Considering a family trip to Australia? There aren’t many places like it in the world and it promises to be an unforgettable experience for the whole family. If you still need some further persuasion, here’s why it can provide a fantastic family adventure.
Why visit Australia?
The land down under is a fascinating place to explore. With its vast white sandy beaches, diverse wildlife, bustling cities and famous tourist attractions including a variety of amazing waterparks, Australia certainly has something for all the family to enjoy.
Better still, it’s got a lot to offer at whatever time of the year you’re looking to go. Not a fan of sweltering heat? Go during any time between March and November for cooler temperatures and fewer tourists. Or go during peak season and see the sights in all their glory. Australia truly is a year-round destination.
What better chance to teach your kids about the importance of indigenous populations and protecting culture and heritage too? The Aboriginal people of Australia have inhabited the land for tens of thousands of years and are one of the oldest human civilisations known to mankind.
Entry requirements and visas
UK citizens can get a tourist visa, also known as an eVisitor visa, which allows a stay of up to 90 days and is valid for 12 months after the date of issue. There are other types of visas available, but this is usually the best option for a holiday.
Every member of your family needs to have a visa before they can legally enter the country. You can apply for these online and potentially get yours within one day of applying. Check out auvisa.org for more information.
Places to visit
- Sydney – Home to some of Australia’s most iconic attractions, including Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but it’s got much more for families as well. There’s a brilliant zoo, cool harbour cruises, coastal walks, and inner-city activities.
- Gold Coast – If you want some of the best beaches in the country, this is an absolute paradise. The entire Queensland coastline from Gold Coast towards Cairns is gorgeous and much of it follows the Great Barrier Reef.
- Kakadu National Park – If you’re in the Northern Territory, this national park is a fascinating place with a diverse range of landscapes, wildlife and natural wonders. It’s a place of great cultural significance for the Aboriginal people and has remnants that date back around 65,000 years.
- Uluru (Ayer’s Rock) – Another important place in indigenous culture and heritage. This sandstone rock is very remote, but it’s quite the spectacle if the whole family can endure the drive.
- Kangaroo Island – An island off the South Australia coast that packs a real punch for nature lovers. It’s one of the best places to see animals like koalas, kangaroos and sea lions up close without disrupting them.
To sum up, Australia is the perfect place for a family vacation. From its famous landmarks and different climates to learning about its history and encountering unique wildlife, there’s something for everyone. Exploring cities and wilderness together will create cherished family memories and a stronger bond.
Before you go:
Check out these 5 fun facts about Australia