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Find the best Aussie family getaways that are budget-friendly and perfect for mini-breaks or longer stays. Here’s the lowdown on the best family getaways in Australia – each offering a unique charm and all wallet-friendly.
6 AUSSIE FAMILY GETAWAYS THAT WON’T BREAK THE BANK
There’s nothing quite like a weekend getaway to hit the refresh button. Often a short break is exactly what you need, especially if you’ve got a chance to take advantage of a long weekend and escape for a little peace and quiet. The trick to making your mini-break one to remember is finding a kid-friendly location, that won’t break the bank. And Australia is full of great family getaways to suit every season!
Pack up your things kids, because we’re headed for a little hidden gem called Port Stephens!
A few hours north of Sydney, One Mile Beach is the kind of spot that holiday makers return to every year and it’s easy to see why. It’s home to the Southern hemisphere’s largest sand dunes, a huge population of humpback whales and more family fun than you can handle!
Camel riding at sunset is a must, while go-karting and sand boarding are popular with the kids.
And while you’re in NSW, you will likely want to stick around and see some of the best NSW & Sydney beaches and other scenery that makes New South Wales such a fantastic family destination!
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For family friendly accommodation, check into the Middle Rock Holiday Resort. Their self-contained units are perfect for a family of four. The resort boasts three pools, a water slide and brand new jumping pillows. Chances are it’ll be hard to get the kids to leave!
2. NOOSA, QUEENSLAND
There’s nowhere quite like Noosa for a whirlwind weekend to help you escape reality. Sun drenched beaches make for a stunning backdrop as you explore the natural world with your family.
Kick things off by taking a hike in the national park – the best way to switch off from the big city.
The kids will also get a thrill out of a visit to Australia Zoo, still run by the famous Irwin family. A play date with the giraffes, lions and tigers will be just the ticket!
The Sunshine Coast has plenty of top shelf accommodation options but the Noosa Hill Resort is perfect for a long weekend. A short stroll from the main beach, it’s got tennis courts, swimming pools, plus a games room. Not to mention a bottle of wine on arrival for those patient parents!
The nation’s capital may not be the first place on your list for a family getaway, but it’s time to realise that Canberra has come of age. World class eateries, top museums and a sense of history makes it a holiday that the whole clan will love.
Tick the culture box by taking a tour of the National Gallery of Australia – it’s free and offers family tours.
Then it’s off to Canberra’s version of a theme park – Questacon – featuring more than 200 educational exhibits.
Set up camp at the Ibis Styles Eagle Hawk Hotel. Set amongst 30 acres of native gardens, complete with free roaming kangaroos, the Ibis is perfect for families. Often overlooked, but never underwhelming, Canberra is the cure to your long weekend blues!
4. KANGAROO ISLAND, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
This little known island is technically part of South Australia, but feels so remote, you could be anywhere.
A natural wonderland, 155 kilometres in length, the island is a diverse ecosystem. You’ll stumble on sea lions lazing on the beach and koalas relaxing in the treetops.
Book a wildlife tour – run by the National Park – to fully immerse the family in the islands natural world. Surfs up for water lovers, with Kangaroo Island offering some of the best waves in South Australia.
Check out the nightly Penguin Parade and watch your favourite furry friends return to shore after a day of fishing. Book a 4 park pass to experience the penguin parade, koala conservation and more during your Phillip Island visit.
For something more high octane, book a hot lap around Phillip Island’s Grand Prix track – truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The BIG4 Phillip Island Caravan Park is the perfect holiday spot for families on a budget, looking to hire a cabin or to simply pitch a tent. Like all BIG4 Holiday Parks, there is plenty to keep the kids occupied, like the jumping pillow and playground.
For an alternative idea, check out some of the smaller towns along the Great Ocean Road for a great Victorian minibreak getaway destination.
6. BUNDABERG, QUEENSLAND
If you are looking for a mini-break destination that kids will love, look no further than Bundaberg in central Queensland.
Bundaberg is full of family favourites – great parks, beautiful beaches and some unique wildlife encounters.
Book a Mon Repo Turtle tour during turtle season. And make sure you take a visit to the Bundaberg Drinks distillery where you can sample all the flavours of the famous Bundaberg Ginger Beer.
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Bundaberg is a perfect destination for exploring some of the wonders of the Queensland coastline, and Great Barrier Reef.
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