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Alyssa Tresider
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Educational Activities for Kids on an Australian Road Trip.

Family holidays are full of adventure, good times and endless laughs. What makes them even better is when we can weave fun educational activities into the mix. Whether it's hands-on experience or learning from the experts, Australia is home to so many wonderful educational experiences and great kids and family activities that we’re sure you’re going to love! So if you’re planning a family road trip, and you’re wondering what to do with kids in Australia, then read on, get inspired and book your family holiday today.


Why your kids will love Australia

Australia is a playground for young explorers! Imagine your kids embarking on a wild adventure through diverse landscapes, from the golden beaches to the rugged Outback during a family road trip in Australia. You’ll all have the opportunity to encounter koalas, kangaroos, and even the elusive platypus, sparking a fascination with wildlife that's truly one-of-a-kind. Plus, Australia's ancient Aboriginal culture weaves through the landscape, offering a rich tapestry of stories and traditions waiting to be discovered. Whether it's snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, trekking through ancient rainforests, or stargazing under the night sky, every moment is a chance to learn and be amazed. Even for parents, there's something infectious about the magic of learning on the go in this sun-soaked country.

So, whether you're a local looking to rekindle that childhood wonder or a visitor seeking to ignite it for the first time, Australia promises an unforgettable, educational adventure and endless kid-friendly activities to make your Australian road trip in a campervan one to remember.


The best way to learn about Australia

Van travel is the best way to experience the beauty and culture of Australia, especially when you choose an Apollo campervan hire. Apollo Campervans are your ticket to a comfortable and flexible family escapade. You get to be the captain of your ship, cruising through the Outback or along the coastline, soaking up knowledge and breathtaking scenery.

The best part is you can take the journey on your own time. Stop wherever and whenever you like, and let the kids absorb the wonders of the places you visit. It's not just a road trip; it's a rolling exploration of Australia's diverse landscapes and vibrant culture. If you can’t wait to embark on an Australian adventure with your family, then the best way to do that is to rent a van to travel in.


The best educational activities for kids in Australia

1. Experience an Aboriginal dot-painting workshop

First up on our list is to dive into the heart of Aboriginal culture with an unforgettable dot-painting workshop. Nestled in the vibrant landscapes of Australia, these workshops provide an intimate glimpse into the ancient artistic traditions of the First Nations people. Located in various cultural centres and art hubs across the country, check out their website to match up a workshop to your road trip. 

These workshops are run by knowledgeable local artists who'll guide you through the mesmerising process of dot-painting, sharing stories and techniques passed down through generations. It's a hands-on experience that sparks creativity and deepens your understanding of Aboriginal heritage, an activity the whole family can enjoy. Kids will be captivated by the intricate patterns and vibrant colours, while parents can appreciate the cultural significance behind each stroke making for a special family memory

2. Get curious at SparkLab, Queensland

Prepare for a whirlwind of interactive exhibits, experiments, and hands-on activities at SparkLab. Situated in the heart of the Queensland Museum, it's a place where curiosity knows no bounds. From building robots to experimenting with cool tech gadgets, SparkLab is a playground for young inventors and scientists. This place is not just for the little ones; parents also get to dive into the fun too. It's a fantastic way to spend quality time together while learning. Located in South Brisbane getting here is easy either from the city or from the Apollo Brisbane branch.


3. Learn about the Undara Lava Tubes, Queensland

Tucked away in the heart of Queensland, the Undara Lava Tubes are a geological wonder that'll leave the whole family wide-eyed. These ancient tunnels were formed around 190,000 years ago when molten lava flowed freely, leaving behind a subterranean world of awe-inspiring beauty. Guided tours unravel the mysteries of this underground realm, showcasing stunning rock formations and revealing the fascinating flora and fauna that have made the tubes their home. It's like stepping into a natural time capsule!

Getting there is an adventure in itself, with scenic drives through Queensland's rugged outback. Once you arrive, prepare for a journey through time. This is an adventure for the whole family. Kids can become junior geologists, uncovering secrets of the Earth, while parents revel in the breathtaking sights.


4. Get up & close with Australian wildlife at Australia Zoo, Queensland

This next experience we’re pretty sure you would have heard of, and for good reason! Situated on the Sunshine Coast, Australia Zoo is a wildlife wonderland that promises an unforgettable adventure for the whole family. This is a place where conservation meets entertainment and is just a short drive from the Apollo Brisbane branch. 

Once you're there, get ready for some serious animal antics! From cuddly koalas to slithering snakes, you'll have a chance to get up close and personal with some of Australia's most iconic creatures. The little ones can even try their hand at feeding kangaroos or giggling with cheeky lemurs. The Zoo's emphasis on education means the kids will leave with a newfound appreciation for wildlife and conservation. It's a day out that's not just fun, but also incredibly enriching and sure to create long-lasting memories.


