Tuesday, January 17, 2017 Edition: U.S. & World | Regional

Top Places to Visit in Australia with Kids

Australia is a dream vacation for many and a homeland for many others. Whether you are the former or the latter, you’ll enjoy these top five travel destinations, especially if you’re toting along the kids. Having littles doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun and see some great sights! Plan a vacation around any one of these places and you’ll find that you can experience just as much fun and wonder as your kids.

 

1    Sydney Harbor

The most famous place in Australia is undoubtedly Sydney Harbor. If you’ve only seen it in Finding Nemo, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn all the fun things you can do there, no fish tanks required! Right by the harbor is Taronga Zoo. The zoo has all the typical zoo activities—see the animals, go to shows, be a keeper for a day—but it also does some things that are unique to Taronga Zoo. For one thing, it has a massive ropes course with exciting adventures for all levels! Even better, you can sleep right in the zoo. It feels a bit like napping in Tarzan’s treehouse, only with zoo animals and a harbor for your view instead of dense jungle.

Another great Sydney Harbor activity is a boat tour. You can go all around the harbor and under the bridge. Or, you can go up Sydney Tower and get the bird’s-eye view. If you’d rather see the water from land, Balmoral Beach is a great place to relax. The most fun part of the Harbor, though, is Luna Park, an amusement park with rides and the whole nine yards.
Sydney Harbor

 2    Freycinet National Park

Get out into nature! Check out Freycinet National Park for a glimpse of Australia’s wild side. Kids will love seeing the Tourville Lighthouse, and you’ll love gazing out at the stunning views. Wineglass Bay, which the Tourville Lighthouse overlooks, is considered to be among the top ten beaches in the world. You’ll see why when you arrive to the beautiful water and endless white sand. Honeymoon Bay isn’t as popular as Wineglass Bay, but it’s still worth a visit. Don’t forget to plan an afternoon for kayaking!
 Freycinet National Park

 3    Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park is another great place to get out into Australia’s great outdoors. The best way to experience Litchfield is to camp overnight! You could spend a week here and still not quite see and do everything. There is so much to experience! On hot days, you’ll be thankful for the swimming opportunities that keep you cool. You can also hike around the park, or, if you want to take it a little easier, bushwalk while searching for wildlife. Speaking of wildlife, there is a lot of it here! You never know what you might find. Besides the animals, there are some interesting historic ruins to check out. The Blyth Homestead was built nearly a hundred years ago, and abandoned only 40 years later. It shows what difficult lives were led by the early settlers in the area, and reminds us how nice it is to live in a technological age!
Litchfield National Park

 4    Dreamworld

Dreamworld is a huge theme park located near Brisbane. It’s the largest theme park in Australia, and it has tons of things to do! The most obvious activity is the rides. There are tons of them, from roller coasters to water rides. Dreamworks and ABC Kids characters are also featured at the park, so you can hang out with Shrek, watch a Wiggles show, and ride Escape from Madagascar. One of the coolest things in Dreamworld is the surfing ride, where you can catch a wave right in the middle of the park. This is definitely a great place to bring kids, but even the grown-ups will have a blast.
Dreamworld

 5    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

Everyone agrees that koalas are just about the cutest things ever. So why not make a trip to go see them in real life? Your kids can touch and feed several of Australia’s animals, like koalas, wallabies, and kangaroos. Guess what? Those koalas are as fuzzy and cuddly as they look! During your visit, you can attend a show to learn about platypuses, falcons, snakes, and even sheep dogs. What better way to connect with Australia’s wildlife? Your kids will beg to stay just another half hour!
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
 
Australia is very family-friendly with great places to go with the kids. From beaches to amusement parks, there are plenty of things to do that will keep the kids happy and entertained.

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