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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.

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Activities on the water

Family fishing at a wharf in Port Stephens

Watch in awe as fifty-tonne whales lift themselves out of the water. Byron BayCoffs HarbourJervis BayPort 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 BudgewoiCanton BeachNorah Head or Toowoon Bay. Activities include movie nights, sand art, and treasure hunts, promising hours of fun, rain or shine. 

Whale watching NSW

Whale watching

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.

Coastal walk Kiama

Coastal walks

Explore the World Heritage-listed Lord Howe Island on foot to discover magnificent bushwalking trails, or take in the abundant birdlife, beaches, bays, and blowholes along the Kiama Coast Walk.

All Seasons Houseboat on the Murray River

Houseboat holidays

Relax on the rivers of NSW with a family houseboat holiday. Explore the Murray River with Murray River Houseboats, or travel on the Nambucca River with Nambucca River Houseboats.