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Australian Family-Friendly Attractions

22nd March 2012

Australia’s capital cities offer many attractions to appeal to all tastes. However, travelling as a family can pose challenges – especially when it comes to finding activities that will keep everyone amused. Here are some suggestions that are suitable for the whole family when you're next exploring our major capitals.

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The Wheel of Brisbane

Powerhouse Museum – Sydney
Located in the Darling Harbour precinct, the Powerhouse Museum proudly presents interactive displays to enable visitors of all ages to learn more about technology. This museum is sure to spark the imagination of young inventors and spur them on to be the next Einstein, Newton or Richter.

Puffing Billy – Melbourne
Situated in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, the Puffing Billy Steam Train is a great family-friendly activity. Commencing in 1899, the historic engine and carriages continue to take passengers along the same route from Belgrave Station.

The Wheel of Brisbane – Brisbane
Ferris Wheels have certainly become more advanced since the original construction in Chicago in 1893. Today, a modern incarnation of the Ferris Wheel is The Wheel of Brisbane, which proudly sits on Southbank and offers great views of the city skyline and the river.

Questacon – Canberra
While the kids may not enjoy a tour of the National Parliament, they’ll certainly appreciate learning more about science at Questacon, the nation’s premiere destination for all things scientific. This is the place that makes science fun and relevant.

Maritime Museum – Perth
Located in nearby Fremantle overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Western Australian Maritime Museum gives the whole family a chance to develop their sea legs. The big attractions are Australia II, which won the America’s Cup and the HMAS Ovens, an Oberon class submarine.