5. Discover Albany’s historic Whaling Station, Western Australia

Perfectly positioned along the rugged shores of Albany, you'll stumble upon the historic Whaling Station, a treasure trove of maritime heritage. This spot is a living testament to Australia's whaling past, offering a glimpse into a bygone era. While here, the options are as vast as the ocean itself. From guided tours and interactive displays to up-close encounters with mammoth whaling relics, there's something for everyone.

Kids can embark on a scavenger hunt, hunting for hidden treasures of knowledge, while adults can soak in the captivating stories of the brave souls who once roamed these seas. Plus, the Whaling Station isn't just a history lesson – its scenic surroundings and fresh sea breeze make it an ideal family outing.

6. See stars at Carnarvon Space & Technology Museum, Western Australia

If you’re on a road trip in Western Australia with your family, then this next experience is one to add to your road trip itinerary planner. The Carnarvon Space & Technology Museum is a gem for space enthusiasts of all ages. This little-known treasure trove sits in the coastal town of Carnarvon, a scenic drive from Perth. Once you're here, you're in for a cosmic treat! Imagine touching real space artefacts and learning about the historic role this region played in the Apollo space missions. Kids will be amazed by the life-sized rockets and even try their hand at astronaut simulations. What's more, the museum brilliantly weaves science into interactive exhibits, making learning an absolute blast. It's not just for the little ones either; parents will find themselves equally fascinated by all the exhibits on show.

Image: Jessica Stevens


7. Wander the Maritime Museum, South Australia

Housed in a charming historic warehouse, the South Australian Maritime Museum is a vibrant tapestry of Australia's maritime history. Set along the picturesque Port Adelaide, it’s an easy 30-minute drive from Adelaide's city centre and the Apollo branch. Once you arrive, you'll be immersed in a maritime adventure like no other. Kids can scramble aboard historic ships, uncovering the seafaring stories of yesteryear, or even try their hand at hoisting sails. Meanwhile, the interactive exhibits and immersive displays will keep both young and adult history buffs equally enthralled.

The little ones can play ship captain for a day, and the whole family can soak in the stunning views of the Port River. With its hands-on experiences and rich history, the South Australian Maritime Museum is an educational gem wrapped in a maritime adventure, making it a fantastic day out for the whole family. It is a treasure trove of nautical wonders that's bound to delight explorers of all ages.


8. Stroll the historic German village of Hahndorf, South Australia

Situated in the Adelaide Hills, Hahndorf is a slice of charming Germany right in the heart of Australia. The cobbled streets are lined with quaint half-timbered buildings, housing artisanal shops, bakeries wafting the scent of freshly baked pretzels, and restaurants serving up hearty German fare. Getting here is a breeze, just a short 30-minute drive from Adelaide. 

There's no shortage of things to do. Kids can dive into the magic of a fairy tale at the toy store, while history buffs can explore the German Migration Museum. Artisan workshops offer hands-on experiences in traditional crafts like candle making and leatherwork. Don't forget to indulge in some sweet treats too. For the whole family, it's a wonderful blend of cultural exploration, educational insights, and pure, old-fashioned fun. Whether you're munching on a bratwurst or trying your hand at crafting, Hahndorf is a delightful escape that'll leave everyone with smiles.


9. Tell secrets at the Whispering Wall, South Australia

The Whispering Wall in South Australia is like something out of a storybook. This enchanting curved dam wall, located in the Barossa Valley, possesses a quirky acoustic phenomenon. Stand at one end and whisper sweet things, and they'll magically travel to the farthest edge, crystal clear! It's like having a secret language with the ones you love.

Now, getting there is a breeze and an experience in itself. A scenic drive through vineyards and rolling hills leads you to this auditory wonderland. Once you arrive, the options are aplenty. Besides the mesmerising whispers, you can indulge in a leisurely picnic, dip your toes in the cool water, or simply soak in the breathtaking views of the Barossa Reservoir. What makes the Whispering Wall truly special is its appeal to all ages. Kids will be utterly fascinated by the acoustic magic, while parents can revel in the picturesque surroundings.

10. Check out the Age of Fishes Museum, New South Wales

Next up on our list is the Age of Fishes Museum which is nestled in the heart of Canowindra. This quirky museum is a deep dive into a time when fish stole the show on Earth. The museum houses an awe-inspiring collection of fossils, including ancient fish that roamed the oceans millions of years ago. Kids can get hands-on with interactive exhibits and even try their hand at being amateur paleontologists. But it's not just for the little ones - adults will find the history fascinating too thanks to the engaging displays and knowledgeable staff.


11. Test your knowledge at Quiz Room, New South Wales

If you’re travelling in Sydney with the family, then a visit to Quiz Room is a must as it is the ultimate haven for trivia buffs and families alike. Located conveniently in the bustling CBD, it's a breeze to get to, either for those already in the city or from the Sydney Apollo Camper branch

Inside, you'll find a vibrant hub buzzing with brain-teasing fun. Picture a room adorned with quirky decor, cosy seating, and an array of challenging quizzes that cater to all ages. From general knowledge to pop culture, there's something for everyone that invites friendly competition and collective brainpower. Parents can relive their glory days while the little ones learn fascinating titbits. It's not just a game; it's an interactive learning experience that'll leave the whole family grinning from ear to ear.

