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The northern part of Australia is a world of contrasts and it is this that makes it a wonderful place to explore with children. It doesn’t matter what you like to do, you can do it here. From lounging by a resort pool, to feeding a koala. From riding high above the treetops to walking on the sea floor. Watch your kids as they discover new experiences.

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From Cardwell in the north to Sarina in the south, Central Queensland is a place of contrasts. Along the coastal strip, sugar pioneering towns like Proserpine and Mackay give way to tropical fruit growing areas like Bowen, famous for its mangoes. The climate varies wildly from the wet tropical air of Cardwell to sunny Townsville or the deep, damp rainforest of Eungella.

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Hand feed dolphins, drift down crystal clear streams, encourage baby turtles to the water’s edge and watch in awe as giant whales leap from the water. From whales to turtles and caves to crocs, the Fraser Coast is a place of exploration and adventure – it’s the stuff of childhood dreams, and a place where you can make them come true.

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Stretching from Gympie in the north to Beerwah in the south, this area conjures up the promise of languid days at the beach, the smell of sunscreen, the calming sounds of waterfalls and the flap of thongs (that’s footwear in Queensland!) This region includes iconic destinations like Noosa, Mooloolaba, Caloundra and Australia Zoo. It’s also where we call home!

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The pulsing heart of this region is, without a doubt, Brisbane city itself, wallow in child-friendly museums and galleries and then strip down and have a swim at the man-made beach. It may be geographically small, but Brisbane and the Granite Belt is a region of contrasts, it offers families a wealth of variety without the need to travel huge distances itself.

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When most Australians think of holidays in Queensland they picture the Gold Coast with its expanse of sand and high rise buildings towering beyond. For many Australian families the theme parks are the major draw card but it’s not all about adrenalin. This is a region with stunning beaches, world class surf, calm water boating, waterfront cycle paths and tours galore.

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A trip to the western parts of Queensland gives kids a sense of freedom they can’t experience in the city and it’s almost a coming-of-age pilgrimage which every kid should endure, and adventurous children will embrace. The never-ending horizon and bold blue skies of western Queensland are part of the spiritual heart of Australia.

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Northern Rivers butts up against Queensland. The two states harmonise well most of the time, but don’t forget that New South Wales alters its clocks during the summer and Queensland doesn’t.

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It isn’t long after you leave Sydney heading north that the asphalt streets and sardine traffic gives way to hidden waterways, long expanses of yellow beach and a slower pace of life.

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Australia is known as the land of vast spaces. In many cases it’s necessary to travel huge distances before the landscape changes. Not so in the Canberra and Snowy Mountain region.

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There’s far more in this beautiful waterfront city than its iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Delve a little deeper and you’ll find a welcoming, family-friendly destination.

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This region looks just like a slab of warm, just-from-the-oven bread after your five-year-old has nibbled around the edges. Water fills the gaps and plays a major role.

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Just like an onion, peel away the skin of modern life and you are left with Central NSW. This is a region in which it seems time just hasn’t quite caught up and that’s the way the locals like it.

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Outback NSW is as much a part of Australian identity as the expansive beaches. It’s a vibrant region of red soil and deep blue sky, where Aboriginal people have lived continually for over 60,000 years.

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Australia is known as the land of vast spaces. In many cases it’s necessary to travel huge distances before the landscape changes. Not so in the Canberra and Snowy Mountain region.

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The East coastal region of Victoria is called the Gippsland. The seaside resort towns of Mallacoota, Metung and Lakes Entrance (in East Gippsland) are popular spots for families. Inland, tour the gold mine at Walhalla, visit Old Gippstown in Moe, and walk for hours in stunning Wilsons Promontory.

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In Melbourne, ride along the Yarra River, wander through the mind-blowing lobby of the Melbourne Casino, interact with a new culture in China Town or play in the endless parks of St Kilda. Within two hour’s drive, walk trails in the Macedon Ranges, visit farms in the Yarra Valley and visit the world renowned Healesville Sanctuary.

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This little island is absolutely packed with family friendly attractions and activities.The biggest drawcard is the Penguin Parade where you can see the mainland’s last remaining Fairy Penguin colony. Phillip Island is also home to seals and koalas. Man-made attractions, like Champs Karts, Amazen Things and Panny’s Chocolate Factory are also high on the list.

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Follow the tale of the Loch Ard shipwreck and its two survivors from Loch Ard Gorge to Flagstaff Hill Maritime Museum. Relax on beaches at Apollo Bay, Lorne, Bells Beach and Port Campbell and visit the seal colony and Petrified Forest at Petersburg. Don’t miss the 12 Apostles and the wild koalas on the way to the Otway Lighthouse.

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The overwhelming draw of the Grampians are its natural attractions, from stunning walking trails to mountain swimming holes. These are not the only reason to visit, though. We just loved the Halls Gap Zoo. The Volcanoes Discovery centre at Penshurst and the annual sheepdog trials at Milton. Camping, walking and picnicking are certainly family highlights here.

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The Murray River has a rich and colourful history full of larrikins, sharks and river boat captains. Many of their stories are brought to life in towns like Swan Hill, Wentworth, Mildura and Echuca. The latter, of which, was featured on a very popular TV series a while back: All The Rivers Run. Camp on her banks, ski around her bends or even ride along cattle paths and follow her path.

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Not far from Melbourne, the Mornington Penninsular has become a favourite destination for city families. Attractions abound with a couple of hedge mazes, the Moonlit Sanctuary and numerous family-friendly festivals. Our favourite is probably the Rosebud Kite Festival in March.

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Here horseriding, mountain biking, river rafting and rock climbing are the norm during the summer and skiing, tobogganing and building snowmen dominate winter. Towns like Chiltern, Yackandandah and Woods Point boast tales of outlaws and this is the country idolized in The Man from Snowy River and was terrorised by outlaw Ned Kelly.

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Ballarat is home to one of the most extraordinary attractions this country has to offer: Sovereign Hill while the regional centre of Bendigo offers the chance to go down the Central Deborah Goldmine, throw your own pot at the historic Bendigo Pottery and ride a Talking Tram.

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