Friends of Australia tell us their holiday favourites

Steve Liebman - Journalist and Media Personality

Steve Liebman

There's Nothing Like a Traditional Aussie Family Holiday.

From animal encounters to sky high roller coasters, there are plenty of ways to keep you're the whole family entertained on holiday, so take some advice from experienced father from Steve Liebmann.

5 Great Experiences for Families


1. Canberra, ACT

"So many of the attractions in Canberra are free or very affordable and so many of the attractions have an entertaining yet educational element. A visit to the Australian War Memorial is a must, and kids will be entertained for hours at Questacon, or the Australian Reptile Centre. In Fyshwick is a brilliant indoor go-kart centre with 200 metres of track, the National Dinosaur Museum or the kids activities at the National Museum of Australia will also be crowd pleasers."

Gold Coast

Taronga Zoo

2. Gold Coast, QLD

"The Gold Coast is famous for family fun, with an ideal climate all year round, 100,000 hectares of World Heritage Listed rainforest and the largest selection of family theme parks, with world-class hotels for mum and dad to relax. From family favourites like Dreamworld, Sea World, Wet 'n' Wild and WhiteWater World, to the classic Warner Bros. Movie World and interactive Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, the kids will be busy for days. The Gold Coast also boasts some of Australia's best beaches, so it's an ideal place to reconnect with the family."

3. Sydney, NSW

"Taronga Zoo would have to be the greatest zoo in the world. Where else can you explore incredible wildlife, get a photo with a koala and see the most incredible bird show, all with sweeping views of Sydney Harbour? Kids will also love a day trip on the Manly Ferry, Sydney Aquarium, and an afternoon on one of Sydney's great beaches, with an ice cream of course."

The Snowy Mountains

Great Barrier Reef

4. The Snowy Mountains, NSW

"In winter or summer, there is so much to do. See the snowfields, build a snowman and watch them improve with a great children's park at Thredbo, or in summer take a family hike up Mount Kosciusko and explore the natural wilderness. You can go on a horse-riding trail through the mountains, or look for wild bush horses along the walking trail, or hire a canoe and cruise around Lake Jindabyne"

5. Great Barrier Reef, QLD

"Children will be amazed by the colour and movement of the reef, it's almost like another world exists underwater, with thousands of different species of tropical fish and coral. You can swim with dolphins, see baby turtles hatching, learn about different coral rock formations, and see baby "Nemo" in the wild. The kids will never tire of snorkelling on the reef, or playing in the pools of the many world-class island resorts around the Whitsundays, like Daydream Island or Hayman Island."

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