Take the kids on an adventure holiday across Oz that will fulfil their wildest fantasies.
“Meet the real Santa Claus.”
For the Adventurous Dreamer
For the little ones with their heads in the clouds who want to experience the unheard of, go for it: just close your eyes and conjure up the ultimate. We’ll help you get there.
“My best holiday ever would be to go to the North Pole because you could meet the real Santa Claus and have a ride on his sled. I’d get Christmas presents early and see the baby seals and penguins. And that is why I’d like to go to the North Pole.”
– Francesca, aged 9, Ashfield NSW
“I want to go with Baz Luhrmann to Bollywood. And, yes, I could go fishing with Ken for the rest of the year down at the Billabong.”
– Dylan, aged 8, Daly River Community NT
“I would like to go to Shark Bay in WA to go fishing and catch a shark. Then I would like to go to central Australia to see Uluru – the biggest rock in the world. Finally I would like to go to Brazil to meet the soccer players. That would be my best holiday ever.”
– Declan, aged 8, Summer Hill NSW
“I would like to have a tea party with some fairies, especially the pink ones. Oh, and the tooth fairy.”
– Madeleine, aged 4, Prospect SA
“The best holiday would be in the sky. Stay in the clouds and fly around like Batman.”
– Sam, aged 5, West Croydon SA
Each state has its own unique way of celebrating an Aussie Christmas, and many are in the form of annual processions that’ll transport you straight to Santa’s secret village. One of the world’s biggest Christmas parades, the Credit Union Christmas Pageant, marches through the heart of Adelaide. With fairytale floats, marching bands, choirs, more than 900 costumed characters, dance troupes and marching girls, it’s an absolute kaleidoscope of colour. Check out www.cupageant.com.au for more info.
The moving image
Due to Australia’s diverse natural beauty, the country is a popular destination for filming international movies, including Bollywood productions. Film superstars of the next generation, watch out for productions being filmed in your state – you might even be used as an extra on set! Australia’s TV, film and media world is developed at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Melbourne. It’s the first centre dedicated to film production in Australia. Proactive workshops are available for all children to participate in: learn camera techniques, write film scripts, act in scenes, work as production crew and submerge into the world of Baz Luhrmann.
phone: (03) 8663 2200
Little folk dream of fairies, elves and pixies, and if your little dreamer wants to relive the fairytale of Cinderella, take a trip to the beautiful Onkaparinga Valley in the Adelaide Hills. The illusory journey takes you through natural surrounds where lifesize displays of fairytales such as Snow White, The Three Little Pigs and Sleeping Beauty await. Each themed tale has memorabilia and goodies relaying the stories. Parents, it’s up to you to bring the legend to life.
phone: (08) 8389 6200
If the prospect of meeting actual Brazilian soccer players makes your bank balance cringe, it may be time to consider local substitutes. AT gives the new Brazilian soccer school in Sutherland Shire NSW a big thumbs up – it’s a great way for budding Ronaldos to learn core moves and specialised skills from qualified coaches. The school offers fabulous soccer camps during school holidays, and the sport is growing so rapidly that there could soon be one in your area!
phone: 0402 522 757
WANT FIVE MORE?
Don’t forget these other great ideas for kids:
1. Cable hang gliding over an 18m cliff, Launceston Tas 0419 311 198
2. Little Big Shots movie festival (03) 9697 9411, www.littlebigshots.com.au
3. Flying Leap, Cairns (07) 4036 2127, www.flyingleap.com.au
4. Mooloolaba Marina Christmas Boat Parade (07) 5444 5653, www.christmasboatparade.net
5. Australian Institute of Sport, ACT (02) 6214 1111, www.ais.org.au
EVEN MORE ESSENTIAL WEB-EXCLUSIVE LINKS
1. Deckchair Cinema, NT (08) 8941 4377
2. Capricorn Caves, QLD (07) 4934 2883
3. Surf Fever Surf School, QLD (0402 525 586)
4. Fish Darwin, NT (08) 8981 5259
5. Mirage Boat Hire – For speed and adventure, QLD (07) 5591 2553
6. Bushwaker Eco Tours, QLD (07) 3871 0057