Why the Hills love exploring at home and abroad

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Hill family come from the Central Coast and followed our film crew to Newcastle for the Families of Australia web series. They have family living around the world and have visited Europe and the States. Read up about their adventures across the globe, and what they love most about living on the Central Coast.

Meet the Hill family from the Families of Australia web series

Tell us a bit about your family.

We are a family of five who love to explore our local area and the world. We have done some pretty amazing things as a family, from feeding Reindeers and seeing Santa in Finland to learning traditional Navajo games with a local guide in Monument Valley. We always find travel makes us closer as a family.

Join the Hills as they explore Newcastle with Families of Australia

What has been your favourite adventure as a family?

Our last overseas holiday is pretty hard to beat. We explored stunning Iceland in a campervan for 10 days, walked behind waterfalls, tasted 1000-year-old-ice on a glacier lagoon, explored lava caves underground and saw the Northern Lights. We had fun with family in England we haven’t seen for a long time, then explored amazing places in Scotland like the Isle of Skye and The Orkney Islands.

Green clifftops with lighthouse on Isle of Skye
Can you believe this fairy tale destination is real? Picture: Shutterstock Luboslav Tiles

Why do you love the Central Coast?

If you are looking for somewhere with a laidback pace, lots of stunning beaches and fun outdoor activities then the Central Coast is a must-do. There’s easy accommodation for all budgets, from camping right on the beachfront at Umina and Toowoon Bay to beautiful hotels like Crown Plaza at Terrigal or Oaks Waterfront Resort at The Entrance.

A group of pelicans gather on sand flat
Go pelican spotting at The Entrance Picture: worldwildlifephotographers/Shutterstock

Activities vary from adventure, like kite surfing, to toddler-friendly like Vera’s Water Garden and The Japanese Gardens. There’s lots for animal lovers too, with horse riding, Pelican feeding at the Entrance and the Australian Reptile Park.

We also recommend Bouddi National Park Coastal Walk, Maitland Bay shipwreck and Sommersby Falls. If it is beaches you’re after, our favourites are Spoon Bay, Lobster Beach and Frazer Beach, and our favourite beachside towns are Avoca, Terrigal and Ettalong.

Park Ranger with a baby crocodile on his shoulders
A ranger shows off one of the park’s reptile residents Picture: PomInOz/Shutterstock

If you could visit anywhere in the world as a family, where would you go?

We all have different bucket list destinations. Kian would love to see the Amazon, Tehya would like to go on an African Safari, Jude would like to see a Kiwi bird in New Zealand and Kirsty would love to see Bhutan. As a family, we all agree an adventure to the Galapagos Islands would be an experience of a lifetime.

Don’t forget to check out our web series for inspiration for great family adventures.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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