12. Explore the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Another one for those travelling in and around Sydney is the Art Gallery of New South Wales which is a cultural gem that's sure to captivate art enthusiasts of all ages. Situated near the iconic Sydney Opera House, you can easily get here in your Apollo Camper or by foot from the city centre. 

Once you step inside, you'll find yourself immersed in a world of creativity and imagination. The gallery boasts an impressive collection of both Australian and international artworks, ranging from classical to contemporary. Wander through the halls and let the colours and shapes transport you to different worlds. For families, it's a treasure trove of inspiration. Kids can participate in interactive workshops, creating their own masterpieces, while parents can appreciate the rich tapestry of artistic expression.

13. Discover Sovereign Hill, Victoria

Sovereign Hill is a gem in the heart of Victoria. It's like stepping into a time machine that whisks you back to the gold rush era of the 1850s. Situated in Ballarat, just a scenic drive away from Melbourne, getting there in your campervan is easy. 

Once you arrive, you'll find yourself in a living, breathing outdoor museum with its cobbled streets, old-fashioned shops, and costumed characters re-enacting life in the goldfields.Kids and adults can try their luck at panning for real gold, witness the fiery power of a blacksmith's forge, or hop on a vintage horse-drawn carriage. The whole family will be captivated by this immersive experience.

14. Get lost at Amaze’n Things, Victoria

Next on our list is the whimsical wonderland known as Amaze'n Things on Phillip Island. This is not just a place, it's an experience! Getting there is an easy and scenic 90-minute drive from Melbourne. Then, once you arrive, prepare to be enchanted by a range of mind-boggling activities. You can get lost in the perplexing Magic Manor, where rooms defy gravity and even the furniture plays tricks on you. The Maxi Mini Golf is a hit for budding golfers and their not-so-budding counterparts. But the real attraction? The colossal maze that gives the place its name. It's a challenge that'll leave your family giggling, strategising, and discovering secret passages.

What makes Amaze'n Things truly special is its ability to captivate every member of the family, from curious tots to savvy grandparents. It's an outing where you can laugh, learn, and be thoroughly amazed, all against the backdrop of Phillip Island's stunning scenery.

15. Witness the beauty of Uluru, Northern Territory

Last but definitely not least to hit our list is the iconic Uluru. Uluru, often dubbed the heart of Australia, is a colossal sandstone rock formation that's nothing short of awe-inspiring. Its rusty-red hues and sheer size create a mesmerising sight that's truly one-of-a-kind. Nestled in the heart of the Australian Outback, getting there is part of the adventure in your campervan

Once you arrive, the options are as vast as the landscape itself. You can embark on a guided tour to learn about the Aboriginal culture and the rock's spiritual significance. For the adventurous bunch, there's hiking around the base, a truly immersive experience. The sunsets here are legendary, painting the rock in vivid shades. Plus, Uluru is a family-friendly marvel. Kids and parents can learn about history, geology, and indigenous cultures in a way that no textbook can convey. It's an outdoor classroom that's as entertaining as it is educational, making it an ideal destination for the whole family.

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Where to stay in Australia

When it comes to the best places to stay on a family road trip, we have tried and tested so many wonderful places all around Australia. To make your road trip travel planning easier, check out our guide to the best family-friendly holiday parks in Australia, we’ve put a couple of our stand-out favourites below;


1. NRMA Cairns Holiday Park, Queensland

Park your campervan up at the NRMA Cairns Holiday Park. Take a refreshing dip in the saltwater pool, prepare a family feast in the camp kitchen, or enjoy some quality time in the communal outdoor area. The park's location is ideal for those looking to explore the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef, have a picnic at the picturesque Cairns Esplanade or discover the ancient rainforests of Daintree.


2. BIG4 West Beach Parks, South Australia

BIG4 West Beach Parks is a great holiday park to stay at when in South Australia. This great campsite has it all including a heated swimming pool for a relaxing swim and a specially designed sensory room for calming experiences. For fitness enthusiasts, there's a gym for working out while the younger ones can enjoy the Splash Zone, skate and BMX park and jumping pillows.


3. BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park, Victoria

The BIG4 Melbourne Holiday Park is ideally located in the vibrant city of Melbourne. This fantastic holiday park is your launchpad to a dynamic mix of relaxation and cultural exploration. A haven for families, the campsite boasts an array of superb amenities like solar-heated pools and spa, a games room and playground.


 Ready to learn about Australia? 

If you can’t wait to start exploring Australia with the family, then head into your local Apollo branch or book your family adventure mobile online today!


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