Family holidays

Highlights

Fun and adventure

NSW is perfect for family holidays, with World Heritage wilderness, beautiful beaches and rivers, marine parks and national parks, zoos and amusement parks, and a fascinating history. Kids will be thrilled with the many outdoor adventures and fun activities.

  • Whale watching, Newcastle
  • Tropical Fruit World, Duranbah

Enjoy great family holidays in NSW

Discover the natural beauty of NSW on a family holiday at any time of the year. You can enjoy a beach holiday, pitch a tent in a national park, explore the Murray River on a houseboat, touch sharks in an aquarium, and see dolphins and whales frolic in the ocean, to suggest just a few ideas.

Explore the South Coast's enchanting attractions, from uncrowded beaches where you can learn to surf to Jamberoo Action Park's waterslides to Jervis Bay's dolphin-watching cruises. Fishing and boating are popular all along the coast, and you can go camping under the stars.

Kendalls Beach, Kiama

Just north of Sydney is the gorgeous Central Coast, where attractions include Elvis, a huge saltwater crocodile at Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Horseriding and kayaking are popular with Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures.

Travel to the beautiful North Coast and take a dolphin-watching cruise in Ports Stephens. At Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters you can pat sharks. Visit the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie or, during the whale migration between May and Novemver, enjoy a whale-watching cruises along the NSW coast. These run from Byron Bay in the north to Eden in the south.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

Kids will love zoos and wildlife parks too, including the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Country NSW. Morton National Park in the Southern Highlands is great for bushwalking, and Scenic World in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains is a thrilling experience. In the Snowy Mountains, kids can learn to ski in the colder months and enjoy horseriding in warmer months.

  • Holiday Park, Nelligen

    Caravans and Camping

    Whether you want to stay in comfortable cabins, pitch a tent or connect your motorhome, caravan and camping holidays are a great option. Solar-heated pools, tennis courts, camp kitchens and kids’ playgrounds are just some of the facilities you're likely to find in a holiday park.

  • Koala handler, Port Stephens

    Animal attractions

    You'll find plenty of places to see Australia's unique wildlife and rare and endangered animals. National parks have tours run by rangers. Visit zoos or sanctuaries, and go camping at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo. You can meet farm animals on a farmstay holiday.

  • Fort Scratchley, Newcastle

    Short family drives

    Discover spectacular landscapes, charming towns and rich heritage on short drives in NSW. The popular Grand Pacific Drive winds through the Royal National Park to Stanwell Tops, where hang-gliders soar, and along the gorgeous coast to Wollongong and Kiama.