Winter School Holidays
Want to know a way to light up those faces even more during a winter school holiday? Take a whirlwind trek through the diverse terrain of Australia. From Queensland to Kangaroo Island, there are several destinations that are tailor-made for families.
Let the kids put down the books while you take a break from the office and head out into Australia's very own stunning backyard.
The Penguin Parade on Phillip Island
If you live in Melbourne and you haven't made it to Phillip Island, your kids have probably been giving you grief about it already. Even if you have been before, it's probably time for the Penguin Parade, part two. Every evening, these adorable little penguins emerge from the water at Phillip Island Nature Park and waddle their way onto the sand - thrilling your kids and helping them learn about the unique ecosystem of the park. Simply put, this is a great destination for a family holiday no matter the time of year - but especially during the winter.
Escape to the Snowy Mountains
Of course, holidays don't always have to revolve around the sand and surf. The Snowy Mountains boast several opportunities for a family-friendly skiing trip that your little ones will never forget. After being cooped up at school for months on end, your kids are going to want to cut loose, exert some of that energy and have some fun. The snow is a great place to do so, and there are several family-friendly skiing locales in New South Wales, including Charlotte Pass, Jindabyne, Perisher and Thredbo. Can't make the trek to New South Wales? No problem! Further south in Victoria, you will find some fantastic ski-fields, such as Mount Buller, Falls Creek, Mount Hotham and Dinner Plain.
See the Sunny Side in Perth
If your kids don't call it holiday without building at least one sandcastle, you can still enjoy the sand and surf in the winter if you choose to book your HomeAway accommodation in Perth. This locale simply has the best stretches of shimmering water in Western Australia, they aren't as crowded as the eastern shores, and, if you are up for it, you can even explore some of the islands off the coast.
Even if you get caught in the rain, it's pretty much smooth sailing in Perth, especially when you have great attractions for kids like the Perth Mint - which displays one of the biggest gold nuggets on earth - and the Aquarium. Who wouldn't want to see that? You can also travel through the bushland and go hiking outside of Perth and check out sheep shearing, camel rides and plenty of fun at Whiteman Park.
If your kids can't get enough of animals, you have to make the visit to Kangaroo Island. It's not easy to get here, but man, is it worth the trip. This area is known for its diverse wildlife, which you can see clearly as you roam through landscapes and beaches full of local furry citizens like koalas, wallabies, penguins, New Zealand fur seals, sea lions and of course kangaroos.