Exciting spring adventures
With marvellous zoos and wildlife parks, spectacular natural scenery and exciting attractions, NSW is filled with school holiday activities. Take the family on a camping adventure in national park. At Pebbly Beach, on the South Coast, you can pat kangaroos in the wild.
Spring school holiday ideas in NSW
Spring is a delightful time to visit zoos and wildlife parks. You can go camping with friendly native animals at the Billabong Camp in the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. To experience the wonder of animals in the wild, take the kids whale watching or bushwalking in national parks.
Check out the events calendar when planning your holiday. You'll find plenty of attractions for the kids throughout NSW, including museums and stargazing observatories. With warmer weather, relax with the family on beaches and riverbanks. And just an hour from Sydney is the charming Central Coast, perfect for a short family adventure.
Escape to the splendid North Coast on the Legendary Pacific Coast touring route, and enjoy all kinds of water sports in Port Stephens, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay. For an unforgettable experience, you can get up close to dolphins in the wild in Port Stephens and Byron Bay.
On the beautiful South Coast, there are dolphin-watching cruises in Jervis Bay. In Eden, see whales and their calves in Twofold Bay or join a whale-watching tour with Cat Balou Cruises. For a river adventure, take the family on a paddle steamer on the Murray River in Country NSW.
Spring in Outback NSW brings wildflowers in bloom. Take the kids opal fossicking in White Cliffs or Lightning Ridge, or on an outback tour. Closer to Sydney, enjoy thrilling rides and spectacular views in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains with Scenic World. The Snowy Mountains is great for horseriding, kayaking and fishing, and you'll relish the Boggy Creek Show's amazing horsemanship.
Spring School Holidays
Spring is a great time to take advantage of the warmer weather and relax with the family on the stunning beaches of Northern NSW. Explore the Legendary Pacific Coast touring route, which takes you north from Sydney through some of the state's best national parks and beaches. Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Port Stephens are all popular destinations for a family holiday, with watersports like swimming, surfing, snorkelling, kayaking and fishing. Take the family snorkelling off the Solitary Islands near Coffs Harbour, which are teeming with tropical and sub-tropical sea-life.
The South Coast is no less beautiful and spring brings mild, sunny days to the region, making it a great time of year to explore the Eurobodalla, Shellharbour, the Shoalhaven and the Sapphire Coast. Visit Twofold Bay in Eden and see whales and their calves resting in its calm waters, where you can spot whales from lookout points around the bay. Or join one of the daily cruises with Cat Balou Cruises or visit the Eden Killer Whale Museum for an up-close whale watching experience.
The lush and expansive region of Country NSW is home to many national parks, as well as the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo. Spring in Outback NSW brings wildflowers in bloom, flocks of wild birds and beautiful sunsets over the Mundi Mundi Plains. You can pan for gold in Hill End in Central NSW and Nundle (near Tamworth) or fossick for opals in Lightning Ridge and White Cliffs.
Another great way to spend your spring holidays is by exploring the natural wonders of the Blue Mountains. Highlights include the Jenolan Caves, the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden and Echo Point Lookout, where you can view the iconic Three Sisters rock formation. Or head to the Snowy Mountains for hiking, horseriding, and bushwalking. The school holidays are also a great time to learn to cook.
Head to the Woolgoolga CurryFest on the the NSW North Coast for cooking classes, farm tours, Bollywood dance classes and a massive curry market. Julie’s Place on the Central Coast, run by MasterChef contestant Julie Goodwin, offers kids’ cooking classes, or check out one of special School Holiday Cooking Classes at Bent on Food in Wingham on the Mid-North Coast or Food I Am in Wagga Wagga in the Riverina.