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Family holiday with teens in August

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Family holiday with teens in August

We are travelling from England with our 13 and 15 year old girls to see family in Sydney in August and want to spend 5 nights up seeing the GBR. Where is best to stay? What's PD like? Daintree rainforest sounds great. We want to experience all we can and relax too.

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1. Re: Family holiday with teens in August

Hmm, that's tricky. I'm sure you'll get a lot of answers.


From our experience, I would fly to a central location like Cairns or the Whitsundays and take some trips from there. Absolutely get out on the reef overnight, either do a boating excursion, or stay on Heron or Lady Elliott island for 2 nights if you can afford it.

Driving will take too much time away from your actual enjoyment of the reef.

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2. Re: Family holiday with teens in August

PD has a holiday feel. lots of good restaurants, accommo and a reasonable beach. all the attractions of the area are accessible from there by tour or rental car.

cairns is city and while tourist orienated i think your girls are too young for 'the action'

plus there is no beach in cairns.

the whitsundays are expensive (and have a resort feel) and the is much less to do 'landside' after the obligatory reef trip.

Edited: 3:29 pm, January 05, 2013
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3. Re: Family holiday with teens in August

I'd be going well north. Pool options in the Whits in August are a bit cool.

Port Douglas is a good choice but also look at Palm Cove and some of the northern beaches of Cairns.

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