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Holiday Destinations Australia: Top 10 in Australia’s South West

Australia’s South West named in the Top 10 Family Friendly Destinations by Lonely Planet. Travelling to Western Australia with kids is renowned for its big blue skies, mild weather, stunning natural scenery and friendly local folk. But did you know that it is specifically the south west of the state that is a favourite for visitors from all over the globe? From the biggest free playground in the southern hemisphere to its glorious beaches, here are the top 10 reasons why Australia’s South West is a must visit family holiday destination in Western Australia for kids.

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Family Friendly Restaurants In Melbourne With Kids

Eating out in Melbourne with kids can be a conundrum if you don’t know where to go. Melbourne is known to be the eating out capital of Australia – everywhere you turn there is a tiny bar, pop up restaurant or hole-in-the-wall serious coffee shop. And while it is possible to cram your stroller into a crowded Asian noodle shop or perch with child atop lap on a milk crate down a back lane somewhere, sometimes all you want is a comfortable eating experience for you and the kids. Here’s suitcases&strollers list of family friendly restaurants that are still cool for parents. 

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3 Best Family Friendly Activities For Kids in Albury

Highlights of family holidays in Albury with kids. The best family holidays in Australia always involve the great outdoors and that is why Albury is such a fantastic family holiday destination. Almost halfway between Sydney and Melbourne, the twin towns of Albury and Wodonga have tons to offer for families traveling with kids who want to stop on a road trip with kids. But perhaps lesser well known is the fact that there is some truly beautiful and awe inspiring scenery to be seen in the region, if only you know where to look. Here, the suitcases&strollers travel tips for some of the best activities to do with kids in Albury (and Wodonga).

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Winter Family Holidays: Western Australia With Kids

Looking for a winter family vacation? Then you should definitely be thinking about Western Australia. While you get to enjoy winter holiday activities such as sitting by log fires, eating hearty meals overlooking the green hills and warm cups of tea on misty mornings, the weather is still temperate enough that there are plenty of reasons to go outdoors too. In the south west of the state, the scenery is picture perfect and (some would say) at its most beautiful during the cooler months. If you’re looking for winter family vacations that are a break from the tropical heat and involve fresh air, sunshine and beautiful natural scenery (whale watching anyone?) then it’s time to head to Western Australia with kids.

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Free Things To Do In Melbourne With Kids

Melbourne has plenty of free activities for kids. While it is Australia’s hipster city renown for cool cafes, hidden laneway bars and graffiti art, it is also a city where you can definitely have family vacations on a budget. If you want to keep your little ones (or not so little ones) occupied on the cheap, or even for free, then you’re more than catered for in Melbourne; in fact there are a number of free things to do in Melbourne for kids. Here are some family travel ideas for free kids activities in Melbourne.

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Kid Friendly Wineries: Rutherglen

Rutherglen wine region in Victoria, Australia is one of the country’s little hidden secrets. Much smaller than the more famous wine areas such as the Margaret River, Barossa or Hunter Valley, this means that far from coming across lots of bus tours and crowded tasting rooms, instead there are plenty of tiny family friendly wineries run by multi generational wine makers that welcome parents with small kids. Famed for their sweet wines (locally referred to as “stickies”) the kid friendly wineries of Rutherglen make for a perfect couple of days of wine tasting and family bonding. Here are some of the more family friendly wineries in Rutherglen.

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Little Globetrotter: Levi Cuthbert

Family holiday destinations should always involve LEGO, says our little friend Levi Cuthbert. At the tender age of 5, Levi is something of a jetsetter travelling regularly to places like Bali, Italy, Malaysia, Thailand and all over Australia with his parents and sister Zoey (3). This precocious preschooler tells suitcases&strollers about his favourite family friendly holidays and what made them so great (hint: coloured bricks may have been involved).

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Kids Attractions: Miniature Railways in Victoria

Kids love trains. Shrink them down and make them small enough that they look like toys that kids can still ride and they are in heaven. Visiting miniature railways with kids is a cheap, easy way to spend a few hours together in the fresh air without requiring any exertion on the part of parents at all. And if you are on a family holiday in Australia looking for outdoor activities for toddlers and kids, there is an abundance of miniature railways in Victoria and Melbourne. Here is a comprehensive list.

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Exercise While Travelling: Fun Runs For Kids in Asia

Active holidays for families are a great way to encourage kids to embrace health and fitness while still having fun. But this doesn’t mean you need to climb a mountain or do extreme sports. Instead, plan your next family vacation around a fun run for kids. Exercise while travelling can make an event seem more exciting or interesting than just doing it at home and gives a chance for that all important family bonding time that happens in foreign environments. Here are some of the most exciting fun runs for kids in Asia and Australia in 2015.

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Free Things To Do In Brisbane With Kids

If you’re looking for cheap holiday destinations in Australia with kids, Brisbane is a good option. With its relaxed pace and tropical climate, Brisbane lives up to its role as capital of the so-called “Sunshine State” of Australia with plenty of free things to do with kids. While visitors and residents spend much of their time outside in parks, cycling along the riverside bikeways and cruising the Brisbane River on CityCats, Brisbane has plenty of family-friendly indoor attractions should the heavens open up. Here are some suggestions for free activities to do in Brisbane with kids.

