TRAVEL: 4 family adventures in the Sunshine State

18 October 2017

Queensland is the ultimate playground for every type of family. From endless coastlines and vast stretches of outback, to adrenaline-fuelled theme parks and inner-city exhibitions – the Sunshine State has it all. Here’s our guide to the top five different adventures to have with your family.

1. The nature family

Keen to take the kids off the beaten track? Getting out in nature is a fun way to improve your fitness and spend quality time with your family – away from the distractions of everyday life. The great thing is, Queensland has more than its fair share of suitable destinations.

First up, some of the best spots for bushwalks and swimming are in Southeast Queensland. Coolangatta is a good place to set up base camp (this seaside town has plenty of fun on offer too!) before exploring the natural splendour on offer. There are plenty of hikes and trails for all ages in the national parks nearby. Depending on where you go, be prepared to see dramatic rock sculptures, towering waterfalls, eye-popping landscapes, and a variety of local flora and wildlife.

For something a little different, but equally as fun, head out to the Currumbin Rock Pools. Featuring barbecues, picnic tables, grassy banks, and swimmable rock pools, it offers everything you need for a fun family day out.

2. The learning family

Hiking not your family’s thing? Don’t fret – Queensland goes all out when it comes to museums and art galleries. All around the state, you’ll find thousands of exhibitions for you and the kids to learn about the history, culture and science of the region.

If you’re looking for a good place to start, the Ipswich Art Gallery won’t disappoint. In fact, it was the first in Australia to have a dedicated gallery space for kids – so you’re in safe hands. Here the kids can enjoy interactive activities, creative workshops, and a range of fun performances. For natural history and science buffs, you can’t go past the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, while the Gold Coast Hinterland Heritage Museum is the perfect place to learn about Australia’s pioneer past.

3. The adrenaline junkie family

It’s simple. Some families need more thrills than others. Sound like yours? Then you’re in luck – particularly if you find yourself on the Sunshine Coast. Here you can test your nerves with everything from jet boat riding in Mooloolaba, to rock-climbing in Glasshouse National Park, to swimming with the sharks at Sea Life. There are also biking tours in the wilds of the Australian outback, skydiving over the Queensland coastline, and for the slightly less adventurous, kite surfing lessons.

For an unforgettable (and adrenaline-pumping) day out, take the kids to TreeTop Adventure Park, located inside the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and at Tamborine Mountain. Here you can fly through rainforest canopies on Australia’s largest zipline tour, test your aerial abilities in the TreeTop Challenge, and much more. Think of it this way – if you don’t know where to host your kid’s next birthday party, you know where to go.

4. The wildlife family

When it comes to wildlife, Queensland certainly puts on a show. To see some of Australia’s most iconic native animals, head out to the Somerset region. Surrounded by the dramatic scenery of Conondale, D’Aguilar and Great Dividing ranges, you’ll see kangaroos grazing on the banks of lakes, koalas munching on Eucalypt leaves, and a range of colourful birds and other animals. For the keen anglers in the family, Lakes Somerset and Wivenhoe are great places to drop a line and catch native species including Australian bass, Mary River Cod, and spangled perch.

For a more informative adventure, it’s worth visiting David Fleay Wildlife Park. Located in West Burleigh on the Gold Coast, you can explore the park on your own or learn more from a dedicated wildlife show, ranger talk or unique animal encounter. If your family are half thrill seekers, half wildlife lovers, you can satisfy the whole gang at Sea World. The animal-crazy can hang out with the polar bears, penguins, and sharks, while the more adventurous kids can get their adrenaline fix on all the rollercoasters and rides.

Take your pick

When it comes to family fun, let’s just say the Sunshine State has you covered. No matter what your family is interested in, you’ll be sure to find an adventure that ticks all the right boxes.

Written by

Gwen Mackey

Gwen Mackey is passionate about learning development, technology and family dynamics. A full-time mum of 4, Gwen uses her writing to pass on her knowledge with other parents to help guide them through the sometimes turbulent, but always rewarding life of family.

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