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Published on July 29th, 2013 | by Paz


Family Activities in Australia

Traveling down under offers excitement and adventure for each of your family members, even those hard to please ones. Don’t let your itinerary rack your brain. Here are 5 family activities in Australia that will satisfy family members of all ages, so you can focus on enjoying your down under experience.

Getting There

Traveling to Australia doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Take a look at the Qantas airline guide to find discounts on your travel needs and their special offers before booking. You can also sign up for receiving alerts in your inbox. A great way to book your tickets when the price is right.

1. Greenwich Baths

You must spend time in Australia’s beaches. Not only are they beautiful but they are great for everyone in your family and less expensive. At the tip of Greenwich Point from Greenwich Baths you can see Cockatoo Island, Iron Cove and Balmain.  Greenwich Baths are surrounded by a shark-proof net and there is an enclosed child-proof gating so you can relax and let your kids have fun.

Don’t worry about bringing your beach toys as they provide a variety of sandcastle building tools, sun lounging chairs and picnic tables to enjoy yourself. Everything a family needs to have a great day at the beach.

2. Camping Under the Stars

A camping trip into the Outback satisfies the kid within all of us. One of the best ways to give your family a taste of Australia’s Outback is to organize a farm stay in one of the cattle stations or homesteads.  One homestead option is El Questro Wilderness Park with options for every budget. Spend the night under the Outback stars next to sandstone ranges, gorges, and waterfalls.

Price: A family camping site at El Questro costs $60 per family.

3.Explore the Great Barrier Reef

Experiencing nature is a must in Australia and one site that shouldn’t be missed is the Great Barrier Reef. You can spend all day searching for Nemo with younger children and older children can spend the day looking for green sea turtles, regal blue tangs, and Moorish idols. Quicksilver Cruises run daily trips to the Agincourt Ribbon Reef. They offer a baby changing area, Marine Biologists who are happy to answer your little explorers questions, masks and snorkels in child sizes, and swimming aids.

Price: A Quicksilver trip for a family is $571.50. Children under three can travel free of charge .

4. Healesville Sanctuary 

Is a non-profit conservatory dedicated to fighting wildlife extinction. See the interactive Platypus show. The entire family can visit the Australian Wildlife Health Center meet the veterinarians and of course their wildlife patients. This is where they treat sick, and injured animals. You can visit the emergency room and observe surgery and see recovering patients.

There are also interactive activities for all ages.

Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Price: Adult – $26.80 Child 4–15 years – $13.20 Child (0–3 years) – FREE

5. Breakfast with the Birds

“Breakfast with the Birds” is a must do. The food is delicious and while you are eating your breakfast there are hundreds of exotic birds walking around your breakfast table. You enjoy a wetland atmosphere while watching exotic birds walk around.

After breakfast make sure to check out the guided walks and keeper presentations. Everyone can learn a lot and you can feed the birds. Take advantage of the opportunities to get up and personal with koalas and you can pet a wombat named Max.

Price: Adult $47.00 Child (4-14) $23.50

Family activities in Australia are everywhere. Take part in activities that include a little learning and a little fun and everyone will be happy! Safe travels.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

About the Author

Paz is an avid adventurer in life and food. Traveling across the globe with her family they enjoy cultural immersion and checking out the local eateries.

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