NSW autumn 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.

  • Sunset, Little Beach campground, Bouddi National 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 TreeTop 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.

Autumn School Holidays

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

Just over an hour's drive from Sydney, the Blue Mountains is a fantastic location to start a long trip or enjoy a day away. Visit Katoomba for the views from Echo Point Lookout. Don’t miss Scenic World, where you can ride the world's steepest incline railway. Glide between clifftops on the glass-floored Skyway, and descend into the ancient Jamison Valley by Cableway. The family can explore bushwalking trails from here.

Escape to the incredible rolling wilderness of the Snowy Mountains. See the Lake Light Sculpture, where beautiful lakeside sculptures allure by day and are transformed in the evening by lights and clever optical tricks. Kids can create their own small sculptures to take home at outdoor studio workshops. 

Visit the acclaimed Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. Home to hundreds of rare and endangered animals, including giraffes, rhinos, elephants and big cats. Tickets give you access for two consecutive days, so there’s plenty of time to explore. Visit the state-of-the-art animal hospital on site.

The weather during autumn holidays is often warm enough to enjoy NSW beaches, which remain a popular attraction. If you are in the north, the annual yachting regatta Sail Port Stephens in beautiful Nelson Bay provides lots of family fun. And with 26 golden sandy beaches and numerous water activities, Port Stephens is an idyllic beach-side haven and the perfect spot to enjoy a dolphin watching cruise. Dolphin watching on the South Coast is also a popular and powerful experience. Take a tour around Jervis Bay and Huskisson.

On the Central Coast, the TreeTop Crazy Rider at Wyong Creek in the Ourimbah State Forest combines the thrill of a rollercoaster. Fly on the sensational ziplines along a 1km treetop line, the longest of its kind. The Central Coast is also rich in beautiful beaches, great shopping, picnic areas and scenic walks.