The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s natural wonders and celebrated playground for snorkelers, scuba divers and yachting types. It’s also a brilliant place to take your kids. Indeed, all of the best island resorts operate excellent kids clubs which will keep your young ones entertained while you are out on the reef. Both Lizard Island and Orpheus Island are attuned to the special needs of young families – both have excellent sporting facilities and plenty of guided activities, such as fishing, diving and sailing. They can also visit marine research facilities to learn more about the reef. Further north, Haggerstone Island, is perfect for families looking for a total immersion in nature. Guests stay in thatched huts, explore the coral reef, eat freshly caught fish and sleep under a flawless southern night sky. On the other side of the continent, Sal Salis safari camp offers an ideal base from which to explore Ningaloo Reef – one of the few places on earth where you can swim with giant (yet harmless) whale sharks. Kids can also go kayaking, snorkeling, whale-watching or explore the nearby national park. Families stay in comfortable tented accommodation and enjoy gourmet meals freshly prepared by a resident chef.