NSW autumn school holidays


Explore spectacular national parks

Autumn is a beautiful time to explore NSW, with bushwalking and camping in national parks and cycling, kayaking and other outdoor adventures. Take the family to the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains or the Southern Highlands for the spectacular Fitzroy Falls.

  • Tilligerry Creek, Port Stephens Holiday Park
  • Echo Point Lookout, Blue Mountains

Autumn school holiday ideas in NSW

An unforgettable destination for a family holiday is the Blue Mountains, a World Heritage wilderness near Sydney. At Katoomba, just two hours by train from Sydney, your family will enjoy breathtaking views from Echo Point Lookout and thrilling experiences with Scenic World.

Camping is popular. At Pebbly Beach on the South Coast you can pat wild kangaroos and go camping under the stars. You can even camp in a zoo in Country NSW. The Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo has the Billabong Camp in the native wildlife section.

Billabong Camp, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

When planning your holiday check the events calendar, as many museums and stargazing observatories put on exhibitions for kids during school holidays. A range of accommodation is available, and you'll find plenty of attractions for kids and things to do for the whole family, such as canoeing and kayaking experiences on the Murray River.

For picturesque autumnal scenery, visit the Southern HighlandsBowral is 90 minutes' drive from Sydney and home to the Bradman Museum and International Cricket Hall of Fame. The spectacular Fitzroy Falls in the Morton National Park is 20 minutes' drive from Bowral.

Treetop Adventures, Central Coast

With a temperate climate, beaches are a popular along the gorgeous coast. Take the kids on dolphin-watching cruises in Port Stephens on the North Coast and in Jervis Bay on the South Coast. For an adventure high in the trees, kids as young as seven can soar on the TreeTops Crazy Rider, the world's longest rollercoaster zip-line, just 80 minutes' drive from Sydney on the Central Coast

You can also have fun at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, another of Australia's premier treetop walk and zipline experiences, on the South Coast.

  1. Australian Reptile Park

    Located on the Central Coast of NSW, approximately one hour north of Sydney and one hour south of Newcastle, is the award winning Australian Reptile Park, renowned to be a great family fun day out. ...

  2. Birdland Animal Park

    Birdland Animal Park is a delightful and intimate hands-on experience. Forest paths wind through eight acres of sweeping waterfront trees and landscaped gardens brimming with native Australian animals, birds and...

  3. Dolphin Marine Magic

    Dolphin Marine Magic is famous for its activities and exhibits, where guests enjoy many options for a fun filled experience.Dolphin Marine Magic is the only zoological park in New South Wales...

  4. Jamberoo Action Park

    Jamberoo Action Park, New South Wales' favourite water theme park is located an hour south of Sydney and is set amongst 40 hectares of landscaped gardens and parklands, it's the perfect setting to relax or join the...

  5. Koala Care Centre

    The Lismore region has one of the highest populations of koalas in NSW. It is not unusual for people to have koalas roaming through their backyards. Nevertheless, the pressures of disease, habitat loss and degradation...

  6. Macadamia Castle

    Fur, feathers, fine food and family fun - The Macadamia Castle is full of little surprises! There are lots of native furry friends and cuddly nursery animals, mini golf, train rides, playgrounds and barbecues. There's...

  7. Mogo Zoo

    Mogo Zoo is situated 10 kilometres south of Batemans Bay. It was established in 1989 by Sally Padey, and has attained an international reputation as one of the most successful private zoos in Australia. This...

  8. Symbio Wildlife Park

    If it's a wildlife experience you are after, from seeing a rare Sumatran tiger feeding, cuddling up to a koala or hand feeding a kangaroo - Symbio really does get you closer! Enjoy the many shows...

  9. TreeTops Crazy Rider

    The world's longest and craziest rollercoaster zip lines are flying fast and furious on NSW's Central Coast. Australia's first rollercoaster zip lines ramp up the wow adventure factor as they swoop...

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