Top Travel Destinations in Australia with Babies and Toddlers
Australia is a playground ready for adventure. From unique wildlife, epic outback escapes and picture-perfect beaches; family getaways don't get any better.
Traveling with kids, it is never easy but it's always worth it. If you know where to go and what to do.
Take on board these words from the wise: Do not waste your time taking the kids to places where they are too young or short to go on rides and you end up waiting in massive lines just to be turned away. Get the most out of your holiday and relax knowing that family fun for the entire family is almost guaranteed, with maybe a tantrum or two sprinkled in.
We've compiled our top destinations, some great places to stay, eat and the ultimate Playgrounds by state. Grab your bags and your family and let's go!
From the breathtaking, rugged beauty of the coastline along the Great Ocean Road to the calm of the Gippsland Lakes and the cosmopolitan cool of Melbourne, Victoria can offer wonderful family holidays to suit all tastes and budgets.
There are many day trip options not far from Melbourne. Visit the fantastic Open Range Zoo at Werribee. Ride on the legendary Puffing Billy steam train, or swim at one of the pristine beaches of the Mornington Peninsula. Plus, Kids of all ages will love a visit to Phillip Island. Follow it up with a day of boogie boarding or surfing at some of the beaches in the state.
The state that holds our nations capital city has lakes, museums, galleries, embassies, landmarks, markets, food, shopping malls, you name it. Be it family fun, arts and culture, food and wine or outdoors and nature, Canberra will not disappoint anyone. One reason to visit the ACT is to see some of the museums, memorials, galleries and a bit of culture!
There’s no shortage of amazing locations to keep the kids entertained in NSW. In fact, there are fun things to do that will accommodate everyone in the family. Escape the city for themed adventure parks, game parks and wildlife centres that will keep tots, teens and parents happy and engaged the whole day long.
Let your kids go wild in this state-of-the-art play area guaranteed to bring laughs and learning. Designed for children from 1-8 years, there are games and exercise opportunities for everybody.
Where to stay
With an abundance of beaches, hinterland, dining, attractions and more Gold Coast accommodation is in high demand – and there’s no wonder why! When you holiday on the Gold Coast you can look forward to a modest 300 days of beautiful weather, 35 beaches, 57 kilometres of coastline, two luscious national parks, world class theme parks and a dining mecca.
Here, you’ll find experiences like nowhere else on the planet, but where the most simple moments are just as memorable.
From beaches with unbeatable surf conditions to calm and shallow water perfect for families, Queensland has a range of awesome beaches. Plus we have year-round sunny conditions to enjoy them all.
Where to stay
Cairns and Port Douglas
Whether you’re hankering for a relaxing break or a wild adventure, Tropical North Queensland, where the rainforest meets the reef, is a perfect holiday haven for little adventurers. Great weather, incredible swim spots, wild adventures, a pretty-as-a-picture backdrop of jungle-clad mountains and loads of family-friendly activities all add up to a holiday the family will never forget.
Find all the best things to do in Cairns for visiting families.
Everyone will love the lush tropical oasis and endless summer of Darwin, the beauty and culture of Kakadu, the adventurous Katherine or the art and outback of Alice Springs and Uluru. The Territory is one big playground.There’s plenty to learn and experience during your time in the Territory but there’s also lots of ways you can lay back and relax and let the kids have some fun.
Kakadu is spectacular to see, and offer incredible backdrops for the natural swimming holes. The largest waterfall in the park is Jim Jim Falls, hidden away at the end of a rocky track so reaching it always feels like a fresh discovery.
Snorkeling adventures, camel rides and high ropes courses are just the beginning when it comes to keeping kids in Perth busy.
No matter the time of year, there are countless activities in and around Perth that are sure to keep kids of all ages entertained. Whether it’s free or cheap, adventurous or tame, indoors or outdoors – there's an activity on this list that your kids will love.
Where to eat
The wine is world-class, the food is mouth-watering, the coastline is pristine, the Outback looks like it comes from another planet, and there are adorable Aussie animals everywhere you turn. There is something for everyone!
Wilpena Pound Resort is the only accommodation within the Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park. The resort includes 15 glamping tents, 60 resort-style rooms and a large campground with powered and unpowered sites. The resort caters for couples and families as well as event and group accommodation.
Mukanthi Playground- Run through the belly of a giant Red-bellied Black Snake. Peer for pirates from a Crowsnest. Search for megafauna fossils and crawl in caves. Spot kangaroos whilst defending a towering wooden fort.
Going on a Tasmania family holiday and want to know all the best things to do in Tasmania with kids? We have you covered! Below you will find our guide to all the best family attractions Tasmania has to plan your ultimate trip.
The tours are small groups of 10-15 people at a time in order to protect the birds and make sure everyone has an experience they can remember, getting up close and personal with the penguins.
Where to stay
Of all the hotels in Hobart, none is better placed to deliver an ‘eat’, ‘play’ and ‘stay’ experience than Vibe. Situated in the heart of historical Hobart, this hotel embraces the Australian lifestyle to the full.
From us all here at Riff Raff, happy and safe travels x
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