Bonorong Wildlife Rescue in Tasmania gives visitors the chance to get up close to native Australian animals like wombats, Tasmanian devils and more. Photo/Tourism Tasmania
With only six weeks of lessons until the next school holidays, it’s time to think about how you’re going to entertain your family. If a trip through the Tasman is planned, here are some whānau-friendly activities to add to the itinerary.
Australia has some epic architectural icons your family will already know, but you can get a whole new perspective on them with a guided rock climbing tour. In Sydney, kids aged 8-15 can climb the Harbor Bridge for just $99 during school holidays (July 9-24), choosing from four different types of tours and any time of day. The awe-inspiring Vivid Festival runs from May 27 to June 18, and special climbing tours are offered so you can reach the top of the bridge in time for when the city’s light installations, sculptures, and projections will be lit for the evening ($288 for adults / $149 for children).
Brisbane’s Story Bridge offers a range of tours suitable for children aged 6 and up, where you can climb 80m above the city. There’s also the option to add a ‘Cantilever Lean Out’ or ‘Walk the Plank’ experience, where you’re (safely) suspended 50m above the rushing traffic below.
In Perth, Matagarup Zip & Climb is suitable for children aged 8 and over, and you can add an extra thrill to your climb by choosing to zipline back down once you reach the top of the bridge.
On the Gold Coast, after enjoying a family pass that gives you access to seven different theme parks, head to the Q1 Resort Building. Here, children aged 12 and over can tackle the Skypoint Climb, Australia’s highest outdoor climb, where you’ll stand on an eagle’s nest 270m above sea level. scares you too much or if your child has limited mobility, you can always enjoy the view by visiting the observation deck on level 77, which is fully wheelchair accessible.
Adelaide is home to West Beach Adventure and Skymate, Australia’s largest aerial adventure course, with a range of high-energy attractions including vertical drops, giant swings and obstacle courses. There are no age limits – rather height and weight restrictions – but there is also a children’s course for the smallest members of your family.
For something a little less adventurous, but still great fun, Melbourne offers Australia’s original phosphorescent mini-golf experience. Glow Golf Docklands offers an 18-hole indoor course which, at just 300m², is easily navigable for a quick game. Afterwards, adults can enjoy a drink at Bar European, which claims to be Victoria’s smallest bar.
If you’re visiting Tasmania, don’t miss a day at Bonorong Wildlife Rescue, a sanctuary where animals like koalas, kangaroos, wombats, echidnas and Tasmanian devils are cared for and rehabilitated. The staff are incredibly passionate and the tours are informative, interactive and lots of fun.
Kids obsessed with dinosaurs, lizards and reptiles will love a visit to Darwin’s Crocosaurus Cove, home to the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles, including saltwater crocodiles. There are nine interactive shows a day, plus the Cage of Death experience that you can challenge older teens to. Available for people aged 15 or over, it offers Australia’s only opportunity to dive with a saltwater crocodile…if you dare.
For more things to see and do, visit australia.com