As winter makes its way south, Australians reluctantly dig out the doonas and swap their air-conditioning for heaters. But why not break up the mid-year chills and head to the northern hemisphere for some sunshine? Here’s our pick of five family-friendly destinations perfect for a summer break.
You can fly directly to Honolulu from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, making Hawaii a fuss-free and accessible destination for Aussie families. In just over 10 hours, you’ll have crossed into balmy summertime and the land of volcanoes, surf beaches and luaus. Hawaii offers a wide range of family friendly accommodation and activities. Adventure seekers will love zip-lining, hiking, snorkelling with sea turtles and learning to surf. While those after a more relaxing experience will appreciate beautiful mountain views, enormous swimming pools and world-class spa treatments.
If you want to really chase the sun over winter, the Greek islands offer the perfect destination. Enjoy the allure of an ancient European culture paired with sultry summer temperatures and welcoming, big-hearted locals. The island of Crete is perfect for a Mediterranean beach getaway. There’s a huge choice of family friendly resorts lining azure waters and fun activities like the Cretaquarium and the Limnoupolis Water Park a within easy reach. Beyond the beach there are plenty of wonderful historical and cultural attractions to explore that will fascinate all ages.
London is a wonderful place for kids (young and old) to explore, particularly in summer. The city is drenched in history and cultural experiences. Among them, the spectacular Notting Hill Carnival takes place over the August bank Holiday weekend. This three-day event is one of the world’s largest carnivals and it’s a spectacle that every family should experience. The streets heave with the sights, sounds and colours of parades, parties, food stalls and revellers. Sunday is traditionally children’s day, so it makes for a fun family day out. Other children’s attractions to take in during your visit include the London Eye, Queen’s Ice and Bowl, Madam Tussauds, Hyde Park (especially the Diana Memorial Playground), London Zoo and the Discover Children’s Story Centre.
Mexico is famous for its all-inclusive resort packages, offering exceptional value from budget to luxury accommodation in places like Cancun, Riviera Maya and Los Cabos. We can help you find the right match for your family’s budget and desired destination. Regardless of where in Mexico you choose to visit, sunshine and good times will abound. But it’s the food that will really impress – dishes like chalupas, quesadillas, and gorditas offer an array of flavours and textures and Mexicans rightly treat every meal like a celebration. The cuisine is kid friendly too, making it easy for families to really get stuck into a new cultural experience.
For a brilliant getaway during an Aussie winter, you can’t really go past the classic Fijian beach escape. Although it's not a northern hemisphere destination, Fiji boasts a warm balmy climate all year round. Treat the family to a beachfront bure and laze the days away watching the kids play on the beach and the palms dance in the breeze. As an extra treat, chat to us about taking a dive course that caters for all the family and learn a new skill together.