“Mum, I am bored,” really should not be your children’s chorus two or three days after school has been closed for the summer holidays. Rather, the things you can offer your little ones in the way of opening their eyes, hearts and minds to the wonder and beauty of Australia in the summer will make this a stay at home vacation that they will live to remember forever. Here are some popular suggestions from around the country that you should consider adding to your itinerary:
Let them lose themselves in a mystical magical woodlands. Visit the Children’s Forest in Whiteman Park, a 25 minute drive from Perth. Filled with funky stuff like unexpected artworks hidden amidst the trees, this place of magic, specifically designed for children is a part of the roughly 4300 hectare conservation reserve, which is rich with indigenous wildlife, bushland, remnant farmland and the chance to remember how magnificent Western Australia is.
Show them the crocs at feeding time for a real thrill of a day. The Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park is one of the headline items in the Broome Visitor Centre, arguably the coastal jewel of the Kimberley Region of Western Australia (known for its pearling industry). The Visitor Centre also features amazing experiences such as flying in hovercrafts, the museum of dinosaurs, a sea safari, and a crash course in sea kayaking. Also featuring astro tours and staircase to the moon craft markets, this place is an absolute wonderland during those hot summer nights and is sure to impress the adults as well as the kids.
Get Lost in a Maze
Get lost in a diary maze with the kids to kill an hour or two. SPC Ardmona Kidstown Adventure Playground, half way between Shepparton and Mooroopna has been specially designed with your child’s energy and curiosity in mind. With a giant slide, lots of fantastic mazes, monkey bars, swings and all the gymnastic toys your child can dream of, this is a day trip for the whole family. It also boasts a sheltered BBQ area where you can eat lunch and they can also catch their breath.
Meet Australia’s Furry Friends
Take a selfie with a kangaroo or cuddle a koala. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary on the Gold Coast was established nearly 70 years ago as a not for profit wildlife animal hospital. In 27 hectares of rainforest, it features eye-opening guided tours, the chance to pet animals and 13 daily shows by Blinky Bill and his friends, such as the fantastic Dr Doo-Lots and the Creature Teachers and the unmissable Free Flight Bird Show.
Where Else But Queensland
Drink up some glorious sunshine in Queensland. Boasting arguably the most perfect beaches you can dream of, Queensland is not called the Sunshine State for nothing! Explore the Great Barrier Reef, rainforest walks, or simply unwind on the pristine beaches, it’s a place that you will live to remember, and remind you just how beautiful the world is.
But this is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg! Australia in summer is a country so rich in untapped beauty, magnificent treasures and quirky creatures that your children will never forgive you if you do not allow them to see and experience as much as possible for themselves this summer season!