Australia is an incredibly diverse country with an abundance of destinations to explore and activities that the whole family will love. Whether you are looking to take advantage of Australia’s warm climate, experience more of its diverse landscape, or tick off the most popular attractions, a family campervan trip is sure to be something you and your children will treasure forever.
Hiring a campervan is not only an affordable option to travel with kids but also one of the most convenient. Hiring a campervan allows you access to all the modern conveniences, like an apartment-style kitchen, indoor shower, and a bed for afternoon naps. A van is the best kind of travel companion for families.
The next part is figuring out what part of Australia is the best for children? To help answer all your questions about family road trips, check out our guide for the best Australian road trips to take with kids. Let’s get started.
Australia is a huge country, which can be daunting when trying to navigate with kids – especially with younger ones and those who aren’t used to long drives. However, there is an incredible range of kid-friendly options when you know what to look for. Here’s our list of the best Australian road trips to take with kids.
South Australia is well known for its mild climate, picturesque beaches, and rugged adventures in the outback. Adelaide, the capital of South Australia is nicknamed the ’20-minute-city’ for its short driving distances to epic attractions making it a great city for families to explore.
On this short and sweet trip, begin by picking up your camper at Britz Adelaide and exploring the range of incredible family-friendly things to do in Adelaide. Continue driving along the coastline to take advantage of the striking seaside wonderland of the Eyre Peninsula and Port Lincoln. Make sure you add these bucket list activities that the whole family is bound to love to your South Australian itinerary:
Beachhouse Amusement Centre is perfect for a day of fun in the heart of Adelaide. Spend the day exploring the carnival-style setting, bumping into dodgem cars, playing games, and riding the carousel.
Adelaide Zoo is home to over 2500 animals and an incredible collection of interactive animal experiences that will feed the kids’ curiosity.
One of the top spots for groceries, artisan eateries, and bakeries, be sure to visit the Adelaide Central Market to stock up on produce for your road trip. As the largest undercover fresh produce market in the Southern Hemisphere, there’s lots of exploring for both kids and adults to do.
Hidden away in the heart of Adelaide lies over 50 hectares of lush botanic gardens. Featuring a selection of child-friendly education spaces, this is the perfect inner-city escape for families visiting South Australia.
This family-friendly museum is the perfect place for inquisitive kids to come explore science, art, and innovation.
A road trip in South Australia wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Ikara/Flinders Ranges. Explore the striking rugged beauty of this ancient landscape with bushwalks, bird watching, and a trip to see the iconic Wilpena Pound.
The quintessential Australian outback road trip, this adventure will take you through iconic Australian attractions, including the ancient wild landscapes of Kakadu, natural hot springs, and giant crocodiles. The best time to visit the Northern Territory is between autumn and spring when the weather isn’t too unbearable for kids. This is a big road trip that traverses over 3000km but can be enjoyed over a few weeks depending on how much driving you can get done each day. After collecting a campervan in Darwin or Alice Springs, check out all the epic activities on offer:
Wave Lagoon is the ultimate place to escape the Darwin heat. This ocean lagoon features crocodile-free swimming over 400 square metres and has a shallow area for young children to play in.
Crocosaurus Cove is home to the only crocodile dive experience in Australia and is the perfect place to get up close with the legendary saltwater crocs in a safe environment.
Experience the oldest living culture on earth in Kakadu National Park. Only a few hours southeast of Darwin, step into the quiet and tranquil landscape of Kakadu. Spend a couple of days admiring one of the largest collections of Aboriginal rock art in Australia.
Nestled next to the Katherine River, the Katherine Hot Springs is a set of natural thermal springs, perfect for an afternoon of relaxing with the whole family.
Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast is a short but jam-packed slice of the iconic Queensland coastline. This short getaway only consists of about 1.5 hours, making it perfect for a long weekend escape and young families.
Let the kids experience a day in the life on the farm, from feeding animals to enjoying a hayride, there are plenty of activities at Whiteridge Farm for a day of family fun.
The Wheel of Brisbane is an iconic landmark and an excellent activity for the family. Ride the wheel to the top and admire the 360-degree panoramic views of this beautiful riverside city.
If meeting some of Australia’s most iconic wildlife species hasn’t yet been ticked off your bucket list, a visit to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is for you. The ultimate opportunity to connect with koalas and learn about the species, a day at Lone Pine is bound to be a family favourite.
Offering a water play fountain, oceanfront saltwater pool, and a short walking distance to town, make sure to add a day at Kings Beach to your Brisbane itinerary for the ultimate family beach day.
Located an hour north of Brisbane, Australia Zoo is the origin of the famous Steve Irwin. Now run by his family and a passionate team of conservationists, be sure to add a visit to Australia Zoo to your itinerary for a day of authentic wildlife experiences.
Sydney and Melbourne are two of the most iconic and well-known cities in Australia, making this road trip alone, one of the top things to do in the country. Experience the best of both worlds and embrace the opportunity to explore picturesque beaches and rolling hills and tick off plenty of top Australian attractions along the way. Pick up a campervan in Sydney or Melbourne and explore some of the best family-friendly things to do in between Sydney and Melbourne.
With over 4000 animals and daily interactive experiences, Taronga Zoo has been growing into the incredible wildlife hub it is today for the last 100 years. Spend some time exploring the epic animal experiences, bound to impress visitors of all ages.
Located in Sydney, Luna Park has been providing family entertainment for over a century. Entertain your little thrill-seekers with a day out enjoying state-of-the-art rides and games, right on the shores of Sydney Harbour.
A visit to the Australian Museum is easily one of the best things to do when travelling with family. As the first museum in the country, it’s home to millions of historic and cultural objects and specimens, offering an abundance of exhibitions to explore, both for children and adults.
Featuring an epic range of engaging exhibitions and activities, the Museum of Play and Art is bound to provide some entertainment for the kids between driving.
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