With our imminent move to Sydney, we have been putting our heads together to come up with all the best places to visit in Australia for our Australia Bucket List.
Australia is an incredible country with such diverse terrain, and with so many amazing places to go in Australia with kids, we have found it hard to narrow down our list. But we figured once we have ticked off all these experiences, we can always start a new list!
Here we share with you our top ten items on our best places in Australia bucket list.
Uluru (Ayres Rock)
My kids are a little bit obsessed with seeing Uluru. It is definitely number one on their things to do in Australia list. It will be interesting to learn more about the Aboriginal culture and learn what makes Uluru such a spiritual place.
We can’t wait to witness sunrise and sunset at this Australian icon and maybe also take in a camel tour or helicopter tour of the “Red Centre” of Australia.
Great Barrier Reef
Another of the most famous Australia tourist attractions on our list is the Great Barrier Reef. Some of our best family holidays in Australia have been in Port Douglas, but my kids were always too young to snorkel at the time.
Now that my kids are older, snorkelling on the world’s largest reef system will definitely be added to our Queensland family holidays activities.
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park looks like one of the most interesting places in Australia to take the kids. Not only does the scenery look stunning, but there are over 10,000 crocodiles and 280 species of birds living here, and incredible Aboriginal rock art to admire.
Kakadu looks like one of the best places to go in Australia for an adventurous family holiday.
Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays is one of the Australia tourist places I remember the most from my trip around Australia when I was a teenager. That incredible 7-kilometere stretch of beach with its squeaky white sand is something I cannot wait to share with my kids.
Joining a boat trip and sailing around the Whitsundays is high on our family bucket list.
Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is one of the most popular places to see in Australia and has to be added to our bucket list. This incredible coastal drive takes in popular Australia tourist spots such as the 12 Apostles with its towering limestone spires – an iconic Australian image.
There are plenty of nice looking beaches to stop off at along the way, making this look like a fun Australia road trip to do with kids.
At 123km long, Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and another of our Australia places to visit. With rainforests to explore, freshwater lakes to swim in, beautiful beaches to play on – and of course the fun of driving on sand!
It sounds like the ideal place in Australia for kids to go on an eco-adventure.
We have become very familiar with the wine region of Margaret River over the years, but now we would like to get to know the other Australian wine regions, starting with the Barossa.
The Barossa Valley, known for its amazing Shiraz, is one of the best holiday destinations in Australia for wine lovers. Luckily for us, many of the wineries are kid-friendly too.
Kangroo Island in South Australia is one of the best places to see Australian animals for kids. Of course its home to kangaroos, but there are also echidnas, seals, wallabies, possums and bandicoots to spot, in addition to a wealth of marine life.
Away from the wildlife, you can also go quad biking and sand surfing. Sounds fun!
Wineglass Bay in Tasmania
Tasmania often gets overlooked when people talk about the best holiday destinations in Australia. But have you ever seen a photo of Wineglass Bay in Freycient National Park? It has to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia.
You can also sea kayak, visit caves, take a jetboat ride and of course – it’s the best place in Australia to see the Tasmanian devil!
We have visited Perth and Margaret River many times, but never made it out further into Western Australia. The reason Ningaloo Reef made it on to our Australia best places to visit list is because it is one of the only places in the world where you can swim with whale sharks in a completely natural way.
You can also swim with turtles, giant cuttlefish and wild dolphins – and of course spend hours playing on the beach.
Budgeting for your Family Trip to Australia
Note that family holidays to Australia can be expensive. Here are a few tips to help you save money while travelling Australia with kids:
- Save on accommodation. One of the biggest outgoings on a Australia family vacation is hotel costs. Consider staying in campsites. It is easy to find a second-hand camper trailer on sites such as Gumtree, and you can sell it on again once you are finished your trip.
- Save on transport. Taking a road trip with your own car will also save on transport costs. For getting around cities, public transport is cheap and easy.
- Save on food. Eating out is expensive in Australia, so consider buying groceries in Coles or Woolworths.
- Save on activities. There are loads of free activities in Australia – from parks to beaches, outdoor walks and museums.
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