Australia For Every Age
Think of Canberra and you’re likely to think politics, not miniature villages, massive dinosaurs, dancing robots and perfect playgrounds. But the national capital is a destination packed with fun attractions and activities for tots. Let them burn off all that pent up pre-school energy on the play equipment at Boundless at The Centenary of Canberra National Playground, Canberra’s first all abilities playground, the Discovery Playground at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve or The POD at the National Arboretum. Head to one of Canberra’s many museums and institutes for hands on fun. Dress up and go back in time at the Museum of Australian Democracy, dive into the Discovery Zone at The Australian War Memorial, have a roaring time at The National Dinosaur Museum and see science come alive at Questacon. You’ll also find free activities and workshops for younger children and toddlers at The Canberra Museum and Gallery and The National Gallery of Australia.
You don’t need to leave Australia’s capital cities for incredible animal encounters with city zoos just waiting to indulge the kids’ love of all things furry, feathered and flippered. In Sydney, Taronga Zoo amps up the animal fun with a Noah’s Ark of wildlife, Wildlife Sydney Zoo is the place for Australian native animals and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium’s 12 themed zones will take your breath away. Melbourne Zoo is home to a world of wildlife and Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium houses thousands of aquatic animals. Black and white beauties, Wang Wang and Fu Ni, who call Adelaide Zoo home, are Australia’s only Pandas and at Brisbane’s Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary the kids can meet a variety of native wildlife. Perth has its iconic zoo, Caversham Valley for native fauna, a world-class aquarium and, just a short ferry ride away is Rottnest Island, home to the cute and cuddly quokka!
There is something utterly magical about exploring the outback with the kids. The characters are quirky, the history ancient, the scenery beautiful and the experiences unforgettable. In the Red Centre, Uluru is every bit as awe inspiring as one could imagine. When the kids aren’t marvelling at the sheer size and changing colours of The Rock, they can explore the desert by cycle or camel, learn Aboriginal dot painting techniques and hear tales as old as time. In Western Australia’s Kimberley Region the kids will be mesmerised by the awesome Bungle Bungles and in South Australia, visit Wilpena Pound and the Birdsville or Oodnadatta Tracks for a desert experience like no other. In Outback Queensland the kids will love the Stockman’s Hall of Fame and the Qantas Founders Museum while Outback New South Wales has plenty to explore in towns like Broken Hill and Lightning Ridge.
With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, you’ll find endless activities waiting for active teens on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Get your fill of the sand and surf on one the region’s 30 amazing beaches, with world-famous surf breaks and plenty of great surf schools for those eager to take to the waves. Or perhaps they’d rather hit the water for a high-speed Jet Ski safari, or test their skills on a jetpack or flyboard? They’ll also find the Southern Hemisphere’s largest collection of theme parks including the glitz and glamour of Warner Bros Movie World, everything from thrill rides to a stroll with a tiger at Dreamworld, and close encounters with dolphins, sharks, polar bears and penguins at Sea World Resort & Water Park. There are also fast flowing thrills to be found at Wet’N’Wild Water World and epic waterslides at Whitewater World