In many people’s minds, Australia boils down to the Sydney Opera, Kangaroos and a whole bunch of wasteland (thank you Mad Max movies). As a tourist destination, our little patch of earth can suffer from this image, and the fact that we are quite a bit away from everyone else doesn’t help either.
In reality, however, Australia is so much more than a few stereotypes, especially if you have children and want to take them on an adventure. In case your kids are over 10 and they can start enjoying certain outdoorsy adventures, even better.
So, where exactly do you go and what exactly do you do with your over-10s?
Take a Walk around Sydney
Chances are that you will be landing in Sydney anyway and there is really no reason why you wouldn’t at least take a long walk around Australia’s biggest and most exciting city. Especially considering there is so much stuff to do around town. For instance, you can climb the Sydney Tower Eye and see if any of your kids are brave enough to walk on the glass platform. For even more adrenaline, you can walk the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Justice and Police Museum is always a hit, especially with boys. Sydney also boasts a great zoo and a fantastic aquarium.
Take a Trip to the Blue Mountains
Blue Mountains is a region just east of Sydney and it is definitely something you should experience with your over-10s. The area is riddled with incredible vistas and waterfalls that kids will just adore. Mountain biking is also a huge thing in the Blue Mountains and if you feel your kids are up for it, why not give it a go? A couple other things you shouldn’t miss are the Jenolan Caves, the Three Sisters and the Scenic World Skyway, a cable car ride across the valley.
Head out to Gold Coast
The Gold Coast is a city that is considered a tourist heavy-hitter in Australia. The city has embraced tourism as a way of life decades ago and you can rest assured that you and your family will not be bored for a single second in this insane city. It is packed with mind-blowing beaches, fantastic theme parks (much of them water-based) and nightlife. If you go inland, you will encounter rainforests that will knock you off your feet.
Set up Base Camp in Port Douglas
While you are already heading north, you simply have to make a stop in Port Douglas, a tiny town surrounded by incredible beaches. And while the town is charming in itself, its strength lies in being close to both the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. The Great Barrier Reef is one of those global attractions that is capable of changing lives and the Daintree Rainforest is real Wild Australia. If you’re traveling with your pet, do not worry, finding pet-friendly Port Douglas holiday packages is not difficult.
Brisbane and Melbourne are two cities that you and your kids will love and if you can organize it, find time to check them both out. Brisbane features the famous Aussie World Theme Park, as well as the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary where, you guessed it, koalas reign supreme. Melbourne is considered a city of arts and sciences and if your kids are into either, they will have the time of their life enjoying all kinds of free stuff to do around town, in museums as well as public spaces.
Believe it or not, this is only scratching the surface of what Australia has to offer to visiting families. The second time you come over (and you will), there will be even more amazing stuff to see and do.
About the author
Marie Nieves is a student and a blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She is an avid lover of photography who loves to talk about her experiences. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.