NSW summer school holidays

Highlights

Endless fun at the beach

The spectacular NSW coastline is blessed with hundreds of beautiful beaches and waterways. Take your family on a seaside adventure and relax on white sands and enjoy water sports, from swimming, snorkelling and surfing to kayaking, fishing and sailing.

  • Kioloa Beach, South Coast
  • Kayaking, Moona Moona, Jervis Bay & Shoalhaven

Summer school holiday ideas in NSW

Beaches are great for family fun and adventure. Children will have endless fun playing, swimming and exploring nature. And with some of the best surfing beaches in the world in NSW, you'll find learn to surf schools on the South Coast, Central Coast and North Coast.

Check out the events calendar when planning your holiday. There are plenty of attractions for kids away from the beach too, including treetop adventure parks where you can soar safely on zip-lines. Many museums and stargazing observatories put on special exhibitions during school holidays, and zoos and wildlife parks are always popular with young explorers.

Australian Mineral and Fossil Museum, Bathurst

A popular beach event the kids can watch on the North Coast is the Nutri-Grain Iron Man Series, an ocean endurance race, in Newcastle. Just north is Port Stephens, where kids as young as seven can go swimming with dolphins in the wild with Dolphin Swim Australia. Among the many South Coast attractions, kids will be thrilled with Jamberoo Action Park's waterslides and dolphin-watching cruises in Jervis Bay.

Accommodation is available to suit a range of budgets. You can also hire kayaks, surfboards, boats and other equipment at popular destinations. If you're planning a river adventure, houseboats are available for hire on the Murray and other inland or coastal waterways.

Children, Murray River

For music fans, head for Country NSW in January and the Tamworth Country Music Festival, one of the world's biggest music festivals. Or take the family to explore the Universe at the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope.

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.