When it comes to travelling with kids, choosing destinations that you and your kids will enjoy can be tricky. Long distance international trips can be costly and challenging for children; however, there are many great options close to Australia which provide endless fun for your entire family.
We have compiled a list of some of the top exciting, adventurous, and safe family friendly destinations you should most definitely take the kids this year.
Fiji is a great international destination to take the kids in that it is a rather short flight from Australia’s east coast, making it less demanding on kids. Fiji adores children and offers numerous family based resorts offering water slides, playgrounds, family-friendly restaurants, nannies, and incredible kids clubs.
Resorts that offer Kids Clubs have staff which go out of their way to really engage with children, giving them excitement through a multitude of activities. Enjoy safe beaches, water activities, eco-wildlife parks, and even visit a resort sponsored local school where you and your kids can hand deliver donated school supplies to children.
Also very accessible to Australians via short flights is Singapore which offers endless fun for children and adults. In addition to Universal Studios, Singapore offers Night and River Zoo Safaris, Jurong Bird Park where kids can get up close and personal with exotic birds, Underwater World aquarium, and many educational museums.
Dazzle your kids with the stunning light and sound show at Gardens by the Bay, take them to new heights upon the Singapore Flyer observation wheel, and enjoy a multitude of family activities available on Sentosa Island.
New Zealand’s North Island
Your kids will love our next door neighbour nation of New Zealand, especially all that is offered on the North Island. Experience the magic of the Hobbiton movie set used for the Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit films or introduce them to rare plants and animals such as the kiwi bird at Wellington’s Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary.
A trip to Rotorua will allow your kids to experience a working farm where they can interact with animals and watch demonstrations such as sheep shearing. For more adrenaline pumping excitement, head to Agroventures Adventure Park where you and your kids can try safe bungee jumping, skydiving simulation, super swings, jet boats, and freestyle bike airbags.
For something really close to home, take the kids to our island state of Tasmania. The city of Launceston offers an abundance of fun for kids such as Penny Royal Adventures where they can engage in ziplining, enjoy boat rides, pan for gold, or partake in a ghost tour.
Launceston and the surrounding area are great for getting up close and personal with wildlife. Enjoy the resident snow monkeys of City Park, the Tasmanian Zoo, Platypus House, and Seahorse World. Also not to be missed is the stunning Cataract Gorge where you and the kids can have a swim, take a scenic chair lift ride, or enjoy a bite at the cafe while watching peacocks.
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