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Family Holiday to Australia



14 Days

Prices Start from

£5,695pp (ex. flights)

This 14 day family holiday to Australia combines the wilds of Kakadu with the beautiful beaches, underwater world and rainforests of Queensland, plus the highlights of Sydney and plenty of time for family fun.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Kakadu National Park, Australia 1

Camp out in Kakadu

Canoe on the Katherine River, swim beneath waterfalls and camp out under the stars.

Crocodile, Australia 2

Search for Crocs

Come face to face with crocodiles about three times the length of your mum or dad.

Close up of sea turtle looking directly at camera. 3

Reef and Rainforest

Paddle board, kayak or snorkel with turtles and reef sharks and perfect your tarzan cry surfing through the jungle canopies.

Cycling, Arkaba Station, Flinders Ranges, Australia 4

Blue Mountain Adventures

Horse ride, cycle and learn archery in the Blue Mountains.

Why we like it

This family holiday is on the wish list for many of the families here at Steppes. It has all the ingredients for a perfect family holiday, from beach and reef to jungles, mountains and city fun, yet with only two internal flights. Exploring the quintessentially Australian scenery of Kakadu as a family will be a magical experience. Ditch your phones and swap the Xbox for real life adventure, bathing under waterfalls, canoeing down rivers and croc spotting before camping out under the stars.

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  • Day 1


  • Day 2

    Darwin - Kakadu National Park

  • Day 3 - 4

    Kakadu National Park

  • Day 5

    Kakadu - Darwin - Cairns - Port Douglas

  • Day 5 - 7

    Port Douglas

  • Day 8

    Port Douglas - Cairns - Sydney

  • Day 9 - 10


  • Day 11

    Sydney - Blue Mountains

  • Day 12 - 13

    Blue Mountains

  • Day 14

    Blue Mountains - Sydney

Day 1


Day 2

Darwin - Kakadu National Park

Day 3 - 4

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park, Australia

Canoe on the Katherine River, swim beneath waterfalls and camp out under the stars.

Day 5

Kakadu - Darwin - Cairns - Port Douglas

Day 5 - 7

Port Douglas

Close up of sea turtle looking directly at camera.

Paddle board, kayak or snorkel with turtles and reef sharks and perfect your tarzan cry surfing through the jungle canopies.

Day 8

Port Douglas - Cairns - Sydney

Day 9 - 10


Day 11

Sydney - Blue Mountains

Day 12 - 13

Blue Mountains

Cycling, Arkaba Station, Flinders Ranges, Australia

Horse ride, cycle and learn archery in the Blue Mountains.

Day 14

Blue Mountains - Sydney

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Australian Saltwater Crocodile, The Kimberley, Western Australia
Saltwater crocodile, Australia

Four day Katherine and Kakadu Camping Adventure

Start your family adventure amidst some of Australia’s wildest and most exciting landscapes. Get back to basics in the company of our charismatic guides who will regale the children with stories of Aboriginal mythology and death-defying crocodile encounters. Spend three days exploring ancient gorges, mighty rivers, caves and vast escarpments, with nights camping out and sitting around the campfire. Spot eagles and ‘salties’, swim in waterfalls and drift along rivers.

View from Observation Point, Port Douglas, Australia
Port Douglas, Australia

Reef and Rainforest

Self-drive from Cairns to Port Douglas along the spectacular Captain Cook Highway and spend three days at leisure building sandcastles and relaxing on Four Mile Beach. Port Douglas is a fun and atmospheric town with restaurants, bars and shops to peruse. Take time to explore the rainforests of nearby Cape Tribulation where highlights include jungle surfing and searching for the elusive and prehistoric cassowary bird. Head to the Great Barrier Reef by boat for a day to snorkel on the outer reef coming face to face with sharks, turtles and nemo.

Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains
Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley, Blue Mountains, Australia

Blue Mountains Adventures

Complete this family adventure with a stay at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley where the whole family can ride horses, mountain bike, learn archery and the kids can run free. A Wolgan Rangers program offers a range of exciting and educational activities. Let expert guides teach the kids bush survival skills, take them fossil hunting, orienteering and crabbing while the mum and dad head off for a sundowner, a gourmet picnic or some spa time.

Rainbow Lorikeets, Australia
Rainbow lorikeets, Australia

When Is The Best Time for Family Travel to Australia?

The best time to travel to these areas of Australia is from May to September. Outside of these months, the weather can get extremely hot and humid with a higher chance of rainfall. From January to March it is jellyfish season in Queensland, during which time it is necessary to wear a stinger suit for swimming.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Thala Beach Nature Reserve £££££

  • Australia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Set on the coast within 145 acres Thala Beach Nature Reserve is nestled into the rainforest, overlooking two kilometres of beautiful beach.

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Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley £££££

  • Australia

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley occupies just one per cent of a 7,000-acre conservancy reserve in the Blue Mountains. Central to the resort’s heritage is the original farmhouse which dates back to 1832 and was visited by Charles Darwin in 1836. The 40 stylish, free-standing villas each have their own swimming pool, double-sided fireplace and private verandah with stunning views of the valley.

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Amy was exceptionally knowledgeable and helpful and with a good sense of humour. Our holiday would not have been as successful and enjoyable without her guidance and input.


A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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When to travel

Australia in January

In the north, tropical rain brings hot and humid conditions, which can make access difficult. In the south, days are generally hot and sunny. Australians have their summer holidays, so it is a busy time, with numerous festivals and sporting events.

Australia in February

The warmest month for much of the country. Australians go back to work, easing pressure on accommodation. A great time to enjoy the beaches of southern Australia or Tasmania.

Australia in March

Early autumn brings harvest time in Australia’s vineyards, so an ideal time to sample and learn about the excellent wines on offer. Tropical humid weather and cyclones persist in the north, but outside of Easter, it can be a quieter experience in the south.

Australia in April

Autumn colours start to appear around Melbourne and Adelaide, making it a beautiful time to be there. April is one of the best times to visit anywhere in the south.

Australia in May

In the north, temperatures decrease and humidity drops. Roads open up after the tropical rains, making transport easier. It is an ideal time to explore Ningaloo Reef, with the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, rays and humpback whales.

Australia in June

The dry season starts in Northern Australia, meaning it is the perfect time to use the sunny days and warm temperatures to explore. In the south, it is cooler and can be a good time for hiking.

Australia in July

Snow falls on the southern ski resorts, and the inland regions of the south are ideally explored at this time. The Great Barrier Reef has much gentler tidal currents, making for clearer and easier snorkelling conditions.

Australia in August

Australians head to the north for some winter sun, meaning it can be a busy time. It’s also a great time to explore the outback before the weather turns too hot and wet.

Australia in September

The first signs of spring present themselves best in Western Australia, as a vibrant mix of wildflowers sprinkle the landscape. Flower festivals are held across the country.

Australia in October

Not recommended to go to the north, as humidity peaks before the rains arrive. Everywhere else, the weather is pleasantly warm. An ideal time for camping, relaxing at vineyards, or hiking and wildlife viewing.

Australia in November

In the north, beaches start to close due to the ‘stingers’ – jellyfish in the shallow waters. High winds start to pick up in the reef islands along the coast. The Melbourne Cup is a horse race that ‘stops the nation’, definitely worth experiencing.

Australia in December

Temperatures ramp up as the holidays near for locals. Barbeques are sparking up, ready to celebrate Christmas Aussie style – on a beach. Admire the spectacle that is the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, with the fabulous Sydney Harbour backdrop, on Boxing Day.

Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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