Tips for Planning a Family Trip to Australia
Australia was made for family holidays what with its extremely diverse landscapes, an emphasis on outdoor adventures and its friendly people. However, it does have its downsides too – it’s a long journey to make, and there are often long distances to travel between attractions. That shouldn’t, however, put you off because it IS a great family destination and if you plan for it, holidaying there with the kids will be almost just as easy as holidaying.
Fancy the challenge? Here are some tips to ensure that you experience all that family-friendly Australia has to offer:
Book Six Months in Advance
If you want to get the best deals on family travel to Australia, it is undoubtedly a good idea to book your tickets around six months in advance. This seems to be the sweet spot for getting the best deals that are out there.
Choose Your Stopovers Wisely
It is actually now possible to fly from the UK to Australia in 17 hours with no stopover, but if you’re travelling with young kids, it might not be the best idea, and you might want to give them a break. If that’s the case, make the most of your stopovers by choosing a route where the stops appeal to you most. When flying to Australia you can stop off at places like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and Hong Kong, so think about what you and the kids would enjoy most and book accordingly.
Book Decent Accommodation
After all, that flying with the kids, you don’t want to crash out in some cheap hotel or bunk room – you want a luxury apartment where you can relax and do your things while the kids sleep it off or play (depending on how the flights went) safely. So, check out gold coast holidays packages for families – they do exist, and they will make your life easier. They’re also more affordable than you may think.
Create an Itinerary
Once you’ve got that sorted, it’s time for the fun part – planning your itinerary. Chances are you aren’t going to be able to see all of Australia in one trip unless you have several weeks at your disposal, so it makes sense to stick to attractions that are fairly close by. That being said, here are some of the most popular attractions (not necessarily close by) that the whole family can enjoy:
- The Great Barrier Reef
- Sydney Opera House
- Whitsunday Islands
- Alice Springs
- Dreamworld on the Gold Coast
- Kakadu National Park
Hire a Car
It’s hard to make the most of Australia., especially with the kids in tow, if you don’t have a car. As I mentioned above, you often have to travel quite vast distances between attractions, and it’s much easier to do that when you hire your own car in Australia. That way, you don’t have to worry about the kids having a tantrum on the train or getting lost in the crowd.
Australia is a beautiful place, and you really can enjoy it with your family, no matter how young they might be, as long as you plan ahead!