Luxury Family Holidays Handpicked for Parents


Neville Poelina aboriginal adventure tours in the Kimberley, Tourism Australia Credit James Fisher fans will have noticed, ahem, that our Australia section is a little on the light side. But that isn’t because it isn’t a fantastic and fabulously family-friendly place to stay. It’s purely because our Sydney-based writer who knows the country with kids like the back of his hand is extremely busy at the moment. So when the lovely people at Tourism Western Australia contacted us with wonderful things to do in Perth as a family, our ears pricked. The flight time may be lengthy but what awaits you on the other side seems well worth the jetlag.


The good folks at Abercrombie & Kent are launching the first private jet adventure into Western Australia’s spectacular landscapes, including none other than the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and Bungle Bungle range. The trip is limited to 30 guests who will travel as a group over 13 days on a privately chartered Fokker F70LR aircraft. The itinerary is slick and very well-crafted. You’ll be able to enjoy access to isolated Aboriginal communities and ancient rock art galleries with expert guides. Guests will also enjoy dune-top luxury at Berkeley River Lodge in the Kimberley, one of the world’s last great wildernesses. From the stunning gorges and wildflowers of Karijini National Park to snorkelling at the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef, this is clearly a trip for those travelling with older children and the memories made will be, surely, unrivalled.

This tour starts in Perth on 26 August 2014 and concludes in Darwin on 7 September 2014, costs £15,925 per person twin sharing, and includes all experiences, guides, accommodation, food and drinks.

Neville Poelina aboriginal adventure tours in the Kimberley, Tourism Australia Credit James Fisher


Uptuyu, an award-winning aboriginal operator, has launched Oongkaldada Wilderness Camp. Six luxurious eco-tents nestle on the banks of the breathtaking Fitzroy River, which is located 200 kilometres from the tropical pearling town of Broome. Everything from cultural day trips to traditional fishing trips, exploration of local wetlands to bush walks are arranged. Eco-tents are $250 per night for a wilderness camp package, which includes a full day of touring and all meals and accommodation is $210 per person, per night. A minimum two night stay is required. Open from April to October.


Experience Margaret River’s magnificent mountain bike trails and walking tracks, all from a new and very beautiful eco-camp that has been set up amongst the pristine Karri Forest. Once a pine mill, the Wharncliffe Mill Bush Retreat has had an impressive $1.2 million facelift, with the addition of four new lodge rooms, three new forest cottages and some seriously lux safari tents. Children will adore spotting possums, kookaburras, lizards, and kangaroos around the property, which is located close to many of Margaret River’s best walking and mountain bike trails. The best thing about this family run eco-camp, which recently re-opened, is that it generates its own solar power, harvests rain water and has state of the art waste water treatment facilities to ensure a minimum impact on the national park setting. So this is luxury living without an overt environmental impact and one the whole family will love.

Safari tents start from $75, cabins from $140 and eco lodges from $340.