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50 Great Family Holidays – #21 to #30

We’ve gathered together a diverse selection of 50 fantastic holidays for families – from exotic and exciting overseas destinations to holiday parks, museums, zoos and attractions, South Pacific resorts and, in Australia, from Tassie to the Top End, WA to the Whitsundays, coastal and inland locales.

It’s not just about where to stay – it’s also about what to see, what to do and amazing discoveries.

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, check out #21 to #30
of 50 Great Family Holidays, recommended by Out & About with Kids!

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21. Red Centre Camping, Northern Territory

Camping - Rainbow Valley, Central Australia

Sleeping under the stars in a swag is one of life’s great joys and one of the best places to do it is in the Northern Territory’s Red Centre. Wayoutback Safaris has a one-night Dingo Dreaming tour that includes sleeping outside in the Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park.

Kids over eight are welcome and they will absolutely be blown away by the sheer amount of stars in the night sky in this part of the world. Not to mention watching the sun set, and rise, over the magical and mystical Uluru. The three-day Cockatoo Dreaming safari also includes Uluru, as well as a wonderful campsite on Kings Creek Station near Watarrka – Kings Canyon National Park. Sleeping in a swag under the warm blanket of the universe and hearing dingos howl in the distance … amazing.

Something special:

Stay a few extra nights at Ayers Rock Resort and go for a camel ride at dawn.

22. Trafalgar’s Family Experiences, Worldwide

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Trafalgar prides itself on uncovering hidden gems, cultural highlights and not-to-be-missed attractions, and with a finger firmly on the pulse of what families want, ensures kids are entertained throughout every one of their exciting Family Experiences guided holidays.

The perfect way to introduce your children to different cultures and places, as well as allowing you to share amazing experiences together as a family, in 2014 Trafalgar is offering 19 amazing Family Experiences across Europe, UK, North & South America and, for the first time, South Africa.

Included in each Family Experience are family-friendly accommodation and child-friendly dining plus a unique collection of exclusive family holiday experiences. From gladiator school and making pizzas in Italy, getting up close to a cheetah and spotting the ‘Big 5’ in South Africa, learning to dance the flamenco and a visit to Europe’s largest football stadium in Spain, to a taste of ranch life in America’s wild, wild west, Trafalgar helps families create lifelong memories.

Something Special:

The 10-day Castles and Kilts includes a Harry Potter tour in London where you’ll visit the red telephone box from The Order of the Phoenix and platform 9 ¾ where Harry catches the Hogwarts Express.

23. Cruise the USA


Cruising in America opens up a vast array of different destinations to explore with your family. Florida is the main point of departure for Caribbean cruises, with Port Canaveral and Miami major shipping hubs for the Bahamas, plus Eastern or Western Caribbean or Yucatan Peninsula. You can cruise down the Pacific coast to Mexico or to Hawaii from Los Angeles, or north from Seattle up to the glaciers and wilderness of Alaska.

Cruise from New York City and sail past the Statue of Liberty on the way up to New England or Canada, or do the short hop out to Bermuda. For something different, board an old time paddle steamer in New Orleans or Memphis and steam down the mighty Mississippi, discovering the America of yesteryear.

Something special:

Take to the seas with Mickey & Minnie on on a Disney Cruise

24. Nambucca Heads, New South Wales


Nambucca Heads is a NSW coastal paradise where the Nambucca River meets the sea. Located halfway between Sydney and Brisbane and around 40 minutes south of Coffs Harbour, Nambucca offers a clean and pristine playground of beautiful beaches and stunning coastal scenery for holidaying families.

Take a nature walk through the rainforest in Gordon Park. Stroll down the series of boardwalks that wind along and over the water to the river entrance or to one of the many lookouts along the headlands to take in the magnificent views south to South West Rocks; north almost as far Coffs Harbour and west along the river to the mountains.

Postcard pretty and blessedly uncrowded surf and river beaches like Shelly, Beilby and Main Beach are great all year round and Main Beach is patrolled throughout the summer school holidays and at weekends between October and Easter. If your family includes four-legged members, Swimming Creek Beach is even dog friendly!

Something special:

Kids will enjoy the walk along the outdoor graffiti art gallery, the V-Wall, where visitors are encouraged to paint their own postcard message on the enormous rock boulders.

25. India

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Exotic India holds a treasure trove of experiences that will knock all of your sense for six – the kids will be treated to unforgettable sights and sounds that will have them under India’s mesmerising spell for a lifetime! Although bustling cities may at first seem challenging, it doesn’t take long to discover the undeniable magic of this memorable destination.

Visit the beaches of Goa and the ‘Venice of the East’ – Udaipur – with its spectacular Lake Palace Hotel (featured in the James Bon movie Octopussy). See the pink palaces of Jaipur and ‘The Land of Kings’ – Rajasthan – and take a camel trek into the Thar Desert. Explore the fortresses of Jodphur, ride a bike around Delhi or spend a week leisure cruising the Kerala Backwaters on a houseboat.

