Dec 25, 2011

Family Favourite Getaways in Australia

When it comes to taking a family holiday in Australia—or anywhere for that matter—there are a few things you need to taker into consideration. Whether you’re looking for accommodation in Ballarat or Broome, Sydney or the South Coast, one of the key factors in choosing a place to stay has to be its suitability for everyone in the family—not just the parents or the children. Luckily, there are great family destinations all over the country, so it’s not too difficult to find somewhere to suit your family.

The criteria for selecting a truly family friendly holiday is as follows:

Are there activities that the entire family can get involved in?
Is it safe for children/child friendly?
Is it somewhere that the kids don’t have to be kept on a tight leash?
Is it economical for the entire family?

The following is a list of a few great Aussie destinations that meet all of the criteria and provide a brilliant getaway for the entire family.

Stradbroke Island

If you want all the sun, surf and sand of a Gold Coast holiday but you’re not too keen on the crowds or the cost, head to Stradbroke Island. It’s located about 30km off the Gold Coast, and it’s the perfect place to let the kids roam free and have a little bit of much needed r&r for mum and dad! The island boasts a whole range of outdoor-loving activities such as four-wheel-driving adventures, sandboarding, surfing, fishing, swimming and snorkeling.

With the laidback feel of island life and the stunning natural beauty surrounding you, Stradbroke Island is bound to become a family favourite in no time.

South Coast NSW

If you’re after laidback family fun, you really can’t go past the South Coast of NSW. Dotted with quaint coastal villages and plenty of opportunities for the whole family to have a good time, it won’t cost you a fortune, either.

One of the best things about the South Coast is that there are a lot of holiday homes available for rent, which means that you can have your own space as a family, and save on food and accommodation in the bargain!


If you’re looking for something entirely different to the usual Aussie family getaway, one of the country’s ski regions might be a good idea. While it might be a bit more expensive, it’s an opportunity to really think outside the family holiday box and give the kids an experience they’ll never forget!

One of the greatest aspects of a holiday in the skifields is that there are plenty of options for kids in terms of ski-school and snow activities, so you can spend some quality family fun together, as well as letting the kids go off and have fun while you hit the slopes! Don’t worry if you’ve never skied before—that’s what lessons are for!

Wherever you go on holiday with your family, the important thing is that it is a relaxing holiday for the whole family, and a chance to spend some time together.

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