Australia is one massive country. So, it makes sense that it is comprised of multiple states and territories. However, how are you to know which areas of Australia to visit on your next family vacation? Well, you can start by learning a little bit about each state and territory of Australia. Most people spend their vacation within the states of Australia. Since this is such a vast area, you really must plan your time wisely during your visit. The only way you can add the different territories of Australia to your itinerary is if you decide to spend a few months flying to different islands of the country. As a travel advisor, I can assist you with planning your extraordinary vacation in the areas you want to see the most. I can also help if you are having difficulty determining which parts of Australia your family should see during your next vacation.
There are six states within the country of Australia. You have probably heard of states like Queensland and Tasmania. However, Victoria and New South Wales may not be on your radar. Each one of these states offers something unique. Therefore, you will want to choose the states of Australia you want to visit according to what activities your family would love to do the most.
Sydney is one of the major cities found within the New South Wales state of Australia. This is the area of Australia that most people visit for many reasons. The main reason is there is an international airport located within Sydney. Most families like yours cannot resist the popular attractions, the soft sandy beaches, and the ability to check a destination off their travel bucket list.
Your days in New South Wales can include hiking to the waterfalls in the Blue Mountains or leisurely lunches after shopping in the city. Spending time at the beach is a must, but so is wine tasting at one of the local vineyards. Of course, you should also check out the Sydney Opera House, St Mary’s Cathedral, Powerhouse Museum, and Hyde Park. If your family loves thrills, I can schedule a time to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge as well.
Queensland is the second popular state of Australia when it comes to family vacations. While there are many bustling cities to explore, your family may prefer to spend your time exploring lush rainforests or the Great Barrier Reef. Two amazing areas of Australia to explore while in Queensland are the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. A must-do island hopping adventure in Australia includes sailing over to the Whitsunday Islands. There are also international airports in this part of the country. So, if your family wants to avoid the touristy sights of Sydney, you may prefer the down under experience Queensland has to offer.
Snorkeling, diving, or taking a boat ride near the Great Barrier Reef is an excellent way to spend a few days as a family in Queensland. The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway will offer unique views of this area of Australia from a different vantage point. Other family adventures you may want to include on your itinerary are exploring the Capricorn Caves, hiking to Josephine Falls, and checking out the crocs at Australia Zoo.
If your family wants to escape the big city for a few days, or even a few weeks, South Australia will have exactly what you want. The coastal regions lead directly to the outback and family adventures are everywhere. In Adelaide, you can taste some fine wines. Over on Kangaroo Island, you can hang out with the wildlife. And if a road trip sounds like the perfect way to spend time with your kids, the Great Ocean Road will be waiting for you.
When your family is not at a local beach, or in the middle of the outback, you may find yourselves shopping at the Adelaide Central Market. At the Old Timers Mine, you will all get your history lesson for the day. However, you all may prefer spending the day with the dolphins at the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary.
You must leave the mainland when you decide to spend part of your family vacation in Tasmania. But the extra travel is worth it, thanks to the fact that more than forty percent of the island is protected land. When you are not reconnecting with each other in nature, your family can spend time participating in the area’s diverse culture. This island definitely has a laidback vibe, and your family will want to take advantage of that during your visit.
Of course, you won’t want to hang around at the beach all day! You can visit quirky museums, take long walks while visiting with the wildlife, and even play some golf on a world class course. Just make sure you take the time to check out the Spiky Bridge, Henty Dunes, and the White Knights of Evercreech. Hiking to Dip Falls is also a must when you are on vacation in Tasmania.
Diversity is everywhere in the Victoria state of Australia. Whether you are talking about the coastline, rainforests, and ski areas or the history, food, and culture. It will all have you wondering what you could possibly discover next. This area of Australia is where you will find the city of Melbourne, as well as part of the Great Ocean Road and the Mornington Peninsula.
You can spend your day exploring the 12 Apostles, the Royal Botanic Gardens, or the Queen Victoria Market. However, the kids may prefer to try to strike it rich while panning for gold at Sovereign Hill. Shopping, while wandering around the city laneways is also popular with the younger crowd. If you really want to get everyone’s heart racing, you can always check out the city from the Melbourne Skydeck.
Western Australia is the largest state of Australia. It covers approximately one third of the entire country. A vacation in this area of Australia can have you exploring for days and still not seeing everything you should. Some of the best Australian landscapes can be seen in Western Australia and you won’t want to miss any of them. I recommend you begin with the ancient Aboriginal sites and work your way towards the water.
Your family will want to swim with the whale sharks over at Ningaloo Reef before hanging out with the quokkas on Rottnest Island. Checking out the planes at the Aviation Heritage Museum can be fun, but not as exciting as exploring Mammoth Cave. And you know you won’t forgive yourself if you don’t get a family photo under the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree.
These are the six states of Australia and only you will know which ones you should visit for your next family vacation. Most families will choose one or two of the states to explore, but you can choose as many as you like. I will be more than happy to plan a family vacation in Australia that allows you to see as much of the country as possible during your visit.
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