Australasia encompasses Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands including Fiji, Tonga, Samoa, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia and many more. The region is an ideal spot for a family holiday given its abundance of outdoor activities, fantastic wildlife and superb beaches. Australia and New Zealand are very child friendly and there are loads of activities aimed at families and younger children.
There are also loads of restaurant and accommodation options for families in this part of the world. You will be able to find high chairs, changing facilities and all your baby and toddler necessities quite easily in the cities and larger towns. Family friendly accommodation ranges from hotels, motels, guest houses, apartments, camp sites which include mobile homes and more. Cots will be widely available free of charge also.
The pacific islands require more research and planning if you are travelling there with a baby or toddler. Many of the resorts for example in Fiji have family friendly accommodation which will cater to parents with young children. Some of the islands are more difficult to manoeuvre around with a baby as the facilities and amenities that you are used to may not be available and it may be more difficult to find your necessities.
When to Go
If you are travelling to Australia, the weather from November to January can get quite hot and humid on the Gold Coast and anywhere north of it. Similarly the dry heat at Ayers Rock can be stifling during Australia’s summer months. These areas are best visited during the spring and autumn when the temperatures will be more tolerable for little ones. Sydney and Melbourne are more tolerable during Australia’s summer and it is quite pleasant on the south coast from December until March. It can still get quite hot so make sure you bring plenty of sun protection if you are visiting at this time. During Australia and New Zealand’s winters the weather is cooler and rainy and you will be able to sightsee more but perhaps not enjoy the beach as much. Similarly, the pacific islands can be quite hot and humid from November to January.
For information on the weather in the South Pacific, click here.
Health & Wellbeing
Insect protection and sun protection are two important considerations when taking your child to Australia, New Zealand or the Pacific Islands. Make sure you bring a good first aid kit together with paracetamol or ibuprofen for babies in case of minor illnesses. Make sure that you speak to your GP at least 8 weeks in advance of departure if not before booking to establish which vaccinations need to be administered and what health considerations there are.
The World Health Organisation’s website and the NHS’ Fit for Travel website are also excellent resources for finding up to date information on health and vaccinations. Make sure that you have adequate medical insurance cover for each person travelling.
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