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.
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.
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 Highlands. Bowral 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.
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.