A luxury family holiday to Australia offers amazing options for you and your children, whatever their ages. This vast country is incredibly diverse, from dazzling cosmopolitan cities such as Sydney to incredible natural wonders such as Ayers Rock and the Great Barrier Reef- and then there are world heritage-listed rainforests to explore, endless sandy beaches to relax on, gourmet experiences to savour, from five-star restaurants to barbecues under the stars, and incredible wildlife to see, from kangaroos to crocodiles. No matter what type of Australian family holiday you're after, our knowledge of Australia means we can offer the very best experiences for all the family.
Great Barrier Reef, the Whitsundays and Queensland
Swim and snorkel with rainbow-coloured fish on the Great Barrier Reef, and use the beautiful beaches of the Whitsundays and Queensland’s aptly-named Sunshine Coast as the perfect base for your Barrier Reef adventures. Visit the lush rainforests and countryside in and around Queensland and see kangaroos, koalas, whales and dolphins.
Explore this buzzing city and its beautiful beachside suburbs. Take a boat out on the harbour, learn to surf (a quintessential Aussie pastime), or, for the ultimate thrill-seeking adventure, older children will love climbing the harbour bridge, enjoying panoramic views over Sydney and the harbour from the top- an ideal option if you’re travelling with teenagers.
This symbol of Australia is unmissable, and well worth the trek into the Red Centre. The whole family will enjoy seeing ancient rock art and learning more about these unique landscapes and the people who inhabit them from local aboriginal guides. We recommend camping in Ayers Rock and around the Red Centre for a true Aussie Outback experience.
Australia is made for 4WD exploration. Take the family on an exciting guided trip to Fraser Island and drive along the beach and around the sand dunes. Or enjoy a self-drive holiday into the Outback or along the coast, such as the Great Ocean Road- one of the world’s most scenic drives.
Kakadu National Park and wildlife
Kakadu is a top spot for hiking, swimming under waterfalls and seeing Australia’s diverse wildlife in its natural habitat, such as crocodiles and colourful birds.
The options are endless, from a self-drive adventure along the stunning Great Ocean Road to a private tour of Ayers Rock. Make the most of Australia by combining some of its landmarks with some incredible adventures: how about exploring Queensland, beginning in the surfer paradise of Byron Bay and enjoying a 2 night camping trip surrounded by beautiful landscapes and wilderness. At the end of this Ultimate Family Adventure, you'll be whisked away to the Great Barrier Reef for 3 nights of snorkelling, diving and stand-up paddle boarding.
Australia is also a fabulous destination for wildlife - where you can see koalas, dolphins, turtles, pademelons and more. Our Wombats & Wallabies is perfect for families looking to experience the diversity of Australia and traces the coast of New South Wales to the wonderful reserve that is Kangaroo Island.
Whether you’re on glamorous Sydney harbour, by a laidback beachside suburb in Melbourne or in the heart of the Outback, Australia has a number of hotels and resorts that are perfect for a child-friendly holiday in Australia. The One & Only resorts are famous for their kids clubs- we recommend One & Only Hayman Island in the Whitsundays. Or how about a glamping experience at Ikara Safari Camp in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia? Alternatively, enjoy luxury self-catering apartments in Sydney harbour (the views are amazing). This offers flexibility and choice (without stinting on luxury), giving the family more time to spend in the great outdoors.
To help you get the most out of your family holiday to Australia, we've put together a whole range of holiday ideas to inspire you (below). Exsus knows Australia inside out so can give you up-to-the-minute advice on the best places to stay and the best destinations to visit.