Reconnect in wide open spaces

Discover Australia's local gems on a care-free family holiday

Close your eyes and picture your perfect family holiday to Australia. Are the kids hand-feeding kangaroos? Spotting koalas? Learning to surf at Bondi Beach? Playing in the pool? Enjoying an adventure in the Red Centre? Sailing and island hopping through the Whitsundays? Visiting museums in Sydney? The possibilities are limitless.

Australia, an outdoor playground

Planning a family trip to the other side of the world is time-consuming, and your time is precious. Let us do the work for you so that you can spend more quality time with your kids and yourself! A well-organised holiday, designed by locals means that you'll avoid making common travel mistakes and get the most out of your time Down Under. Are you ready to conquer one of the safest and most beautiful countries in the world? Let’s put your dreams on paper.

A journey as unique as you and your family

Whether you have young children who love the outdoors, teenagers who crave adventure and new experiences, or grandma and grandpa coming along for the ride. Time together in Australia will create new stories that you'll be talking about for years to come. A trip of a lifetime that represents who you are as a family.

Experience the local warmth of Australia

Stay at small-scale accommodations with the perfect blend of space that everyone needs while still being able to bond as a family. Soak up the Aussie hospitality and meet the friendly local hosts who are happy to help with anything. Short drives and mapped-out routes will ensure that you are travelling at a relaxed pace. While your kids enjoy new and fascinating experiences along the way.

Family in cable cart in Cairns, Queensland Australia
Discover ancient rainforests, nearby Cairns on board the Skyrail
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Family watching an indigenous Australian play the didjeridu
Learn about the oldest living culture on the planet
© Tourism and Events Queensland

It's the small details that make your holiday extraordinary

Do you need a pram? A car seat? Easy to access cooking facilities? No worries! We'll take the time to get to know you to match your fully bespoke holiday with your family's pace, interests, and anything desired. Combining the small details with first-hand local knowledge, you'll receive a mapped out itinerary from us - but the process isn't done until you are 100% satisfied.

Tell us what you want and we'll take care of every detail

This means you can focus on relaxing, rejuvenating and reconnecting with your family and the world around you. Get in touch to get started now.

What do you get from us?

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Australia is an ideal destination for a family holiday
Kids enjoying the pool and swimming underwater | Australia family holiday
Soak up the Aussie lifestyle together with your family
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"At TravelEssence we don’t just plan your dream family holiday to Australia. We are with you every step of the way, from the moment you leave your front door to the moment you arrive home a changed person. We take care of every detail so you can focus on having the journey of a lifetime.”

Andrew Morten, Founder of TravelEssence

Where can we stay?

Experience the Australian lifestyle together with your family in rare and beautiful places. Enjoy a big backyard full of wonders and discover wildlife at your doorstep. Whether you prefer a farm stay in the Glass House Mountains or the beach as your backyard, experience hand-selected accommodations that allow you to absorb the local lifestyle.

Enjoy unique family-friendly accommodations in extraordinary locations

Staying at small-scale accommodations with local hosts and renowned Aussie hospitality is the greatest way to see Australia. Whether you need a kitchen for preparing home-cooked meals, a baby bed or an extra bathroom for your teenagers. Your travel specialist will ensure that your needs are catered for so that you can spend more time enjoying your holiday.

A house surrounded by trees
Experience a tree-house amidst the Australian bush
Family on a deck with a dining table and a view over the forest
Stay at unique small-scale accommodations on your holiday

What can we see and do?

Booking carefully selected, authentically local activities and experiences will engage your children’s curiosity and spark their love for travel. After all, immersing them in a culture different from their own is the best learning experience there is. With the diversity of Australia, you can see and do just about anything your family desires. Let us know what excites you and discover the best Aussie activities for some fun-filled days.

Enjoy authentic cultural experiences and wildlife encounters

From great adventures in the Outback to croc spotting in the Top End of the Northern Territory, and snorkelling the sparkling Ningaloo Reef. Visit Uluru/ Ayers Rock and get a glimpse of Aboriginal culture. Explore tropical islands, vibrant cities, white-pearled beaches, and beyond. Your options are endless, with child-friendly private or small-group local activities, ranging from easy-going to adventurous.

Kids learning surfing | Australia family holiday
Learn how to surf at one of Australia's most famous beaches outside Sydney
Kids walking on rocks in nature near Kalbarri, Western Australia
Explore the Outback

When is the best travel time?

Do you want to relax on the beach in Queensland? Explore famous cities like Sydney, Cairns or Perth? Discover the Red Centre? Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef? If you are travelling with your kids, we understand that the times you are able to visit Australia may be limited to school holidays. No worries! Based on your interests and when you would like to go, we can advise you on the best time to travel and the best regions to visit.

Australia is the perfect holiday destination at any time of the year

When considering a family holiday, we recommend booking about 9-12 months in advance. This ensures that you will secure the best accommodations for the best prices at the time you would like to visit. However, if you'd like to embark on your journey sooner we can still make it happen.

Family having fun on the rocks on the beach | Australia family holiday
Explore and discover the endless coastline of Australia
Child walking around at the Pinnacles, Western Australia
Discover the moon-like landscape of the Pinnacles in Western Australia

How long do we need in Australia?

Australia is one of the biggest countries in the world. You could spend months travelling the ever-changing landscape and not see the same place twice. For your holiday, the question becomes, "How long do we have together?". The more time you have, the more great things you can see at a relaxed pace.

