Seeing Australia with younger kids
My family of 4 have tickets to fly into and out of Sidney in July for 18 days of in Australia travel and are looking for your great suggestions for family fun and exploration. We know we need to cover serious distances to see The Great Barrier Reef, Darwin and Uluru but they are a must. Considering we are going to be covering ground we want an affordable way to see this amazing place and it is important is meet the people along the way. My kids love to play with other kids and we really want to find a way to see a few places and also get to know the people. Don't love the idea of really long car rides when my kiddos want to be running and jumping and making friends.
Do Australian families have anything like a KOA here in North America? Such as campgrounds that might have cabins and swimming pools and a family friendly atmosphere. We don't really want to camp Oregon-style (sleeping bags, cookstoves etc) but would like a more connected experience that that of hotels. Anything in-between? Ideas as to where can we stay to meet local families in the Winter? Are there hostel-like places that are family friendly? Rather not worry about gap-year parties waking my kiddos if we can avoid it.
Any ideas would be so appreciated.