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If you could holiday anywhere in Australia
where would you go?

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#1 permiemumma

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:04 AM

We have decided to go on a family holiday next year, most likely in Autumn. We will have a 3.5yo and a 6 month old and
are planning on being away for 3-4 weeks. It wouldn't be a super stingy holiday, but we won't have the budget for a luxury holiday either. We live in Brisbane, so have already done the Gold Coast, theme parks, Fraser/Moreton/Stradbroke islands etc

We have started brainstorming ideas of places we could go. Where would you go?

#2 Nanaimo Girl

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:20 AM


I've spent alot of time inner city but haven't had the chance to explore the coastal side of things.

I'm a huge fan of Robert G Barretts Les Norton series so one day I'd like to spend a month or so exploring the Sydney suburbs mentioned in the books and also visiting places like Taree and Terrigal.

The blue mountains would be nice too.

#3 aussierach

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:25 AM

I <3 batemans bay on the NSW coast we stayed at big 4 there its lovley park there a few things within driving distance mogo zoo etc just a lovley relaxing spot original.gif

#4 Ice Queen

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:27 AM

Sydney firstly like the PP said and then head north and do that northern coast of NSW.

Sydney to Melbourne exploring the south coast of NSW and then some parts of Vic.  We did that over a week prekids but there is a lot to see.  i am a big city lover so the idea of a capital city at either end appeals to me.

Autumn might not be the best way north.  Still wet season.

Perth down to Esperance would be fabulous but WA is a shock to the system cost wise I found.  Margaret River is a great family holiday.

#5 Chelli

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:32 AM

Tassie wink.gif
Ok, so I live there but if you're looking for a wonderful holiday destination, then come on down biggrin.gif

#6 PrincessPeach

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:33 AM

Head north - It's starting to get cooler then, plus stinger season ends in April, and it's the start of the dry season.

Airlie Beach is beautiful & it's quite easy to take day trips out onto the islands.

#7 Buggylicious

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:34 AM

Lord Howe Island or Kangaroo Island.

#8 ljl211

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:37 AM


#9 antsy

Posted 27 February 2013 - 09:42 AM

We spent 2 weeks in tasmania recently and it was absolutely amazing. The natural scenery there is gorgeous, and I just loved how it isnt as busy or fast paced as the rest of australia. I felt like we didnt get to see it all either, so 3-4 weeks would be perfect. Not sure what the weather would be like in autumn though. As for cost, we spent about $6000 for 2 weeks there in peak season, mainly staying in 2 bedroom aparments or holiday house rentals, and we took our car over on the ship. So not cheap, but pretty reasonable for what we got.

#10 Reynell

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:29 AM

Norfolk Island. I have never been there but really want to go.

With 3-4 weeks I probably would go on a bit of a road trip to several places, and spend say 3 days in each.

As for some of the places I have been:

Ocean Grove / Queenscliff in Victoria. Beach holiday, lots of exploring to do, plenty of caravan parks and yet not that far that you couldn't do a trip or two into Melbourne to do some touristy things there.

The Riverlands. Travel along the Murray staying a places like Albury, Mildura, Loxton, Mannum, down to Wellington.


#11 Banana Pancakes

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:33 AM

Cairns or Tasmania.

#12 Therese

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:36 AM

I would head north. Probably to the Whitsundays or Cairns.

#13 tres-chic

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:37 AM

Hamilton Island or Margaret River.

#14 Academic

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:39 AM

I would say Tasmania or tropical north as well. I would love to explore WA more - I spent two months in Perth once but didn't venture out further, I would love to see some of the coastal areas. But flights would cost a bomb for a family.

#15 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:39 AM

A week shopping and eating in Melbourne, then take time exploring the great ocean road.

#16 bunnysquared

Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:47 AM

Broome is really special, and if you don't go soon it may be completely ruined forever by the James Price Point mine mad.gif

It is quite a long trip and depending on when/where you go (restaurants, tours, accommodation) could be prohibitively expensive for a family.

#17 carls888

Posted 27 February 2013 - 12:57 PM

QUOTE (SlinkyMalinki @ 27/02/2013, 11:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
A week shopping and eating in Melbourne, then take time exploring the great ocean road.

Me too, Melbourne 1 week, I would also add in Mornington Peninsula for a week, then two weeks going along the Bellarine Peninsular. Lovely...

DH is from the far north and his rule is to never holiday there until after the Queens birthday weekend as the chances of it being very wet, tropical wet, are very high before then.

Have fun planning.

That said, we just costed out 4 weeks in Australia versus 4 weeks in Thailand (5 star and spending money etc) and it was cheaper to go overseas for the four of us.  rolleyes.gif  Crazy!

C  biggrin.gif

#18 *LucyE*

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:04 PM

A week shopping and eating in Melbourne, then take time exploring the great ocean road

I was coming in to say something similar.

In Brissy you have access to awesome beaches and a beautiful warm climate. It's fun to experience something different which is why is head south.

Explore the lane ways and food culture in Melbourne. Then explore around the morning ton penninsula and Yarra valley regions. Awesome food, wineries galore and lovely scenery. Rent cottages with real wood fire places which we aren't allowed to have in Brisbane anymore (and it rarely gets cold enough).

#19 MrsRadiant

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:11 PM

Another who picks cairns.
Such a beautiful place!!

#20 *Lena*

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:12 PM

I loved Airlie Beach and will be going back there one day for sure.

Places I would like to go: Darwin, Perth, great oceans road, Tas.


Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:15 PM

Camping at Sandon River or Bundjalung National Park.
Both places hold great memories from when we were kids.

#22 ComradeBob

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:17 PM

Tasmania, definitely. At that time of the year, there should be lots of lovely autumn trees and it's big enough to have plenty to explore, but small enough that you could base yourself in two or three places the entire time you're there and do a series of day trips.

You could also do a few days in Melbourne and surrounds easily too.

#23 PixieVee

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:20 PM

100% Tassie for the amount of time.

#24 seayork2002

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:41 PM

My husband wants to go to Iron Knob (in SA I think), not sure why original.gif

#25 Feralina

Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:44 PM

South Australia. Any of it. All of it! What a beautiful beautiful state. DH and I spent most of our honeymoon driving around SA, and have been back for more driving holidays since. Can't wait to take DS with us next time.

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