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Family Adventures Part II: Regional Australia



Most travellers stick to the main cities when touring Australia. It’s understandable. The range of activities in our capital cities is mind boggling. But regional Australia also offers new and diverse fun times, many of which allow you to appreciate the natural surroundings as well as giving yourself a thrill.

[tweet_box]Get ready to enjoy these fabulous family adventures around regional Australia on your next holiday![/tweet_box]

Get back to Nature

Just a 30 minute flight from Adelaide takes you to pristine beaches, local wines and stunning sunsets. Or more precisely, to Kangaroo Island. Take a quad bike tour looking for kangaroos or head to the top of a dune to try sand boarding.

In Tropical North Queensland, the Daintree Rainforest is a haven for birdlife, and the treetop walk will put you right in the heart of it. Climb the 23m high treetop canopy for amazing views of the forest.

Looking for a different kind of family adventure? Head to Alice Springs and saddle a camel for a ride through the glorious scenery of Central Australia. Learn the local Aboriginal culture while riding horses at Kelly’s Ranch in the Northern Territory.

Let the Water take you

The Great Barrier Reef has to be the centre of any water-based family adventure. Keen swimmers can scuba dive or snorkel near the reef. While younger family members and aquaphobes can take a glass bottom boat ride to experience the underwater beauty of the reef.

Fancy getting up close and personal with some BIG sea creatures? Try diving with sharks off Port Lincoln, South Australia, or head to Rockingham (south of Perth) to swim with wild dolphins.

Want to give surfing a shot? There are several (hundred!) surf schools around the country, but the Great Ocean Road Victoria is one of the best places to start training. With Go Ride A Wave, you can book a short introductory lesson or a series of classes to have you carving it up in no time.

Have an Adrenaline Rush

[tweet_dis]There are enough thrills on the Gold Coast to last a lifetime. It’s a staple on our family-friendly destination list.[/tweet_dis] Known as Australia’s theme park capital, the area offers no less than five major theme parks with rides on land and in the water.

Love greens? Enjoy a combo of nature and thrill at Trees Adventure. Take ladder climbs, walkways and crazy ziplines with your family. There are three parks – two in New South Wales and one in Victoria – and each has a range of courses to suit climbers of all skill levels.

Last, but not least, on your family adventure list is AJ Hackett’s bungy jump, just north of Cairns. Here you can launch yourself from a 50m tower with one of 16 jumping styles.

After all that thrill seeking, your family will need a good hotel to sit back, relax and recap the classic moments of the day. Consider these five things before booking your family hotel.

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