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Have you taken your children on a holiday to a place which you can't stop raving about?

school holidays, family holidays, holiday destinations

Whether local or overseas, what are some of your favourite places to go with your family?

Where do you stay? How expensive is it? What attractions are nearby?

Any tips on family friendly holiday destinations would be greatly appreciated.

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Vanuatu! The perfect overseas holiday destination for Australian and NZ families in my humble opinion:

Flights are a short distance, particularly from the East Coast of Australia and NZ
Tap water is clean and drinkable
The time difference is only 1 hour from the East Coast of Australia and NZ
It is known to be the 'happiest place on earth', the locals are just lovely
Food choice is excellent, whether that be in the markets or in restaurants. Many restaurants offer kids menus.
No nasty poisonous creatures such as jellyfish or spiders
Many, many safe family beaches with shallow waters and clear sea
Lots of activities to keep the kids entertained - waterfalls, swimming with turtles, cultural nights, boat trips, snorkeling, tropical fish feeding etc
Air Vanuatu offer pretty good deals for flights

We absolutely loved Vanuatu!

The entrance is pretty good for little kids I remember going there all the time when I was little. Not very expensive & you can walk to beaches, play equipment, shops and parks. Not a very long drive either.
Not in any particular order:

Gold Coast
Port Douglas
The Entrance (and even anywhere else in the Central Coast)
The South Coast
Port Macquarie
Mornington Peninsula
My family loves Queensland's Sunshine Coast. We find it's better than the Gold Coast for families- with lots to do (plenty of free items) and affordable places to stay. The beaches are great and the hinterland is stunning (check out Maleny Dairy for a great day out).

Further North, Rainbow Beach is a gorgeous place to spend a family holiday.
For Victorians, I would recommend the water theme park in Geelong, Luna park and all the beautiful beaches in Victoria for cheap or free family fun.
Although there are some beautiful places overseas, I also think we have some great family destinations here in Australia as well. I grew up in NSW and every school holidays we used to take our little caravan to different places all over the east coast. Family favourites were the Warrumbungle National Park near Coonabarabran (great bushwalking and awesome scenery), the Barrington National Park (beautiful scenery, riverside camping, family-friendly canoeing, horseriding and even snow in winter) and Carnarvon Gorge National Park in Central Queensland. Western Australia, where I live now, also has some wonderful spots. While the south-west is lovely, the vast distances and rugged landscapes of the far north are really unique. When our daughter was fourteen my husband and I did a long trip 'up north' with her...and amazing journey which we'd all love to repeat one day. Kids love the bush and the freedom it represents.
- Legoland
- Sentosa Island
- Universal Studio
These are definitely a hit for families and kids! The city is clean, excellent public transport system and cheap food compared to Sydney I think. Singapore is also famous for its chilli crab!

We had a great time travelling with young kids in Bali - plenty of interesting culture to discover, and time at the beach, and really good (cheap) massages!
by Lucy
Cambodia, Singapore, Malaysia, Samoa. It's handy to choose cultures where kids and families are respected and encouraged. That said, I think you can turn most destinations into a great family holiday. You're all there sharing time off together, and forming great memories. When I was a kid we went on some really budget holidays when money was tight, and more extravagant holidays when money got easier, and as a child it wasn't about where we were or what we were doing, but instead it was having time out together as a family, Happy Days.
Universal Studios, anywhere! Such a fun place to be.
Gold coast is a great close to home place for the whole family to enjoy!
by WSW
Noosa is a great spot for holidays, whether you want to relax or have lots to do. Go bike riding, whale watching, hire a kayak or visit the Ginger Factory. If you are on a budget, you can hire a caravan from Caravan Camping Hire Noosa (ww.caravancampinghirenoosa.com.au/). They will deliver the caravan to your chosen camping ground and even set it up.
Singapore is sensational fun for everyone - except for the hotels being pricey for a family of 5 (must have 2 rooms!). The food is great, and kids from toddlers to teens have fun things to do there...the first thing we book is this - everyone LOVES it! http://www.weekendnotes.com/ifly-singapore-indoor-skydiving-simulator/
Sri Lanka. We recently went over to Sri Lanka for a holiday. Everything we did and everything we saw was a new experience for our kids. They went to an Elephant orphanage and got the chance to be up close and personal with a baby elephant. They did stilt fishing in the Indian ocean, held a porcupine, ate lots of tropical fruits, enjoyed near empty beaches, ate great food, saw tea plantations, experienced ancient history and culture. Best of all: since the dollar takes you a very long way you can stay in the best 5 star hotels truly making it a luxury holiday.
Recently the Carnival Cruise. It is fantastic for families. Loved every minute of it. All the family from 2 to 16 are taken into account for their ranging activities and interests. I can't wait for the next cruise.

I would suggest you to visit some great fishing lakes with your family. You can check some most popular locations with their brief below.

Hope this would help you to find a right choice.

You can't beat a good caravan park as a lot cater for children. You can hire a van, a cabin, or camping space. For many years we went to Emerald Beach, about 18 klm north of Coffs Harbour. There is so much to do and see around this area. Then we would continue our holiday at the Beach House in Coolangatta where we relaxed, the kids swam in the resort pool, or across the road at the beach and ate at different places with visits to the theme parks as well. Disneyland, Singapore and Europe if you have the money.
There are many great holiday destinations, it depends what you make of them, I used to enjoy going to Mt Gambier with my parents when we were younger kids.
When our children were much younger, we took then to the USA, Harare in Zimbabwe (on seperate trips) Fiji, & I took them back packing around Bali, Lombok & Gili Air for 3 weeks with a friend & her teenage son. When 1 daughter was 25, we left the day before her 26th birthday, so she had her birthday in Singapore airport, flying over, in Heathrow & then in Paris where we spent 10 days! Then we fly to 3 Greek Islands, Singapore & Bangkok. I can't remember us actually having a holiday in Australia. (Yes, my other 1/2 is retired airline staff!)
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