Exotic Queensland is a great destination for a family escape and offers plenty in the way of family fun. Here are 10 reasons why you should choose this sunny Australian state for your next self-drive adventure.
1. You’ll love the theme parks
The theme parks of the Gold Coast are perhaps the state’s most renowned family holiday attraction. Experience an aquatic adventure
at Sea World, get a dose of pure exhilaration at Dream-World on stomach-churning rides or meet famous movie stars at MovieWorld.
Whichever park you decide to visit, it is guaranteed that you’ll have a fun-filled family day out. Some other parks you may want to visit
include Wet’n’Wild and White Water World.
2. Experience family fun in the sun
If there was just one reason for visiting Queensland with your family, it would be to escape the cold and rejuvenate in the sun. The coast is home to some of Australia’s best beaches and many of them are patrolled year-round making it safe for kids. Pack up your beach gear and prepare for a day of sandcastles, sun and surf.
3. Visit Australia Zoo
Kids love getting up close and personal with Australian wildlife and they will have the chance to do exactly that at Australia Zoo, the home of the famous Irwin family. Throughout the day you’ll meet crocodiles and a range of other unique Aussie wildlife. Let the kids cuddle a koala for an experience they are sure to never forget.
4. Splash around in Brisbane’s Streets Beach
The novelty of having a beach located smack-bang in the middle of a city is enough to entertain the kids all day long. Make your way to Brisbane’s Parklands to experience iconic Streets Beach, perfect for sun-bathing and relaxing.
5. Brave Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures
Witnessing crocodiles in their natural environment is a highlight of visiting Queensland with the youngsters. View these unique creatures from the safety of a boat with Harltley’s Crocodile Adventures located just 25 minutes south of Port Douglas, a popular holiday destination. The full day program of family-friendly activities includes cassowary feeding, turtle and fish feeding, a crocodile feeding presentation and snake shows. Those experiencing a self-drive adventure can purchase a special pass which allows you to leave and return as they please over a three day period.
6. Explore the Whitsundays
The majestic Whitsunday Islands are the ultimate water-sport playground offering snorkelling, diving, jet-skiing, swimming, surfing, kayaking and a variety of water-based activities to cater to all ages and experience levels. Base yourself at Airlie Beach and take a day trip to get up close and personal with the Great Barrier Reef where you will see a variety of exotic fish and coral. Don’t miss Whitehaven Beach for a spectacular holiday encounter.
7. Ride high on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Those that aren’t afraid of heights will enjoy a ride on Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, taking you over Australia’s World Heritage listed wilderness areas in the Barron Gorge National Park. Family rates are available for the experience and regular gondolas seat a group of 6
people – ideal for your family adventure!
8. Visit UnderWater World
If you’re wondering what lurks beneath, you will find out at UnderWater World in Queensland’s city of Mooloolaba. The attraction is home to 11 zones showcasing thousands of marine and freshwater animals. Face your fears at the Shark Shipwreck (a $3.5 million ocean walk!), admire stingrays or watch the daily sea lion presentation. There is something for everyone at UnderWater World.
9. Experience breathtaking panoramic views from the Wheel of Brisbane
Jump on board the iconic Wheel of Brisbane in sunny South Bank and enjoy 360 degree views. Each gondola seats up to 6 adults and 2
children comfortably. Don’t forget your camera to capture the ultimate photo of the Brisbane skyline.
10. Learn about the history of aviation at the Qantas Founders Museum
Australia’s most iconic airline had its humble beginning in Outback Queensland. Visit the museum on a family outing to learn about the iconic history of QANTAS and view its heritage listed original hangar. Tour the first Qantas jet registered in Australia before perusing the onsite gift store or enjoying refreshments at the cafe.
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