The 50 best family holiday destinations

Tracey 'Mama Holiday' Spicer For parents, family travel is all about the three Ps: proximity, price and particulars. You want a place that's easy to get to, on a budget, with something for everyone.

Fiji: the ultimate family destination

Fiji: Everything you need for the ultimate family escape.

Sheriden Rhodes Fiji is one of the best places to dip your toe into an overseas family holiday. In Fijian culture, family is of supreme importance making it nothing short of bliss for tired, stressed out parents looking for a relaxing holiday.

10 reasons camping is great for the whole family

Camping convert:

Collette Beck Is camping not your idea of fun? A recent convert to camping shares the top 10 reasons why you should give it a try.

Everything you need to know about 'The Sound Of Music' Salzburg tour

Salzburg: The hills are still very much alive with <i>The Sound Of Music</i>.

Keeley Bolger It's been 50 years since the film's release but it is still the first thing many of us picture when thinking of Salzburg.

Why taking your kids out of school for a holiday is OK

Children jump in the Trocadero fountains, in front of the Eiffel tower, in Paris.

Lee Tulloch For some families, experiencing overseas culture is worth more than classroom time.

Top five must-do things Fiji

Drink up: Try a traditional Kava ceremony.

Sheriden Rhodes Heading to Fiji? Here are five experiences you must try during your stay.

Fiji’s best experiences for kids

Resident Marine Biologist, Johnny Singh, teaching children about Marine Life at Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji.

Sheriden Rhodes Get kids off the iPad and exploring Fiji’s string of 330 islands both on land and underwater.

Amelia and the Animals

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American photographer and mother Robin Schwartz created a photo series documenting her daughter Amelia's adventures with animals. Schwartz has been working on the series, featuring Amelia who is now 15, for 12 years. "She didn't realise how unusual her encounters were until everyone started to tell her how lucky she was to meet so many animals," Schwartz said. For more information on the 'Amelia & the Animals' book click here. Or, visit Robin Schwartz's website .

Use a weekend getaway to recharge your battery

Slow down: A weekend break will do wonders for you.

Tracey Spicer Boycott the housework and the kids' sports for one weekend – and take a load off.

10 reasons Fiji is perfect for your next family trip

Family escapes: Fiji has everything frazzled parents need.

Sheriden Rhodes Where can frazzled parents go on holiday where they'll get a break, too? I have but one answer: Fiji.

The best resorts for children

Family-friendly: Jean Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort.

Sheriden Rhodes Here we highlight the properties around the world leading the charge when it comes to kids' clubs, engaging children's programs and bespoke activities for young guests.

Do term time holidays have long-term consequences?

Term time travel: Good or bad idea?

Catherine Rodie Taking a child out of school for seven days could severely impact their education, claims new research from the UK, but should we listen to it?

5 reasons to take a family holiday to Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island from the air.

Melanie Mahoney When a holiday is so good, where do you start? Here's a look at what makes Hamilton Island a great choice for a family trip away.

Hamilton Island family adventure

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Home to gorgeous sights and sitting right on the doorstep of a national environmental treasure, Hamilton Island is the perfect location for a fantastic family holiday.

Fake snow leopard escape staged at Tokyo zoo

On the run: A zoo employee dressed in a snow leopard costume takes part in the drill.

Su-Lin Tan Tokyo's Tama zoo has staged an escaped-animal drill with a staff member dressed up as a snow leopard.

Kids cruising for a good time on Carnival

Dr Seuss fun: Thing 1 visits families on board.

Letitia Rowlands As that great philosopher the Cat in the Hat once said, it's fun to have fun but you have to know how.

A holiday where kids stay and eat for free


Tracey Spicer The founder of The Holiday Inn created the company back in 1952, after discovering few hotel options for his family; it was the first to use the slogan, "Kids Stay & Eat Free".

Top 5 family-friendly things to do on the South Coast

Walking on Water surf lessons.

Rachel Clun If you feel like you've done every activity there is to do in Sydney, fear not.

Building family bonds on holiday

Sybella and Nicholas on their annual family holiday.

Antonia Kidman Antonia Kidman reveals the reasons why her family's yearly trip to the Canadian mountains remains their most cherished holiday escape.

How to have a romantic holiday with children in tow

Can you have a romantic holiday with kids?

Collette Beck If you are dreaming of a romantic holiday for you and your partner it doesn't have to be kid-free. Here are four tips to creating some romance as a family.

Helping children transition to a new home overseas

Moving nerves ... relocating overseas can be a hard transition for children.

Mihal Greener Moving overseas with young kids may be logistically difficult, but once children hit school age and are old enough to be aware of what they are leaving behind, the really challenging work begins.

The big road trip north

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Fairfax Media photographer Alex Ellinghausen heads north for a big things family roadtrip.

Alex Ellinghausen heads north for a big things family roadtrip

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Alex Ellinghausen 'The little detours we take to see the 'big things' brings us to places we would not have visited,' writes Alex Ellinghausen

Scenic World as thrilling as ever

The Scenic Railway continues to delight families of all ages.

Amber Robinson The latest upgrade to the tourist attraction just a year ago saw the addition of new carriages and seats allowing the rider to adjust the inclination of their seats, from laid back to 'cliff hanger'.


Scenic World, Blue Mountains and beyond

Just two hours from Sydney, the Blue Mountains families nature, food and excitement on tap.

Travelling alone after kids

The joys of solo travel ...

Mihal Greener Although I had travelled to lots of great places, I had never travelled alone until my late 30s, leaving behind three children, a husband and a mountain of laundry.

Animal-friendly family holidays: What you need to know

Unchained: A baby elephant in the wild.

Tracey Spicer Before you watch a dancing monkey or ride an elephant - do your homework.

Something for everyone: Cruise ships are bringing families together

All in the family: Take the whole family cruising, and the grandparents too.

Brian Johnston Ocean cruising is becoming an increasingly attractive holiday option for the extended family.

Last-minute summer holiday ideas for families

Go west: Many package holidays suitable for children are on offer in Bali.

Tracey Spicer For flexible families, when it comes to making some last-minute holiday plans, the world is your oyster. Tracey Spicer offers some ideas.

Cruising: The ultimate all-inclusive family holiday

Cruising ... more than just your standard family holiday.

Sheriden Rhodes You only have to do the math, to realise cruising offers one of the best value family holidays going.

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