The kids have so much energy you'll all love to go on long bike rides. No, wait, maybe the week is too hectic and you want to rest outside on the grass among the flowers. Still doesn't sound like your family? How about: festivals, music, live circuses and the like. Spring in Australia is an exciting time: out with the old and in with the new. Seasonal events are happening all over the country that are set up for all to enjoy: from the tiny tots to the awesome adults.
Your family loves to get active and get a move on. Sunscreen is slapped on, water bottles packed and runners worn at all times. You're all up by the crack of dawn and exploring the sights, not a minute is to waste. For the kids and parents who love the pure adventure of a holiday, check out the best of spring for a family adventure holiday.
Lake Argyle Adventure Race (1-3 September 2017)
Lake Argyle, WA
It's the outback adventure of the season. This is a multi-day challenge of swimming, running, mountain biking and paddling in and around Lake Argyle. Over twenty times greater in size than Sydney Harbour, Lake Argyle is a magnificent and expansive sight. Spend a holiday at Discovery Parks - Lake Kununurra for the weekend and compete in this heart-thumping adventure race. With junior challenges, suited for ages 6-13 years, and adult competitions, the whole family will be racing together to the finish.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Lake Kununurra
Wiggle Amy's Gran Fondo (16&17 September 2017)
Lorne and Apollo Bay, VIC
Cyclists - looky here! For the families that love to get on their bikes and ride a scenic route, this stretch along the Great Ocean Road will win your heart. Almost as good as that burger and chips you scoff down after a long ride, the feeling of watching your kids happily riding alongside is the biggest treat. The 14km Amy's Family Fundo is ideal for a leisurely ride along fully enclosed roads.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Geelong
Hervey Bay Whale Watching Tour (July to October)
Hervey Bay, QLD
Adventure doesn't have to be about breaking a sweat. Exciting, new experiences that will last in the memories of your little ones is just as much of an adventure. The whales that migrate along the coast of eastern Australia pass Hervey Bay each year from late winter to mid-spring. Try a tour with Hervey Bay Whale Watch to see these magnificent beings. Go for a morning tour as the sunrises above the horizon or even book a cruise to swim with the whales themselves!
Stay at Discovery Parks - Hervey Bay
Naracoorte Caves (All Year-Round)
East of Robe, part of the Limestone Coast, are ancient caves waiting to be explored. These World Heritage-listed caves form a part of the 800,000 year old Naracoorte East Range. Four of these are open to the public to step into. This park features a number of learning programs: fossils, bats, geology and adventure caving. If you have kids that reckon they are the biggest Jurassic Park fans, make those eyes glitter in wonder with a visit to the Naracoorte Caves.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Robe
Hadspen to Hobart, TAS
The kids won't be playing on their tablets for long; this grand drive will have their faces pressed against the windows of the car. Through dense wilderness and granite mountains, the east coast of Tassie stops through a few of the state's most loved spots: the quaint coastal village of Bicheno, turquoise waters at Freycinet National Park and the Fossil Cliffs of Maria Island National Park. Tips to really brighten up a kid's day: pick fresh strawberries at Littlewood Berry Farm. You'll end up with an entire basket of YUM.
Mountain Bike Or Hike Through Purple Wildflowers (November - February)
The hills are alive with blooming wildflowers and the fresh dirt of mountain bike trails. Many have seen yellow wildflowers, but how about ones that are a delicate shade of violet? There are several hiking tracks for all levels through the Snowy Mountains. If your team isn't much for walking uphill, take your wheels for a spin and strap the mountain bikes to the car. Catch the flowers at the end of spring to see them blossom and grow.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Jindabyne
FROLIC THROUGH THE FLOWERS
Flowers are great, but maybe mountain biking is too much grunt and too much hill. You want full relaxation, smelling the aromas of the roses and trees while walking at a slow pace. Your family loves to take things a bit slowly, enjoying the time off in an environment that celebrates the mindboggling beauty of nature. Spring is just your cup of tea: everything is blooming!
Kings Park Festival (1-30 September 2017)
This year's theme for the annual festival held in Kings Park: "Where The Wildflowers Are!" The native Western Australian wildflowers will create the backdrop to these month-long festivities. With a number of free guided walks, live music in the gardens and kids activities, the Kings Park Festival is a must-do for a weekend away or the spring school holidays.
