Your top holiday destinations – Best of Family Travel awards

Italy, Fiji, Hawaii and Singapore have been named the top international destinations for families in a survey of 120,000 Family Travel readers. 

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.

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Family Travel readers have voted Italy as the best destination for families in Europe. Picture: Shutterstock

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. 

Family Travel is published by Bound Round Media which also includes the over 50s brand MyDiscoveries and Travel with Special Needs

“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.”

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Fiji is the top destination for babies and toddlers in the Best of Family Travel Awards 2018

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.  

Italy was named the top destination for families in Europe and Scandinavia. Japan took the gong for the best cultural immersion and New Zealand scored a nod for the best adventure destination. 

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The Gold Coast is the top Australian destination for families. Picture: Shutterstock

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. 

Click here to see all the results of 2018 Best of Family Travel Awards. 

Here’s a snapshot of the winners. 

Best International holidays

The best international destination Hawaii family travel awards
Just imagine yourself here chilling on the beach. Picture: Shutterstock
  • 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

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Sydney is the best Australian capital city for families according to Family Travel readers. Picture: Shutterstock
  • 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

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P&O is the best cruise line for families. Picture: Shutterstock
  • 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

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The USA is the best destination for families with special needs. Picture: Shutterstock
  • 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

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