School Holiday Gems In Our Backyard

23 December 2013

During these school holidays, take the kids to some of the fantastic attractions around Australia and enjoy exploring our own backyard. While spending time with the play station might be a great way to relax over the summer break, nothing really compares to getting out and seeing the country. And there's certainly plenty to do - from taking historic train rides to making a splash at a water park or channelling your creativity in a magical kingdom.

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Wet’n’Wild Sydney

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 Cool down these summer holidays

Following in the footsteps of its Gold Coast cousin, Sydneysiders can cool down this summer at Wet’n’Wild. Daredevils will want to experience the world’s tallest double SkyCoaster – where you’re raised 75 metres into the air before free falling at speeds of up to 60 kilometres per hour. There’s also the 360RUSH, a 360 degree looping waterslide and Bombora, a 121 metre slide that feeds into breaking waves. Perhaps the Aqua Tube or the H2Go Racers is more your style? The kids will love the 91 metre Typhoon and the Double Bowlseye, a multi-person raft that swirls 360 degrees before sliding through the tube.

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Kuranda Scenic Railway, Cairns

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 Relive by-gone eras

Winding through the beautiful landscape of Far North Queensland, the Kuranda Scenic Railway is a 37-kilometre long railway line that departs from Cairns. The kids will love the historic railway cars that channel by-gone eras. The charming two-hour journey travels past cascading waterfalls, over deep valleys and through lush rainforests. A terrific round trip option is to take the railway up to Kuranda and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway on the return trip. The cable car offers a mesmerising bird's eye view of the coastline and the unmistakable tropical terrain.

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Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin

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 Hold a baby croc

Situated in the heart of Darwin, the whole family can admire these 200 or so creatures whose ancestors once shared the earth with Dinosaurs. Crocosaurus boasts some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in captivity. True adventure seekers will sign up for the Cage of Death, where you’ll share the environment with a 5-metre beauty – all from the safety of a perspective cylindrical cage. On the other hand, have your photo taken holiday a cute baby crocodile or watch turtles being fed.

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Palmersaurus, Coolum

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 Palmersaurus

From Crocosaurus to Palmersaurus - kids will love going Jurassic at the Sunshine Coast's latest attraction. On display are over 160 life size replicas of these prehistoric monsters at the Palmer Coolum Resort. It's best to stick around at night, because when the sun goes down these incredible creatures are illuminated with inspiring atmospheric lighting. A popular dinosaur is Edmontosaurus, a herbivore that inhabited North America and the North Pole around seventy million years ago.

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Haigh's Chocolate Factory, Adelaide

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 Savour Haigh's Chocolates

There is a chocolate utopia and it’s located in Adelaide. The Haigh's Chocolates Tour gives chocolate lovers the opportunity to learn more about the process of making the delicious treats. You’ll see how choky’s are crafted from the raw cocoa beans and of course there are samples that need to be tasted. Don't forget to stop by the souvenir shop so that you can continue to enjoy that wonderful Haigh's Chocolates taste for the rest of the school holidays.

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Fairy Park, Melbourne

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 Let your dreams become reality

Leave reality behind and enter a world of fantasy and wonder. Fairy Park, situated on a spectacular rocky hilltop just west of Melbourne, is dedicated to fairy tales, ancient myths and mysterious legends. There are three magical realms areas. Follow the yellow brick road to the Fairytale Land where popular characters come to life – admire Cinderella at the Grand Ball, marvel at Jack and his beanstalk and crock at the Frog Prince and his waterfall. The Camelot Playground is perfect for young adventurers as they scale impenetrable towers, rescue beautiful damsels and explore damp dungeons. After so much excitement, be sure to rest at the Elephant Rock Picnic Grounds.

Lyndon Barnett

Guided by curiosity and a sense of adventure, Lyndon travelled independently to 69 countries on six continents. As such, travel is Lyndon's only addiction. He enjoys with equal measure - scaling the peaks of a South American mountain at altitude, attending opera in a European Opera House or hunting for a bargain in an Asian market.