Australian Traveller: Special Edition - A Parents' Guide to our Amazing Aussie Cities, June-December 2021

Australian Traveller: Special Edition - A Parents' Guide to our Amazing Aussie Cities, June-December 2021

Australian Traveller magazine's special edition, A Parents' Guide to Our Amazing Aussie Cities, has all the secrets to a fantastic family city holiday. With specially themed family-oriented city guides, this special edition of Australian Traveller magazine covers all eight capitals with must-see attractions for 5-9 year olds (10 Things to do Before you Turn 10) and sure fire suggestions for 10-15 year olds (Independence Day). Get the key to your perfect family holiday with the Parents' Guide to Our Amazing Aussie Cities.

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in this issue

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editor’s letter

WELCOME TO OUR SPECIAL EDITION PARENTS’ GUIDE to all of our amazing Australian capital cities, proudly presented in partnership with Tourism Australia. Family holidays are the stuff that lifelong memories are made of, so investing the time in planning the ultimate escape and attempting to keep everyone happy is of paramount importance, and something that can take you hours, days and weeks to research, hone and commit to. So when it came time to pull this issue together (with a little help from a team of talented contributing writers who also happen to be parents themselves) we wanted to put equal thought into how to present the perfect love letter to each of our vibrant, compelling and undeniably family-friends capitals. We wanted to make it informative and suited to the needs…

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CARAVANNING WITH KIDS IN THE NT As many young parents focus on settling down, a growing number of others are throwing caution to the wind and embracing caravan trips of a lifetime through Australia’s outback. SEARCH ‘NORTHERN TERRITORY’ IN OUR DESTINATIONS TAB THE BEST THINGS FOR KIDS TO DO ON THE CENTRAL COAST The Central Coast is known for its goldens-and beaches and picturesque nature walks, but did you know it’s brimming with kid-friendly activities, too? SEARCH ‘CENTRAL COAST’ IN OUR DESTINATIONS TAB 9 OF THE BEST ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES AND KIDS IN BYRON BAY If you’re planning a holiday to Byron, or find yourself in town with an empty itinerary, we’ve got you covered with nine of the best activities to keep the young and old entertained. SEARCH ‘BYRON BAY’ IN OUR DESTINATIONS TAB HAVE A WINTER ESCAPE…

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9 fun things for families to do in newcastle

FANCY A TRIP to a harbour city surrounded by golden beaches, lush, green nature reserves and endless attractions for the young and not-quite-as-young? Newcastle, located a 2.5-hour drive up the east coast from Sydney, has something for everyone. Happily, we’ve come to the party with a list of ‘must-experience’ suggestions. 1. BOOK IN A MITCH REVS DECKED OUT WORKSHOP Encourage the kids to create their own skate deck art with the two-hour MITCH REVS DECKED OUT WORKSHOP. mitchrevs.com 2. GO WHALE WATCHING Make the most of the 35,000 humpback whale population passing through these waters between June and November with a two-hour Encounter Tour with COASTXP. coastxp.com 3. EXPLORE THE UNDERGROUND TUNNELS OF FORT SCRATCHLEY Explore FORT SCRATCHLEY (originally built to defend against the Russians) and the 600 metres of undeground tunnels on a tour. fortscratchley.org.au 4.…

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just like home

WILDLIFE RETREAT AT TARONGA Why just visit the zoo when you can sleep there, too? While Roar and Snore does glamping proud, this luxe eco-retreat offers stylish rooms, delicious dining, a welcoming lounge with stunning views, and privileged access to The Sanctuary, a purpose-built space only accessible to guests to tour with keepers and get up close to everything from wallabies and echidnas to pademelons and koalas.taronga.org. CROWNE PLAZA SYDNEY DARLING HARBOUR The kids will see this perfectly positioned property, which opened just over a year ago, as a pool with a hotel attached, so impressive is its size and rooftop location. You will appreciate the stylish rooms, dining options and access to the CBD and Chinatown.ihg.com A BY ADINA The A by Adina brand makes no compromise in style in order to provide family-friendly…

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sydney, get ready to scream at the new luna park

AS ICONIC AS THE Sydney Harbour Bridge and as well-known as the Opera House, Sydney’s Luna Park has brought fun and thrills to generations of families who have crossed under the mischievous smiling face and into one of the city’s most treasured amusement grounds. Today, an extensive renovation and nine new rides have taken Luna Park to the next level, with more rides, more excitement, and unlimited next-level fun. NEXT-LEVEL THRILLS Undertaking one of the biggest Amusement Park upgrades in the world in early 2021, thrill-seekers will see their heart rate soar on the SLEDGEHAMMER, a 360-degree stomach-churner, as well as three additional new custom roller coasters. This includes the BOOMERANG, Australia’s first G-rated, G-force coaster, and the LITTLE NIPPER, a great introduction to the roller-coaster experience for kids. Come December, the park…

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what’s on

21 OCTOBER – 7 NOVEMBER SCULPTURE BY THE SEA FREE! Sydney’s annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition makes for a memorable family day out full of fresh air and creativity. For over two weeks in spring, the coastal walk from Bondi to Tamarama beaches is transformed into an open-air art gallery that’s easy on little legs and studded with fun, inventive sculptures to gawp at along the way. Each year, without fail, artists deliver the weird and wonderful, often underpinned by an important environmental message. sculpturebythesea.com 6–28 AUGUST VIVID SYDNEY FREE! Rug up warm and head into the city for an evening spent mouth-agape at Sydney’s technicolour winter light festival. You’ll all be wowed by the clever and colourful 3D projections that transform some of the city’s most iconic spots. vividsydney.com 22 SEPTEMBER – 3 OCTOBER FANTASTIC…