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6 travel destinations that are surprisingly kid-friendly

School holidays are the perfect time to take a break, travel and make some memories. But the challenge is often picking the perfect place to visit. Well, we have done the hard work for you.

Here are our top 6 travel destinations (that aren’t too far from home) that are surprisingly kid-friendly to fill up your instagram feed.

6. Broome, WA

Starting on the western point of Australia, Broome is a totally underrated holiday destination.

With pristine white sand and turquoise blue water, Cable Beach is one of it’s most popular attractions. Spend your days building sandcastles or maybe take a camel ride along the 22 km long coastline. The sunset it definitely something else you don’t want to miss – so make sure you pack a picnic dinner and have your cameras ready.But this is just scratching the surface of what Broome has to offer. Why not take the kids to check out the Horizontal Waterfall phenomenon or explore the Dinosaur footprints exposed during the low tides at Gantheaume Point?

5. Rotorua and Matamata (Hobbiton), New Zealand

From exploring the beauty of New Zealand to immersing yourself in the world of J. R. R. Tolkien, there are so many options for a holiday in Rotorua.

So Hells Gate doesn’t sound super kid friendly, but what kid doesn’t love playing in a puddle of mud – it’s a nice way to unwind for you too!

It’s a Geothermal mud bath, the largest in the southern hemisphere. You can also take a guided tour of the other geothermal attraction like the coloured pools and mud volcano, while you’re there.

And guess what? In just under an hour’s drive, you can be exploring the world of Hobbiton.

4. Rarotonga, Cook Islands

This South Pacific getaway is somewhat of a hidden treasure for many people. And like many island getaways, there is plenty for your family to do. For one thing, the Cook Islands’ version of the Hawaiian luau – Island Night on Rarotonga, is not to be missed.

Explore the island on a Raro mountain safari tour and learn about the country’s history, the native plants and animals, and explore the beautiful beaches

Speaking of beaches, Snorkeling is a must while you are there! While you can take a boat tour, you don’t have to do this. Your family can spot some beautiful sea life and coral by swimming just off shore.

3. Uluru, NT

Why not take a journey into the middle of Australia and visit one of the country’s most famous sites – Uluru.

While we definitely don’t recommend climbing this sacred site, there are some amazing (pram friendly) walks around the base of the site which allow you to take in the spectacular size of this natural formation. And the light display as the sun sets is not to be missed. Take the opportunity while you are there to learn all you can from a guide – or visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, if you’re driving yourself – about Australia’s amazing indigenous heritage in the region.

2. Snowy mountains, NSW

It is the middle of winter and if you love a good winter break then maybe a ski holiday is what you’re looking for.

Perisher Valley or Thredbo are great places for a family holiday. Skiing is definitely a must and with snow adventure zones and several terrain parks with differing degrees of difficulty, your kids will never be bored.

The beauty of this region is that it’s not just a winter holiday destination. It’s a great way to get your family out and in nature. Head there in the warmer months of the year and take a hike (with shorter more child-friendly tracks) around Mount Kosciuszko National Park. Spend your day exploring Lake Jindabyne by bike or visit the Yarrangobilly Caves.

1. Fiji

Fiji is an ideal holiday location for a family. No matter whether you want to relax or go on an adventure, there is plenty to do.

Get the ‘deserted island experience’ by taking a boat tour to one of the many beautiful Fijian islands. Or try out one of the many popular water sports like kayaking, snorkeling, sailing or jet skiing.Why not take the opportunity while you’re there to visit a local village and learn more about the Fijian culture. Or encourage your kids to ‘pay it forward’ by delivering supplies to a local school.

If nothing else, make sure you have a day or two in your schedule to enjoy the resorts. They are made for families, with great facilities and world renowned kids clubs for your crew to enjoy.

Where’s your favourite family-friendly holiday destination? Share them with us in the comments below!

No matter where your next family holiday takes you don’t forget to capture the memories you make. Help them last forever by creating your very own family-holiday photo book.

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