Summer vacation - Fun for the whole family

It is inevitable that everyone faces pressure and children are no exception. A family trip during summer holiday could be the perfect time to take a break. If you’re looking for holiday ideas that are both relaxing and educational, Australia is one of the perfect places for you to enjoy the natural scenery and learn about environmental protection with your children.

Popular destinations in Eastern Australia

Cairns, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, and Melbourne are popular destinations located in Eastern Australia. These are great cities to visit but you’ll have to plan accordingly because the cities are quite far away from each other. You can rent a car but if time is of the essence, you should consider taking inland flights between cities. You can book round trip flights from Hong Kong to Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane, and from there, you can transfer to inland flights to travel to the Gold Coast or Cairns.

Visit the Great Barrier Reef

Your kids can learn about marine life at the largest coral reef in the world. For a stress-free day, we would recommend booking a one-day tour package through the local travel agency or travel website.

Whale Watching

Whale watching is a must-do and is fun for the whole family. The best time for whale watching in Australia is from May to November, you can spot Dwarf Minke Whales swimming at the bottom of the Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, you can take a boat ride out to see the humpback whales on the Gold Coast.

Wild Dolphins feeding

On Moreton Island, visitors can hand-feed wild dolphins that visit the shores each evening at sunset. It’s an incredible and unforgettable experience that is only a 70 minute ferry ride from Brisbane!

Witness the magic of penguin parade

Only 90 minutes away from Melbourne is Phillip island, where you can experience one of Australia’s most popular attractions. Each night at sunset you’ll be amazed by little penguins returning to shore after a day’s fishing. As the sun fades in the sky, the little penguins waddle up the beach to the safety of their homes in the sand dunes. This experience is sure to be never forgotten.

Meet the Australian mascots

How can you go to Australia without paying a special visit to the koalas and kangaroos? If you’re in Brisbane already, you can visit the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary nearby to feed the kangaroos and hug the koalas up close. Not all zoos will allow visitors to hold the koalas in their arms, so make sure to check on this beforehand.

Average family travel budget for Australia

Assuming a family of four (two adults and two children) and a 10-day trip to Eastern Australia in August, the estimated budget is as follows:
Expense
Amount
Hong Kong to Brisbane flight
HK$14,000
Brisbane to Cairns flight
HK$4,000
Cairns to Sydney flight
HK$5,000
Sydney to Melbourne flight
HK$3,500
Melbourne to Hong Kong flight
HK$11,000
Great Barrier Reef – 1-day excursion
HK$5,000
Moreton Island Wild Dolphin Feeding 1-day excursion (additional whale watching, watching marine life, or sandboarding– choose one)
HK$4,100
LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY admission ticket
(hugging the koalas require a separate ticket purchased at the zoo)
HK$700
Philip Island Penguin Parade
HK$3,500
Hervey Bay Whale Watching (half day excursion)
HK$1,700
Accommodation
HK$15,000
Meals
HK$5,000
Car rental, parking, petrol, and transportation
HK$5,500
Shopping and other consumption
HK$6,000
Total
HK$84,000
Assuming a family of four (two adults and two children) and a 10-day trip to Eastern Australia in August, the estimated budget is as follows:
Expense
Hong Kong to Brisbane flight
Amount
HK$14,000
Expense
Brisbane to Cairns flight
Amount
HK$4,000
Expense
Cairns to Sydney flight
Amount
HK$5,000
Expense
Sydney to Melbourne flight
Amount
HK$3,500
Expense
Melbourne to Hong Kong flight
Amount
HK$11,000
Expense
Great Barrier Reef – 1-day excursion
Amount
HK$5,000
Expense
Moreton Island Wild Dolphin Feeding 1-day excursion (additional whale watching, watching marine life, or sandboarding– choose one)
Amount
HK$4,100
Expense
LONE PINE KOALA SANCTUARY admission ticket
(hugging the koalas require a separate ticket purchased at the zoo)
Amount
HK$700
Expense
Philip Island Penguin Parade
Amount
HK$3,500
Expense
Hervey Bay Whale Watching (half day excursion)
Amount
HK$1,700
Expense
Accommodation
Amount
HK$15,000
Expense
Meals
Amount
HK$5,000
Expense
Car rental, parking, petrol, and transportation
Amount
HK$5,500
Expense
Shopping and other consumption
Amount
HK$6,000
Expense
Total
Amount
HK$84,000

According to the estimate above, the cost for a family trip is close to HK$100,000. In case travel expenses are tight, HSBC’s Revolving Credit Facility may be an option that will allow you to get instant cash at any time. Interest is calculated daily based on the used amount only, so the interest usually turns out to be lower than other loans with interest calculated on a monthly basis.

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