Koalas and kangaroos return your gaze, and tropical islands provide space to drift off as a family. Camels take you into the outback and beside the silhouette of Uluru and an Australian bush experience awaits in the Blue Mountains. The city of Sydney provides a beautiful introduction to urban Australia, and there is something for everyone in your family to enjoy. This two-week tour is handcrafted for families of all ages, mixing five famous sides to the Australian experience with the city, bush,...
Sydney – Stop, Rest, and Relax
Australia is far from everywhere, so you will touch down and then take some time to relax. You will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel close to Circular Quay as this is the best location for transport connections, and for walking in the old city center. Sails shine white at Sydney Opera House just 400 meters away, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge appears majestic, arcing over the Parramatta. Many local ferries can provide a relaxed afternoon on the river, while the streets around Circular Quay are packed full of cafes and restaurants. Nothing is planned for today as it is hard to predict the mood after a long flight, so rest, relax, hang around the pool, or create some first impressions of this famous city.
Sydney – Family Experiences in the Opera House and Botanical Gardens
Sydney – Cruising the River and Discovering the Eastern Beaches
Sydney – Free Day With Various Potential Excursions
Day 5 - 6
Blue Mountains – An Australian Bush Experience
Uluru – A Camel Ride Through the Desert
Day 8 - 9
Uluru – Connecting With Nature in the Bright Red Outback
Brisbane – Getting Intimate With Kangaroos and Koalas
Hamilton Island - A Whitsundays Family Getaway
Hamilton Island - Cruising Around the Whitsundays to Whitehaven Beach
Hamilton Island – Great Barrier Reef Family Adventure
Brisbane – Departure
- Escape to white beaches and tropical islands with three days on the Whitsundays, staying on the idyllic Hamilton Island
- Explore the very best of Sydney with four days in the iconic city with beaches, gardens, a river cruise and a kids performance in the opera house
- Experience the Australian bush with two days in the Blue Mountains, a mystical destination just 90 minutes outside of Sydney
- Immerse yourself in the Australian outback with a kid-focused three-day stay close to Uluru with Aboriginal culture and camel rides part of the experience
- Get close to kangaroos, koalas, and various other Australian favorites during your one day in Brisbane
- Discover the Great Barrier Reef with a range of activities dependent on the age of your kids
- Sleep beneath the Southern Sky, cruise the Parramatta River and wander the white sand of Whitehaven Beach
Whether you have two weeks in Australia or two months, there are five sides to the country’s allure, and all five can capture you from first glance. There is the city, a convenient place to begin and settle into any Australian adventure, but beyond the city, you can find the bush and beautiful rural areas still connected to civilization. Beyond that, there is the outback, a remote wilderness on a breathtaking scale, made it easy to explore if you have the right help. Wildlife plays its part as well, as can you imagine an Australian vacation without kangaroos and koalas? And then there is the coast with powdery white sand, tropical islands, and the Great Barrier Reef.
It is possible to get a taste of it all with two weeks as this handcrafted tour connects these distinct and iconic travel experiences. There are four days in Sydney to settle into the country, and then two days in the nearby Blue Mountains as a stepping stone on the way to three fabulous days in the Outback besides Uluru. Connect with wildlife during your single day in Brisbane, and then escape to the Whitsundays, using Hamilton Island as a base for playing around white beaches and the Great Barrier Reef. You will have five different overnight destinations in two weeks with easy travel connections between them all, most with direct flights, but there will also be some short road and water transfers.
Sydney is packed with family experiences, and yours will begin in the Opera House, where you can watch a kid-focused theater performance rather than simply take a tour of the building. There are beaches to the east of the city, where older kids can try surfing, and younger ones can splash in safe, tidal pools. With four days you can customize the city stay to all of your interests, from climbing on Sydney Harbour Bridge to Taronga Zoo. Move next to the Blue Mountains to discover the bush as spectacular landscapes meet convenient local trains and easy walking routes. You will be getting out into nature without reaching the end of your comfort zone, including a glass-bottomed tram above the Three Sisters.
While the Outback may not initially seem family friendly, it is a very safe and hugely inspiring place to be – as long as you are in safe hands. Stay at a stunning family lodge close to Uluru and Kata Tjuta. Ride camels in the desert, discover the stars, explore Aboriginal culture, and escape into the silence of it all. The Outback is a magical place that provides a real connection with a misunderstood world. Fly next from Uluru to Brisbane, and you have one day in the city dedicated to an animal outreach project that offers close-up encounters with Australian wildlife. Conclude with three days on Hamilton Island, including excursions to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach, plus lots of downtime after the adventure. For the best Australian family travel ideas, explore additional family tours and vacations available on Zicasso.
$4,545 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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