Family outdoor adventures in NSW
Family fun on the South Coast
The NSW South Coast offers a wide range of outdoor family activities. Experience close animal encounters on a dolphin and whale-watching cruise or snorkel with seals on Montague Island. Take the family coastal camping near the beach within Booderee National Park where you can enjoy great walks, surf and swimming, as well as a school holiday program of events for kids.
Natural attractions for families
Travel through the waters of the Murray Darling river on a paddle steamer, kayak, or canoe, and take advantage of region's excellent camping and fishing locations. You can also tour the region on a traditional riverboat cruise - the twin towns of Echuca and Moama are home to Australia’s largest riverboat fleet. The Wonga Wetlands in Albury are a sanctuary for birdwatchers and bushwalkers.
On the North Coast, hire a canoe to explore the Hunter Wetlands Centre near Newcastle, see one of Australia's tallest single-drop waterfalls at Ellenborough Falls, or take the boardwalk through Sea Acres Rainforest Centre near Port Macquarie.
In the Northern Rivers region, explore the Yaraygir Coastal Walk in the picturesque Yaraygir National Park, or walk around Wollumbin National Park and discover Australia's Green Cauldron, a lush rainforest landscape that was created from the remains of an ancient volcano.
The Snowy Mountains has a great range of outdoor activities the whole family can enjoy including horse riding, fishing and mountain bike riding. Guided Segway Eco Tours at Lake Crackenback offer a unique way to view the area's natural scenery. Explore the Yarrangobilly Caves and bring swimwear to bathe in the natural thermal pool which is a constant 27°C.
Take in spectacular views at Scenic World in Katoomba. Ride the world's steepest railway or take in a bird’s-eye view of the Jamison Valley and Three Sisters as you glide above the forest canopy in the glass-floored Skyway. Go on a cave tour through the Jenolan Caves and learn about the Jurassic-era Wollemi pine at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mount Tomah.
In Country NSW, follow the boardwalk to see the spectacular Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park. Washpool National Park and Gibraltar Range World Heritage National Parks offer great mountain biking opportunities. Cathedral Rock National Park features awe-inspiring boulders and rock sculptures, while Morton National Park offers serene bush campsites. The kids will enjoy running through the Australian Standing Stones in Glen Innes.
Introduce your kids to the world of horses with the great school holiday horseriding programs at Belisi Equine Park in Wagga Wagga. In addition to riding skills, children also learn safe behaviour around horses, and how to groom, feed, and lead horses.
Amble along elevated boardwalks on a winding track through this beautiful rainforest located in Budderoo National Park. Look out for the elusive lyrebird, eastern water dragons, swamp wallabies, and many native birds that call this subtropical paradise home.
Perched atop the lower ridges of Blue Mountains National Park, Mount Portal lookout offers magnificent views of the junction between Glenbrook Gorge and the mighty Nepean River. With a wheelchair-acce...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/blue-mountains-national-park/mount-portal-lookout/lookout
Stop to stretch your legs at Hawkesbury lookout. You'll find it conveniently located on Hawkesbury Road at Hawkesbury Heights - one of the Blue Mountains' smallest towns. This grassy lookout is border...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/yellomundee-regional-park/hawkesbury-lookout/lookout
Located only a few kilometres from Thredbo, Dead Horse Gap crosses the Great Dividing Range at 1580 metres and is the watershed between the Thredbo Snowy System and the Murray River.
It will feel like you're on the edge of the world as the views go on forever at Sublime Point lookout - Leura, in Blue Mountains National Park. Offering sensational scenic views of the Jamison Valley,...www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/blue-mountains-national-park/sublime-point-lookout-leura/lookout