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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 U.S. News editors, 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. 

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Why go: At the world's largest coral reef system, your kids will encounter scenes that many children only read about in biology class. However, this experience won't be cheap. To save some money, make this a camping trip. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Great Barrier Reef

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Sydney
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Why go: Sydney's proximity to beaches like Coogee and Bondi makes it an excellent place for families. Downtown Sydney also has several kid-friendly charms: The Sydney Aquarium and the Royal Botanic Gardens offer insight into Australia's natural wonders in a tame environment. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Sydney

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Why go: Melbourne makes a great choice for families of animal-lovers. Head to Werribee Open Range Zoo for a giraffe sighting or check out the penguin parade at the Phillip Island Nature Park. Plus, you can't miss a visit to the city's most popular shoreline, St Kilda Beach. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Melbourne

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Tahiti
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Why go: Tahiti is usually labeled a honeymooners' paradise, but the island can also appeal to adventure-seeking clans who love the water. When choosing your accommodations, save the overwater bungalow for a romantic getaway and instead opt for a resort with a kids club. 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. When you're not cuddling koalas, cool off at the Parklands at South Bank, home to a man-made swimming lagoon, an observation wheel and colorful gardens. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Brisbane

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Why go: New Zealand's adventure capital has cultivated a daredevilish reputation, but don't let that scare you off. Queenstown offers a variety of options for active families. Try rafting down whitewater rapids with your loved ones, or ski down the steep Remarkables. Read More»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Queenstown

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Kakadu National Park
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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.

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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»

Read On: Top Things to Do in Auckland

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