Cherry Blossom Celebration (21 October 2017)
Emu Valley, TAS
Set among 22,000 plants in a natural oasis, local Tassies take this weekend to view the cherry blossoms at the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden in North West Tasmania. Covering 11 hectares, this tranquil space is in peak flowers season from September through to November. The Cherry Blossom Celebration shows off the gardens in its prime. A volunteer-driven event inside the Japanese Garden section, take a drive west from Devonport to this protected valley.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Devonport
Renmark Rose Festival (20-29 October 2017)
Roses are red, violets are blue, who cares about violets, these roses are for you! Entering its 23rd year, the Renmark Rose Festival was designed as a way to promote the town as the Rose Capital of Australia. They invite you to come and smell the roses of the Riverland. With dozens of open gardens for public viewing, children's flower arrangement competition and a kids gardening activity, is an opportunity to relax and make you feel a-bouquet.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Lake Bonney
A much-loved space, you know the Tondoon Botanic Gardens are good when the locals recommend it. Bring enough food for a BBQ and watch the kids run around the play area while you brown the patties. These gardens are especially unique in that they showcase native plants and trees from regional rainforests. Don't miss out on sitting in the neat Japanese Tree House, but just make sure to bring insect repellent!
Stay at Discovery Parks - Tannum Sands
Tesselaar Tulip Festival (14 September - 10 October 2017)
An hour west of Melbourne in the Dandenong Ranges, across 25 acres of farmland, the Tesselaar Tulip Festival is a snapshot of Europe. Feast your eyes on row upon row of tulips in all colours, as if dropping you right into the Netherlands. Celebrate diversity with their different cultural weekends, buy a pair of clogs for you and the kids (they'll love stomping around in them...maybe a little too much), and skip through the tulip fields.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Melbourne
The lavender grows aplenty at The Farm, just north of the bohemian Byron Bay. But that's where the fun begins. The Farm is a large property in northern New South Wales with pecan and macadamia trees for the kids to run and play between, seedlings for sale to take home for your very own patch, and grazing animals roaming freely through the grass. Children often don't have the chance to truly experience what farm life is all about. The Farm is a chance for learning, appreciation and outdoor fun for the whole family.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Byron Bay
CULTURE & ARTS
It's not that you have your nose up high and your ties tightly knotted. You appreciate the wonderful things people imagine, create and display. Your family loves reading books, watching the circus, learning about different cultures and trying new food. Try one of the below artsy events this spring with your family.
Outback Festival (19-23 September 2017)
A quirky 5-day event, come and experience the real outback in Queensland. The Outback Festival is cultural immersion into rural of Australia. Find yourself rolling on the floor with laughter at the Dunny Derby, have the kids test their talents in the Bushman's Egg Throwing Event or watch them paint a masterpiece at the Children's Wobble Board Painting Competition. With great food, music and that distinct country kindess, spend a few days of the spring school holidays in Winton.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Mount Isa
OzAsia Festival (21 September - 8 October 2017)
Performances from all over Asia, OzAsia Festival is the premier Australian international arts festival celebrating the East. A favourite for the crowds is the dazzling Moon Lantern Festival. Imagine: Elder Park at nighttime glowing with the shapes of dragons, pandas and flowers. It certainly ends with a BANG! at the fireworks show along the Torrens River. The festival showcases Asian cuisine, music, dance and art of all kinds.
Write Around The Murray Festival (13-17 September 2017)
If you and your children have a special place in your home for story time, or your tween is a total bookworm, the Write Around The Murray Festival is an event to look forward to. In this year's program, ready yourself for the exhibitions of illustrations and childrens book art, poetry slams and kids events. We all love a good story and we all love to let our imaginations run free.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Lake Hume
Dreamfest (13-25 October 2017)
Dream big at Dubbo's annual Dream Festival this spring. Workshops are held to create your own lanterns - and show it off at the Lantern Parade! Twilight markets of food crafts, free family activities and art exhibitions - Dream Festival boasts the talents of the creative community in Dubbo. Check out last year's program to get a taste of what may be to come. (Hint: sushi night).
Stay at Discovery Parks - Dubbo
Red Earth Arts Festival (15-24 September 2017)
Discover the Pilbara in "good country": Karratha, Western Australia. The Red Earth Arts Festival is a highlight of the North West's calendar. Comedy from Aussie stand-ups, circus performances, modern dance, hypnotists and more have featured in the previous line-ups. What's great about Red Earth Arts Festival? Local, national and international artists all come to perform their best acts for the Karratha community. Oh, and the kids will love the free activities: kite making, circus play and sand castle creations.
Junction Arts Festival (6-10 September 2017)
Junction each year designs unique programs: a replica speakeasy from the 30s, a sauna in a public park, a communal outdoor dance event and yoga to the sounds of a harp. Don't knock it 'til you try it! The festival hosts a number of free interactive events to participate in. Launceston is beautifully situated on the Tamar River and the state's second largest city. Try a few days of unusual and extraordinary art in Tasmania's north.
Stay at Discovery Parks - Hadspen
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