Australia with Kids

Lightfoot Travel specialise in tailor-made itineraries for family holidays, honeymoons and corporate travel around the world. Below is a sample itinerary for a family holiday to Australia, and can be adjusted based on your time, budget and interests.

Day 1: Melbourne Arrival

Upon arrival at Melbourne International Airport, you will be met by your Lightfoot Travel guide and transferred to your hotel.

The Lyall Hotel and Spa is a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of beautiful South Yarra. The hotel offers grand hotel services on an intimate scale, welcoming guests with personal attention in just 40 suites. The neighbourhood is ripe for exploration and the hotel provides free push bikes for guests to use when out and about.

Stay: The Lyall

Day 2: Cosmopolitan Melbourne

Spend today adjusting to Melbourne time and exploring the cosmopolitan city full of football and ballet, food and fashion, eateries, groovy galleries, and trendy cafés. There is an array of activities on offer, including:

  • Marvelling at the views over the city on a sunrise balloon ride
  • Learning about Australia’s natural and cultural history at Melbourne Museum
  • Dining on board the Colonial Tram car
  • Shopping in fashionable South Yarra
  • Visiting the cafés and beaches of St Kilda
  • Exploring Melbourne’s new Federation Square
  • Strolling through the Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Taking in public art along the city streets and laneways next to the Yarra
River
  • Making friends with the wildlife at Healesville, Australia’s premier animal sanctuary
  • Visiting 12 Apostles on a full day Great
Ocean Road tour
  • Travelling to the Dandenongs and enjoying a ride on Puffing Billy
steam train(Activities are à la carte, additional charges may apply)

Stay: The Lyall

Day 3: A Penguin Parade on Phillip Island

After a morning spent at leisure, you’ll be met by your guide for an outing to Phillip Island. The afternoon and evening will be spent discovering the island’s dramatic landscapes and unique flora and fauna, beginning with a visit to the tiny Churchill Island, a historic working farm where you’ll learn about the lives of the first settlers to this region.

At the Koala Conservation Centre, kids can get up close and personal with the furry little fellas in their natural habitat, and you’ll likely meet some wallabies and echidnas along the way. At the Nobbies, you’ll stroll along the boardwalk with waves crashing along the dramatic coastline. You might even spot a few seals and some penguin nests! If you come in the summer, you’ll have free time in the town of Cowes to walk along the beach, do some shopping, or try the fresh local seafood.

Finally, a trip to Phillip Island isn’t complete without a black tie gala event. Didn’t pack your tux? It’s okay, we’re talking about the Penguin Parade. Your family will be spoilt with unprecedented up-close viewing of the little penguins as they come ashore. And when the gala is done, you’ll return to Melbourne, with visions of penguins dancing in your head.

 

Stay: The Lyall

Day 4: Hamilton Island

After breakfast you’ll be taken to the airport for a short 3-hour flight to Hamilton Island. Upon arrival, you’ll board a luxury yacht transfer to One&Only Hayman Island, an incredible private island resort in the middle of a turquoise blue sea. Here is where you’ll spend the next three days, exploring the crystal waters, pine forests, and sandy beaches on the northernmost point of Australia’s Whitsunday archipelago, in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef.

Stay: One&Only Hayman Island

Day 5 & 6: Fun in the Sun

The next two days are yours to spend as you like, and with all the activities on offer at One&Only Hayman Island, the only question will be how to fit it all in. Enjoy the expansive island resort through a variety of complimentary activities like guided walks and snorkelling trips to Blue Pearl Bay, bird walks to get to know the winged island residents, and bushwalking tracks exploring the forest terrain. Break a sweat on the sea with catamarans, windsurfers, and paddle skis. Or burn off some energy on land on the tennis, basketball, or squash courts, on the putting green, or in the gym.

In addition, there are a number of à la carte activities available at One&Only Hayman Island. What will your next adventure be?

  • Great Barrier Reef cruises with snorkelling and diving
  • Sea-kayak adventure
  • Sunset and island escapades
  • Semi-submersible coral reef viewing
  • Water skiing, wakeboarding, and tube riding
  • Seaplane adventures
  • Helicopter experiences
  • Game fishing and bottom fishing
  • Sailing
  • Private tennis and golf lessons
  • Spa treatments

Stay: One&Only Hayman Island

Day 7: Hamilton Island to Cairns

This morning you’ll board the yacht transfer to Hamilton Island, for an onward flight to Cairns. Upon arrival at Cairns Airport you’ll be met by a private driver and transferred to Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa.

Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa is located in North Queensland, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest. This spacious resort features a range of accommodation styles, situated around one of the largest lagoon pools in the southern hemisphere. Enjoy lazy afternoons in the sunshine or at the spa while the little ones partake in a variety of activities designed especially for kids.

Stay: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa

Day 8: Great Barrier Reef

Are you ready to experience the turquoise waters and 2000 km collection of colourful coral in the Great Barrier Reef? After a transfer to Marina Mirage, you’ll board a custom-built vessel designed for diving and snorkeling that will help you cruise the reef in style. Relax as friendly staff tend to your every need, freeing you to focus on the incredible underwater landscapes and marine life in the reef. Enjoy several guided snorkeling tours and reef talks in between morning and afternoon tea, and a tropical buffet lunch. You’ll be counting down the minutes until you can get back in the water to swim with the sea creatures one more and at the end of the day, you’ll head back to your hotel, waterlogged, but full of wonder at the incredible marvels of the sea.

