Ul­ti­mate Aus­tralia

Raise your hand if you’re keen for a hol­i­day? Us too! Which is why we asked our well-trav­elled Hol­i­days with Kids team to share their favourite places in the Land Down Un­der, so you can add them to your Aussie bucket list.

Family Matters by HWK - - CONTENTS -

The HWK team share their favourite do­mes­tic hol­i­day spots.

Cathy Wagstaff

Kan­ga­roo Is­land

If your fam­ily loves all things wildlife, then why not take the next Sealink ferry across to one of Aus­tralia’s last true wilder­ness sanc­tu­ar­ies on your next trip? Kan­ga­roo Is­land is a ver­i­ta­ble zoo of seals, birds, dol­phins, echid­nas and kan­ga­roos, sur­rounded by un­tamed coastal land­scapes and surg­ing seas. Here, the pace is slow and laid-back – the kind of place where kids ride bikes to school and farm­ers wave as you drive on by – per­fect for some wellde­served R&R.

where to stay Kan­ga­roo Is­land Beach Lodges

Tina-louise Jack­son

Blue Moun­tains

A pop­u­lar mini-break for Syd­neysiders, even at their most crowded the Blue Moun­tains of­fer hid­den pock­ets of soli­tude. With deep gorges, chis­elled sand­stone out­crops and a dense canopy of eu­ca­lypts ex­ud­ing a mist of oil that gives them their blue­coloured haze and name­sake, it’s not hard to see why the na­tional park is con­sid­ered one of the coun­try’s most beau­ti­ful.

where to stay

Emi­rates One&only Wol­gan Val­ley, Fair­mont Re­sort & Spa Blue Moun­tains

The Red Cen­tre

There is some­thing about the red sands, starry skies, end­less sa­cred sites and mid­dle-ofnowhere ap­peal that makes the Red Cen­tre pure magic. The roll-call of at­trac­tions reads like a great­est hits list: Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Kings Canyon and Palm Val­ley – to name just a few. A hol­i­day here is a great way for lit­tle ones to con­nect with and learn about Abo­rig­i­nal art and cul­ture, while also ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the wild Aussie out­back.

where to stay Re­sort

Ay­ers Rock

Tas­man Penin­sula

The Tas­man Penin­sula is a real hid­den gem. Just one hour from Ho­bart fam­i­lies will find beau­ti­ful coastal land­scapes, his­toric sites and outdoor ac­tiv­i­ties ga­lore – think bush­walk­ing, surf­ing, sea kayak­ing and rock climb­ing – per­fect for a week­end away, a day trip or lin­ger­ing longer.

where to stay NRMA Port Arthur Hol­i­day Park

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