The first thing I must say about Australia is "awesome". I loved Australia and I am sure anybody would share my enthusiasm, especially families with a bit more time to spend on their holiday. Because of the long flight times - about 25 hours from Ottawa, 22 from Toronto - we suggest breaking the trip in Vancouver or Hawaii.
Picture of Uluru by Nosha
Australia is a great place for families. In Sydney there are all kinds of attractions - harbour cruises, city sightseeing tours, museums, parks, several zoo's, nearby beaches. Darling Harbour is a treat in itself, with even more for families - the Aquarium, Sega world, the Chinese gardens, shopping, cafes, restaurants, aboriginal music and cultural center, more harbour cruises - offering you the opportunity to lose yourself in the breathtaking views and the multi million dollar homes that surround the harbour. Then of course you can do the bridge climb, visit the Opera house, and the botanical gardens. In Sydney, as in the rest of Australia, there's accommodation to suit almost all budgets and tastes.
Tree Kangaroos, among the wildlife unique to Australia
Outside of Sydney you have the continent of Australia to explore, depending on how much time you have. Remember Australia is about the size of the United States of America - you can't see it all in two weeks! We recommend Northern Australia, particularly the Queensland areas for clients wanting to visit during our summer months and Southern Australia for our winter month period.
Beach north of Cairns
Queensland, the state were the great barrier reef is situated, is where you might want to concentrate your travels. What to do in Queensland, hmm? Well there's, sailing, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving - you can even overnight on the reef if you want the total snorkeling-scuba package.
Being taught to throw the boomerang
On land there are endless possibilities. You can just relax on a nice beach or by your hotel pool, or you can go horse back riding, white water rafting, four-wheeling through the jungle. You can take the train up to Kuranda, or the sky tram. You can go into the rain forest on an aboriginal guided tour and learn about the flora and fauna and the way the aboriginals lived in the forest and how they survived for 40,000 years without outside influence.
Some of the most popular towns in Queensland are Brisbane, Cairns, Port Douglas, and the neighbouring beach towns. Travel north to Daintree and Cape Tribulation. Cairns is the place to arrange for the best reef tours and scuba packages. Off the coast of Queensland you have many islands excellent for families, with lots of activities, especially water sports. To name a few - the Witsundays, Frasier Island and the closest one to Cairns - Fiztroy Island.
A big attraction in Australia is the outback and the red center - Uluru, Ayers Rock and the Olgas. Here you can go on camel tours, star gazing tours, even enjoy candle light dinners in the desert . Also in the Queensland outback, from Cairns you can do one day, overnight or one week camping and hostel trips. Enjoy rivers, waterfalls, table-lands, desert-like areas, old mining towns, animals such as wallabies, kangaroos, dingoes (wild dogs), brumbies (wild horses) and even wild Aussies and learn a little something about old Australia.
Playing the didgeridoo
Really there's so much to see and do in Australia that I can't begin to mention it all, not even all that I have personally experienced. The best thing to do is to contact us and we'll take it from there...