Australia has loads of spectacular points of interest, from Uluru to the Nice Barrier Reef, however on a protracted vacation with younger youngsters, it’d make sense to give attention to easier pleasures. A street journey alongside the coast, from Melbourne to Sydney, supplies loads of these, says David Whitley in The Occasions – and this 750-mile odyssey is fairly enjoyable if you happen to sort out it over the course of three weeks.

Among the many extra adventurous actions on provide are whale-watching excursions, and hikes by way of forested nationwide parks the place you may see an emu “lolloping by way of the grass”. However extra interesting nonetheless is the each day weight loss plan of gorgeous seashores, fairly seaside cities and occasional kangaroo encounters – thrills that value nothing and are “catnip to children”.

It’s value reserving tickets prematurely for the Phillip Island Penguin Parade, two hours’ drive south of Melbourne. It affords a likelihood 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 likelihood 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 charming. And the ultimate leg of the journey is plagued 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 automotive rent.