Are you finally traveling to Australia with your family? Congratulations! You better start planning everything because there’s so much to do in this amazing country. Before rushing to the travel agency, figure out what you want your trip to be like. You must be excited and confused. I hear you! Stop stressing and start with these tips to plan a family trip worth-remembering:
Memorable Trip To Australia With Family
1: Budgeting For the Trip
Traveling to Australia and exploring the beauty of the country can be a costly affair. The restaurants and hotels here are just as expensive as those in Europe and North America.
Drinks are costly too because Australians pay a high amount of alcohol taxes. Another significant expense of yours would be transport. Internet access in some areas is limited too. The country is full of budget-friendly options. With these tips, you can stay within budget:
- 60 Australian Dollars per day will include hotel accommodation, food, and transport.
- If you are traveling as a couple, 100 Australian Dollars per day will pay for a double room, meal, and transport.
- For those who want to stay in a decent hotel, get dinner and go on a day-trip will need between 150 and 300 Australian dollars.
2: Know the Best Time to Visit
The seasons in Australia are opposite to that in the United States since the country is located South of the equator. The Northern states in Australia are warm all year round. The Southern states, on the other hand, are cooler in winters. Here’s a breakdown of the seasons:
- Summer: December to February
- Autumn: March to May
- Winter: June to August
- Spring: September to November
Summer is the busiest season. The flights and hotel prices reach their maximum. If you want to get your hands on affordable deals, July to August is the right time to travel. The average temperature in winters in Sydney is 55 degrees in South and 80 degrees in Cairns.
3: Set Priorities
Let’s be real, you are going to be on a short trip so you can’t see everything even if you are in Australia for 2 weeks. List down the places you want to see for sure and the activities you have always wanted to perform. This will keep you from disappointments.
4: See Animals from Up Close
Australia is a heaven for animal lovers. It’s home to more than 1 million species of animals and plants. Many of them are hard to find anywhere else in the world. Platypus, kangaroo, wombat, koala, and kookaburra are one of them. You can even get close to these animals and cuddle them. Kangaroo Island, Gold Coat, and Hobart are the best places to find animals.
Apart from animals, Australia has a spectacular marine life. You can swim with whales, sharks, and cuttlefish. A tour to the Supper Spencer Gulf and Ningaloo is a must if you want to swim next to a giant cuttlefish.
5: List of Must-Go Destinations
Now let’s have a look at the must-visit destination if you are going to Australia:
- Sydney: You will experience something beautiful here no matter what time of the year it is.
- North Australia: The best time to visit North Australia is from May to October. Sunrise and Sunset at Uluru, a walk at Kings Canyon Rim, Kangaroo Sanctuary, Kakadu National Park are some of the great places to visit.
- Tasmania: If you love winter and you would want to ski, Tasmania is for you. Cradle Mountain-Lake, Hobart, Historic sites at Port Arthur, Freycinet National Park, Capes Track, are some of the must-see places.
- Red Centre: You may visit the Red Centre all year round. Keep in mind the summer months are very hot. The right time to visit the Red Centre is in winter. However, you can expect it to be busy during the winter. While you are here, explore the field of light, Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Ormiston Gorge, etc.
- Queensland: It’s warm all year round. Summers can be extremely wet. Make sure these places are in your bucket list: Boodjamulla National Park, Great Barrier Reef, Daydream Island, Ailie Beach and more.
6: Length of the Trip
Just because you want to do so much, it’s not necessary to book a long trip. Two weeks would be more than enough for a family getaway. Most itineraries are between 7 days and 3 weeks. If you want to see most of Australia, 3 months will let you explore the East and West coast.
7: Pack Smart
Once you have your itinerary planned, do spend some time in making sure you pack all the essentials especially when you are traveling with family.
The best thing to do is packing the bare minimum. You can always buy something you need from there. Pack according to the activities you will do doing. If you are staying in a hotel, you won’t need linen, towels, and hair dryers. Don’t forget your electronics. Bring tablets, cameras or any other digital device you need to keep you and your kids entertained.