkel or dive in the biggest barrier reef in the
world and try your luck at finding Nemo yourself.
Away from the beaches, explore the gorges of the Blue Mountains,
or head right into the 'Red Centre' of Australia and discover the
outback on guided bush walks, where you can learn about aboriginal
culture and art. And as the majority of Australia's population live
in its coastal cities, it would be a shame not to explore the likes
of Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, where our city guides are used
to dealing with children of varying ages so can make sure any tour
or activity is age-appropriate.