20 September 2015
The NSW spring school holidays run from Saturday September 19 2015 to Monday October 5 and there are plenty of great off-the-track activities to discover and enjoy all across the state. From whale watching to fossicking – uncover your own family-friendly adventure to make the most of these holidays.
Whale season is in full swing on the Sapphire Coast, and there’s no better time to visit the whale watching hub of Eden to see these magnificent creatures in the wild. Head to Twofold Bay and walk along the shoreline to spot whales from the many lookout points around the bay. Prime spots to see whales include Rotary Park, Boyds Tower and the Green Cape Lightstation Keepers’ Cottage. A visit to the fascinating Eden Killer Whale Museum is also a must do.
Head to the NSW North Coast town of Woolgoolga (near Coffs Harbour) for their annual Woolgoolga Curryfest, where you can try delicious Punjabi curries, and enjoy multicultural food from over 100 stalls. There is also a week-long program of events taking place in in the lead-up to Curryfest, including cooking classes, farm tours, Bollywood dance classes and movies at ‘Bollywood on the Beach’. This colourful celebration runs until the 26th September.
Head to the Mundi Mundi Plains in Outback NSW to see stunning wildflowers in bloom, flocks of native birds and spectacular sunsets over the vast plains. Or head to the Snowy Mountains, put on your hiking boots and go for a bushwalk among wild flowers, through the last smatterings of snow for the season. If you are lucky you might even glimpse a herd of wild brumbies.
At the Wollongong Art Gallery school holiday workshops, kids can learn everything from landscape painting to collage, jewellery to ceramics. The workshops are a great day of creativity and exploration, and kids get to take home whatever they make. Workshops range from a few hours to a full day.
As the weather warms up, it’s a great time of year to take the whole family on a hunt for gold and gemstones. You can pan for gold in Hill End in Central NSW and Nundle near Tamworth, or fossick for opals in Lightning Ridge and White Cliffs in Outback NSW. Go panning for sapphires and gemstones in the creeks around Glenn Innes and Inverell in the New England area of NSW.