Best places to go in April with kids

Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark
Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark

Highlighting the best of the best places to go in April for Australia and the world. These are my pick of the best places to go in April with kids, you won’t see trekking to Base Camp in Nepal or going to Hong Kong during amber storms here.

Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef. Whale Shark image courtesy of Mike JohnstonFlickr

Best places to go in Australia in April with kids

It’s the shoulder season for many parts of Australia, where the weather is changing. The benefits are discounted accommodation and less crowds. However it’s a bit tricky to pick the beset place to go due to the change in seasons. It’s becoming cooler in the south where rainfall is a little unpredictable. Yet, it’s still the wet season in the northern parts of Australia such as Northern Territory and Queensland. Let’s not forget the stingers which maybe in the water still in North Queensland. With this in mind, here are my best places to visit in Australia in April.

Ningaloo Reef

Turquoise Bay
Stunning – Turquoise Bay image courtesy of Peter Boer, Flickr

It’s the start of Whale Shark season at Ningaloo reef, Exmouth Western Australia. This has been on on my bucket list and would love to go soon. Depending on the spawning season, whale sharks head to the reef at the end of March. They stay at Ningaloo Reef until June. The water is still warm and the sharks are coming in.

Highlights for kids

  • Swim with whale sharks. There are no age restrictions on swimming with whale sharks. If your kid can swim. They can swim with the whale sharks.
  • Visit stunning Turquoise Bay. A family friendly beach, Turquoise Bay where the reef can be accessed straight off the sand for those kids that just want to swim, but not necessarily with whale sharks

For more information check out: Visit Exmouth, Western Australia

Canberra

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Old and New Parliament House image courtesy of Brenden Ashton, Flickr

It’s the perfect time to go with temperatures in the mid 20’s and little rain. Offering fun and interactive educational activities as well as great places to explore and play.

Highlights for kids

Plenty of activities for kids including:

Other highlights include taking a walk around the War Memorial and Parliament House. Though more sombre, there are great spaces to explore for young ones. For more info visit: Visit Canberra

Byron Bay

Byron Bay Sunset
Byron Bay Sunset, image courtesy of Brian Caldwell, Flickr

Located in the most idyllic spot in Australia with gorgeous weather year round; warm summers and mild winters. April averages mid 20’s temperatures with minimum rainfall. Byron offers some stunning beaches, great accommodation options, trendy cafe’s and shops.

Highlights for kids

  • Spend the day exploring the many kid friendly beaches include Main Beach, Belongil Beach, Watego Beach and Torakina Beach at Brunswick Heads.
  • Taking in the scenic hinterland with a walk around Crystal Castle
  • Visit Cape Byron Lighthouse for a picturesque ocean lookout
  • Have a play at Macadamia Castle not just to sample macadamia products but there are train rides, mini golf, animal fun park and a playground.

For more information check out: Visit Byron Bay

Best places to go in April for the world

There’s so many great places to go. It’s still a bit chilly in the Northern Hemisphere, so I’ve picked some warmer places to go:

Cayman Islands

Stingray City, Cayman Islands image courtesy of Fevi in Pictures, Flickr
Stingray City, Cayman Islands image courtesy of Fevi in Pictures, Flickr

It’s still prime time to go the Caribbean. My choice is Cayman Island. It holds a special place in my heart as I lived here. Seven mile beach is a gorgeous soft white sandy beach that indeed goes for seven miles. It’s worth a visit just for this beach alone.

Highlights for kids

  • Take a short cruise to a sand bar dubbed “Stingray City”  in the middle of the ocean where you can view the many Stingrays coming to feed. For the brave kiddies,  you can get in waste deep water and feed them.
  • Visit the turtle breeding program at Cayman Turtle Farm where you can pet baby turtles, swim with turtles in a lagoon, view a water tank full of sharks, visit the aviary and see “smiley” the crocodile.
  • Explore the islands gorgeous beaches, two I recommend are Seven Mile Beach and the secluded Rum Point.
  • Enjoy world class snorkelling and diving. Though with kids you may need to coordinate so one parent is on duty whilst the other enjoys the spectacular dive sites.

For more information check out: Tourism Cayman Islands

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa image courtesy of Brent Newhall, Flickr
Cape Town, South Africa image courtesy of Brent Newhall, Flickr

The prime time for South Africa is March, however April is still sunny and warm. Though cooling during the nights, being the shoulder season you maybe able to grab a few bargains. Cape Town is known to be one of the most picturesque cities in the world with stunning vistas of Table Mountain.

Highlights for kids

For more information check out: Tourism Cape Town

Israel

Jerusalem Mt. of Olives, image courtesy ofEpiscopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, Flickr
Jerusalem Mt. of Olives, image courtesy of Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, Flickr

It’s prime time to hit the Middle East and April is the best time for Israel. I’ve been longing to go.

Highlights for kids

Other highlights include floating in the dead sea. I’ve done this in Jordan and wouldn’t recommend it for young kids as the water is so salty it stings your eyes. However, if one parent takes turns in going then it’s highly recommended. No matter how hard you try. You cannot sink.  For more information, check out Tourism Israel

Have you got any tips on the best places to go in April in Australia? Or the best places to go in April around the world? Leave a comment below:

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