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View of Audrey Wilkinson Wines, Hunter Valley.
Scenic sunrise in Broken Hill.
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Green hills at Kiama, South Coast Sunset on the Ocean

NSW summer school holidays


Summer School Holidays

Australia is renowned for its sun, sand, sea and surf, with New South Wales being no exception - making it the perfect place for people looking to make the most of their summer holidays.

Must Do

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

Summer School Holidays

Family Surfing

No visit to the region would be complete without visiting NSW beaches - and with some of the most stunning coastlines in the country, it's not a destination that will disappoint.

If you are travelling along the north coast, you will not want to miss out on a summer afternoon at Byron Bay, particularly at its Main Beach, which boasts stunning stretches of white sand and fantastic views of the distant mountains.

Also in the north is Port Stephens, an idyllic location with 26 golden beaches and a number of scenic inlets - although nature lovers may be more inclined to go dolphin watching, an extremely popular activity during the summer holidays.

Taree in the north coast also hosts the Manning River Summer Festival - a month-long family extravaganza in December that has a rodeo, sand sculpting and movies under the stars.

Keen to explore the south coast? Jervis Bay and Merimbula offer amazing beaches for tourists spending their summer breaks in NSW.

Jervis Bay is a national park and a marine park, making navigating this beautiful area - by foot or by water - a highlight of any summer in NSW.

Alternatively, adventure seekers can test out their watersports skills at Merimbula, one of the best places to go canoeing, scuba diving, boating or fishing in NSW.

  • Aerial view of Capertee Valley looking from the Valley floor towards Glen Davis, Blue Mountains.

    Blue Mountains

    If it's NSW events you are looking for, then the Greater Blue Mountains Area is a great place to start. This World Heritage-listed site holds the Oberon and Villages Simple Pleasures Summer Festival - a fascinating look at the lifestyles of local country residents, just as the crops come to life.

  • Giraffes, Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, Central NSW

    Country NSW

    History buffs may instead enjoy an afternoon in Country NSW, which has some of the region's finest art galleries and museums such as Griffith's Italian Museum and Shear Outback in Hay and the Western Plains Cultural Centre at Dubbo. For an evening of culture, try the Summer Recital Series in Goulburn. This alluring event invites numerous orchestral and musical talents to St's Peter and Paul's Old Cathedral, allowing you to enjoy a variety of instrumental genius.

  • Young boy and girl handling a wombat at the Australian Reptile Park, Central Coast

    Central Coast

    Once you've had your fill of culture, a trip to Central Coast should be next on the itinerary - with this exotic seaside area offering exciting NSW summer holidays activities including four-wheel driving, skydiving, flying by microlight and mountain biking.