Best places to go with kids in June

Galapagos Seals
Galapagos Island Seals on a beautiful beach (take me back there)

It’s the peak season for travel in the Northern Hemisphere, the end of June marks the start of Summer and there are many gorgeous places to go with kids. Although it’s cooled down in Oz, there are some fab spots which are often too hot and humid in the summer months to get to. Without further ado here are the top three best of the best places to go with kids in June for Australia and the world.

Photo of Galapagos Island seals taken on a glorious day on Gardner Bay, sweet memories.

Best places to go with kids in June for Australia

Broome, Western Australia

Broome is the gateway to the Kimberley and home to Cable Beach one of the best beaches in Australia. The dry season runs from June to November and brings blue skies, warm days and balmy nights. It also means you can swim at the beaches where stingers dominate during the wet season.

There are reasons why peak travel times exist and for Broome, June is simply the best time to go. This does mean larger crowds and higher costs.  If you can travel outside of school holidays then aim for the start of June (either that or after August).

This photo of Staircase To The Moon is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This amazing photo of Staircase To The Moon is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Highlights with kids

  • Visit Cable Beach a 22km stretch of pure white sandy beach and turquoise water set against a desert backdrop. You can also take the kids for a famous sunset camel ride.
  • Marvel at a natural phenomenon where three days of each month, the full moon rises over the mudflaps near Town Beach and casts a Staircase to The Moon.
  • Catch dinosaur footprints in the reef rocks at Gantheaume Point at low tide
  • Cruise Roebuck Bay on a historical Pearl Lugger
  • Explore Cape Leveque the most northerly point of the Dampier Peninsula and join in on the cultural experiences run by local Aboriginal communities.

Darwin, Northern Territory (NT)

This photo of Crocosaurus Cove is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This photo of Crocosaurus Cove is courtesy of TripAdvisor

It’s also the dry season in the Territory and the perfect time to go with clear skies, warm days and comfortable nights. Average temperatures in June is a nice 27-30 degrees without the humidity.  Again it is peak time, however if you go in early June you may avoid the school holiday rush.

Highlights with kids

  • Darwin is a multicultural mixing pot, so grab some Asian food from the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and enjoy a sunset on the beach.
  • Fish for crocs at Crocosaurus Cove, for bigger kids enter the cage of death and swim with the BIG croc. Ok you are in a submerged clear cage. But close enough.
  • Feed hundreds of fish during hightide at Aquascene
  • Catch a movie under the stars at Deckchair Cinemas
  • Go for a dip at Berry Spring

Look out for my future post on Darwin. We are heading there in the month of June. 

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

The dry season is the best time to visit Kakadu with kids. Most roads are open and walking trails are more accessible for families as the floods have cleared. The weather is perfect with sunshiny days and cooler nights. Cool still means 30 degrees by day and 20’s at night.

Kakadu has some beautiful spots but I had to narrow down the highlights to those that can be easily reached with little ones.

This photo of Gunlom Plunge Pool is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This photo of Gunlom Plunge Pool is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Highlights with kids

  • Cruise Yellow Water Billabong and see the abundance of wildlife including the big crocodiles.
  • Swim in a natural and croc free pool at Gunlom Falls. For older kids a steep climb takes you to a stunning vista and natural infinity pool.
  • Check out the impressive lookout and great examples of Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie.
  • Take a boat ride up to spectacular Twin Falls.
With Gunlom Falls, apparently this is one of the “safe” pools to swim in. The National Parks advises against swimming in any pool of water other than the Jaiburu public pool or your resort pool. Watch this space, as we will be heading to the Kakadu with kids.

Best places to go with kids in June for the world

London, United Kingdom

Having lived here for 3 years I know that London in the summer is the BEST! The Brits don’t get to see sunshine all that often, so when it comes out in June,  it’s shirts off in the park and high spirits. The lively atmosphere carries on into the night where there’s more people out and about enjoying the weather, with so many things to see and do you will need the longer days and warm nights to get to them all.