Discover a big backyard filled with endless natural wonders

To truly experience the essence of Australia, we recommend travelling at a relaxed pace for a minimum of three weeks. Or, if you have slightly less time, your travel specialist can help you choose the best regions that suit your wishes. We highly recommend staying in each place for two to five nights, driving less, and exploring more. No need to rush from highlight to highlight.

With over 10,000 beaches, Australia is an ideal holiday destination
Kids on huge white sand dues in Lancelin Western Australia
Conquer huge white sand dunes

How do we travel around?

From the Great Barrier Reef drive to panoramic rainforest passes, and awe-inspiring desert landscapes, Australia is best explored by car. The roads are safe and the views are often magnificent. For families, we recommend travelling through Australia in a large SUV with plenty of space for your kids.

Take advantage of our special deals and travel comfortably, complete with:

  • A spacious SUV
  • A navigation system
  • Air-conditioning
  • Full insurance and low fuel costs
  • Hire cars that are less than six months old
  • Plenty of luggage space
  • Safe and secure roads
  • Pre-arranged baby car seat or booster chair
  • A route with only a couple of hours between each location
  • Discover off the beaten track places that motorhomes often cannot reach

Travel at a relaxed pace and experience the laid-back Aussie lifestyle

A relaxed travel pace is the greatest way to see Australia. And your travel specialist will design your holiday with two or more nights at each location. Explore each local area and get the most out of where you are. This way you get to drive less but see more. Because that's what a great holiday is all about at TravelEssence.

If you are thinking of renting a campervan, talk to us now and discover why driving in a rental car is the best way to see Australia.

Child feeding a kangaroo in Carversham Wildlife Park
Keep a lookout for Australian wildlife along the way
Kids holding a snake in Caversham Wildlife Park, Western Australia
Would you dare to hold a snake?

Great flights and stopover arrangements to Australia

Final destination: Australia! A comfortable flight makes all the difference, no matter which class you fly. Travelling to Australia with children may seem as though it's a bit of a mission, but it isn’t. We’ve experienced it first-hand ourselves and can offer you some great tips.

Benefits of travelling with babies and toddlers

As a specialist in travel to Australia, we can offer you the best route options, airlines, seats onboard, connections and time to travel for young families.

  • Depending on your child's age, they may fly for free
  • You can bring your buggy to the gate
  • Skip the lines when boarding
  • If you require a bassinet, enjoy the extra space in the front row
  • Experience world-class service and extra support from the team of air hostesses

Take advantage of our first-hand experience and airline connections:

  • Comfortable chairs, sitting together
  • Endless movies, games and music
  • The best flight schedule
  • The most spacious seats in each class
  • Guaranteed seats next to each other
  • A good assortment of food and drinks for the journey
  • The best price
  • Carbon neutral flights each time

Take a break and enjoy a stopover

If you’re worried about the length of the journey, a stopover is a great way to break up the flight to relax and revive. Enhance your holiday by adding an extra cultural experience to your journey. From visiting the rice fields, white-sand beaches and temples in Bali to exploring the markets in Hong Kong and tasting the local cuisine. Stay at special accommodations that have all the extra ingredients for you and your family to indulge in.

Enjoyable and comfortable flights | New Zealand holiday with kids
Flying with young kids? We can make sure it's an enjoyable experience
Blue ocean and white beach, a tropical paradise on an island in the pacific
A stopover is a great way to break up the trip to Australia

Sample itineraries

Your trip to Australia will represent you as a family. Take a look at some favourite trips to get inspired for your own journey. With holidays ranging from three to seven weeks based on various themes, you can change comfort levels, and add activities, rental cars, and flights to sense the possibilities that await.

Start your dream holiday here

Whether you prefer to explore the jewels surrounding Cairns or explore the city of Perth by bike, bring your ideas to us! Take advantage of our local knowledge, and together we will create your unique, personalised holiday that is significantly yours. Get in touch with us here.

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Close encounters with Australian wildlife

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5 animals to swim with in Australia and New Zealand

Frequently asked questions

Specialist knowledge means the details that need specific attention are always taken care of - you don't have to worry about anything. But of course, you may have a lot of questions right now as you get an idea of the possibilities that await you. Find the answers to your questions here.

Small child walking through tropical rainforest at Cape Tribulation, Queensland
Explore the tropical rainforest near Cape Tribulation, North Queeensland
Child with a goggles on, ready to dive into the ocean at Rottnest Island Western Australia
Are you ready to dive into the ocean?

Useful facts

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Tourism can be great for the environment. With us, you make a positive difference.

Let's accentuate the positive, reduce the negative, and offset what's left.

Sustainability in action

Why book with us?

When you book your family trip with us, your travel specialist has only one goal: to create your dream holiday through Australia and to do it properly. Make the most of your time Down Under by choosing a travel specialist that has local experience and knows Australia like the back of their hand. We are travel nerds and from our first-hand experience believe that small details lead to big differences. Get in touch to make your holiday dream become a reality.

Ready for the holiday of a lifetime?

Discover a world beyond ordinary

At TravelEssence, we specialise in crafting custom-made holidays that take you off the beaten path and create memories to last a lifetime. We believe in connecting with the heart and soul of a place, introducing you to the locals who call it home. Engage in conversations with fascinating individuals who will share their stories, traditions, and way of life, leaving an indelible mark on your journey.