If you’re looking for inspiration on where to take the kids these winter holidays you’ve come to the right place. We know the best family getaways are the ones where everyone’s entertained and everything feels wonderfully easy, so you can rest assured the following suggestions tick both these boxes.
Sydney is a great destination for families of any age, with lots to see and do in concentrated areas. If you stay near Town Hall, you’ll be exceptionally well placed to tick off the big bucket list items and stumble across some hidden gems. Both the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House are an easy walk away, as are the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Australian Museum and the Art Gallery of NSW. Bustling Darling Harbour is also at your doorstep, full of playgrounds, activities and performers expert at keeping younger kids entertained. QVB and Pitt Street Mall are also nearby for all your shopping needs, the former specialising in boutiques and the latter offering all your favourite brands. The streets running through Sydney’s centre are full of excellent cafes, restaurants and bars and you’ll have no trouble finding something to everyone’ taste. Boon Café serves colourful, Asian inspired dishes all day long, Four Frogs caters to gourmands and simple eaters with its extensive range of traditional French crepes, and Jamie’s Italian has all your pasta cravings firmly covered. If you’re travelling with older kids or mum and dad have a chance to spend some time alone, we suggest testing out one of Sydney’s great small bars, like Stitch Bar or Baxter Inn. During Vivid, Sydney’s sprawling winter festival of light, music and ideas, there’s more happening than usual in the harbour city, adding another exciting dimension to your stay. As an added bonus, if you stay in Adina Town Hall for 3 nights or more during this year’s festival, you’ll save a generous 20%.
The Melbourne suburb of St Kilda is also an excellent pick for family stays, boasting everything you need to keep both little kids and big kids happy. Start your day with a freshly baked baguette or croissant from Baker D Chirico and a walk along the foreshore or through the botanical gardens. If you choose the foreshore, make sure to pop your head over to the breakwater to say hello to the local penguin colony as they go about their day. On Sundays the Esplanade Market is a must, with hundreds of stalls offering everything from high quality fresh produce to artisanal homewares and beautiful accessories. Once you’ve had your fill there, head across the road to the iconic Luna Park and experience the joy of carnival games, rides and giant serves of fairy floss. If you’re after a more substantial feed, you’ll be happy to discover St Kilda’s streets are bustling with restaurants of every kind, from traditional Italian trattorias to quick and easy Asian eateries and spaces that specialise in seafood. Enticed? Find your perfect room at Adina Apartment Hotel St Kilda.
If your family isn’t a fan of the cold, pack your bags and head to Brisbane for the winter break. The mercury rarely makes it into single digits, even in the coldest hours, and the mild temperatures mean you can get the kids involved in the great outdoors. The focal point of Brisbane is the river, which sits alongside the city centre. Take a walk across one of the dedicated pedestrian bridges and explore South Bank where there’s always plenty to do, from next-level playgrounds to interactive museum exhibits, bustling markets and free art, dance and storytelling workshops on Little Days Out. A little further up the river you’ll find Kangaroo Point, perfect for walks, picnics, kayaking, rock climbing, laser tag and a myriad of other activities that will tire the kids out. Brisbane’s Botanic Gardens are another beautiful outdoor space and offer a range of self-guided walks where you can discover bits and pieces of the city’s history and sharpen your botanical knowledge. There are also guided walks at 11am and 1pm each day if you want to leave it to the experts. If you stay somewhere central, like Adina Apartment Hotel Anzac Square, all of these things are in easy walking distance or, when little legs get tired, very well connected by public transport.