Two children playing on the beach at Rottnest Island © Rottnest Island Authority

Rottnest Island, Western Australia © Rottnest Island Authority

Top family destinations in Australia

Woman snorkels underwater next to coral on Lord Howe Island in New South Wales © Destination NSW

Hiking in The Grampians, Victoria © Visit Victoria

Family enjoying the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs © Destination NSW

Bondi to Coogee Walk, Sydney, New South Wales © Destination NSW

Fun fact

Pretty Shelly Beach, near Manly, has been voted one of Australia’s best. Find two electric barbecues at the grassy reserve adjacent to the sand. They’re free to use, and perfect for a family picnic.

Kids enjoying Pod Playground at the National Arboretum © VisitCanberra

Pod Playground, National Arboretum, Canberra © VisitCanberra

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Aerial view of Green Island near Cairns in Queensland © Jemma Craig/Tourism & Events Queensland

Green Island, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland © Jemma Craig/Tourism & Events Queensland

Fact: There’s nowhere on Earth like Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef region. It’s where two World Heritage icons stand together, where the Great Barrier Reef is backed by the Daintree Rainforest, the most ancient of its kind in the world. The best way to learn about the planet’s largest coral system is to dive right in, on a family-friendly snorkelling trip to the outer reef.  

Women reading magazine relaxes by the pool at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa © Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa, Gold Coast, Queensland © Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa

Top tip

The Gold Coast hinterland is home to ancient forests, laidback cafés and spectacular waterfalls. See it all for yourself on an award-winning 4WD tour.

Girl taking selfie with Quokka on Rottnest Island in Western Australia © Tourism Australia/Dan Avila Photography

Rottnest Island, Western Australia © Tourism Australia/Dan Avila Photography

Aerial view of a car driving along the Great Eastern Drive next to turquoise water in Freycinet, Tasmania © Tourism Australia

Montezuma Falls, Rosebery, Tasmania © Jess Bonde

Family views Admirals Arch on Kangaroo Island © South Australian Tourism Commission

Admirals Arch, Kangaroo Island, South Australia © South Australian Tourism Commission

Aerial view over Jim Jim Falls waterfall in Kakadu National Park © Kieran Stone

Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory © Kieran Stone

Top tip

Pack your snorkel: in many of Kakadu’s natural pools, including much-Instagrammed Gunlom Plunge Pool, kids can spot rainbow fish in the crystal-clear shallows as they swim.