Stay: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa

Day 9: Daintree Rainforest Adventure

Today begins with an early start, because the early bird gets the worm, and early travellers get to experience the Daintree Rainforest with almost no one else about. The adventure begins in the Cape Tribulation section of the World Heritage-listed Wet Tropics at the Alexandra Range Lookout for some breathtaking views (the same spot where, back in 1770, Captain Cook experienced his own ‘trials and tribulations’). Get ready to spot cassowaries, forest dragons, and even buff-breasted paradise kingfishers on the rainforest boardwalks and beaches, then zip through the trees on a jungle surfing experience through the canopy.

After a delicious lunch (and ice cream from the Daintree Bio-Dynamic Creamery) it’s time to head to the river for a wildlife cruise. Keep an eye out for crocs, snakes, and eagles, while learning all about the amazing biodiversity in this part of Australia. If weather permits, you’ll stop at the upper Mossman River for a cooling dip in the healing waters. Don’t worry, it’s far away from the croc habitat so you can relax and enjoy the most incredible water in the world.

Stay: Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa

Day 10:  Journey to Sydney

After breakfast, board a short flight that will take you from Cairns to Sydney, where you’ll be met by your private driver and transferred to your hotel.

Located in The Rocks, the city’s most vibrant and historic neighbourhood at the foot of Sydney Harbour Bridge, Four Seasons Sydney offers a spectacular experience for guests in New South Whales. Stroll cobblestone streets and outdoor cafés in The Rocks, witness the spectacular flora at the Royal Botanic Gardens, discover life under the sea at the renowned Sydney Aquarium, or visit one of Sydney’s 37 beautiful beaches, dotting the coastline all around the bay. The property is very family-friendly and young guests enjoy complimentary amenities. Babysitting services can also be arranged.

Stay: Four Seasons Sydney

Day 11: Furry Friends at the Zoo & a Sydney Bike Tour

Start the day bright and early with a 5-minute walk to Circular Quay where you’ll board a ferry for Taronga Zoo and the VIP Aussie Gold Tour. Taronga Zoo sits on 52 acres of picturesque land, with stunning views over Sydney Harbour toward the Opera House. But the views aren’t what you’re here for. In this 90-minute A-list experience you’ll be guided by an expert member of the staff who will get you up close with kangaroos, wallabies, birds, wombats, reptiles, and more. Go where visitors never get to explore and meet Australia’s most unusual wildlife. Be sure to snap a photo and capture the moment. You’ll never have face time like this again!

In the afternoon the fun continues with a 3-hour easy bike ride around Sydney. Ride with your guide and discover the city’s best highlights like stunning harbour views at Circular Quay, the piers at Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour, Hyde Park, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. There’s no better way to get a quick feel for the city, than the harbour highlights tour!

Stay: Four Seasons Sydney

Day 12: Sail & Surf

Today is all about the water. In the morning, make your way to Campbells Cove, for a sensational 2-hour morning tea cruise. Your captain will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour as you take in the sights of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House and the various bays and coves from the comfort of the 52-foot motor yacht.

In the afternoon you’ll head to Bondi Beach for a 1.5-hour private surf lesson in the sea. Pop up quicker and catch more waves with extra attention from a dedicated surf coach who will make sure you’re having fun while being challenged, all in a safe environment. If you’re already comfortable on a board, even better – your coach will help you progress, focusing on technique and board control, while bringing out your natural surfing ability.

After a day on the water and in the fresh air, you’ll look forward to retiring back to the hotel for a night of relaxation and rest.

Stay: Four Seasons Sydney

Day 13: Bon Voyage

Departure day. A private transfer will take you to Sydney International Airport for your onward flight. Board the plane with a host of wonderful new memories made down under. Bon voyage.

Itinerary

Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Melbourne Arrival The Lyall
Day 2: Cosmopolitan Melbourne The Lyall
Day 3: A Penguin Parade on Phillip Island The Lyall
Day 4: Hamilton Island One&Only Hayman Island
Day 5 & 6: Fun in the Sun One&Only Hayman Island
Day 7: Hamilton Island to Cairns Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa
Day 8: Great Barrier Reef Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa
Day 9: Daintree Rainforest Adventure Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa
Day 10:  Journey to Sydney Four Seasons Sydney
Day 11: Furry Friends at the Zoo & a Sydney Bike Tour Four Seasons Sydney
Day 12: Sail & Surf Four Seasons Sydney
Day 13: Bon Voyage

Inclusions

Included

  • Private transfers as noted
  • Accommodation and meals as specified
  • Full day small group tour of Phillip Island, including dinner and access to Penguin Parade
  • Shared return ferry transfer Hamilton Island Airport – Hayman Island – Hamilton Island Airport
  • Full day small group cruise to the Great Barrier Reef including lunch
  • Full day small group tour to Cape Tribulation including lunch
  • Small group 1.5 hour Taronga Zoo Gold Aussie VIP Tour
  • Small group 3 hour cycling tour of Sydney
  • Small group 2 hour cruise on Sydney Harbour
  • Private 1.5 hour Bondi Beach surfing lesson including hotel pick up and drop off
  • Australian Goods and Services Tax (GST) at 10%
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • Visas
  • International airfare
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for all Lightfoot Travel holidays)

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The Lyall, Victoria One & Only Hayman Island Great Barrier Reef, Queensland Pullman Port Douglas Sea Temple Resort & Spa, Queensland Four Seasons Sydney

From USD18,750 based on a family of 2 adults traveling with 2 children between 01 Jul 2016 and 31 2017

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant.