The annual Best of Family Travel Awards (BOFTAS) had more than 120,000 unique votes in 70 categories covering everything to do with Family Travel.
We asked Australian Families for their top international and domestic holiday locations, the best water parks, the best cruise lines, the best places for families with babies, the best airlines and even the best airport for transit with kids. The results show Australian families are diverse and keen travellers.
“The peoples choice award winners for 2018 reflect the changing nature of Australian families,” Bound Round CEO Janeece Keller says.
“We are really pleased to see destinations and accommodation for larger families and families with special needs in the results.”
Unsurprisingly Fiji was a hot favourite with Aussie families. Family Travel readers named Fiji the best destination for babies and toddlers as well as for families with primary school-aged kids.
Once the kids reach tween and teenage years, families then say they love Hawaii.
“It’s always great to see know favourite such as Fiji and Bali on the list plus some unique destinations that give adventurous families a chance to escape, be adventurous and immerse themselves in another culture,” Janeece says.
Queensland was the big winner domestically. The sunshine state took out close to half of the domestic category awards including Best City for A Long Weekend, Best Family Attraction, Best Holiday Park and Best Family Hotel.
Here’s a snapshot of the winners.
Best International holidays
The overall best international holiday destination for families – Hawaii
The best international holiday destination for babies and toddlers – Fiji
The best international holiday destination for primary school kids – Fiji
The best international holiday destination for families with teens – USA
The best luxury holiday destination – Hawaii
The best destination for adventurous families – New Zealand
The best international ski resort – Whistler Blackcomb
The best destination in Europe and Scandinavia – Italy
The best cruise destination for families – South Pacific
The best destination for families in Asia – Singapore
The best once-in-a-lifetime experience for families – Disneyland
Best of Australia awards
The best capital city for families – Sydney
The best educational attraction in Australia – Questacon
The best regional destination for families Dubbo
The best city for a long weekend with kids – Gold Coast
The best Australian ski resort – Thredbo
The best theme or amusement park – SeaWorld
The best Indigenous experience for kids – Uluru
The best holiday park – Big4 Adventure Whitsundays Resort
The best travel providers
The best cruise line for families – P&O
The best airline for families – Qantas
The best holiday rental platform – Booking.com
The best luggage for family travel – Samonsite
The best thing to keep the kids entertained while travelling – iPad
The best way to share holiday snaps – Facebook
The best airport for transits with kids – Sydney Airport
The best Family Tour company – Intrepid
The best car rental company for families – Budget
The best for families of all shapes and sizes
The best international destination for families with special needs – USA
The best international attraction for families 5+ – Disneyland California
The best cruise line for families with special needs – P&O
The best hotel for large families – Sea World
The best Australian destination for holidaying with extended family – Gold Coast
The best Australian destination for holidaying with large groups – Gold Coast
The best international destination for big groups – Bali