Must do

Family Matters by HWK - - LETTER FROM THE EDITOR -

• 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

Rot­tnest Is­land

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.

where to stay Dis­cov­ery Rot­tnest Is­land, Karma Rot­tnest

Gemma Kightly

Noosa

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.

RACV Noosa

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