Travelling with children is an amazing experience. I love seeing the world through the eyes of my little boy. At two years of age, he has already visited 19 countries. Before I got pregnant with Jacob, I went on an epic journey around Australia. I spent three months circumnavigating the continent, as well as cutting through the middle. When I look back on that trip, I think of all the places I now want to revisit, but this time with my little boy.
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is one of the best places in Australia to experience Australian wildlife, spectacular sunsets, and learn about indigenous culture. I visited Kakadu on a day trip from Darwin during my epic trip around Australia. Although my trip was great; I saw all sorts of wildlife on a river cruise, and discovered ancient aboriginal rock paintings, I immediately wished I had opted to spend more time in this UNESCO world heritage site park.
When Jacob is a little older, I would like to return with him to Kakadu National Park. This time I would return for a more extended trip. Instead of doing a day trip, I would opt for a three or four day tour. A visit to Kakadu would give me an opportunity to teach Jacob about the wildlife in this part of the world, the history of Australia as well as the culture of Australia’s indigenous people. The best way to learn about indigenous culture is from an indigenous person, so next time I visit Kakadu I will book a tour run by indigenous people, like Gagudju Dreaming.
Coral Bay and Ningaloo Marine Park
I visited Coral Bay with one goal and one goal only – to swim with whale sharks. Every Australian winter, Whale Sharks migrate through Ningaloo Marine Park. Whale Sharks are not really sharks, and they are not really whales either. They are the world’s largest fish, they eat plankton and they are very safe to swim with. I get really sea sick, so instead of putting myself through all that again, I would probably send Dan and Jake off together. I would love Jake to have an experience swimming with one of the sea’s most incredible creatures. Hopefully he will learn to appreciate the marine environment, and learn to want to protect it.
The Pinnacles of Cervantes
The Pinnacles were my favourite attraction in Western Australia. The Pinnacles are unique geological limestone formations found within Nambung National Park near Cervantes. Visiting the Pinnacles is like visiting an entire new world. As you enter the park, it’s like entering a moonscape. I loved exploring this unique landscape, learning about their history and formation, and of course, the aboriginal legends associated with them as well.
I would love to take Jacob here. I would love to watch him run around the Pinnacles, exploring this unique landscape while learning about geology.
Kangaroo Island is my favourite spot in South Australia. I road tripped the island with my friend Lauren. We visited wineries, light houses, interesting rock formations and had some of the best fish and chips of our lives.
Kangaroo Island is a great place to see wildlife. You can see little blue penguins, cheeky pelicans, fur seals and of course, kangaroos. In addition to all the wildlife, you can also do something here that all boys love – ATV’ing. I went on my first ATV adventure on Kangaroo Island, and would love to take Jacob there for his first adventure as well (when he is older of course!).
Some people might be surprised to see Canberra on this list. But I have to admit, I actually really love Canberra. I love history, art, culture and politics, and the capitol of Australia is just bursting with all those things. A visit to Canberra would be a great educational visit for Jacob. One place we would not miss is Questacon, the national science and technology centre. There are over 200 interactive exhibits about science and technology here for kids to explore. In addition to Questacon, I would take Jacob to the Australian War Memorial, as well as the National Gallery. And of course, you can’t visit the nations capitol without visiting Parliament.