Family Fun in the Sun

The Harris Family had so much fun on their short action-packed holiday in Queensland, they are all at a loss to pick a highlight.

One of the golden boys of New Zealand cricket, Chris Harris has spent many hours in the sun – playing cricket for New Zealand throughout the 90s and, later, enjoying outdoor adventures with his kids.

Earlier this year, Chris and wife Linda took their three children – twins (aged 7) and daughter (15) – to the sunny climes of Queensland, Australia – a region renowned for its stunning natural scenery, from surfing beaches to rainforests to coral reefs, as well as the variety of experiences and activities on offer. And for its glorious sunshine and yearround warm climate!

With natural theme parks aplenty and an array of exhilarating experiences to be had, the family visited the orphaned koalas at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, and encountered the interesting wildlife at Harley’s Crocodile Adventures in Cairns. They visited Port Douglas, Daintree Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef and Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island. They saw crocodiles and turtles, swam with dolphins, held snakes, and went snorkelling and sand-tobogganing and stayed in a eco-lodge in the rainforest. They even explored the breathtaking canopy of Daintree Rainforest at Jungle Surfing Ziplining at Cape Tribulation.

‘The weather was spectacular so we were out and about every day’, says Chris. ‘We crammed a lot in, but it would also have been a great holiday if we’d done less. There were different things to see, friendly people to talk to and the gentle walk along the river and through the markets was fun.’ But, while they packed so much into their trip, as Chris says, ‘there’s still plenty left for next time!’

Linda says Queensland doesn’t have to be an expensive holiday. ‘There’s something to suit every family. Families can choose accommodation and meals to suit their budget. I appreciated being able to do our laundry and prepare some meals, or choose to go out to eat. Even then, it didn’t have to be expensive because there are so many choices – and every one of them was tempting.’

As for the kids, when asked to pick highlights, they said they ‘liked everything!’ But, then, what’s not to like? Warm weather, fun in the sun, wildlife, and lots of different eating and accommodation options. And all this only a single three-hour flight from Christchurch away.

Chris says travelling on one direct flight made life easy. ‘We are so lucky to be able to fly direct from Christchurch to Brisbane, and it is an easy onward connection to Cairns. Several people we have told about our holiday have gone and done it too. From the Qantas flight to Queensland, to the time we landed back in Christchurch, every part of it was fabulous – and we will do it again!’ To plan your Queensland holiday, visit queensland.com