- Australia Family holidays
You can't get much further from England than a family holiday to Australia, but it's worth flying halfway around the world to experience the culture of the southern continent, with its close connection to the natural landscape. The Australian natives are famed for their respect for the natural world, and it's a lesson that could be useful to teach youngsters too. Of course Australia also has its large modern cities, and the contrast between these and the rest of the country's geography is quite striking in its own right.
A flaming barbie
One option that could help to save your budget is to go on self-catered family holidays in Australia. Depending on the facilities your accommodation is equipped with, this could allow you to have a barbecue out in the Aussie sunshine - a bit of a cliché, but one that is worth indulging for the sheer pleasure of biting into freshly cooked meat with the sun beaming down on you. A barbecue is a great social occasion too, and the children will love joining in and cooking their meat the way they like it, with your careful supervision.
A good city skyline is known the world over, even among people who have never visited it, and Sydney is the perfect example of this. The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge is instantly recognisable from the lavish New Year's Eve fireworks displays that centre upon it, while the nearby Sydney Opera House is among the most iconic buildings on the planet. Cheap family holidays in Australia's most widely known city give you and your children the chance to see these structures up close and first hand - which again, is most definitely worth making the journey from the UK.
Your choice of what to cook on the 'barbie' could be wider than you realise on family holidays in Australia, as there are several rather exotic meats available to choose from. Among them are crocodile and emu steaks, as well as kangaroo, which is viewed as a pest by many rural Australians. Strangely, one of the few direct influences from British culture that has survived to the modern day is the tendency to have a full roast dinner on a Sunday, and this may feel like a bizarre ritual so far from home with the hot Aussie sun beating down on you.
Why Australia is so great for families
With thousands of miles of coastline, you'll never be short of a stunning beach for some quality family time. From the tropical north, sunny east coast and rugged south, Australia is a huge country with equally big family holiday options. Explore iconic cities like Sydney and Melbourne, introduce the little ones to cuddly animals like koalas and kangaroos or explore natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru (Ayer's Rock). Beaches, barbecues and brilliant sunshine - Australia family-friendly holidays have got the lot.