NSW autumn school holidays
Autumn School Holidays
New South Wales is an excellent choice for families hoping to make the most of their autumn and Easter holidays, boasting a range of top-notch attractions, activities and natural wonders.
School Holidays Dates - 2015
|Holiday||Start date||End date|
|Autumn||Monday, 6 April||Friday, 17 April|
|Winter||Monday, 29 June||Monday, 13 July|
|Spring||Monday, 21 September||Monday, 05 October|
|Summer||Thursday, 17 December||Monday, 24 January 2016|
Autumn School Holidays
From Easter egg hunts to gourmet food and wine festivals, there are plenty of things to see and do throughout Regional NSW in April, whatever the weatehr, making it an ideal destination for adults and children of all ages.
Keen to explore the great outdoors? Autumn is a beautiful time to visit the Blue Mountains, a destination known for its stunning landscapes and breathtaking beauty. Over the Easter long weekend, Scenic World transforms their forecourt into a festive farmyard, complete with piglets, bunny rabbits and more! Are you a chocolate lover? A 6kg chocolate Easter egg could be yours at a special Easter raffle at The Hydro Majestic.
Take a sojourn to the Snowy Mountains. See the Lake Light Sculpture, where beautiful lakeside sculptures that can be visited by day, are transformed in the evening with the lighting, reflection, and optical tricks that nightime brings. Kids can create their own small sculptures to take home at outdoor studio workshops. There's more fun on the mountain as part of Thredbo's Family Adventure Easter Festival from 3-12 April, boasting a top mix of activities, adventures and entertainment, including Thredbo's Golden Easter Egg Hunt - join the hunt for your chance to win $5000.
The weather during NSW autumn holidays can still be warm enough to enjoy the beach, making the state's coastline a popular location at Easter. If you are in the north, the annual yachting regatta Sail Port Stephens in beautiful Nelson Bay provides lots of family fun from 13 – 19 April. With 26 golden sandy beaches and numerous water activities, Port Stephens is an ocean lover’s paradise. On days where it is too chilly to brave the waters there are still many exciting attractions up and down the coast that will make your stay a memorable one. For those taking an Easter break in the area, head along to the Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.'s Easter Blues & Brews festival to try their newly released Easter egg flavoured beer.
On the Central Coast, TreeTop Crazy Rider at Wyong Creek in the Ourimbah State Forest, combines the thrill of a rollercoaster with the flying sensation of ziplines along a 1 km treetop line - the world’s longest of its kind.
Live music, entertainment and regional food and wine with Italian flair are all on offer at the annual La Festa in Griffith over the Easter long weekend. Whilst in the area, explore the second biggest wine producing region in Australia by spending Easter Sunday in the Vines at Yarran Wines, or visiting other popular Riverina cellar doors such as De Bortoli, McWilliam’s or Westend Estate.
As the home of more than 120 wineries, the Hunter Valley is another great place for gourmet food and drink lovers. Join the Giant Easter Egg Hunt at the Hunter Valley Gardens, or brush up on your historical knowledge at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery and Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre.
Take a road trip to Eurobodalla on the South Coast to visit the Tilba Festival on Easter Saturday, featuring live music from four stages, roaming street performers, street games, rides, markets, and more. Further north in Ulladulla, on Easter Sunday, check out the annual Blessing of the Fleet, an honoured tradition kept alive by descendants of the area's Italian fishing community.
Head to Dubbo for an unforgettable wildlife experience at Taronga Western Plains Zoo and visit the Old Dubbo Gaol on Easter Sunday where there will be visits from the Easter Bunny, free face painting, a jumping castle and more. Further inland, the Nundle Go for Gold Chinese Easter Festival is a celebration of Nundle's history and the Chinese and European miners that helped form the town in the mid to late 1800s.