Adventurous travel doesn’t have to stop when you become parents. With a bit of forward planning, an open mind and a bag full of snacks for the lengthy flight, experiencing new countries and cultures as a family is completely do-able – and is so worth it. We’ve rounded up six of the best, less obvious, destinations you never knew were family-friendly that have all the ingredients for a perfect, once-in-a-lifetime family holiday. A word of warning – one read of this and you’ll be wanting to pack your bags and book that flight immediately!
By Sarah Dawson
Best for: Fresh air and really wild encounters.
Australia is a huge country, packed with mind-blowing sights and experiences well worth the lengthy long-haul flight, but with a focus on the mainland, the awesome island state of Tasmania often gets overlooked. At roughly the same size as Ireland, there’s a lot more to this Aussie state than just the eponymous Tasmanian Devil.
Hop on a domestic flight from Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney, or catch the overnight Spirt of Tasmania boat from Melbourne and you’ll be met with rugged coastlines, chilled-out cities, picture-perfect beaches, dramatic landscapes, incredible wildlife, top food and wine and the friendliest locals.
Kids will love exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Wilderness (an unbelievable 1.4 million hectares) including national parks, rainforests and rivers. Make memories visiting the awe-inspiring Cradle Mountain, eating your way around Salamanca Market, feeding wallabies and kangaroos at Trowunna and watching the Little Penguins in the wild at Bicheno.