This photo of The London Eye is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This photo of The London Eye is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Highlights with kids

  • There are 8 Royal Parks in London and all are fabulous green spaces. However, my fav is Kensington Gardens. Home to Kensington Palace where Princess Diana lived. Pack a picnic and some bread to feed the ducks and geese. Have a play at the wonderful Princess Diana Memorial Playground.
  • Kids ride free on the Tube and they can get a lesson on how to queue properly.
  • Take a cruise along the River Thames and see iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, and The London Bridge.
  • Stride the Meridian Line and have both feet in East and West Hemisphere at Greenwich. It’s also offers a beautiful vista.
  • Ride the London Eye.
  • Check out some great museums, the London Transport Museum looks fantastic with great collection of historical double decker buses.
  • See a show at London’s famous West End. The Lion King has been one of the long running headliners and which the kids would love.

Cinque Terre, Italy

One of my favourite places on Earth. Cinque Terre meaning “The Five Lands” are picture perfect villages positioned along the Italian Riveria and absolutely shines in the month of June. Enjoy glorious weather, little rain and average temperatures in the mid 20’s. June is ideal, it’s not ferociously hot as it can get in August yet the aquamarine water has warmed up for an inviting swim.

Manarola Evening by Chensiyuan from Wikipedia Creative Commons.
Manarola Evening by Chensiyuan from Wikipedia Creative Commons.

Highlights with kids

  • Give the walking trail between the five villages a go with the kids starting from Riomaggiore, offering breathtaking views of the coastline. When the children tire, jump on the train.
  • Grab a pizza and watch the sunset at one the prettiest village of them all, Vernanzza.
  • Eat gelato and watch the fishing boats on the docks of Manarola village.
  • Take a splash at the gorgeous beach in Monterosso.
  • Skip beautifully rounded pebbles into the ocean at Rock Beach, Corniglia.
  • Take a boat tour of the Cinque Terre and visit beaches inaccessible by foot.

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Although the high season is officially July – September. Here’s my hot tip, go in June the shoulder season where there the boats aren’t at capacity and the prices haven’t been hiked up. June has the most pleasant weather. It’s not as intense and hot but still offers clear blue skies. The only disadvantage is that the dry season means cooler water, but it’s just beginning to cool and still OK to swim and not freezing.

Blue Footed Booby of the Galapagos Islands
Up close and personal with the Blue Footed Boobies of the Galapagos Islands

Highlights with kids

  • Get up close and personal with the wildlife. The animals of the Galapagos do not regard humans as predators they are almost oblivious to you walking right by them. You step over and around blue footed boobies, iguanas, waved albatross, seals, penguins and turtles galore, to name a few.
  • Blow bubbles at a seal underwater and they blow back.  Enough said.
  • See Lonely George the last Giant Tortoise of his kind.
  • Visit some stunning beaches with resident seals, Gardner Bay Beach was my favourite. It is untouched with soft white sand, azure waters and cute seal cubs playing off the distance.
  • Walk on a volcano
  • Snorkel with schools of colourful fish.
Have you got any tips on the best places to go in June with kids for Australia or the World? Leave a comment below, I love hearing from you:

3 Comments

  • Wow! Just, wow! Coming from Scotland, it all looks so exotic to me! I really want to visit Australia – it looks amazing. Must be so nice to be able to reside outside for so much of the time!

    • Thank you for popping by. I hope you get a chance to come down here. We have a few Scots living in Queensland 😉 I love Scotland. Though I did borrow a friends Union Jack tent for T in the Park many years ago. It was defiled by the locals many times. LOL xo

    • Thank you for popping by. I hope you get a chance to come down here. We have a few Scots living in Queensland 😉 I love Scotland. Though I did borrow a friends Union Jack tent for T in the Park many years ago. It was defiled by the locals many times. LOL xo

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