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Little Globetrotter: Josie Burke

Family holiday destinations that involve sun, sand, beach and lots of laughs are the best, says Josie Burke (11). She regularly travels three or four times a year to places such as Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Cambodia, sometimes with her siblings Chloe (9) and Hugh (6) and sometimes independently on school trips. She gives suitcases&strollers her candid opinion on the best (and worst) bits of family travel with kids.

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Australian Open Tennis With Kids

The Australian Open is about so much more than just tennis. For a day out in Melbourne with kids that involves sun, fun and one of the most family friendly sporting events in the world, it’s hard to beat the Australian Open with kids. The tickets are relatively accessible versus other grand slams (such as Wimbledon), the crowds are friendly and Australia with kids is, of course, one of the easiest and most pleasant family holiday destinations anywhere. To teach your kids about the value of exercise, healthy competition or just the joys of a large scale international event, this is absolutely worthwhile and you've still got until February 1 2015 to check it out.

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WIN! A Luxury Family Holiday in Port Douglas

The best family holiday destinations in the world are all about the crucial combination of parental enjoyment and kids’ entertainment and the super chic QT Port Douglas has both. Family friendly accommodation means lots of activities (outdoor movies, vintage bicycling, tennis, beach and pool play) combined with those little touches the help parents chillax (babysitting, kitchenettes in the villas and a gorgeous spa). Sounds perfect? Then enter our competition to WIN a three-night luxury family holiday in a 2-bedroom villa at QT Port Douglas courtesy of suitcases&strollers and our friends at Smith & Family. *THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED*

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Family Friendly Holidays: Canberra With Kids

Canberra may not seem a sexy or exciting family holiday destination in Australia but that’s makes it so brilliant for travel with kids. Canberra with kids is safe, easy to get around, there are enough museums and tourist attractions to occupy you yet it never feels rushed, crowded or difficult. Plus as a capital city Canberra is well landscaped, simple to navigate and full of beautiful views over the lake, Parliament House and its other significant government buildings. Versus Sydney or Melbourne Canberra is definitely smaller and less vibrant, but it makes for incredibly straightforward and, therefore, family friendly holidays.

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Road Trips With Kids: Driving Between Melbourne and Sydney

Where are the best places to stop on the Hume Highway if you’re planning a road trip with kids between the major Australian cities? The Hume is so flat and well maintained it’s easy to keep bypassing exits without knowing which are the most convenient and interesting pit stops for a bite to eat or a run around a park. Here are the suitcases&strollers travel tips for some of the more memorable sights between Sydney and Melbourne.

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Profile: TODAY Show Weatherman Steven Jacobs

Australian TODAY show weatherman Steven Jacobs is a prolific traveller. He visits an average of 7 countries a year and has been to somewhere between 70 to 80 countries in his lifetime including Canada, New Zealand, Mexico and Uruguay. A lot of his time on the road is for work, but even when he’s not chasing the weather he has something of an obssession about traveling with his kids Isabella (also called Issy, 3) and Francesca (nicknamed Frenchie, 1) and his wife Rosie. Steven gives suitcases&strollers his family travel tips on the best family holiday destinations.

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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Albury & Wodonga With Kids

If you’re driving between Sydney and Melbourne with kids, the twin towns of Albury and Wodonga have historically been a favourite place to stop and break up the road trip. But these two townships (one on the New South Wales border, the other in Victoria) have much more to offer than just a place to grab a coffee. If all you plan to see are the big cities, it’s definitely worth investing at least a day here to explore the sights and get a glimpse of what rural Australia has to offer.

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Western Australia’s Gourmet Trail with Kids

A family holiday in Western Australia is often about wineries, small food producers and big blue skies. And for parents traveling with kids, there are also plenty of unique ways to get the children involved and excited about the gourmet experiences just as much as the adults. While there are plenty of wineries with large open spaces for kids to run while parents sip and sample, there’s no reason why the children can’t join in the tastings too. (Don’t miss The Cidery, for instance, where there are some fantastic non alcoholic options for children to try.) Here are some other interesting ideas for family-friendly activities on the gourmet trail in Western Australia with kids.

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Best Family Holidays in Australia: Tumbarumba

Set in the pretty New South Wales countryside, Tumbarumba is a tiny town that boasts spectacular scenic roads whether you choose to visit it via Sydney or Melbourne. This is the ideal place to explore some of the prettiest countryside in Australia with kids, venture into the famed Snowy Mountains, view some native wildlife, swim in the Murray River in the summer and ski or snowboard with kids in the winter.

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Farm Stays for Kids in Western Australia

If you need to escape the pollution and pace of big city living, farm stays with kids are a good option. In South West Western Australia this can mean not only do the children get to experience hands-on interaction with baby animals and seeing a live farm in operation, parents can enjoy some of the best food and wine in the country without having to sit in a stuffy, expensive restaurant. For a family holiday activity that will be unusual and memorable for the kids, but oh so easy for the parents, farm stays are it.

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