September School Holidays - 10 Must-See Destinations September 25 2016, 0 Comments
The September school holidays are upon us. To make sure you never hear those two dreaded words “I’m bored!”, we have put together our Top 10 family-friendly destinations to visit these school holidays. Spring is a superb time of year to head north and inland for a travel experience that otherwise may have climate factors making it uncomfortable to visit at other times of the year.
Dubbed “The Opal Capital of the World”, Coober Pedy is an isolated mining town situated smack-bang in the middle of the South Australian outback is renowned for its scorching hot temperatures that force many of its residents to seek refuge in homes underground. However, it’s also got enough of its own distinct sightseeing attributes and cultural quirks to make for one of Australia’s more unique visits.
If you’re wanting to visit a destination quite unlike anywhere else in the country then it’s well worth the investment of both time and money.
The standout beauty in Tropical North Queensland is where the rainforest meets the reef, literally.
Palm Cove is a unique, quiet and relaxing village by the sea where centuries old “paperbark” Melaleuca trees line the casual esplanade. No need for a beach umbrella, just find a shady spot under the palm trees! It is a tropical paradise which provides for all of your needs and ensures your holiday will be one to remember in an atmosphere of relaxed sophistication.
There are numerous accommodation options to suit all budgets from resorts, hotels, apartments and holiday homes and a host of other services and attractions including trips out to The Great Barrier Reef, rainforest excursions, countless water sports, fishing off the jetty or just lazing around on the beach. There are a host of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets too.
This tropical paradise is only 25 minutes north of Cairns airport.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
Stay the night and wake up in the wild!
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is located in Dubbo, in central west New South Wales. The Zoo is home to hundreds of animals from around the world including tigers, hippopotamus’, friendly giraffes and so many more. The zoo consists of a 6km circuit that meanders through natural bushland and around large open style exhibits.
The ideal way to get around the zoo is on bikes. Bring your own or hire there. There are also electric carts available for hire for those little ones who are not yet ready to ride the distance by themselves.
Accommodation options include the Billabong Campsite, Zoofari Lodge and Savannah Cabins.
A visit to the world’s largest sand island is on many people’s bucket lists.
World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is one of the most incredible islands on earth and has the absolute best that one island can offer – cool towering rainforests to walk through, over 100 freshwater lakes to swim in, huge sand blows to climb, an amazing 120km beach highway, complete with a shipwreck and cliffs of stunning coloured sands.
Though surrounded by untamed wilderness and rugged terrain, Fraser Island boasts luxurious, relaxing and natural accommodation experiences.
Fraser Island is located off the east coast of Queensland and offers some of the best beach fishing experiences in the world.
Booderee National Park
Booderee National Park is located at Jervis Bay on the South Coast of NSW - the ideal place for a tranquil getaway or a relaxed family holiday.
The area is a quiet paradise of pristine coastal bushland, wildlife and crystalline ocean. The white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters are well-known and loved by all who visit. Set among bushland, the park offers relaxed camping at Green Patch and Caves Beach, idyllic beaches, pretty bushwalks as well as plenty of water sports and activities for the family to enjoy.
The ultimate outback Australian experience and what better time of year to visit one of the natural wonders of the world than in Spring.
The whole family will love experiencing the physical and cultural significance of this Australian icon. The spectacular sunrises & sunsets will be forever etched into your memory.
Theme Parks - Gold Coast
If you are looking for some fun and excitement these school holidays, then Spring is a superb time to visit the top 3 theme parks - Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild.
Experience first-class rides, action-packed shows and join a world of fun on the Gold Coast.
Broome is a beach resort town in WA’s Kimberley region.
Broome is located on a peninsular where one of the world’s last great wildernesses meets the Indian Ocean. The pristine waters, wide empty beaches, abundant wildlife, tropical climate and breathtaking colours attract thousands of visitors each year.
There is so much to see and discover, so many unique, ‘once in a lifetime’ experiences. Whether you are a thrill seeker, adventurer, culture vulture, water lover or sun seeker, Broome has it all.
The Flinders Ranges
Get a taste of the Outback and go camping under the stars at The Flinders Ranges.
The Flinders Ranges National Park is a 94,908 hectare park located approx four hours drive north of Adelaide.
Breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife with everything from wallabies, kangaroos, emus, large eagles and more, turn off the electronic devices, bring the marshmallows and go bush for a week or two. It is always such a joy to see the kids playing in nature and exploring their surroundings.
Hervey Bay Whale Watching
Hervey Bay is a coastal city in south QLD and is widely known as a destination for observing humpback whales. Whale-watching boats operate multiple times a day during the July–November migration season so you are pretty much guaranteed to see some serious whale activity and observe these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.
Spring school holidays really are the best - its not too cold, not too hot, so perfect for getting out and about.