Taking the kids to Australia

United States
December 26, 2011 10:19am CST
I have been thinking about taking my family to Australia for a vacation. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to stay or what to see? I know there are tons of things to see and do in Sydney, but I was wondering if anyone has been there or is from there and might have any suggestions that others might not know about. I'm not looking to spend a ton of money so the cheaper the better. Thanks!
2 people like this
4 responses
@maximax8 (27049)
26 Dec 11
I have traveled to Australia twice and love it there. Those trips were in the days before I had my children. I am hoping to get my son enough time off school to go to Australia for Christmas next year. To afford the tickets we would have to travel end of November or early December. We wouldn't be able to afford mid December. I suggest November, December, January, February or March for arrival in Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide. Sydney is my favorite city in the world. I would suggest you take your kids there for a walk in the botanical gardens, a look at the harbor and some time at Shark Bay or another beach. You could take them to see the kangaroos. I wish to travel along the Great Ocean Road and that is done beginning in Melbourne. I loved going to the Queensland coast and that is popular with families. You might be able to rent a house or apartment for a couple of weeks. You might like to hire a camper van and drive round in that. I did some camping and stayed in backpacker hostels. Good luck planning your trip.
• United States
26 Dec 11
Thank you so much for the info. Is it better in the winter months because of the weather, or prices? I guess maybe I need to do a little more research on peak season for Australia.
@maximax8 (27049)
27 Dec 11
I went to Sydney in March that year which was autumn and it was wonderful weather. Then I came back in November that year and it was lovely there again. Flight prices are highest mid December to early January. The European winter is summer in Australia. It is the best time to travel. November and February have good flight prices. Mid January is also a good time to travel due to the fares.
• United States
28 Dec 11
I will remember that when I go to book my flight and hotel reservations. I have been to Jamaica in June and it was very hot so I'm assuming that would be the same in Australia. Thanks again for the great advice!
@Torunn (2810)
• Norway
30 Dec 11
I've been there once, I visited a friend that was studying in Adelaide. We rented a car and drove to Kangaroo island, then we drove along the coast to Melbourne. From Melbourne we took a plane to Sydney where we met another friend of mine, she is Australian and lives in Wollongong with her husband. The 3 of us (the husband had to work) drove to the Blue Mountains, then we drove to Wollongong. I stayed there for a week and travelled around the area. If you want somewhere quite close to Sydney I think there'll be lot of things to do in the Blue Mountains. We went to the Jenolean caves and lot of rhododendron gardens. The later is maybe not very child friendly but very nice :-)
@veganbliss (3891)
• Adelaide, Australia
28 Dec 11
Yes, we'll 'ave ya! Sydney has lots to see & do, but it is very (I mean VERY expensive!). There are plenty of places that are cheap here, but what you might want is not necessarilly cheap, but good value for money, ie well-serviced, everything you need in relatively close proximity & reliable emergency & assitance facilities close by if something goes wrong. For that sort of combination, you can't go past Adelaide (chest-thumping here!). We have had the best Airport in Oz for the last six years running with the most awarded manager. Our beaches are the cleanest & safest in Oz (& I've heard directly from New Zealand tourists that our beaches here are the most beautiful anywhere in Oz). We've been assessed as the cheapest city versus the best level of services in Oz for over many decades now. Everything you need is cheap here & you get the biggest bang for your buck right here. Hire cars are cheaper, accomodation (especially booking a cabin in a caravan park, which I've done many times) is cheap & well serviced. Busses, taxis, parking, everything is cheaper here. There's under a million people in this sprawling city (not too crowded, but well-attended), which in the last round & every round of fires, floods, storms, etc remains blissfully unaffected! Beautiful summer weather here right now & flights are heavily discounted from February 1, so what are you waiting for?
@Dominique25 (9476)
• United States
26 Dec 11
That sounds like so much fun. I hope you and your family have a great time. I have never been to Australia but I'm sure that it would be a wonderful place to go. Hope you get lots of suggestions for a great deal. Have a good time.