7 More of the Best Day Trips Around Australia
The winter school holidays are here!
Time to take a load off and relax.
If you’re lucky enough to get the opportunity these school holidays (Thanks COVID), why not visit some of the most memorable day trips that you can find within driving distance of your city?
Puffing Billy – VIC
A fond childhood memory, Puffing Billy is one of the most iconic tourist attractions out there.
Less than an hour away from Melbourne, this railway is the best way to explore the Dandenong Ranges. As adults, you can revisit your own childhood memory and introduce your kids to a local icon. With the addition of Thomas the Tank Engine, this day out is perfect for the smaller kids.
Dangar Island – NSW
A Sydney suburb found on the Hawkesbury River, Dangar Island can only be accessed by water. A relaxing ferry trip from Brooklyn Wharf is an ideal way to start a day of exploring.
The island has a strong sense of community, with locals who are more than happy to show you the native charms of the area. With bicycles parked at the wharf instead of a line of cars, you will get a sense of a relaxed lifestyle. On a warmer day, make sure you enjoy a swim at Bradley’s Beach.
Hahndorf – SA
Nestled in the Adelaide Hills, this small town is well known for its nod to German culture. Beerenberg Farm and the Misty Hollow Fantasy Cave are perfect for all ages to enjoy.
Less than 30 minutes from the heart of Adelaide, this modern-day village has cuckoo clocks, wooden folk art and German-style pubs for the family to enjoy. Take a stroll down the main street to enjoy an atmosphere of endless food, drinks, art and culture.
Hillary’s Boat Harbour – WA
Looking to try an experience that is a bit different from the norm? Give Hillary’s Boat Harbour a go!
Found 25 minutes from Perth’s CBD, the harbour allows the family to enjoy fishing and sailing as a change of pace. Hillary’s Boat Harbour is perfect for kids with stunning parklands and a sheltered beach. Make sure you check out the Aquarium of WA as well, where you can experience the largest underwater glass tunnel in Australia.
Kakadu National Park – NT
A national icon, Kakadu National Park should be on the top of your bucket list. Just a 3-hour drive from Darwin, Kakadu National Park is going to offer your family a sense of adventure.
Keep an eye out for the local wildlife or relax in the soothing swimming pools. An outback adventure for the ages, you’ll find lush rainforest and rock art galleries up to 20,000 years old. If you are looking for an experience that will be a topic of conversation for years to come, Kakadu is the place for you.
Caloundra – QLD
Caloundra is a perfect coastal town just 90 minutes north of Brisbane. Caloundra has the perfect climate and ideal conditions for a family getaway.
If windsurfing and jet skiing is something that excites you, you will love a day on the beach. Kings Beach is ideal for younger families with its water park area and foreshore swimming pool. If you visit the area on a Sunday, pay the Bulcock Street Markets a visit.
Devils @ Cradle Sanctuary – TAS
Either a 2-hour drive from Launceston or a 4-hour drive from Hobart, Devils @ Cradle is an opportunity to see three native Australian animals up close and personal.
Between the Tasmanian Devil, Spotted-tail and Eastern quolls, there is plenty to see and do. The kids will love being able to feed the animals after dark. You can also surprise the kids by adopting one of the animals, just keep an eye out in case they try to bring one home.
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