If you are travelling with children, an important part of planning an Australia vacation with your family is the avoidance of rushing from place to place. Australia is a wonderful family travel destination and our ethos is to select a few choice locations and use these as bases. It’s not unusual on a two week family vacation for us to recommend a maximum of three distinct areas. The benefits of this style of luxury family vacation are many and meaningful: significant exposure to unique local communities; enough time to enjoy one or two of Latitude South’s private day tours along with enjoyment of the area at total leisure.

Genuine Vacations of a Lifetime

Sample Family Itinerary

While all Latitude South vacations are completely customized around your specific ideas and expectations for your trip; we have included a sample Luxury Family Vacation below to showcase our capabilities in planning and managing genuine vacations of a lifetime!

Blending the excitement and sophistication of Melbourne, the incomparable Great Barrier Reef, the Outback of New South Wales and the magnificent city of Sydney, this amazing itinerary is designed to inspire and introduce you and your family to the totally distinctive and varied wonders of this land that is Australia. With enough activity to please the most intrepid young ones (and their parents!) coupled with some refined luxury in the wilderness spaces to the west of Sydney, this sample Australian family vacation epitomizes perfectly just what you and your family can expect from a Latitude South Family Vacation.

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DAY 1 arrival in Melbourne, Australia
(Breakfast included today)
Accommodation: Four Nights at Quay West in Melbourne or similar

This morning you will arrive in to the beautiful city of Melbourne following which time you will be met and privately transferred to your beautifully-appointed apartment accommodation.

DAY 2 in Melbourne
(Lunch included today)

This morning, you will join your friendly, knowledgeable local guide for your fantastic 4-hour, locally guided bike tour of this totally distinctive and exciting city. While on tour, you’ll see more in a few hours than most see in days. Get your bearings as you explore Melbourne’s grooviest streets, parks, shops, cafes, hidden laneways and multicultural neighbourhoods. Experience real Melbourne hospitality and sample some gourmet treats on this leisurely ride with your local guide. It’s the perfect way to start any Melbourne visit.

DAY 3 in Melbourne
(Dinner included today)

Following lunchtime today, you will be collected from Quay West for your excellent, privately guided Phillip Island experience. A unique opportunity to come face to face with the world’s smallest penguin in its natural environment and the koalas at the Koala Conservation Centre; your trip will introduce you to the bucolic beauty of Southern Victoria as you experience the natural phenomenon of the nightly Fairy Penguin ritual. Every evening just on sunset the ‘Little Penguin’ returns to Summerland beach to waddle up to their burrows – just as their ancestors have done for thousands of years. They file right past eager visitors who wait in anticipation of the evening’s performance.

DAY 4 in Melbourne
(Breakfast included today)

Today is yours to spend at leisure in Melbourne. Melbourne is a city famous for its sense of style. Glamorous events are a trademark of the city, as are its cafes, wineries and shops. The city boasts a lifestyle experience. There are beautiful buildings, fantastic shopping precincts and countless shows, exhibitions and galleries to entertain. It is also very easy to get around with the constant stream of trams.

Port Douglas

DAY 5 in Melbourne / Port Douglas (Great Barrier Reef Region)
Accommodation: Four Nights at Coconut Grove Apartments or similar

This morning, you will be met at Quay West and privately transferred to the Melbourne Airport. From Melbourne, you will board your flight for the Tropical North Queensland city of Cairns. On arrival in Cairns, you will be met and privately transferred north to the spectacular and unique location of Port Douglas ‘where the rainforest meets the sea’ and to your superbly appointed luxury accommodation.

DAY 6 in Port Douglas
(Lunch included today)

This morning you will be collected from your accommodation for your magical day of snorkeling on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Your expert outfitter, Poseidon, has access to the best reef locations with over 45 sites to choose from. Three spectacular sites are visited each day. The Agincourt Ribbon Reefs, located on the very outer edge of the reef, are renowned as the place to go for crystal clear water, spectacular coral gardens and a huge variety of marine life.

DAY 7 in Port Douglas
(Lunch included today)

This morning you will be collected from Coconut Grove for your amazing, privately guided day tour in this, one of the world’s most ancient Rainforests with your local Aboriginal guide. Your expertly guided tour includes visits to a number of culturally significant areas and a light, engaging educational introduction into the strong relationships the Kuku Yalanji (Rainforest People) still have with their land.

DAY 8 in Port Douglas

Today is yours to relax and delight in the local area at leisure. Port Douglas has a relaxed seaside village ambience that blends superbly with the vibrant atmosphere of tropical style and sophistication. It captures visitors by the heart and has made Port Douglas a favourite international destination.

Wolgan Valley

DAY 9 in Port Douglas / Wolgan Valley
(Dinner included today)
Accommodation: Three Nights at Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa

This morning, you will be met at your accommodation and privately transferred to the Cairns Domestic Airport. From Cairns, you will board your flight to the exciting and beautiful city of Sydney. Upon arrival in Sydney, you will be met for your private transfer out to the spectacular Blue Mountains World Heritage Region and to your absolutely stunning accommodation.

DAY 10 & 11 in Wolgan Valley
(All meals included on these days)

Emirate’ Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is a luxury conservation-based resort located in Australia’s Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage area. Modeled on the acclaimed Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, the resort is set within its own private conservation and wildlife reserve where you are invited to enjoy absolute luxury, tranquility and connection with nature. Nestled between two National Parks and spread out at the foot of towering sandstone cliffs, the homestead-style resort occupies just two percent of the total land area of 4,000 acres. Whilst at Wolgan Valley, you are catered for in a free-standing suite with private swimming pool. The main homestead offers luxury facilities and the stand-alone Timeless Spa. This is a special time to appreciate the extraordinary environmental, cultural and scenic values of the Wolgan Valley through a diverse range of nature based activities.

Whilst at Wolgan Valley, two nature based activities are included daily. Activities include horseback riding, nature walks, mountain biking, wilderness safaris, historical tours and a range of fun children’s activities.


DAY 12 in Wolgan Valley / Sydney
(Breakfast included today)
Accommodation: Three Nights at Quay West Suites Sydney or similar

Today you will depart this wonderful area of Australia and travel back to Sydney by way of a luxury 4WD. On arrival in Sydney, you will be taken to your excellent, well-located apartment accommodation with its jaw-dropping beautiful views over Sydney Harbour.

DAY 13 in Sydney
(Lunch included today)

This morning you will be collected from Quay West for your excellent, full day, privately guided introduction to this magnificent, world-famous city with your incredibly knowledgeable and well-connected Latitude South guide.

DAY 14 in Sydney

Today is yours to spend at leisure in Sydney. It is the beauty of this multi-faceted city that visitors will long remember. The beauty of Sydney is truly unrivalled, and the shining gem is the harbour. The commander of the first European fleet to sail into these waters called Sydney Harbour “a most extensive and secure harbour filled with coves and rocks – one superior to any other”. Two centuries later, few would dispute that Sydney Harbour is one of nature’s extraordinary creations. With its small bays and inlets crowned by the billowing sails of the Opera House, it truly is a sight to behold. The Sydney metropolitan area also boasts over 40 spectacular beaches, including the famed Bondi Beach.

DAY 15 departure from Sydney, Australia

Today you will be met at your accommodation and privately transferred to the Sydney International Airport. From Sydney you will farewell Australia and board your flight home.