Travel School. The best education for your child?

Whether you choose homeschooling (home education) or distance education for your travel school, I believe you will discover a wonderful education for your child.

Travelling, with the world (or at least a part of Australia) as your classroom, beats the traditional school setting, hands down. It provides a daily exposure to real life, and a personalised itinerary of continual field trips (excursions).

As a bonus, all this comes with loving one-on-one tutors (Mum & Dad) right alongside. If education is preparation for life, then travel is an education in itself.

Using a definition of education as: "Intellectual, spiritual, physical and emotional preparation for life", you can't actually make a bad travel school decision!

school on the road: Painting and Colouring Caravan school.

Who needs a travel school?

As education is a state government responsibility, the law varies on a state by state basis. But generally, you will need to register to travel school if:

  • You have a child between 6 and 15 years of age. (Younger than 6yrs in some states, and older than 15yrs in others).
  • You will be travelling for more than 3 months. (This may be negotiable with, say, your current school providing school work for longer periods of time than this).

There are 2 options for your travel school:

What is the DIFFERENCE between Homeschooling and Distance Education?

When homeschooling, parents accept responsibility for planning, implementing and evaluating their child’s learning program.

Which is quite different from Distance Education, where, parents qualify for access to educational services and programs provided by the state education authority.

One of these choices will most likely suit your family more than the other, and your decision WILL impact your day-to-day travelling life.

We aim to provide information to help you carefully consider both of these options, so that you can make the best choice for you.

Also on this page you will find links to...

  • The Best General Education Resources for travel
  • The Best Educational Attractions and/or locations (by State)
  • Our Favourite Educational Resources for travel (by subject).

Cape LeGrand NP - whale spine

Examining a gecko.


Our family has found homeschooling to be the best travel school choice for us.

Link to the homeschooling page to find:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling on-the-road
  • Links to relevant state based websites for further information and application forms
  • WHY homeschooling stands out as the best option for our travel school (and perhaps for yours too!)

Distance Education

We have travelled alongside and spoken at length with many families who have chosen distance education for their travel school.

Link to the distance education page to find:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of distance education
  • Links to relevant state based websites for further information

BEST Educational Attractions

Obviously there is really no such a thing as the "best educational attraction".

Enjoyment of an attraction or location will differ enormously from family to family based on personal interests, ages of children, whether you have recently been to a similar attraction, and even things like how much you just paid for petrol up the road!

But having qualified this section with the above statement, I will provide you with a listing of OUR FAVOURITE educational attractions (or locations), and a brief description of why. Hopefully you will enjoy them too!

Best Educational Attractions in...

  • Queensland
  • New South Wales
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • NT
  • ACT

One of the things which keeps our family motivated to keep moving on while travelling is the desire to unveil the 'treasure' just around the corner.

We view our lives as a learning work in progress, which doesn't just start and end at a particular time, and only on weekdays. Because of this, much of what we see and do is viewed from a learning perspective.

The opportunities for learning as you travel are limitless. Almost everything is an educational experience. Obviously some of these stand out more than others (and a few will be experiences you'd rather forget!).

But I fully encourage you to open your eyes to what is around you in every situation and take advantage of all those learning opportunities.

BEST Educational Resources for Travel

As our family spends so much of our time travelling, it is essential that we use excellent educational resources for our travel school.

And as parents with a vested interest in our children's education, of course we want only the best. As the old adage goes, "why use anything less?"

So for many years we have sought out (and sometimes just happened upon) the best educational resources on the market.

Some of the resources we recommend are designed for travel, but most are just regular homeschooling resources, adapted for the weight/space restrictions imposed by the need or desire to 'travel light'.

So after years of travelling, and of homeschooling, here is the best we've found... (of course this list will be updated regularly as we continue to try out new [or new to us] products, and find items worth suggesting)...

  • History
  • Teach-your-child-to-read-in-100-easy-lessons

  • Science
  • Language Arts
  • Maths
  • The Arts (Music, Art)
  • Physical Education (PE)
  • Other (eg, Logic, computer, home-ec, life skills)

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