NSW summer school holidays

Highlights

NSW Beaches

Along the NSW Coast you’ll find some of the best surf beaches in the world, as well as pristine sands and sparkling blue waters ideal for children. The NSW Coast provides the perfect setting for an unforgettable family summer holiday. 

  • Dolphins, Jervis Bay
  • Avoca Beach, Central Coast

Summer School Holidays

Family Surfing

The beaches along the NSW Coast are beautiful and have long been popular destinations for families, where children can play and explore nature or enjoy one of many local activities and events.

North of Sydney you will find the spectacular beaches of Newcastle. Enjoy the energy of the Nutri-Grain Iron Man Competition, or enjoy the free and family friendly Under the Stars Cinema. Visit Newcastle's Look Hear arts festival, also held in the summer, for a dynamic program of arts workshops.

Just north of Newcastle is Port Stephens, an idyllic location with more than twenty golden beaches and scenic inlets where you can swim and even dive with dolphins, a popular activity during the summer holidays.

Beyond the hinterland you will find the Tweed Foodie Fest in nearby Murwillumbah. This event is five days of delicious food-focused events, including pizza making classes and regional food tours.

Head to captivating Country NSW for the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January. The largest music festival in the southern hemisphere, it attracts around 50,000 visitors per day. And don't miss the fun of the Parkes Elvis Festival, a five day extravaganza held in the Elvis capital of Australia.

The NSW South Coast contains some of the east coast's most dramatic scenery. Follow the Grand Pacific Drive or explore the coves and clifftops of the Kiama Coast Walk. Immerse yourself in the region’s natural beauty, and check out the Kiama Arts Trail Open Weekend as well.

Jervis Bay is home to a stunning national and marine park, with beaches that boast some of the whitest sand in the world. Adventure seekers can test out their watersport skills at Merimbula, one of the best places to go canoeing, scuba diving, boating or fishing in NSW.