As the bell rings and the stampede of little feet begin, we know the school holidays have arrived. Whether you plan on packing the campervan, jumping on a cruise or flying to an exotic destination, school holidays are the perfect opportunity for a family getaway. Celebrate the end of the school term with a relaxing beach trip at the Gold Coast or end the year with a magical white Christmas in Europe. However you choose to celebrate, a family holiday is sure to brighten the calendar in 2014.
Not every family holiday has to be ‘the big one,’ in fact even a long weekend away can give respite to the weary. Escape the daily grind, with a weekend in one of Australia’s popular cities, such as Sydney or Melbourne. Enjoy a relaxing beach getaway to the Gold Coast or even take a short cruise along Australian shores. The kids will relish the endless onboard activities, while mum and dad can tackle the famous buffets. Make the most of those long weekends and get refreshed and reenergised with a short break holiday.
This April, pack your Easter eggs and hot cross buns and take the family on a tropical holiday. A short flight from Australia could have you enjoying the lively beaches of Phuket while feasting on delicious Thai food. On the other hand, head to beautiful Bali to play with the cheeky monkeys in Ubud or splash about at the Waterbom Park. Just a hop, skip and jump from Australia’s east coast are the emerald waters of Fiji. Snorkel in the shallows to spy colourful fish and unusual sea life before picking up your souvenirs at the Nadi markets.
Put away those winter woollies and take the family to the USA these June/July holidays. Learn to surf on Waikiki Beach in Oahu or watch the sulphur bubble at the fascinating Hawaii Volcano National Park on the Big Island. Alternatively, take the kids to discover the magic of Disney in Anaheim or experience the glamour of Hollywood in Los Angeles. With summer in full swing, you can make the most of the midyear break by partying in the USA.
Spring is here! Which means summer is on the horizon, making the September school holidays perfect for a family beach getaway. Escape to the Gold Coast and enjoy time on the beautiful beaches or explore the stunning Gold Coast Hinterland. The kids will relish a day at one of the four amazing theme parks on your doorstep. Venture a little further and enjoy an exotic island holiday on one of our close neighbours, Fiji or Vanuatu.
The long Christmas break provides the opportunity to whisk the kids away on a decent family escape. Take advantage of the Australia summer and head to Tropical North Queensland to visit Cairns or the Whitsundays. Experience the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef or discover the treasures that lie in the Daintree Rainforest. For a white Christmas, consider heading to London or New York and watch these cities transform into a winter wonderland.