Here are some epic action-packed adventures plus iconic Aussie destinations to share with your children and teens, that they will remember, and you will cherish.
1. Climb the Bicentennial Tree, Western Australia
Tallest of three fire lookout trees in the Pemberton area – this is super scary! Especially for mums looking on. We stayed at Pemberton Caravan Park.
2. Kayak the Ord River, Western Australia
We kayaked for a two-day self-guided tour on the spectacular Ord River, and stopped at a rustic private camp overnight. A freshwater crocodile youngster bumped our kayak! It was a real adventure that the kids talk about again and again. Stay at Kununurra Showground or choose from caravan parks in town, many are waterside with more crocs looking on – like Kimberleyland Waterfront Holiday Park.
3. Zipline – the Daintree, QLD
Call ahead – this is still on our wishlist, as they were booked out the day we were there. Noah Beach Campground is not too far away. Plus there are lots of caravan parks to choose from.
4. Hike at Cradle Mountain, TAS
Lake St Clair National Park – walk for 10 minutes or days! Discovery Holiday Parks Cradle Mountain is closest to the Lake Dove Circuit walk.
5. Noodle for opals at Coober Pedy, SA
Take the mine tour! It really was hands-on fun for the kids. Caravan Parks are your main option here. We ditched the motorhome, and splashed out a night underground with the kids. They loved it! And they loved the pile of rocks outside it for guests to noodle (or fossick) in. They were impressed by the biggest pizzas we had ever seen. If John’s Pizza Bar is still there when we next return – I will remember to bring a crowd. I just checked the menu, 18 inch pizza is on!
6. Waterslide in Darwin, NT
Darwin has more than one free waterslide park, a real treat for the kids! The closest campground is Robbie Robbins Reserve, or choose from many caravan parks in the area.
7. Rock hop at Karijini National Park, WA
We stayed at in Karijini National Park at Dales Gorge Campground. We walked straight from the camping area along the Gorge Rim walk to beautiful Fern Pool, back to Fortescue Falls – followed the Dales Gorge trail, where you are literally walking on water with some of these tracks over stepping stones and the ‘minecraft’ like cliffs – full of natural steps all the way to more swims at the beautiful Circular Pool.
8. Waterfalls and water holes in Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory
Set aside a few days for this awesome national park. There is so much to do – waterfall hop all over the place, visit gigantic anthills and bubbling Buley Rockholes. It is a natural wonderland. You can stay at nearby Batchelor Caravan Parks and it is very convenient camping right in the National Park itself at Florence Falls and Wangi Falls campgrounds and 4WD only sites – including the new sites at Central Valley. More sites are available near Darwin River, including a lot more private camps.
9. Take a photo in front the Dog on the Tuckerbox, Gundagai NSW
Morleys Creek NSW has a spectacular background with the old railway bridge, it is self contained only. There are other rest areas and caravan parks.
10. See a lock work on the Mighty Murray River at Mildura, VIC
This is a really cool thing to do! There are so many caravan parks in Mildura, but along the Murray you’ll find many riverside camps, some near a vehicle ferry – which is another novelty your kids will love. Paddlesteamers are well worth a ride or a tour, too!
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