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The Land of Oz

Mark's verdict:

Your kids won’t get a better Christmas present than this stunning two-week holiday Down Under. Packed with goodies, including Sydney, the Sunshine Coast, Queensland rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, it wraps up four of Australia’s most exciting and spectacular family destinations. You also get to stay in some great places, including a villa on Hamilton Island.

Recommended tour operator: Bridge & Wickers

BeachesFamily fun, Hamilton IslandBaby Koala 'up a gum tree' (Eucalyptus) New South Wales, AustraliaSydney

Bridge & Wickers says

Fancy celebrating Christmas with the kids on an Australian beach this year….?  We’ve put together a great two week winter sun holiday specifically for families, which gives you all a great taste of life Down Under without eating into term time.

  • beach
  • trip of a lifetime
  • wildlife

Kick off your Aussie adventure with four nights in Sydney, staying in a spacious two-bedroom suite close to the harbour. There’s so much to explore in Sydney and you’re in the best possible spot for getting around. We’ve put together some ideas for great days out.

Next, you’ll fly up to the charming and vibrant seaside town of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. We’ll throw in a hire car so you can explore at your own pace. Visit the zoo run by the late Steve Irwin’s family, surf on the stunning beach and take a 4WD eco-tour to the amazing Fraser Island.

After three nights in Noosa, it’s time to drive up to the rainforest. Get back to nature with teeming wildlife and three nights in a two-bedroom canopy suite at O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.

Finally, you’ll drop off your car in Brisbane and fly to Hamilton Island where you will stay in a villa. Use it as a base to explore the amazing Great Barrier Reef and Whitsunday Islands or simply relax on Hamilton itself, perhaps Australia’s most family-friendly island.

Find out more about our two-week Family Winter Warmer and our other family holiday ideas in Australia.

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