Australia has loads of spectacular points of interest, from Uluru to the Nice Barrier Reef, however on an extended vacation with younger kids, it would make sense to give attention to less complicated pleasures. A highway journey alongside the coast, from Melbourne to Sydney, offers loads of these, says David Whitley in The Instances – and this 750-mile odyssey is fairly stress-free if you happen to deal with it over the course of three weeks.

Among the many extra adventurous actions on supply are whale-watching excursions, and hikes by way of forested nationwide parks the place you would possibly see an emu “lolloping by way of the grass”. However extra interesting nonetheless is the every day food plan of gorgeous seashores, fairly seaside cities and occasional kangaroo encounters – thrills that price nothing and are “catnip to youngsters”.

It’s price reserving tickets prematurely for the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, two hours’ drive south of Melbourne. It gives a probability to observe a colony of little penguins waddle and belly-flop to their nests. Subsequent comes Wilsons Promontory, and Squeaky Seashore – the place the white sand is so superb that it squeaks underfoot.

At Mallacoota, the pelicans fishing on the water’s edge are a sight to marvel at, and the city of Eden is “cetacean-spotting central”. Between August and November, you stand an excellent probability of seeing humpbacks, however a Cat Balou cruise round Twofold Bay is enjoyable even out of season.

The cities past Eden – Merimbula, Tathra, Bermagui, Narooma, Broulee – are significantly pleasant. On the NRMA Murramarang vacation park, the kangaroos are so “good-humoured” they’ll even tolerate affectionate approaches from young children. Dolphin-watching cruises in Jervis Bay are fascinating. And the ultimate leg of the journey is affected by “hits” – from the Kiama Blowhole to the marvel that is the Sydney Harbour Bridge. 

Trailfinders (trailfinders.com) has a three-week itinerary from £2,569pp, together with flights and automobile rent.