Australia: Family-friendly and Wild

To all the parents out there, it is very important for your children to start experiencing the wonders of the world at a tender age because it can have a profound effect on their development. For this noble feat, exposing you kids to a lot of different cultures and natural environments is very important. However, not all places on the blue marble are suited for families with children, so you have to choose your destinations wisely if you want to keep things entertaining, educational, and, above all else, safe.

Australia has a reputation for being vast, wild, autochthonous, diverse, and strange. It is the perfect destination to introduce your youngsters to the unknown, so long as parents carefully plan out where it’s safe to take their children – Australia is at times very wild. It may be the smallest continent on the planet, but it harbours some of the most peculiar creatures and landscapes known to man. Despite being so secluded from the rest of the world, this nation has one of the most developed economies, so by all means, plan a trip to the land of the south to indulge your family’s curiosity.

Family-Friendly Activities in Australia: Sunrise Fingal Bay NSW Brad Scruse CC BY-NC 2.0
Sunrise at Fingal Bay, NSW with family on beach: Photo on Flickr by Brad Scruse / CC BY-NC 2.0

What makes a location child friendly?

Australia is home to some of the most poisonous animals and relentless terrain and waters, which spells danger even for fully grown adults, let alone children. That is why the authorities have made a clear distinction between locations which are domesticated and safe and those which allow the wilderness to flourish with little to no human intervention. Accommodation for visitors has a range of special features to help your family holiday run smoothly and emergency care is always less than a minute away. Should you need additional information regarding such matters, feel free to contact either your travel agency, hotel management, tourist centers, or whoever is in charge of your safety and well-being.

Family-Friendly Activities in Australia: Outback Camp on Holland Track Western Australia
Outback Camp on Holland Track, Western Australia: Photo on Flickr by spelio / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Family-Friendly Activities in Australia


Big cities, tropical reefs, surf beaches, snowy heights – Australia has them all. It is only up to you to choose which destination suits your fancy. Cities are without a doubt the best place to start, so Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Darwin, or Hobart should be on your family checklist. This country has many national parks which protect all manner of natural phenomena, such as Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk, Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa, and many more. Also, if you are curious about the aquatic underworld, then the Great Barrier Reef is definitely something you and your kids can see in a diving suit.

Rafting Goulburn River, VIictoria
Rafting Goulburn River, VIictoria: Photo on Flickr by Alan Lam / CC BY-ND 2.0

Trails and treks

Australia is known for its dirt trails and roads which geography maps do not signify, making things perfect for families to form an intimate relationship with the surrounding untamed nature and each other. From the rugged Victorian coastline to Tasmanian wilderness; volcanic plateaus of Queensland to the Great Ocean Road; desert plains around Alice Springs to Mount Kosciuszko; they all hide paths suited for trekkers and adventurers, both elderly and young. Schedule, for instance, a tour in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, and you and your kids will instantly fall in love with the tranquil, raw landscapes that only eager travellers can discover.

Family-friendly activities in Australia: Family Hiking at Uluru NT
Family Hiking at Uluru NT: Photo on Flickr by Albert …. / CC BY 2.0

Fun and games

Of course, children’s attention spans are sometimes short and chaotic, so things have to be kept in an entertaining manner if they are to learn and thrive from this experience. That is why fun and games are of the essence and Australia’s resorts and destinations offer all sorts of amenities which will occupy the youngsters’ minds and keep them active and stimulated. Encountering and interacting with animals such as kangaroos and koalas is always a hoot for them, teaching them how to snorkel will allow them to explore vibrant coral reefs at an early age, and families with older children and a fixation for riding bikes can do so in forests and countrysides, which by far beats the city concrete. All these activities are unbelievably entertaining to adults as well, so you can guess what kind of impact it will make on kids who try these things for the very first time in their lives!

About Kate Flannery


Kate Flannery is a globetrotter and linguistics major. She is fascinated by well-arranged private gardens and the eldritch.

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