A trip to the stunning islands of Australia, with days spent on its spectacular beaches, will be a family holiday to remember forever.
Australia, that place ‘down under’, is a large island divided into the six states of Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. (Tasmania is actually an island on its own). There are two main territories; Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory.
The area is so large that the climate and the landscape can vary considerably from the north of the country to the beaches in the south, but in general the weather is favourable with a warm climate all year round. The history of Australia is incredibly diverse, with western cultures and influences mixing with native Aboriginal and tribal customs, but wherever you travel in the country affectionately known as ‘Oz’, you will meet friendly people and experience the ultimate in laid back living.
Western Australia is home to the beautiful city of Perth, home to the late actor Heath Ledger. As with most Australian cities, the emphasis is on sports, and with the world famous Sorrento Beach on its doorstep, this is an ideal location to enjoy a spot of sunbathing, sandcastle building or scuba diving as a family.
Kangaroo Island lies off the shores of South Australia, not far from the new city of Adelaide on the mainland. This is an intriguing land mass, which resembles an open zoo. Although there are just under four and a half thousand human inhabitants, they are vastly outnumbered by the sea lions, pelicans, koalas and kangaroos. Visitors can enjoy a fabulous break on this island, relaxing on its pristine beaches, and watching the wildlife pass by.
The historical capital city, Canberra, is located in the territory known as Australian Capital Territory, in the state of New South Wales. This exceptional city is famous for being entirely planned from conception, with every main road and building location carefully thought out in advance. With the seat of Government at its very heart, there are many public and government buildings found here, so it’s an inspiring and educational place to visit.
Almost in the heart of this island, at the southern end of Northern Territory, is Ayres Rock, one of the world’s most famous Natural Heritage Sites. Formed from bright red sandstone, this iconic location is sacred to the Aboriginal people, and is covered in ancient carvings and depictions. It is a popular tourist destination and lends itself to exploring the native lands and cultures of its original inhabitants. And for families with an interest in exploring the most famous of Australian landmarks, such sights as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Sydney Opera House should definitely be on the agenda.
Admittedly, Australia will involve one of the longest flying times from the UK of any holiday destination, but that shouldn’t be enough to put you off. It’s beautifully blue waters, with the awe-inspiring Great Barrier Reef and stunning islands, and it’s perfectly clear skies and golden beaches are well worth the trek. This is one of the friendliest and most relaxed places that any family could hope to visit.
Sydney is an iconic, world renowned destination, with so much to offer for a family holiday that you’ll want to return time and time again.
The modern metropolis of Melbourne is the perfect destination for a family holiday in the land of Oz.
Perth is a young city with a vibrant personality. Located in the remote landscape of Western Australia, it is the perfect destination for a unique family holiday on the other side of the world.