Something Special:

The Taj Mahal in Agra

26. Aulani Disney Resort & Spa, Hawaii

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Drawing on the celebrated storytelling magic of Disney and the traditions and heritage of the people of Hawaii, the Aulani Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina is a luxury resort adjacent to a nine-acre lagoon and white sand beach that offers families paradise with a touch of Mickey magic.

At Aunty’s Beach House kids’ club children can explore Hawaiian culture through supervised entertainment and games. And the whole family will delight at Waikolohe Valley, Aulani’s vast water play area which includes a tube-floating watercourse; Disney character experiences; Ka Maka Grotto, the themed family pool; and the new Keiki Cove, a kids’ splash zone that’s designed to resemble a tidal pool.

Something special:

Guests can interact with a variety of native Hawaiian fish in the huge Rainbow Reef snorkel lagoon

27. Polynesian Cultural Center, Hawaii


Set on 42 acres of Oahu’s North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Center is the only cultural attraction of its kind, with six island villages representing Hawai‘i, Samoa, Tahiti, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Fiji and Tonga, plus exhibits depicting Rapa Nui (Easter Island).

With general admission, families can enjoy a full day schedule of presentations and interactive activities in the island villages including canoe paddling, spear throwing, and underground cooking. Rainbows of Paradise, with performances from Polynesian islanders atop double-hulled canoes meandering through the Center’s lagoon; and Hawaiian Journey, an all-new cinematic presentation which highlights the story of the native Hawaiians and their connection to the land through spectacular imagery and engaging special effects. The evening closes with Ha:Breath of Life, PCC’s critically acclaimed production, a story of passion ignited by fire, song and dance. The world’s largest Polynesian revue features over 100 performers, special effects, animation, original songs and choreography.

Something special:

Now in its 50th year, the Polynesian Cultural Center recently unveiled fantastic value family pricing packages. Seeing all of Polynesia has never been more affordable!

28. BIG4 Easts Beach, New South Wales


Just a five-minute drive from the picturesque seaside village of Kiama and minutes from popular attractions including Jamberoo Action Park, Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk and the beautiful historic township of Berry, BIG4 Easts Beach offers an ideal location for your next family holiday.

Nestled between the headlands that make its absolute waterfront location so unique, BIG4 Easts Beach has been designed to cater for every age with a huge variety of accommodation. Whether you’re getting back to basics in a tent or indulging yourself in a Waterfront Spa Unit, BIG4 Easts Beach has something to suit your taste and budget. There are free BBQ’s and a fully-equipped camp kitchen or, if you want to take a break, the onsite Breakaway Café. If you’re looking for a little serenity try a relaxing massage in the onsite Massage Studio next to Munna Munnora Creek while the kids take advantage of the beach, resort-style pool and spa, toddlers pool and children’s playgrounds.

Something special:

Kids will love all the organised activities during school holidays

29. Questacon, Canberra

Questacon - Tuesday, 17 January 2012

No visit to Canberra with the kids is complete without discovering the smarter way to have fun at Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre. Families can experience science in extraordinary ways at Questacon with over 200 interactive exhibits to explore across eight kid-friendly and extremely interactive themed galleries.

The fabulous Excite@Q, a hands-on and minds-on experience, allows families to test their reflexes, skills and perceptions with interactive, energetic experiences focusing on spectacular scientific phenomena, and at MiniQ, tiny visitors can experiment with water, explore the sensory garden and play pretend.

At Questacon’s newest exhibition, Measure Island, explore monuments and statues built by a long-lost civilization, hidden deep in the jungle of a mysterious island with interactive exhibits and, from Autumn 2014, you can shake, rattle ‘n’ roll when the refurbished Awesome Earth reopens.

Something Special:

Be sure to catch a Spectacular Science Show. These entertaining shows change daily and feature explosive demonstrations – and you may even end up the star of the show!

30. Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji


Located on 17 lush acres of a former coconut plantation, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji is renowned the world over for its dedication to conserving the environment.

The resort’s kids club offers hands-on education and experiences that allow children to truly explore and learn about Fijian culture, the environment and the natural world. It is the only luxury resort that employs a full-time marine biologist to help visitors appreciate the surrounding marine sanctuary. The resort boasts several pools, including one dedicated to families, day spa, scuba diving, water sports, sumptuous dining and a new Bula Club Chef’s Junior Assistant of the Day initiative for kids aged six-12. In fact, there’s so much to do that the luxury of the resort’s five-star accommodation and idyllic location are almost a bonus.

Something special:

The resort offers a dedicated nanny for every child under five and a great buddy system for kids and teens where they get a Fijian buddy to hang out with and learn about Fijian culture.
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