Family holidays on the waters of NSW

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Fun aquatic adventures

With many beautiful beaches, rivers and lakes, NSW is the perfect destination for a waterside holiday at any time of the year. Enjoy swimming, kayaking and surfing, and have fun with the kids snorkelling and fishing or watching dolphins and whales in the wild.

  • Family holiday, Kendalls Beach, Kiama
  • Surfing, South Coast

Wonderful activities on sparkling waters

Discover the amazing creatures that inhabit the beautiful marine parks of NSW, from dolphins and whales to turtles, seals and colourful fish. An aquatic adventure for a family holiday is also great for water sports such as surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddeboarding and sailing.

Whales migrate along the NSW coast between May and November, and a great way to see them is on a whale-watching cruise. Popular places for cruises are Jervis Bay, Narooma and Eden on the South Coast and Port Stephens, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay on the North Coast.

Coffs Harbour, North Coast

You'll find plenty of things to do at gorgeous beaches along the coast and on rivers and lakes, including the Murray River - hire a houseboat for a memorable experience. The Snowy Mountains is excellent for fishing in spring and summer. On the Central Coast are holiday parks in Budgewoi, Canton BeachNorah Head or Toowoon Bay.

You can get close to dolphins and turtles kayaking in Cape Byron Marine Park with Cape Byron Kayaks and Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay. The Solitary Islands Marine Park, near Coffs Harbour, is great for snorkelling and diving. Jetty Dive Centre has a scuba courses for kids eight to 12.

Whale watching, Merimbula South Coast

The Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park is splendid for dolphin-watching cruises and you can even swim with wild dolphins with Dolphin Swim Australia. In the Jervis Bay Marine Park, Dolphin Watch Cruises and Jervis Bay Wild offer tours to see resident dolphins at play. Montague Island, in Batemans Marine Park, is a delightful spot for snorkelling with seals.