Imagine the perfect family holiday. What would it include?
Stunning scenery? Amazing experiences? Great shopping? And, most importantly, for your children to be able to enjoy their own awesome activities – without getting bored?
If your answer to all of the above is a big “YAASSS!”, you’ll want to check out the gallery below, which highlights a one-of-a-kind 8-Day, 6-Night vacation through Australia. Think gorgeous coastlines, a train trip back in time, farm visits, lots of cool animals and much more. Seriously, how much fun would it be to take the kiddos on this adventure over the 2019 school holidays?
Want more info about this trip, which is in Dynasty Travel‘s Young Explorer Escapade series? Visit Tourism Australia’s site, or give Dynasty Travel a call (see phone number below). Or, flip to slide 7, and find out about a opportunity to preview the escapade at a Little Travellers’ Camp @ KidZania this upcoming 7 December.
Starting with an overnight flight, you’ll land in Melbourne on Day 1 of your epic family holiday itinerary, and get to do some sightseeing.
Head to Port Phillip Bay to see the iconic Brighton Bathing Boxes (shown), built more than a century ago as a response to Victorian-era morality. Today? They’re as Instagram-y as it gets!
Also, do a guided walking tour of Melbourne’s famous street art, where you can make your way through the city’s labyrinth of lanes looking for amazing murals and graffiti. Cool!
On Day 2, everyone begins at the vibrant Queen Victoria Market (shown). Then, parents split off to do some retail therapy at the DFO South Wharf shops, while kids are treated to a tour of the market, learning about its interesting history and tasting yummy food along the way.
Parents can take a ride on the Melbourne River Cruises, too, and kids can choose from two edu-tainment options: visiting the Australian Centre for the Moving Image or touring Scienceworks (a.k.a., “the Autism friendly museum”).
(image: Tourism Australia)
It’s time to hit the road – the Great Ocean Road! One of the world’s most scenic coastal drives, it boasts breath-taking sights such as the 12 Apostles (shown). Rising majestically from the Southern Ocean, these rock stacks were created by erosion of limestone cliffs on the mainland 10 to 20 million years ago.
While parents stay the evening at Great Ocean Road Resort, children enjoy an incredible overnight at award-winning Kangaroobie camp, located on a working 850-hectare farm. There, little adventurers can try the Low Ropes, a linked sequential ropes course in the bush – it’s great for building self-esteem!
Likewise, Kangaroobie’s diverse habitats and undulating topography make it an ideal location for orienteering, often called the “thinking sport”. Youngsters can use their brains and muscles, while having a sweaty-fun time.
(image: Great Ocean Road Marketing)
On Day 4, kids join their parents at Great Ocean Road Resort for a second night. During the day, adults can try the Otway Fly Treetop walk, then top it off with a trip to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Yum.
Meanwhile, kids can do some bushwalking, trekking to magnificent Princetown beach through Great Otway National Park. Plus, they’ll head back to Kangaroobie to visit the farm for some unique experiences like getting to work hand-in-hand with a farmer feeding cows and pigs, shearing sheep and other “Wow!”-inspiring activities.
(image: Phillip Island Nature Park)
You’ll be back in Melbourne by the end of Day 5. On the way, the whole family can spend some time in Phillip Island Nature Park (shown), beloved for its Penguin Parade and Koala Conservation Centre.
Once in Melbourne, your entire crew gets to try the Enchanted Adventure Garden‘s mazes, tubes, walks and more through a tree canopy.
(image: Tourism Australia/Time Out Australia)
It’s your last full day in Australia, so you’ll want to make it count. First, get “all aboard!” the charming Puffing Billy Railway (shown above) for a train ride through the Dandenong Ranges.
Parents will get dropped at the Rochford Winery to indulge in a wine tasting and lunch, while kids will continue to Healesville Sanctuary, where they’ll enjoy lunch plus a guided tour of this haven for Australian wildlife. One big draw: the Nocturnal House, which hosts cute, small mammals like bilbies, bandicoots and possums. The adults join them later.
To cap off the day, everyone comes together at Rayner’s Orchard in the Yarra Valley for a tractor tour of the various fruit crops. As this is a “U Pick” farm, gathering fruit by hand is a great activity for families – with a sweet reward: getting to taste the sun-ripened fruit. (See one happy little customer on the next slide!)
Your holiday comes to a close today, as you fly back to Singapore. But, think about all of the memories your family will have made! Plus, with the many exciting opportunities for your LOs to learn about the natural world and different cultures and customs, they’ll no doubt gain some independence and maybe even make some new friends.
Want to preview Dynasty Travel‘s new Young Explorer Escapade series before you book? Sign up your kiddos for either the all-day or overnight Little Travellers’ Camp @ KidZania this 7 December. The Day option runs from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., while the Overnight camp goes from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. the next day. (Kids will be invited to bring their own sleeping bags; KidZania and Dynasty Travel staff will chaperone.)
Travel reps will be available to answer any questions you have. Meanwhile, the kids can just have tonnes of fun with their peers, experiencing the different “occupations” in KidZania. There’ll even be an exclusive Christmas gift exchange for the children at the end of the evening. For the Overnight session 0nly, children will experience a cool behind-the-scenes tour and kids performance.
For the Day option, each child’s admission is $70 (usual price: $123), and children of HSBC cardholders or members of Dynasty Travel’s Little Travellers’ Club get in for just $60. The Overnight option is $90 for members; $110 for non-members. Admission price includes lunch, dinner plus a tea break (for overnighters only) and a Christmas gift worth $10. Hope to see you there!
Tel: 6338 4455
By Sara Lyle Bow, November 2018
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