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Christmas Family Holidays and Travel tips Down Under

Whether you are visiting family or just giving you and yours a trip of a life time, Australia has everything from deserts, wildlife, rainforests, beaches and culture. This vast and diverse continent should be visited at least once in a lifetime. Flight times to Australia(depending on your stop over) are around 24 hours. Lots of major airlines now fly from Dublin, including Emirates. Flight prices start at around 800 euro per person.

You will be leaving the cold and gloom behind you and landing into the peak summer season, so expect the weather to be anything from 30 to 40+ degrees. If you are short for time but want to see lots of places, there are plenty of internal budget flights that will fly you to all the major cities and attractions.

Australia with Families

Traveling with families is easy in Oz; people are friendly, there are lots of different things to do and see depending on your budget (whether it is staying in hostels or four star hotels) and the kids will love the outdoor lifestyle that is part of every Ozzies’ life. Christmas time in Oz is the same as summer holidays at home, so schools will be on holidays and there will be plenty of people travelling and visiting the big attractions. There is so much to do on this massive continent that it would take hours to go through them all, but here are some ideas:

Visit Sydney

Sydney has everything for families a large metropolis can offer. There is the world famous surfing beaches, colonial buildings, and tropical Blue Mountains. You can visit The Sydney Observatory, The Sydney Aquarium, the stunning Royal Botanical Gardens, the majestic Sydney Harbour Bridge, and famous Opera House. There are loads of festivals on during the peak season too, including the world famous Mardi Gras, and there are tons of markets, and sports events and film festivals.

The Outback

Australia's outback is considered one of the few true wildernesses left on earth. It’s red dusty heart, Alice Springs, is the center for tourists to go trekking, camping in the desert, helicopter rides over Ayers Rock, or 4 x 4 drives through the empty desert. But it’s not just empty desert plains. There is so much to see like massive gorges, huge rivers and waterfalls, and of course, crazy wildlife.

Queensland Gold Coast Beaches

Queensland has it’s own commercial tourist side with the ‘Gold Coast’ the capital of Australia's beach resorts. Lots of high rise beachfront apartments that spans the entire 30 miles of white sandy beaches. A great beach trip to do with the family. There is lots of surfing, water sports, and quiet beaches. All the family things to do you would expect from a large coastal beach resort.

Great Barrier Reef

Snorkeling and diving is the main attraction of Australia's natural treasure: the world’s largest barrier reef. There are plenty of package tours that will include diving and snorkeling, with all the gear supplied and lessons for complete beginners. There are plenty of resorts that host kid’s clubs and activities depending on where you go. Including kid’s snorkeling, and turtle nesting viewing.