There’s nowhere quite like ‘Down Under’ for a family adventure. From surf lessons at Bondi Beach to snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, this is a journey packed full of highlights. Discover the best of Australia’s stunningly diverse natural scenery while staying in some of our favourite spots for families.
Known for its spectacular harbour and gorgeous beaches, there’s no better place to get acquainted with Australia’s outdoor lifestyle than Sydney. You’ll spend four nights at the Park Hyatt Sydney while discovering a city full of family fun. Relax with a cruise on Sydney Harbour, then take to the waves with a family surf lesson at one of the world’s most famous beaches. We’ll also arrange a behind the scenes tour of the famous Taronga Zoo as well as a guided cycle ride taking in all of the iconic sights. No trip to the city is complete without a twilight climb of Sydney Harbour Bridge, where you’ll be rewarded with sensational views of the Harbour and Opera House.
Into The Blue
Next, it’s time to leave the city behind and head out into the bush. In the heart of the Blue Mountains, but just a three-hour drive from Sydney, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley is your base for the next three nights. You’ll stay in your own luxuriously appointed two-bedroom villa with private pool, while engaging in a dazzling array of outdoor activities. Spot kangaroo, wombat and wallabies on guided nature walks. Go cycling or horse-riding to explore the surrounding hills, creeks and ridgelines. There’s also a fantastic Junior Rangers programme, where children learn bush survival skills and hunt for fossils.
A Room With A View
Fly south from Sydney to the island of Tasmania, where you’ll spend four nights surrounded by pristine natural beauty at Saffire Freycient. Outdoor playgrounds don’t get more stunning. Views of the Hazards Mountain Range and pristine waters of Great Oyster Bay are all around, and Freycinet National Park is right on your doorstep. Head out on family bushwalks to hidden beaches or take to the waters and explore by kayak. Sample prized Pacific oysters as they are harvested straight from the sea on a visit to a nearby working farm. Then spend a couple of nights discovering the heritage of the capital city Hobart while staying on the waterfront at MACq o1.
The Red Centre
Your next destination is the Red Centre, as we fly you to the middle of the country for three nights of outback glamping. Set among the crimson earth and vast scrub plains of the Red Centre, Longitude 131 is one of the world’s most dramatically located camps. Awake to your own private sunrise over Uluru, Australia’s most iconic natural wonder, from one of just 16 luxurious tents. Enjoy daily walking tours and blistering sunsets, then savour outback cuisine and fine wine at Table 131 where dinner is served under a sparkling star-filled sky.
The lush tropics of Queensland couldn’t be more of a contrast to the desert. After flying north to Cairns, you’ll transfer by road to the idyllic surroundings of Silky Oaks Lodge for a three-night stay. At this riverside hideaway, you’ll stay in your own stilted treehouse within the pristine Daintree Rainforest. There are endless ways to explore. Take to the water for kayaking and canoeing adventures on the Mossman River, which also has a number of excellent freshwater swimming spots ideal for river snorkelling. If you’re in the mood for some adrenaline-based activity, feel the wind through your hair as you zipline from tree to tree on a jungle surfing adventure. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn about local culture by meeting the indigenous Kuku Yalanji people at nearby Mossman Gorge. The mixture of total tranquillity and outdoor activity is a real winner for families.
Last but not least, you’ll finish with a stay on remote Lizard island, the northernmost resort on the Great Barrier Reef. Spend your days exploring colourful corals and gliding alongside tropical fish on guided snorkelling and diving trips. A tour of the island’s research station will help you gain some perspective on the reef ecosystem. Be sure to take a hike to the top of Cook’s Lookout, the island’s highest point, for incredible ocean views, or spend an afternoon paddle boarding the calm waters of Anchor Bay. And when you’re not in the water, there’s a choice 24 private beaches to relax on. This is one family island paradise that you won’t want to leave.