NSW winter school holidays


Snow and whale adventures

Discover exciting adventures in NSW in the winter school holidays, including skiing in the Snowy Mountains and whale watching on the spectacular coast. Museums and galleries put on special exhibitions and zoos and wildlife parks intrigue young explorers.

  • Whale breaching, Port Stephens
  • Perisher Range Ski Resort, Kosciuszko National Park

Winter school holiday ideas in NSW

For fun in the snow, take the family to the majestic Snowy Mountains, home to Australia's five highest peaks including Mt Kosciuszko. Enjoy a great range of snow activities, including skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing, and have fun building snowmen and riding scenic chairlifts.

The outstanding alpine resorts - Charlotte Pass, Perisher, Selwyn Snowfields and Thredbo - are all located within the breathtaking beauty of Kosciuszko National Park. You'll find plenty of learn to ski and snowboard classes, and challenging runs and terrain parks for the experienced.

Skiing, Thredbo

Another outdoor adventure for the whole family is whale watching along the spectacular coast of NSW, from Byron Bay on the North Coast to Eden on the South Coast. You can spot humpback whales from headlands or take the family on an exciting whale-watching cruise.

Check out the events calendar when planning your escape, as museums and stargazing observatories put on special exhibitions for kids during school holidays. You'll find plenty of things to do and see throughout NSW, and accommodation options are available to suit a range of budgets.

CSIRO Radio Telescope, Parkes

Zoos and wildlife parks are great for young explorers. Watch deadly funnel web spiders being milked for life-saving anti-venom at the Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast. Bushwalking in national parks is a popular too. Take the family to Echo Point in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains or Skywalk in Dorrigo National Park, part of the World Heritage-listed Gondwana Rainforests.

NSW winter school holidays

The winter school holidays take place in July, and as the weather cools down, it's the ideal time to set off on a family adventure. It’s a busy time across the state as Aussie families take their holidays, and it's also a lot of fun, with many fantastic and even free events taking place that are well worth checking out.

Winter is the best time of year for whale watching on the North Coast of NSW, especially around Byron Bay, as well as nearby Ballina and Lennox Head. Take a family road trip and explore the Legendary Pacific Coast Drive which runs from Sydney along the spectacular north coast, along the sea and through many towns and villages all the way to Brisbane.

The Blue Mountains is another good winter holiday destination, and it's only around two hours’ drive from Sydney. There are some really good bushwalks in the area, beautiful views from the region’s many lookouts, and you can also visit Scenic World, which includes the world's steepest incline railway, the glass-floored Skyway, suspended 270 metres in the air, and the Jamison Valley by Cableway. Head further south to the Snowy Mountains, where the kids can learn how to ski, snowboard, and toboggan, and have fun building a snowman in the snow play areas.