22 June 2021 – Today, the go-to site for domestic travel Wotif.com announces the official Wotif Aussie Kids Bucket List – the definitive list of 13 dream Aussie travel experiences to do before you turn 13, as decided by Aussie kids*.
With the majority (86%) of Aussie families set to take a domestic holiday this year and most Aussie kids (61%) eager to see and try different travel experiences within Australia**, Wotif is flipping the traditional concept of a bucket list and releasing a list of Australia’s top kid-approved activities, to inspire Aussie families as they set out to explore their own backyard in the months ahead.
The Wotif Aussie Kids Bucket List reveals Queensland is the ultimate family destination, with the sunshine state receiving almost half (47%) of the total nominations. While nothing beats a day of thrill rides and character meet-and-greets at Queensland’s Gold Coast theme parks, it’s just one of the adventurous, quirky, and educational experiences across the country that also topped the list.
Wotif Managing Director, Daniel Finch said: “We asked Aussie kids to tell us what their dream travel experience in Australia would be and its clear today’s kids are young adventurers, excited to explore everything their backyard has to offer. From sleeping underground in Coober Pedy, to witnessing whale sharks in Exmouth or learning about Aboriginal culture in the Northern Territory, it’s fantastic to see how energised kids are about travelling within their own country.
“We want to inspire families to get exploring and look for education outside of the classroom. From Australia’s rich culture, unique wildlife, and diverse geography, we hope the Aussie Kids Bucket List motivates families to get their kids involved in the holiday planning and commit to seeing some of the incredible sights in Australia.”
The entries showed Aussie kids generally want what they don’t have. Kids from the southern states are dreaming of a tropical holiday or “anywhere the water is warm”, whereas young Aussies from warmer climes are keen to see snow. As one child put it “I’d like to touch snow, see snow, play in the snow… make a snow man and drink all the best hot chocolates.” Interestingly, Queensland kids seem to buck the trend and were most excited to see more of their own state.
Wotif Aussie Kids Bucket List
The top 13 dream Aussie travel experiences to do before you turn 13 years old, according to Aussie kids
1. Tick off the Gold Coast theme parks, QLD – Rides, ice cream and their favourite movie characters, it doesn’t get much better than a day at one of the Gold Coast’s many theme parks – a rite of passage for many young Aussies.
2. Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, QLD – While the reef’s unrivalled scenery and underwater life make it a popular choice for so many travellers, it’s the turtles and chance to ‘find Nemo’ that appeals most to kids.
3. Learn about Aboriginal culture at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT – One of Australia’s most significant landmarks, Uluṟu’s mesmerising size and cultural significance is fascinating for Aussie kids. Families can walk around the base, learn about Aboriginal culture and see the incredible Field of Light exhibition.
4. See the quokkas on Rottnest Island, WA – Topping the list for WA is a trip to Rottnest Island, which wouldn’t be complete without seeing one of Australia’s most adorable tourism icons, the quokka.
5. Watch the Little Penguin Parade on Phillip Island, VIC – Phillip Island is home to the largest Little Penguin colony in the world and watching the penguins march from the ocean to their burrows is something every Aussie kid should see at least once.
6. Spotting wildlife, waterfalls and crocs in Kakadu National Park, NT – Whoever said never smile at a crocodile has not yet been on a cruise in Kakadu. There are around 10,000 crocodiles in Kakadu (fresh and salties), so you’re guaranteed a close encounter with these giant reptiles. Snap pics of crocodiles, brush up on your bush survival skills and learn about the oldest living culture on earth from an Aboriginal guide.
7. Discover Australia’s Dinosaur Trail, QLD – Budding palaeontologists are sure to love following in the footsteps of a ferocious dinosaur and discovering the only evidence of a dinosaur stampede in the world.
8. Swim with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef, WA – Swimming with the biggest, yet most gentle sharks is an experience of a lifetime and Aussies kids are lucky to have one of the best reefs to do so, right at home.
9. Meet the dolphins at Monkey Mia, WA – The locals at Monkey Mia are a friendly bunch, but it’s the playful dolphins that the kids come to see. With rangers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions supervising the interaction between humans and dolphins and the Dolphin Information Centre nearby, Monkey Mia is a fun and educational experience for kids.
10. Visit Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, QLD – Aussie kids sure do love their animals and Australia Zoo is full of endless experiences the kids will adore, like the Zookeeper for a Day program. Crikey!
11. Overnight safari at Dubbo’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo, NSW – Feel like a sleepover with giraffes, rhinos and zebras? Kids can experience a slice of Africa, all without leaving New South Wales. That’s why an overnight safari at Dubbo’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo made the list.
12. Sleep underground in Coober Pedy, SA – Australia's famous outback opal town, Coober Pedy is full of fascinating history and charming quirks, so a sleepover in one of its unique desert stays is high on the list for young Aussies.
13. Explore Questacon in Canberra, ACT – The only ACT experience to make the list has very good reasons to be here. This famous science museum is a great place for curious kids with so many hands-on, interactive experiences all in one spot.
The list proves there’s a lot to learn from the next generation of travellers – diverse with their ideas, keen to learn and eager to see their own country – In fact many wanted to see every state. But while a bucket list is great for every kid to aspire to, the entries were a great reminder of the innocence kids bring. From eating ice cream, having a mocktail (or juice) by the pool and building a giant sandcastle, kids have a unique way of looking at things, reminding us that in the eyes of a child, it’s often the little things that count.
Finch continued: “While Aussie kids have big and bold travel dreams, at the end of the day their travel wishes are simple, and the flood of entries we received proved just that. Behind all the fun and excitement, the importance of family time was a clear theme in almost all entries. This also came through in our recent research, with spending time together the most important thing for most families (64%). Australia is a huge playground for Aussie kids and we want to encourage families to look to the Wotif Aussie Kids Bucket List for inspiration.”
To learn more about the Australia’s top kid-approved experiences, visit Wotif.com/kidslist
* The Wotif Aussie Kids Bucket List has been compiled by Wotif based on entries received for its “Aussie Kids Bucket List Promotion”. Australian resident parents and/or legal guardians of children under the age of 13 answered what their child’s dream Aussie travel experience would be. Entries closed on 28 May 2021. The winner was awarded a $2,000 Wotif domestic travel credit.
** Wotif research commissioned in collaboration with YouGov, April 2021. Total sample of 1,020 Australian adults 18+ with children under the age of 13, distributed throughout Australia. The data was weighted by age, gender and region to reflect the latest ABS population estimates.
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