Family holidays on the waters of NSW
Holidays by the water in NSW
Plan a road trip, choose one of the countless pristine locations and head for the water! No matter what time of year, there are plenty of water-based activities to enjoy with your family, from whale watching and houseboating, to kayaking and coastal walks.
Activities on the water
Watch in awe as fifty-tonne whales lift themselves out of the water. Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Jervis Bay, Port Macquarie, and Port Stephens offer great whale watching vantage points and options. Look out for whales from shore or take a cruise to watch these majestic creatures travel through in the waves as they make their migratory route.
You can also get close to dolphins and turtles kayaking through the waters of Byron Bay’s beautiful marine park, or go swimming with seals at Montague Island on the South Coast.
The coastal national parks offer many enjoyable activities for the whole family. Worimi National Park in Port Stephens is home to more than 32 kilometres of sand dunes. Thrillseekers can cruise on quad bikes or ride a sand board down a 30-metre-high dune. Explore the dunes on foot, or go fishing and birdwatching. Take the Yuraygir Coastal Walk in Yamba, located in the isolated, unspoiled and picturesque Yuraygir National Park.
The kids can enjoy a host of entertainment activities at the Central Coast holiday parks in Budgewoi, Canton Beach, Norah Head or Toowoon Bay. Activities include movie nights, sand art, and treasure hunts, promising hours of fun, rain or shine.
You'll find prime whale-watching opportunities up and down NSW's east coast. The annual whale migration runs from May to November every year with peaks in July and September.
Rainbow Beach trends south-southwest for 2.5 kilometres from the dolerite rocks at Middle Rock Point to the sedimentary rocks at Bonny Hills, The beach is backed by a foredune, then two kilometres lon...
Treat the family to a day by the sea at Woolgoolga Beach and Headland.
Woolgoolga, also known as 'Woopi', is renowned for its swimming, surfing, fishing, diving and snorkelling. There's a sma...
A scenic bridge between Cape Byron State Conservation Area and Broken Head Nature Reserve, Tallow Beach offers a terrific place to throw down a towel and soak up the sun. You could pull out binoculars...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/arakwal-national-park/tallow-beach/swim-surf
Little Bay is a secluded beach nestled between granite cliffs, just south of the headland near Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park. Pack your fishing gear for a day at the beach.
The ever-popular Diggers Beach is perfectly located for tourists - right across the road from Coffs Harbour's Big Banana. Wide and sheltered, Diggers makes for a lovely wind-free beach walk.