What are you doing for the September school holidays? Camping? Staying closer to home? No matter where you are, there are always fun adventures to be had. Our family on the road, Places We Go has put together some great ideas especially for your family to enjoy. Here are some destinations they love, filled with places to stay and things to see and do these school holidays, shared using online travel Triphitter.
On the banks of the iconic Murray River, the twin towns of Echuca and Moama are Australia’s paddlesteamer heartland and a perfect family destination. Echuca, once the country’s largest inland port, is one of Victoria’s oldest river towns less than 3 hours drive from Melbourne. Wander the town’s restored port area where steam-driven paddleboats once arrived at the 400m-long wharf to unload cargo for transport to Melbourne. Be sure to hop aboard a steamer to experience life on the river – and maybe have a try at steering! There are plenty of great places to eat too. Choose from wineries, friendly pubs and restaurants showcasing local produce. Or soak up the sun on a houseboat and enjoy all the water-based activities the Murray has to offer – swimming, waterskiing fishing and boating.
Just a couple of hours drive from Sydney on the South Coast of NSW you will find some of the best beaches in the world. In fact, Jervis Bay is home to the ‘whitest sand’ in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records! So pack your paddleboards, kayaks and camping gear, as this is certainly a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Jervis Bay is a National Marine Park, home to over 50 resident dolphins – and one of the best places in Australia to witness whales on their annual migration. Humpbacks and southern right whales can be seen both offshore and inside the calmer waters of the bay from June through November, so this is the perfect time!
If you’re looking for a school holiday getaway, this is one of Far North Queensland’s best-kept secrets and one of our favourites! Positioned on 14km of pristine golden beaches, it’s literally sandwiched between world heritage-listed rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
Just an hour from Cairns, on the Cassowary Coast, it’s a charming, beachside town that’s defied mass development, perfect for outdoor lovers. Less than 4km offshore, Dunk and the Family Group of Islands make up Mission Beach’s aquatic playground. Day trips to Dunk Island can be enjoyed so pack your picnic basket!
There’s a range of places to stay, from the local caravan park to a resort and spa. And to make the most of the stunning tropical environment you’re spoilt for choice with plenty of activities to enjoy – including fishing, boating, bushwalking, kayaking, diving, snorkelling and whitewater rafting. See our holiday board for more Mission Beach ideas.
Northern Territory is one of those places that just screams adventure for self-driving families. And it’s so much easier to explore than many people realise. Just a 2.5 hour drive from Darwin and your family will be standing in the world-famous Kakadu National Park! Jabiru is Kakadu’s main township – it’s the gateway to all parts of the park and a great spot to base the family. The September school holidays are the perfect time to visit. The weather is fine, everything’s open and there’s so much to do.
Cruise billabongs looking for crocs, throw a line in to hook a barramundi, see stunning sunsets at Ubirr and swim in Mother Nature’s own infinity pool at Gunlom Falls. Marvel at the abundance of birds at Mamukala and Yellow Water wetlands. Get up close to wildlife on a boat cruise, or scale the escarpment for breathtaking views.
Meet Kakadu’s Aboriginal owners and learn about their lives and traditions, or soak up the woodland sounds on a bushwalk.
Need another reason to go? Don’t miss Nourlangie Rock. Famous for rock art, it’s the passionate rangers that bring the area’s story to life. We learnt so much from their free talks about Aboriginal art and culture. Take the family and enjoy – Kakadu’s rangers are seasonal and they’ll be there these school holidays!
We love Margaret River’s relaxed, laidback lifestyle. It’s brimming with activities for all ages – beautiful swimming beaches, bushwalking adventures and spectacular limestone caves to explore. All just 3 hours drive from Perth.
These school holidays are the perfect time of year for whale watching. Sheltered Geographe Bay is one of the best places in Australia to see these incredible animals. Pick a vantage point along the coast or join a whale watching tour – either way, it’s a magical experience that will stay with your family forever!
Sample tasty treats – chocolate, fudge, cheese, ice cream, olive oil, world-class wines…there are free tastings galore! And a choice of accommodation exists to suit all budgets from fun caravan parks to five star retreats.
There’s so much to do on Kangaroo Island, we don’t know where to start! Pack the car with camping gear and enjoy a 45-minute ferry ride from Cape Jervis or take a short flight from Adelaide and enjoy accommodation options from camping/caravanning to an eco-resort.
With more than a third of the island covered in national and conservation parks, there’s plenty to enjoy in the Spring sunshine from the wind-sculpted Remarkable Rocks to brilliant wildflowers, towering gum trees and sign-posted scenic walking trails. And keen cavers can explore a maze of dry limestone caves and tunnels.
Visit the local museum and see how the first island settlers lived. Climb the lighthouse at Cape Borda and enjoy some of South Australia’s best views. Children will also love the chance to get up close to the local wildlife, including the island’s unique kangaroos.
Whether you live in Tasmania or on the mainland, Bruny Island is definitely a place to travel, with an adventure to suit every member of the family. It provides the ultimate Tasmanian wilderness experience. Drive onto a ferry and 20 minutes later you’ve arrived! We suggest you make at least a few days of it. You can camp, bring your caravan or stay in one of the many self-contained cottages.
On land, venture into the wilderness on one of the island’s many bushwalks. At sea, join an eco-cruise exploring the stunning coastline of the island. The island, which stretches for 100km, is home to fur seals, fairy penguins, and white wallabies, and provides excellent opportunities for bird watching too.
For food and wine lovers, there’s tantalising locally produced food and premium quality wine. How about handmade fudge, chocolate, truffles, berries, cheese and fresh oysters? Bruny Island is also home to Australia’s southern-most vineyard and there are some excellent restaurants and cafés scattered across the island’s townships.
Need another reason to go? Tour and taste your way around the island with a Made on Bruny Island gourmet trail. As you explore Bruny, call in and meet the local people who grow and produce the island’s specialty food and wine.
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