Every family is different, and luckily there is a huge, wide world of family holidays and breaks to suit whatever type of family yours is— those with a baby or two, in-tow toddlers, preteens, tweens, teens, or even a mixed up crazy bunch of various ages.
Many of the significant features of family holidays are the same — food, entertainment, and activities. But that is where the similarities end. Personalities, tastes, and budget along with accommodation, transport, and location preferences truly dictate your family’s idea of a perfect holiday.
From farm stays to five-star resorts to all-inclusive cruises; bustling city escapes to relaxing sunny beachside breaks, our tips and suggestions regarding self-drive holidays, flying, or group/guided tours will point out the pros and cons of each option.
Most importantly though is the answer to this one question—what’s best for YOUR family? The options are endless, varying from self-catering apartments, camping or glamping, holiday parks, cabins and hotels, as well as everything in between. We have ideas to suit everyone including mum, dad, grandparents and the kids, and most importantly— your wallet! So many options! Check out the guide below for great family holiday ideas!
You will find plenty of action packed adventures in the guise of nature’s wonderland of majestic mountains, waterfalls, and scenic bush walks or adrenaline fueled thrills of exhilarating theme-park family fun with rides for the entire family. Prefer something a little less energetic and more relaxing? Check out beach holidays, all-inclusive package deals that take away every hassle or a family-friendly cruise with excellent childminding in age appropriate kids clubs included. That’s a definite win-win situation from every angle!
Let’s get specific regarding the best-fit family holidays that suit YOUR family!
Self-Drive Family Holiday Option:
‘Are we there yet?’— This is the tedious mantra stuck on repeat during many a road trip with kids on board, as well as bickering and a never-ending need for toilet breaks. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!
The positives of the self-drive holiday option are numerous with plenty of flexibility and freedom. Maximum cost efficiency is at the top of the list of bonuses. Anywhere from two to twenty plus hours in a car or camper, a road trip is a great opportunity for family bonding and togetherness — or an opportunity to realise that a family-friendly, all-in cruise is your preferred holiday of choice.
Cruise Family Holiday Option:
Imagine a family holiday where you don’t hear one single chorus of ‘I’m bored’ from any of your kids — with fully supervised kids programs and activities to casual dining and live entertainment, a family cruise is perfect for families of all types and caters to all personalities and age groups! Best of all? Cruising is an affordable family holiday option as everything including accommodation, all meals (except alcohol), and entertainment is included in the price. Everyone including the kids will have a fabulous, unforgettable holiday.
Group/Guided Bus Tour Family Holiday Option:
A well-planned family friendly guided bus tour holiday offers a great mix of action-packed adventure and flexible free time, making it an excellent choice when travelling with kids. Itineraries ensure that your holiday together runs smoothly with meticulous precision, including family-friendly accommodation and luxury travel to all of the best locations and attractions. Since all of the arrangements are handled by the experts, you get to maximise your holiday fun!
Camping and Glamping Holiday Option:
One of the best family holiday experiences is camping — from pitching a tent in the bush or state forest to holiday parks with provisions for camping, caravanning, and self-contained cabins (glamping). Holiday parks, also known as caravan parks, have great facilities suitable for family holidays including best tourist locations, playgrounds, swimming pools, games rooms, etc as well as many having additional adventure equipment. Camping is one of Australia’s favourite family holiday experiences.
Which family and personality types suit which holiday options? That’s a difficult question because each style of holiday has both the positives and the not so great aspects. YOU know your family best so it’s really up to you to decide what works and what simply doesn’t, or is likely to cause problems. Whichever option you choose, be sure to bring a big smile, laugh a lot, and have plenty of fun with your fabulous family.
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