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5 Themed road trip ideas the whole family will love

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Personalise your road trip by selecting your locations based on one theme

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If the idea of a road trip with children seems daunting, consider planning one around a specific theme to keep your kids interested in the journey and to narrow your focus.

To make it a successful road trip that everyone will rave about for years to come, pick a theme that relates to what your family is interested in. Themes can range from something fun like giant icons (hint: Get the camera out and see who can make the funniest pose) to quirky science museums, animal-filled zoos, celebrity restaurants, convict-era historical sites or our iconic beaches that will allow everyone to stretch out their legs after the drive. The key is picking three or four main locations that will give you plenty of time to properly explore the sights before moving on to your next destination.

On this type of trip, you can also be as organised or as whimsical as suits you! There are plenty of apps and resources available that allow road trippers to book hotels on the go, such as Hotels Quickly and LastMinute.com.au. This will allow you to spend an extra day in a spot that takes your fancy without being restricted by hotel bookings at your next destination.

If you're keen to plan your family's next road adventure and you're in need of inspiration, here are a few ideas to get you started:

Theme 1: The "big" Australia

Personalise your road trip by selecting your locations based on one theme

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Places to visit:

Theme 2: Animals

Personalise your road trip by selecting your locations based on one theme

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Places to visit:

Theme 3: Beaches

Personalise your road trip by selecting your locations based on one theme

Image: Duncan Rawlinson/Flickr

Places to visit:

  • The Great Ocean Road: This 243-kilometre stretch of road is home to the Twelve Apostles, countless lighthouses, coastal towns and breathtaking scenery from start to finish
  • Byron Bay, Surfer's Paradise, Coolangatta and Noosa First Point
  • Manly, Bondi and Bells Beach

Theme 4: Theme parks

Personalise your road trip by selecting your locations based on one theme

Image: Dreamworld

Places to visit:

Theme 5: Science centres and museums

Personalise your road trip by selecting your locations based on one theme

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Places to visit:

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