Australia Travel Guide: 10 Exciting Family-Friendly Activities You Should Experience

Australia is renowned for its stunning landscapes and opportunities for adventure. Now, there are even more unique ways to experience the beauty of the Land Down Under. Across the elements, this extraordinary destination is brimming with adventures suitable for young, old, and everyone in between.

Whether you’re a high flyer, prefer a splash in the saltwater, or want to keep your feet firmly on the land, look no further for a journey that will keep you coming back for more.

Explore from above

With Fly Perth, you can now take to the skies above Perth/Boorloo and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city’s stunning beaches, clear blue waters, and historic city attractions. 

Take the Perth and Rottnest Grand with Stopover tour to catch breathtaking views of the Swan River, Perth City, and Northern Beaches, explore the azure waters of Rottnest Island, and fly over historic Fremantle and Perth’s Port. You can also choose the Breakfast on Rotto and Lunch in the Swan experience for a personalised adventure, breakfast on Rottnest Island, and a Swan Valley winery luncheon of your choice.

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Take in the stunning views of Perth from above with Fly Perth. | Photo: Tourism Australia

Experience the thrills of rock climbing and stunning high-altitude views in a safe and risk-minimised setting on Australia’s first alpine Via Ferrata, RockWire. Located on the western face of Mount Buller in eastern Victoria, RockWire is a guided climb along a secure route with fixed anchors, steel cables, and bridges. These safety features mean that guests of any level of climbing experience can embark on this exhilarating tour and get a taste of rock climbing. 

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Thrills but make it safe: get the best of both worlds with RockWire. | Photo: Tourism Australia

Explore the hidden gems and iconic buildings of Australia’s capital city, Canberra, in a new light at Enlighten Festival. Across ten days, Canberra will come alive with intricate architectural projections, VR experiences, and interactive installations, all examining the city’s history, landscape, and unique perspective on the Australian experience. Alongside lantern-making, LEGO building, and a lakeside moonwalk, hop onto the bold hot air balloons of the Canberra Balloon Spectacular (9-17 March) for a wonderous and illuminating view from above. 

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Watch as hot air balloons set the skies of Canberra aglow. | Photo: Tourism Australia

Ground yourself in the rich history and culture of the land

Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe is staged on the beautiful Cottesloe Beach, Western Australia. The exhibition is featured from the sea wall, all the way along the sand towards North Cottesloe, and on the surrounding grassed areas, creating a beautiful sculpture park. Now in its 20th year, this event will take place in WA in March before heading to its famous Bondi home later in the year. 

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Cottesloe Beach turns into a canvas dotted by works of art. | Photo: Michael Go

North of Perth/Boorloo sits Shark Bay, a World Heritage-listed region and home to the Francois Peron National Park (Wilybidi) and Dirk Hartog Island (Wirruwanna). Now, you can embark on the World Heritage Walking Tour, a three-day expedition to explore the coastline and ancient stories of the area. Learn about the local Aboriginal Australian culture, spot iconic Aussie wildlife, soak up incredible sunsets over the Indian Ocean, and sit under the stars listening to the ancient sounds of the didgeridoo.

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Immerse in Aboriginal history against breathtaking ocean sunset views. | Photo: Tourism Australia

Kakadu National Park is a unique archaeological reserve and World Heritage Site, which has been continuously inhabited for 22,000 years. This May, you can discover the wondrous flavours of bush tucker at the Top End’s premier Indigenous food and culture festival, Taste of Kakadu. Families can enjoy a range of events celebrating the heritage of the local Bininj people through a menu of ancient cuisine with modern twists, such as a canapé-cruise on Yellow Water Billabong and bush tucker walks, alongside a diverse program of art, music, performances, workshops, and tours of Kakadu’s world famous rock art galleries. 

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Get a hands-on experience as you celebrate the rich heritage of Australia’s Indigenous people. | Photo: Parks Australia

Discover the world’s oldest living culture, the Anangu people’s connection with the land now known as Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. With AAT King’s newest Uluru Aboriginal Art & Cultural Experience, you can see Australia’s most famous landmark, guided by an Anangu guide and interpreter as they share traditional stories passed down from community elders. This half-day tour is suitable for families and visitors of all ages to hear the stories and interpret rock art, which showcases how the Anangu have been living in this incredible environment for thousands of years. 

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Decipher stories of the world’s oldest living culture from incredible rock art. | Photo: AAT King

Make waves in your itinerary with water adventures 

If you are enamoured by the wonders beneath the water, get a glimpse into the nocturnal world of the Great Barrier Reef with Cairns Aquariums’ newest experience, Night at the Aquarium, a two and a half hour guided tour through ten stunning tropical ecosystems. Taking place after the aquarium has closed to daytime visitors, the tour unveils the nighttime behaviours of aquatic life using infrared and ultraviolet light to illuminate the 71 living displays, with wildlife educators highlighting the unique ways fish and animals have adapted to these nautical nocturnal wonderlands. 

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Explore the beauty of the aquarium at night. | Photo: Tourism Australia

Blast past scenic views of the Gold Coast’s Broadwater on the city’s newest jet boating experience, Arro Jet. For families looking for high-octane thrills in premium comfort, the 30-minute tour departs from the Sea World Marine Precinct in Main Beach, perfect for families staying at Sea World resort or enjoying the Gold Coast’s main surf beach and surrounding cafes, restaurants, and shopping precincts. 

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Take the family for a 30-minute thrill ride of heart-pounding manoeuvres aboard the Arro Jet. | Photo: Tourism Australia

Dive into the Margaret River region’s pristine waters and proud local culture with Swimming Women’s newest experience, The Margaret River Aquatic Adventure. The tour takes guests to unique and unsung aquatic spots around Margaret River, from rock pools and rivers to the Indian Ocean, guided by locals brimming with two decades of stories and experience as swim coaches. Finish up with morning tea, lunch featuring locally sourced ingredients, and, for the adults, a curated cellar-door wine tasting for up to twelve people. 

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Explore the hidden gems of the mighty Margaret River with The Margaret River Aquatic Adventure. | Photo: Jarrad Seng

Whether you seek heart-pounding thrills in the sky or tranquillity in the waters, Australia’s diverse elements are bound to ignite your wanderlust. So, pack your bags and your sense of adventure, the Land Down Under awaits!