FAMILY ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS AUSTRALIA
Family Holiday Overview
Australia is the epitome of wild beauty; a land whose kaleidoscope of cinnamon-red earth, neon reefs and emerald rainforests encircle cosmopolitan cities and indigenous dreamtime stories. For most visitors its name is a shorthand for an endless summer; a blessed life of warm sunshine, a thriving beach culture and a hedonistic lifestyle.
The country’s interior hosts vivid blue skies, rocky outcrops, outback towns, deserted gorges and the oldest surviving human culture dating back 70,000 years. The coast serves up dazzling white beaches, epic surf breaks and a rainbow of colour in the underwater ecosystems. Inland lush tropical rainforests make you feel like you are starring in The Day of the Triffids. There are shining new cities, a vibrant youth culture and a stellar food scene.
Animating these amazing landscapes is wildlife like nowhere else on planet Earth. Koalas, kangaroos, wombats and platypus plus the more obscure echidna, thorny devil, cassowary and sugar glider. This is a country to unleash the inner Attenborough in any young explorer.
For active families, Australia is adrenaline heaven; surf on Bondi, scuba dive off the Great Barrier Reef, sail on the Whitsundays, camel ride in Broome, drive 4x4’s on Kangaroo Island, swim with whale sharks on the Ningaloo Reef, climb waterfalls in the Top End or hike coastal tracks in Tasmania. In the outback, camp under the stars in your swag and be educated in the constellations of the Southern Hemisphere.
Australia is a country that gets under your skin. You’ll probably want to move here permanently and live life dedicated to the perfect wave. You’ll may find yourself saying ‘sweet’ and ‘mate’ a lot and adopting a pet gecko named Powderpuff (or maybe that was just us!)
- The Great Victoria Desert is larger than the United Kingdom. You could lose an entire country in Australia and never know it.
- A single cattle ranch in South Australia is larger than the state of Israel.
- The longest fence in the world is in Australia and runs for over 5,530 kilometres.
- Australia is home to 10 of the world’s 15 most poisonous snakes as well as a disproportionate number of venomous spiders. Don’t worry sightings of these are extremely rare and it’s unlikely your children will find a new pet.
- One million wild camels roam the Australian deserts. They were originally brought over to help with railroad construction.
- A Japanese cult may or may not have tested the first non-governmental nuclear weapon in Western Australia. Australia is so big though no one is completely sure.
- Australia has three national Frisbee teams.
- Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke set a world record for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds. Hawke later suggested that this was the reason for his great political success.
- The wombat deposits square poos.
- Melbourne was originally called Batmania.
- Vegemite was created by left over yeast used to create beer.