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Holidays for Aussie kids at heart

Go-karting, Canberra Macadamia Castle, NSW North Coast Horse Ride and Picnic, Perth

Remember when your biggest care was whether you’d get a bedtime story that night? Be a Barbie girl in a Barbie world, or a GI Joe jungle juggernaut, we invite you to experience the carefree days of childhood once again. Toss the taxes and boot the bills on a kidlike holiday somewhere in Australia.

Live out your matchbox car fantasy as a go cart racer in Canberra, complete with guidance from experts to shave seconds off your lap times. Get suited up with a helmet, rev the engines then accelerate around the circuit, feeling the forces push and pull, the engine throbbing through your seat. After some speedy Schumacher-ing, unwind in the pool at BreakFree Capital Tower, then get competitive again with some board games and gaming consoles.

Remember when you used to dress your cat or dog in lacy curtains? No? Um, why are you looking at us so strangely? Anyway, if you love four, two and no legged friends, check out Macadamia Castle on the NSW north coast. See the colourful birds, pet some baby animals and a world of freaky reptiles before sampling some grown up pleasures such as the delicious coffee made from locally grown beans. Enjoy al fresco waterfront dining at the Ramada Hotel & Suites in Ballina.

Puppets and poppets, posies and pirates filled your world when you were but a pumpkin. One day we’re running amuck through toy shops the next we’re strolling through kitchen showrooms. Where did it all go wrong? Relive the good old days with a visit to the toy museum in Laidley, Queensland. The exhibits hark back to a time before mass produced plastic — here you can see tin toys and pedal cars, and learn more from the demonstrations. After a trip down memory lane, drive back to Peppers Hidden Vale, boutique accommodation with a farmstay feel. The 10,000 acre working cattle station has activities such as 4WD and horseriding tours to expend your youthful energy.

Black Beauty, Phar Lap, unicorns—didn’t we all want to ride a horse in a jungle or fantasy world? Join your own Saddle Club with a Horse Ride and Gourmet picnic in the hills near Perth. After riding underneath sun-dappled gum trees and listening to the tweeting of native birds, chill out near the homestead and enjoy being an adult with a picnic basket and bubbly. Back at the Novotel Perth Langley, unpack your bags and head out to the nearby cinema — just keep your jaffas to yourself.

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