NSW winter school holidays

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Winter School Holidays

Explore NSW these winter school holidays (2 to 17 July) with everything from bushwalks to whale watching. It’s also a great time to visit zoos, animal parks, and kid-friendly museums and galleries. Many free and family-friendly events take place during school holidays.

  • Cycling along the Newcastle foreshore
  • Family at the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk in the Southern Highlands

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.