Are you in serious need of a getaway but your usual spot is out of the question?
While restrictions may be keeping you from visiting other countries or even states, they are not keeping you from enjoying an amazing holiday.
Expedia has crunched the numbers and found that Australian families are most interested in visiting the following destinations these school holidays:
- Gold Coast
- North Coast NSW
- Sunshine Coast
- Byron Bay
- Hunter Valley
We know there are still some barriers involved when travelling to certain destinations so to make it easier for you we have broken it down by state.
New South Wales
There is something for everyone in New South Wales from secluded beaches along the North Coast to quaint vineyards tucked away in the Hunter Valley.
Expedia’s research shows that most families are planning on heading to the beaches of Northern New South Wales to make the most of the warmer weather. Other popular searches for New South Welshmen include Sydney, Byron Bay, the Hunter Valley and the Southern Coast.
To help you save some money on your family holiday, Expedia has put together some exclusive offers:
If you want to indulge your family in a little luxury, you can’t go past the View Sydney Hotel in North Sydney. Spend your days exploring local parks and sit seeing or seek thrills and fun at Luna Park. Travellers who book through Expedia can enjoy a staycation package^ including breakfast, parking and 12 pm late check-out (Queen room with a max occupancy of 3).
Take sight-seeing to the next level with a visit to Illawarra Fly Treetop adventures for an exhilarating flight over the rainforest canopy. Families can enjoy up to 20% off^ on Expedia for the Zipline Tour & Treetop Walk adventure.
If you are a family of adrenaline junkies, you can get your kicks on the dunes of Stockton Beach. Hire a quad bike, soak up the sun and enjoy the coastline views while you zip around on the sand.
After a relaxing beach holiday? The whole family will love the Lennox Beach Resort and all it has to offer including a tennis court, swimming pool, heated lap pool, jacuzzi and barbeques so you can save some money by cooking your own delicious meals.
Let’s face it, Queenslanders are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to holiday destinations. Expedia’s research shows that despite the abundance of options, most Queenslander’s are considering staying closer to home this spring with the most popular searches being the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Whitsundays, Cairns and Brisbane.
Tricks of the trade:
Left it to the last minute, don’t stress, there are still savings to be had, Expedia data shows that families can save up to 15% by booking a hotel in Brisbane in the week leading up to their getaway.
Need someone to take the hassle out of planning for you? Expedia has put together some insanely great deals to locations your family will love:
Just a stone’s throw away from the idyllic Palm Cove beach, The Reef Retreat is an intimate boutique retreat offering families a range of self-contained apartments. Travellers who book 2-nights can save up to 40%^ on a Standard Studio Suite (Spa) on Expedia and Expedia Gold Members can also receive $30 food and beverage voucher as part of the Expedia VIP Access program.
Families heading to the glorious Whitsundays can stay at the beautiful Daydream Island Resort for up to 25% off^ including breakfast. Feel like a world away on this idyllic island and enjoy the private beach, pools and extensive and food and beverage offerings across the island.
Just steps away from Brisbane River and South Bank parklands, the Morgan Suites self-contained apartments are the perfect base for a city-cation. On Expedia, families can save up to 35% off^ for a minimum two-night stay.
If you’re heading to Far North Queensland, you have to visit the award-winning Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures. The whole family with enjoy the crocodile and snake shows as well as visiting the Komodo Dragons, Alligators, Cassowaries, Wombats, Koalas, Emus, Lizards, Quolls, Kangaroos and Wallabies. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, online bookings are encouraged.
It is no secret that South Australia is home to some of the most picturesque locations on the planet, and while the people of SA are pretty much free to roam the country as they please, it comes as no surprise that many locals are opting to holiday close to home with Adelaide and Kangaroo Island scoring highly in the Expedia search results.
Ready to start planning your South Australian adventure? Here are some tips from the Expedia experts:
Escape to the Avani Adelaide Residences and spend your days lazing by the pool, reading in the library or if you are after something a little different you perfect your swing with the on-site camera and golf simulator.
For the thrill-seeking family, head to TreeClimb, Australia’s first inner-city Aerial Adventure Park in Adelaide. The children’s courses have 24 tree top activities, where the kids can climb through the different stages, and the big kids can also enjoy the Grand Course, featuring challenging obstacles including ziplining and Tarzan swings.
If you are as obsessed with sharks as I am then you absolutely cannot go past a trip to Port Lincoln, where you have the once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with a great white shark in their natural habitat. If diving’s not your thing, Adventure Bay Charter’s White Shark Tours also have the world’s first ‘Aqua Sub’, which offers 360-degree underwater views without having to actually get in the water.
