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What makes a great holiday for one family, might not be suitable for another. So here are a collection of fresh ideas to help you create the best vacation yet.
A traditional Fijian village. For a unique insight into authentic Fijian culture. You’ll be welcomed by the village chief before observing a traditional Kava ceremony and the local way of life. If you take gifts for the children, their broad smiles will melt your heart.
Stand-up paddle boarding with the entire family. Classes are available across the islands, some on the sea, others grazing the river mangroves. Either way, you’ll enjoy picturesque views and safety-first leadership from your guide. Ask about sunset tours for stunning vistas across super still water.
In Denarau. With a family-friendly menu, meals at The Hard Rock Café will keep the kids happy, as will the colouring books. There are also pizza establishments, steakhouses and al fresco decks with sweeping ocean views. The sunset vistas will beguile even the most critical of guests (i.e. the pint-sized ones).
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Aquasplash, located in the sea at Marine Parade, is Australia’s first open water fun park. An assault course of water inflatables, bouncy platforms and slippery obstacles, family passes can be bought at the gate for $44AUD. Or for something even more extreme, check out Wet’n’Wild.
Pet and feed a giant tortoise at Australia Zoo. These incredible creatures love a good cuddle, as well as the odd slice of cucumber. Suitable for children three years and up, you’ll pay an extra $30AUDpp on top of the admission fee, but it’s the perfect addition to a day at Australia’s most famous zoo.
Dreamworld Theme Park boasts nine big thrill rides, eight family rides and half a dozen milder ones for toddlers. Scream your lungs out at the dips, twists and turns. The Dreamworld ticket is a wallet-friendly option for combining all the crowd pleasers: Dreamworks, ABC Kids World, Tiger Island and more.
How to sand surf. The dunes at Mui Ne have been wind carved into a large rolling playground of sand hills. Plastic sledges (and a helping hand) are provided by the teachers, most of whom are no more than nine years old themselves. Trust us, they’re most definitely the experts.
A bicycle ride out of Hoi An to Tra Que village. Discover authentic Vietnam while cycling through hill tribe villages, absorbing local customs and tending to the paddy fields. Watch your kids communicate with the local children; defying all cultural barriers and embracing rural life.
Mind your head! The hanging grottos that define a leisurely row down the Tam Coc River are so low, you can reach up and touch the stalactites. Children love the languorous rowboats, which are skilfully steered by Vietnamese locals and glide effortlessly beneath giant limestone karsts and imposing mountainside.
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