Best Family Vacations in Australia and The Pacific
U.S. News Travel ranked the best destinations for families in this far-flung part of the globe based on criteria like appropriate accommodations, activities for all ages, accessible sites and kid-friendly atmospheres. Using these factors, and with input from both travel experts and our readers, we compiled Australia and the Pacific's best vacations for families. We hope that you'll weigh in by voting below, or use this list as a jumping-off point for your next trip.
Why Go: New Zealand's adventure capital may frighten some families with its daredevil 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: 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: Melbourne has something that will excite both young and old. Catch a match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground or head to Werribee Open Range Zoo for a giraffe-sighting. Be sure to 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: Visiting this natural monument is most enjoyable with loved ones. However, this experience won't be cheap or easy to achieve. You'll have to travel from Cairns, the closest city. Plus, to truly appreciate the reef and its inhabitants, you should submerge yourself beneath the waves, and scuba diving requires a high level of maturity and physicality that younger children may not have. Read More»
Why Go: Kiwis are famously friendly, and they'll give you the best piece of advice for visiting this city: Get outside! Indulge in child-friendly activities, like the Auckland Zoo, or check out nearby Bethells Beach, Cornwall Park and Waitakere Ranges. Read More»
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Why Go: Just the promise of visiting the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary should keep your kids calm during the long flight to Brisbane. At this park, you can get up close and personal with these adorable creatures. If your cute animal quota isn't filled, you can go to the Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort to feed Flipper.
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.