Holidays are all about kicking back and relaxing, right? Well, not always. Sometimes it can be fun to drive your family to do something out of their comfort zone. All of Australia’s main cities offer the chance to be adventurous with your family! Check out this run down of family activities guaranteed to get everyone’s pulse pumping.
One of the most popular family adventures in Sydney is climbing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. You get a stunning view of the city from the top and a photo to prove to the world you made the summit.
If you’d rather want to get wet, book seats on a Thunder Jet boat trip. The captain takes you for a thrilling journey around the harbour including 360 degree spins at high speed. Plus, you’ll get a video of your own ride!
Book a hot air balloon ride over Melbourne for a bird’s eye view of the city or stunning Victorian countryside. Packages for this early morning adventure come with or without a champagne breakfast. “With” please!
In winter, Melbourne and its surrounds are a great destination for family trips to the snow. With several areas to choose from, you can either base yourself in the city and take a daytrip, or stay at one of the mountain resorts. Most ski areas have special sections or classes for children and beginners.
Many Brisbane family adventures start near the river, which runs right through the city centre. Want to try something different? Hire a kayak from Riverlife and paddle down the river by day or night. Or test your balance on a stand up paddle board. Back on dry land you can try rock climbing and abseiling at Kangaroo Point Cliffs.
Brisbane also offers its own bridge climb challenge with a trip over Story Bridge. You can climb it or choose to abseil 30 metres back down to the anchor pier.
If you want to tone down your adventurous mood, book a ride on the Brisbane Wheel. The 60m high wheel offers stunning views across the city and river from glass pods.
A family adventure would not be complete without a trip to Perth. Just south of the CBD, thrill seekers will find Adventure World. The theme park has 5-star fear factor rides including the Abyss which exerts up to 4G forces. There are also plenty of smaller, less scary rides for younger members of the family.
If the weather isn’t great, or you need to release any pent up energy, head over to Bounce for some trampolining. You can scoot around 50 interconnected trampolines, try your gymnastics skills, have a running race and even let the kids bounce off the walls – literally!
While these adventures are all family-friendly, some do have age restrictions or height limits. So, if you have young children, check before you book to make sure you (and they!) won’t be disappointed.