In Australia, Sydney, with its world famous harbour containing the Sydney Opera House, offers a fantastic place for families. You can catch a ferry from the pier which will take you to Taranga Zoo or visit one of the city’s parks. There are also loads of beaches around the city which make for a great base if you are travelling with babies or toddlers including Manly Beach and Bondi Beach. You could have a picnic on Cockatoo Island or at Fort Denison or visit Darling Harbour for the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Quarter Playground, Sydney Sea Life Aquarium and Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Melbourne and Brisbane are also family friendly cities and Brisbane is close to the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast which offers loads of beaches, aquariums, water parks, wildlife parks and of course, Australia Zoo which was founded by Steve Irwin. You can explore the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns or Port Douglas by high-speed catamaran. A sedate sail in a glass-bottom boat will help the little ones to see into the sea. Other great family options include Perth, Canberra, Darwin (although this is extremely hot), Tasmania with its abundance of wildlife and outdoor activities and Kangaroo Island (just South of Adelaide).
New Zealand is another great option for families and offers mild weather and loads of outdoor activities. Wellington is a very family friendly city with lots to do. The North and South Islands have plenty of outdoor space, parks and walking trails and there are hiking trails throughout the country for all level of trekkers. New Zealand boasts some of the most unique birdlife in the world. As well as the famous flightless kiwi, this is the home of the colourful pukeko and taka he, the melodious tui, and the mischievous kea to name a few. There are three species of penguin, all found in the South Island. Whale watching, swimming with seals and swimming with dolphins are also popular activities and there are some great wildlife parks which are sure to keep little ones entertained. There are sightseeing cruises available wherever Dolphins can be found and you can even swim alongside them in the right conditions. Get a feel for New Zealand’s history at one of the country’s many museums. Auckland’s MOTAT (Museum of Transport and Technology) is a hit with children and Wanaka’s Transport & Toy Museum appeals to all ages. Every town and city has its own selection of museums, but whatever you do, make time to visit Te Papa – the Museum of New Zealand – in Wellington. Open every day of the year, its collections span art, history, nature, and Maori and Pacific exhibitions, and are renowned for being informative, innovative, and fun.
The islands of the south pacific are also a great option for families. Of all the islands in South Pacific, Fiji is the most popular among tourists and attracts millions of visitors every year including families with babies and toddlers. Fiji also has some fantastic family friendly resorts. The island of Tahiti is the second most popular island and has a majority of travellers coming from France. The Cook islands are also favourite among the tourists because of their well-developed infrastructure. However, Samoa and Tonga islands are relatively undeveloped and it may be difficult to manoeuvre around there with babies and toddlers.