[copyright]Get up close to Australian wildlife on a winter sun family adventure.[/copyright]
[copyright]Get up close to Australian wildlife on a winter sun family adventure.[/copyright]

Winter Sun Family Holidays in Australasia and the Pacific

It’s a long old schlepp from the UK, but for the winter sun holiday of a lifetime with children, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region are hard to beat. We’ve hand-picked the best family-friendly accommodation, whether you’re looking for an all-singing all-dancing beach resort, an adventurous desert hotel or the base for a sun-drenched city break. With flight times so long and jet-lag inevitable, you’ll need to go for at least two weeks but preferably longer to make it worth the trip.

Bear in mind that the seasons are reversed, so Australia experiences its highest temperatures during our winter months (December, January and February are the hottest in Oz). This might make it too hot for your family, especially if you’re travelling with very young kids, although if you choose a child-friendly resort you’ll benefit from amenities such as swimming pools, air-conditioning and crèches/kids’ clubs. Remember too that some areas experience their wet season during our wintertime, and that Australia’s southern coast is busiest in January and the Easter holidays.

As a guide, Fiji has year-round temperatures of 26–31°C.

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Winter Sun places to stay in Australia & Pacific

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Meriton Serviced Apartments World Tower

Sydney
Luxury city serviced apartments with large rooms and stunning views, in a prime location from which to explore Sydney.

Treasure Island Resort & Holiday Park

Queensland
Action-packed holiday park in Queensland, with access to the beach and dedicated kids programme.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort

Fiji
Luxurious, stylish and friendly hotel on the stunning island of Fiji, with kids clubs and spa.

Desert Gardens Hotel

Northern Territory
Luxury hotel with the stunning view of Uluru in Australia, offering family rooms, pools and free airport transfers.

The Westin Melbourne

Melbourne
Five-star centrally located Melbourne hotel, with pool and kids’ welcome packs.

Voyages Heron Island

Queensland
An ideal child-centred resort with a great kids’ club for 7-to-12-year-olds

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Rydges World Square

Sydney
A great base in the city for family holidays due to its convenient location and providing comfortable surroundings.