• Learn about the World Heritage-listed convict site of Port Arthur on a guided tour.
• Go bushwalking in Tasman National Park, home to Australia’s highest sea cliffs.
• Visit Tasmanian Devil Unzoo, a wildlife reserve home to pademelons, wallabies, quolls and, of course, Tasmanian devils.
• Stop by Doo Town, a collection of fishing shacks that all contain the word ‘Doo’ in their names, such as Doo Me, Love Me Doo and Doo Write.
Litchfield National Park
While Litchfield National Park may not be as well known as Kakadu, the smaller size makes the 1,500-square-kilometre national park more manageable for a shorter visit. The rock formations, waterfalls and crystal-clear (and croc-free) plunge pools are the major drawcard for families.
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Litchfield Tourist Park
The long-time go-to destination for Perth families, this car-free, off-the-grid island haven feels a million miles away from the rest of the world (even though it’s only about 19 kilometres offshore from Fremantle). Ringed by secluded beaches and bays, chock-ablock full of outdoors activities – including cycling, fishing and snorkelling – and home to the cute-as-a-button native quokkas, this slice of paradise is a rite of passage for Aussie kids.
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It seems the sun is always shining in Noosa, but there’s more to Australia’s most fashionable resort town than near-perfect weather. With amazing seaside restaurants, numerous kid-friendly stretches of sand, plenty of designer boutiques and an array of nearby natural attractions, for me it’s one of those destinations that has it all.
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