We are delighted to publish this Top 10 list sent in by guest writer Teena. Teena Works for a gift ideas company in Australia where you can shop for unique and thrilling experiences and gifts for men and women. Here she shares her local knowledge of the country.
Australia loves kids and kids love Australia. Australia is great for another reason when you’re traveling with kids. There are several great places where your kids can play around without your supervision, so you can enjoy a bit of quality adult time! Here are 10 such places to which you must take your kids.
Novotel Twin Waters, Queensland
Here you’ll find a custom-built outdoor circus school, Circus Escape, where your kids can learn all the tricks and trades of a real circus. Which kid will say no to a few days of learning how to tightrope, trapeze, juggle, spin plates and animal handling?
That apart, there’s the Busy Bodies Kids Club as well; parents can relax in the excellent spa, while activities’ officers manage the kids. Both you and your kids can enjoy sailing, archery, kayaking, biking and feeling the pelicans. Book yourself into a beautiful Grand Mercure Beach house, with its own private pool for an added treat.
Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel, New South Wales
The Kosciuszko Chalet Hotel offers grownup skiing as well as skiing on the slopes for littlies. This is Australia’s highest snow resort, offering spectacular views and a perpetual covering of snow owing to its height. When you’re busy on the slopes, your kids can enjoy the adult-monitored Frosty’s Kids Club where they’ll learn various crafts and activities. The hotel also offers special, separate kids’ dinners with menus and activities customized for children.
Voyages Heron Island In Queensland
Your kids will love this tiny coral cay which is an idyllic spot with loud and colorful sea birds, shiny blue waters, and white coral beaches. Take them on a semi-submersible ride to explore the beauty of the reef underwater. Adults can snorkel and explore the biological marine activity that thrives just below the surface. The stimulating and interactive Junior Rangers program takes kids to watch turtles lay their eggs, visit nesting sea birds, and watch turtle hatchlings burst out of the sand when it’s time.
Daydream Island Resort, Queensland
The Daydream Island Resort is a tiny island offers many kids for kids to discover and learn, while parents relax at the award-winning spa. Let your kids enjoy the 19-hole mini golf course, lagoon-sized swimming pools, outdoors moonlight cinema that they can watch while snuggled under blankets. Your kids can be kept occupied learning arts and crafts at the Skippers Kids Club, explore the largest live coral reef on the southern hemisphere, feed kangaroos, take nature walks, and enjoy stories told by the rangers.
Warrook Cattle Farm, Adelaide
Australia has many farms that love to have kids stay over for fabulously educational farmstays. Your children will get closer to nature and learn to love and care for their animal friends. They can learn how to milk cows, collect eggs, ride a tractor, cuddle koala bears, learn boomeranging and monitor sheep dogs. Farm hosts organize side trips, farm walks, and fun activities and guided tours into neighboring vistas. Other activities are trekking, forest walks, scuba diving and much more.
Western Plains Zoo, Sydney
The Western Plains Zoo in Sydney offers a Zoo Snooze program for kids where they’re allowed to spend a night at the zoo with the animals. The accommodation is absolutely wonderful, and the kids are assured up-close animal encounters, night tours, games and participation in crafts and activities. Parental supervision is not required.
Great Rail Journeys, Australia
There’s no better way to introduce your kids and yourself to Australia, than by taking a wonderful journey on the Australian Rail. Your kids can view this breathtaking country on wheels from top to bottom and enjoy its outback, nature scapes, sea scapes, high peaks, forestry, flora and fauna from the safety of the train. Obtain rail passes for the Tilt Train, Sunlander, the Westlander, the Inlander, the Spirit of the Outback, Kuranda Scenic Railway and several other rail tours.
A trip to the aquarium is the best way to introduce your kid to sea life. Your kids can watch and play with the cheeky Gentoo and King penguins, plunge into the waters and watch hundreds of exotic fish and come face to face with Grey Nurse and Sandbar and Grey Nurse Whaler Sharks and Giant Stingrays. Melbourne Aquarium has many guided tours, educational packages, and birthday and event packages for your kids.
Seaworld Themepark, Brisbane
Any themepark is a sure fire winner with a kid; for something new, charter a helicopter and give your kids an aerial view of Sea World. Sea World contains several aquariums that showcase various Australian aquatic environments. Here your kids can observe rescued and rehabilitated seals, pelicans and Australia’s dainty Little Blue Penguins, the world’s tiniest penguin species. Your kids will also enjoy watching the four polar bears in their natural habitat at the Polar Bear Shores exhibit. The Shark Bay gets your kids up close to tiger and bull sharks, while the dolphin nursery helps them learn about baby dolphins.
Wildlife Cruise, Perth
Want to take your kids to rollick with Perth cheerful and friendly dolphins? Then take them to Perth, and get on a wildlife cruise. Your kids can observe fabulous sea creatures such as various sea birds, whales, penguins and many others, while listening to the educational commentary by a wildlife expert. The wildlife cruises are conducted on exciting catamarans, which are safe for young children.