6 Perfect Australian Family Adventures

Let the kids join in on the fun of outdoor adventure, with activities for the whole family

When Down Under, do as the Aussies do, and embrace their love for the outdoors. From surfing and swimming with dolphins to tobogganing and water sports, master a new experience as your Australian souvenir to take back home.

Surfing School, Sydney (New South Wales)
On your arrival at Sydney, head to Manly Beach to take your kids (and maybe yourselves too!) to the Manly Surf School to teach them the true Aussie experience of surfing. The 90-minute lessons are usually held in the school holidays and are open for kids aged five and over.

Go-Karting, Phillip Island (Victoria)
Home to the Australian Grand Prix Circuit, Phillip Island also boasts a replica go-kart track that is 750 metres long. Offering state-of-the-art go-karts and an authentic racing experience for kids above 12 years old, this is as close as it gets to living your Formula 1 dream.

Go Kart Phillip Island (Image Source Tourism Australia)

Water Sports, Gold Coast (Queensland)

For a wet and wild escapade, there’s no place more authentic in its offering than Queensland’s Gold Coast. From parasailing and jetskiing to flyboarding and kayaking, almost every water sport thrill can be safely experienced here by you and your kids.

 Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast (Photo Credit: Tourism Australia)
Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast (Photo Credit: Tourism Australia)

Swim with Dolphins, Glenelg (South Australia)

Once in Adelaide, climb aboard the imposing 58-foot catamaran, Temptation, and sail into another unforgettable encounter with dolphins. Swimming alongside the playful dolphins that circle the vessel, you will be mesmerised by their unique chatter and whistles, and drawn into their delightful world under the sea.

147091 Temptation Sailing, Adelaide Credit South Australian Tourism Commission; Destination SA
Temptation Sailing, Adelaide (Photo Credit South Australian Tourism Commission)

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Quad Biking, Port Stephens (New South Wales)

Head to Port Stephens, a three-hour drive north of Sydney, to ride across sand dunes on a sand-board or quad bike. You can even jump into an off-road vehicle together and ride through the sand-strewn landscape of the Worimi Conservation Lands, an otherworldly panorama beloved by the local Aboriginal people.

Quad Bike Port Stockton Sand Dunes, Port Stephens ( Photo Credit: Hugh Steward )

Treetop Adventure, Launceston (Tasmania)

The Tasmanian penchant for adventure is epitomised in the aerial adventure sport of zip lining. Safely harnessed, you can soar above the treetops of the surrounding forest at Hollybank Treetops Adventure Park, and feel on top of the world!

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