Best Family Vacations in Australia and The Pacific
Taking into account factors like appropriate accommodations, activities for all ages, accessible attractions and kid-friendly atmospheres, U.S. News compiled a list of popular destinations for families in this far-flung part of the globe. Our list is ordered based on input from both travel experts and our readers. We hope you find it helpful in planning your next family vacation and that you'll tell us what you think by voting below.
Why go: Sydney's proximity to beaches, like Coogee and Bondi, make it an excellent place for families. Downtown Sydney also has some kid-friendly charms: The Sydney Aquarium and the Royal Botanic Gardens offer glimpses of Australia's natural wonders in a tame environment. Read More»
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Why go: Visiting this natural monument is most enjoyable with loved ones. Here, your kids will encounter organisms that many children only read about in biology class. However, this experience won't be cheap or easy to achieve. To save some money, make this a camping trip. Read More»
Why go: Melbourne makes a great choice for families of animal-lovers. Head to Werribee Open Range Zoo for a giraffe-sighting; check out the Melbourne Zoo to bounce along with the kangaroos; and the Phillip Island Nature Park for the penguin parade. Read More»
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Why go: New Zealand's adventure capital has cultivated a daredevilish reputation, but don't that scare you off. Queenstown has a variety of fun activities for active families. Try rafting down whitewater rapids with your loved ones, or ski down the steep Remarkables. Read More»
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Why go: Just the thought of visiting the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary should keep your kids calm during the long flight to Brisbane. If your cute animal quota isn't filled by cuddling koalas, you can go to the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort to feed Flipper. Read More»
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Why go: Kiwis are famously friendly, and they'll give you the best piece of advice for visiting this city: Get outside! Head to Bethells Beach, Cornwall Park and Waitakere Ranges to fill your fresh-air quota before taking advantage of child-friendly attractions like the Auckland Zoo. Read More»
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Why go: Once you've exhausted America's national parks, venture to Kakadu for a completely foreign experience. Within the boundaries of Kakadu, you'll see numerous creatures, including crocodiles and wallabies. Facilities in the park are limited, so you should take a trip with a guide.