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Family Friendly Travel Ideas Downunder

Australia and New Zealand, in addition to being two of the most diverse and beautiful places on earth can also be a fun and educational travel experience for kids and adults alike, and we invite parents and travel agents to reconsider the lands Downunder as the perfect vacation for families. Here are 5 of our favourite travel ideas for families, ranging from 1 – 4 days in duration.

Near Sydney's Darling Harbour
Near Sydney’s Darling Harbour

1. Our Aussie Family Vacations.
There are so many things which are “kid friendly” in Australia while at the same time offering a wealth of interests for adults. With its excellent climate, varied attractions, urban or outdoorsy, and friendly, chatty people, Australia is a great choice for a family vacation. We have 4 Aussie Family Vacation packages specially designed with apartment-style accommodation, child-friendly touring and a special kids backpack to keep the young ones amused!

2. Sovereign Hill and Ballarat Day Tour

begonia festival 2002 cd 088Journey through the town of Ballarat (a short drive, or day tour from Melbourne) and see the Victorian architecture of a prosperous era. Many travellers are surprised to learn Australia experienced a similar ‘Gold Rush’ to the more famous Alaskan/Yukon Gold Rush of North America, and its fascinating! Absorb the history as you step back in time to the gold rush era at Sovereign Hill, the perfectly re-created 1850’s gold-mining settlement. There will be opportunities to pan for gold, tour underground mines or ride a stagecoach. Visit the Eureka Stockade Centre and learn of the notorious day of rebellion. Wander the main street to visit goldsmiths, craftsmen and traders and browse the unique period-style stores along with real-life characters and story re-enactments. Watch traditional skills being practised by wood turners and metallurgists, using age-old techniques. This is a fun and educational experience for both children and adults alike!

3. Lord of the Rings Self Drive:

New Zealand has fantastic routes for Self-drives, but they also have a gem for Tolkien fans! Uncover the true “Middle Earth” and experience the magic of breathtaking scenery and majestic vistas while taking in the sites where the epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy was filmed. Includes Hobbiton, Misty Mountain, and a simple walk through Mordor.

penguin-parade-28834. Phillip Island Nature Tour

Phillip Island (near Melbourne, Australia) is best known for its ‘Little Penguin Parade’ at dusk. An overnight stay however, reveals it to be home to many more native animals, including koalas and Australia’s largest fur seal colony. You’ll also have the chance to pet and feed kangaroos, wallabies and a range of farm animals at Warrook, a working cattle farm in the nearby Gippsland region

5. Sydney Attraction Passes
Kids love these exciting attractions! Explore Sydney with a special ticket we can arrange that get’s you into all of Sydney’s top attractions – this saves money and is really convenient and flexible.

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Home to the world’s largest collection of all-Australian aquatic life, take a journey through 14 amazing themed areas, and meet legendary Australia marine life, from the adorable Clown Fish made famous by ‘Finding Nemo’, to the scary Barramundi who are more often seen as a key ingredient in Australian Barra’ (Fish) and Chips. The only animal they don’t have, is a crocofile, who you’ll find next door at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Right in the centre of Sydney, get up close to koalas, walk amongst kangaroos and wallabies and one of the world’s biggest crocodiles! With a host of other unique and legendary animals, including the wombat, cassowary, and many more, WILD LIFE Sydney is THE Australian animal adventure in an urban setting.

Sydney Tower Eye
Get a bird’s eye view of the spectacular Sydney City from the tallest building in Sydney! Standing at 250m tall, the Sydney Tower Eye offers stunning, uninterrupted panoramic 360 degree views of Sydney and its famous landmarks. Included in admission, the new 4D Experience is a groundbreaking 3D film with spectacular in-theatre effects and a breathtaking fourth dimension that gives an amazing view of the city.

SKYWALK at the Sydney Tower Eye
A breathtaking outdoor experience – 268 metres above the streets of Sydney, Australia. Step out onto the clouds as you venture across the glass-floor viewing platform for unique 360 degree views over glittering Sydney as your host points out the sights below.

Madame Tussauds Sydney
The world famous Madame Tussauds attraction has come to Sydney – and it is the first fully interactive Madame Tussauds in the world! So, who do you want to meet? With over 70 life like figures, and interactivity at every turn, from world leaders, to sports heroes, musical stars and Hollywood’s hottest plus much more.

Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary
Experience animal conservation in action at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary and take an active part in our breed, rescue and protect programme. Check out the new Penguin Cove discover a colony of Manly’s Little Penguins. Plus see huge endangered Grey Nurse Sharks in a walk through ocean tunnel, giant sea turtles in rehabilitation, fish, rays and more, all in an idyllic Manly beachside setting.

6. Sydney Roar and Snore
Roar and Snore is one of our most popular excursions for families in Sydney, Australia, as well as adults too! A unique overnight experience allowing visitors to meet some of Taronga Zoo’s furry, scaly and feathered residents up close, before a sumptuous buffet dinner and Guided Night Safari, which is a hoot. Then climb into your cosy swag (essentially sleeping bags) and drift off to sleep with Sydney Harbour on one side and lions, giraffes and meerkats on the other. Take a morning walk after breakfast to enjoy a ‘pre-crowd’ zoo, which is fantastic. You’ll even have the chance to feed a giraffe or pat a seal as you embark on a behind the scenes tour. Highly recommended!

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