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Top 10 Australian family travel destinations

Lifestyle — Posted 19/03/15

Looking for the perfect domestic getaway? Here’s where Australian families are planning to travel this year.

From vibrant capital cities to hideaway coastal spots, Australia is spoilt for choice with destinations for local family holidays. Whether you want to soak up some sunshine, explore cool laneways, cafes and museums, or hit the ski slopes, there’s somewhere within reach for the perfect trip.

Roy Morgan Research asked Australian families where they’d most like to take a holiday in the next year, and found a colourful mix of sea, snow and sights.  

“Our latest findings reveal that the domestic destinations with particular appeal for families are those with plenty of scope for outdoor activity, whether it’s on the beach or a coastal drive, in a big city or at the snow,” says Roy Morgan Research account director Angela Smith.

“With its glorious beaches, theme parks and famously fabulous climate, the Sunshine State ticks all the boxes for family fun, while Melbourne and Sydney provide exciting city-based experiences. Ski spots are also popular for family holidays, offering high-altitude diversion for all ages.”

Here are the top 10 destinations for Australian families.

1. Melbourne

Laneways, museums, shopping, sports, food and wine… Melbourne is the ultimate family destination, with something for all ages.  

2. Surfers Paradise

There’s a reason this beach paradise is one of Australia’s most popular holiday spots. Soak up the sun, hit the surf, or wander the colourful streets and cafes. And did we mention the theme parks?

3. Sydney

Be right at the centre of it all with art galleries, shopping, restaurants and a sparkling harbour – Sydney is full of things to do, all year round.

4. Great Ocean Road

Take a drive along the breathtaking coastline and relax in Torquay, Lorne, or one of many scenic beachside destinations along the way.

5. North Coast, Forster, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour

From lush national parks to gorgeous beaches, the north coast of New South Wales makes for a stunning outdoorsy trip.

6. Brisbane

Discover the thriving arts scene, leafy parks, historic buildings and great restaurants in Queensland’s capital, with plenty of choice for indoor or outdoor activities. (Check out our guide to visiting Brisbane on a budget for some cheap and free ideas).

7. Blue Mountains

Breathe in the fresh mountain air at Katoomba and relax in the quiet scenery –the Three Sisters are not to be missed. (Here’s what else you can discover in the Blue Mountains).

8. Thredbo, Perisher/Smiggins

Hit the slopes in snow season on some of the country’s most popular ski destinations. Active adventure plus cosy comfort – perfect family fun.

9. Hobart

Charming waterside cafes, brilliant natural scenery, local food to die for… the island state’s capital is the perfect blend of heritage, scenery and culture.

10. Phillip Island

Surf the rugged coastline, relax in sheltered beach hideways, or fish up a storm. And don’t forget to say hi to the penguins…

(Images: Melbourne: Yasser Alghofily; Surfers Paradise: John; Sydney: Sam Ilić; Great Ocean Road: Stephen Lee; Coffs Harbour: Indigo Skies Photography; Brisbane:Chris Lofqvist; Thredbo: KMJPhotography Australia; Hobart: Michael Coghlan; Philip Island: Abir Anwar.)

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