Swim with dolphins: Rockingham Bay – A short cruise from Rockingham, you can zip up your wetsuit and jump in the water with a group of dolphins in their natural habitat. Don’t worry, no previous snorkeling experience is necessary on this guided tour — just be as friendly and relaxed as the resident mammals.
Take a ferry from Fremantle to Rottnest Island for a family-friendly day outing – Swim, cycle, sunbake and indulge in all sorts of summery goodness.
Feed crazy schools of fish: Darwin – Darwin provides an orgy of marine-based activities, from deep-sea fishing to eco tours of the mangroves. But without getting your feet wet, you can check out Aquascene, where thousands of fish come to feed at high tide.
This feeding ritual began in the 1950s when local fisherman threw leftover bait at schools of mullet.
Word got around the local fish population. Now, dozens of species including catfish, barramundi and bream join the skirmish for a feed.
GET UP CLOSE (ENOUGH) TO SALTWATER CROCS – …in the safety of a cruise boat on the Adelaide River. Cruises start on the Adelaide River Bridge, located 67km south-east of Darwin on the Arnhem Highway, and run for an hour in total.
Photograph the world’s smallest penguins in a really big parade: Phillip Island – Two hours’ drive south of Melbourne, Phillip Island’s prime attraction is the daily Little Penguin parade at Phillip Island Nature Park.
An elevated viewing platform allows tourists to witness the world’s smallest penguins emerge from the ocean and waddle up the beach to their sand burrows at sunset.
Legoland Discovery Centre – Take LEGO-lovers to Australia’s first LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. Billed as the “ultimate indoor LEGO playground”, it’s a great day of fun with 2 rides, 5 LEGO build and play zones plus a 4D cinema. If your kids love LEGO then this is an absolute must for things to do in Melbourne with kids.
Wild Life Sydney Zoo – Meet iconic Australian animals at Wild Life Sydney Zoo. This small zoo is the perfect size to take young kids, and is easy to navigate with a wide, flat path, perfect for strollers. Get up close to the Cassowary, echidna, sugar gliders, koalas and kangaroos, plus a giant croc!
Early Start Discovery Space, Wollongong – Australia’s only dedicated children’s museum is located on the campus of the University of Wollongong in Sydney’s south. The Early Start Discovery Space is designed for kids aged 12 and under and features 14 interactive spaces designed to spark the imagination as they build, create and explore through play. A particular hit is the Tummy Tour, where kids can imagine themselves as a piece of food and crawl through an inflatable digestive system.
Jervis Bay Wild – Jervis Bay is renowned for its natural beauty and extraordinary wildlife, such as dolphins, seals, sea birds, fairy penguins and migrating whales (from May through November).
Explore ancient caves and be amazed by the remote beauty of the Beecroft Peninsula. Watch abundant and diverse wildlife in their natural habitat. Join Jervis Bay Wild for some fun boom netting that the whole family can enjoy or indulge yourself in a sunset cruise. One of their five vessels, Port Venture, is a 18.5 metre, spacious catamaran with five viewing levels, which has been specifically designed to suit all ages, especially those who are in wheelchairs or have a physical disability. And if boating isn’t your thing, they have kayaks, canoes, and standup paddle boards.
Zipline at Hollybank – Ever wanted to go flying through the trees like a bird? Hollybank have a huge set of ziplines that allow you to go flying through the air at high speed and high off the ground. While this one is probably set aside for the more adventurous it’s a lot of fun and a very different way to explore our local bush lands.
Admire Old Hobart Town Model Village – This enchanting little place is a miniature and authentic rendition of what Hobart used to be, and one of the unique attractions in the area. It’s easy to see from the get-go that a lot of work has gone into not only carving the models but simply positioning the dolls to form realistic scenes.
Kids love spotting all the quirky and unique characters around the village, many of which are striking humorous poses or are in funny, unexpected locations. It’s an interesting feeling to become a giant for a while and wander around the streets of Old Hobart, admiring the various caricatures of life back in the day.
Explore Tasmania Zoo – Tasmania Zoo still serves as home to a fair range of animals, both native Australian and exotic.
Expect to come across the likes of koalas, kangaroos, monkeys, plenty of birds and, of course, Tasmanian Devils, which despite their predatory, meat-eating ways, are simply adorable! Tasmania Zoo follows a more open style layout than most, which allows you to get up fairly close to many of the animals.
One of the main highlights of the zoo for children is the dinosaur walk track, which winds its way around the zoo and features a bunch large model dinosaurs that the kids will no doubt love posing with. While not fully life-size, the dinosaurs are realistically modelled and both big and well-made enough to be a pleasant sideshow to the main wildlife event.
Cockington Green Gardens – It’s a small world at Cockington Green Gardens, which features a model village and miniatures of iconic buildings from around the globe. This is one for the whole family with miniature cricket grounds for the budding sports players, fairy-tale castles for the Princesses in training and fascinating replicas of international architecture for the ‘culture vultures’.
If you are visiting with preschoolers or young primary schoolers then this may prove to be the best of all the things to do in Canberra with kids.
Australian Institute of Sport – Many children enjoy a guided tour to the legendary Australian Institute of Sport. This is often rated one of the best things to do with kids in Canberra, especially for primary aged children and teenagers. Sport-loving adults will love a visit too.
You will view the training facilities and then get some hands-on experience at Sportex where you can try wheelchair basketball, rock climbing and more. Educational exhibits include the Sydney 2000 Olympics, Sports Science and Heroes and Legends.
Museum of Democracy – Tackling a serious issue facing children across Australia and giving children the chance to get hands on, Play Up – The Right to Shelter, is a not-to-be missed exhibition and experience at the Museum of Democracy.
Young visitors will get to play out how different life would be without their bedroom, favourite food or a warm jacket, in an engaging environment.