According to the Expedia data, Western Australian’s are keen to get out and explore their stunning state with users spending just as much time, if not more searching for interstate holidays as they did pre-COVID, with the most popular destinations being Perth, Broome, the Margaret River and the Coral Coast.
Looking for some inspiration? Here are some deals from Expedia:
Families looking for a relaxing stop-over on their way to Coral Coast will enjoy a break at the Nesuto Geraldton. Travellers who book the 2-bedroom apartment for a minimum 3-night stay on Expedia can enjoy up to 15% off^ between now and the end of June 2021, while Expedia members can receive up to 25% off.
If you are planning a city-cation, the Peninsula Riverside Serviced Apartments facilities offer travellers a home away from home. Families who book on Expedia can receive up to 15% off^ and Expedia members can receive an additional 10% off. Guests who stay here will also receive a bonus $20 food and beverage credit and a free bottle of sparkling.
The Broome Sea Turtle Kayak Adventure is a chance for the whole family get a glimpse of the beautiful Broome coastline while getting up close and personal with Western Australia’s sea life, your kids will be thrilled to see manta rays, dolphins and sea turtles.
With the strict Covid-19 restrictions remaining in place for the school holidays, Tasmanian’s will have their exquisite island all to themselves. As well as award-winning restaurants selling the best local produce, Tasmania also offers a wealth of scenic drives, national parks and stunning botanical gardens.
Ready to explore your island state like never before? Here are some Expedia deals to inspire you:
In the mood for a city-cation, Wrest Point is set on the waterfront and located close to Salamanca and the city centre. If you book through Expedia you can enjoy up to 20% off^ for a minimum stay of two nights.
If a North Tasmanian adventure is calling your name then Country Club Tasmania is perfect for you. Your family will be kept busy with activities such as horse-riding, swimming and golf. Travellers who book a minimum of two-nights can receive up to 20% off^ by booking with Expedia.
If you are looking to take your family on the ultimate wilderness break you have to check out Cradle Mountain Hotel hidden with the alpine forest, it’s the perfect place to recuperate after a big day of exploring Clair National Park.
The Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary Feeding Frenzy Tour offers an experience like non-other with the opportunity to see animals that are considered extinct everywhere else in the world. As well as learning about these rare animals from an expert you and your little ones will even get the chance to feed them.
If you can’t get enough of the Tasmanian wildlife, then you will love spotting the creatures that inhabit the cliffs and sea caves on an award-winning wilderness day cruise to Bruny Island.
While a lot of Northern Territorians often head off to Bali over the school holidays, these ones will be a little different, with restrictions on overseas travel, families will have the opportunity to explore everything NT has to offer. With some of the most iconic tourist destinations in Australia including Kakadu National Park, Alice Springs and Ularu, the possibilities are endless.
Lucky Expedia is here to help:
If you want to be close to the action, the Vibe Hotel Darwin is the place to be. Travellers can enjoy up to 20% off^ by booking with Expedia and as an Expedia VIP Access hotel, Expedia Gold Members can also receive additional perks.
Enjoy a walk no one will ever forget, take a day trip to Litchfield where you can enjoy swimming in majestic waterholes at Florence, Tolmer and Wangi Falls.
Families enjoying a city staycation can enjoy the sights of Darwin in a harbour cruise. Step aboard a 65-foot catamaran and the voyage will sail away from the bustling urban centre and past the landmarks of Lameroo Beach and Bicentennial Park.
Unfortunately for Victorians, due to COVID restrictions holiday options are very limited. Expedia recommends taking the family on a virtual world tour.
Take the family to Italy with an interactive cooking experience hosted by Italian Chef ‘Gabi’ who shared family recipes handed down to him by his grandmother, or explore the streets of Berlin from the comfort and safety of your own home. Go to the Expedia home page to create your own world tour, where your family can explore museums, the great outdoors, space, and architectural wonders.
If a getaway is not on the cards for your family this school holidays, there is still a world of fun to be had with Expedia Explorers Journals. You can spend quality time with your kids filling out the pages like a passport, looking back at past trips and planning new ones. There is a range of adorable activities including, writing a haiku, interviewing family members for a travel report, decorating your living room like a destination you visited in the past and even creating a menu of iconic international dishes.
With guessing games and mix & match, this 13-page journal will keep your kids entertained for days.
Don’t forget to check COVID restrictions and Local Government information before booking your trip, avoid disappointment by booking things like activities and restaurants online.
Whether you are taking advantage of Expedia’s exclusive interstate travel deals or spending the break working on your Explorer Journal may your school holidays be filled with adventure, good food, laughter and minimal bickering.