Things to do in NSW with the kids for the September School holidays

30 September 2013

Surfing in NSW is just one great adventure awaiting you these September school holidays.

The holidays aren’t far away, so it might be a good time to start planning a few fun activities for the kids to get involved in and keep that boredom at bay!

Here are some great ideas for things to do with the kids these school holidays.

Whale watching

The weather is warming up and with it comes some opportunities for fantastic outdoor adventures.

Heading out on a whale watching expedition is a favourite of many visitors to the region.

The kids will love it, no matter their age, which is why it’s such a great attraction for the whole family.

September is the one of the best times of year to see the whales up and down the coast, as the annual migration spans from May to November (and peaks through July and September).

There are tours in Byron Bay, Port MacquariePort Stephens, Eden and Jervis Bay.

Learn to surf

If you and the kids want to spend some time in the water, then why not head out to the Pam Burridge Surf Schools near Ulladalla.

Or, book in a lesson with the Mollymook Surf School, Surf the Bay School, Kool Katz Learn to Surf School, Evans Head Surf School or Surf Camp Australia. All options include all of the surfing equipment you’ll need – so you won’t have to worry about that before you head out there!

Lessons are great for kids or adult first timers, so you can join the young ones on the water and learn something new as well.

For a personalised learning experience, you can book in a private lesson any time.

Abercrombie Caves

A must-visit if the natural wonders of the Abercrombie Caves near Bathurst.

Over 100 years ago miners in the area built a platform for dances and the spot has been used for celebrations and events such as carols, weddings and concerts ever since.

Masses of marble make for a great playground for the kids to explore and enjoy.

The caves are part of a 1,400 hectare nature reserve that also offers visitors a chance to jump in for a paddle at one of the swimming holes (if it’s warm enough that is), visit the Grove Creek Falls or camp nearby.

Family drives

There’s nothing that bonds a family quite like piling into a car and heading off for an adventure together, but where do you go?

Fortunately, the epic scenery around New South Wales provides a huge choice of drives to try.

The Snowy’s Valley Way is a great choice if you’re keen to check out some of the area’s historic townships in the Snowy Mountains. It’s a 300km trip that has plenty of spots to stop for food and refreshments, as well as photo opportunities!

The Greater Blue Mountains Drive has plenty to offer families set on adventure. There are 18 different discovery trails that branch off from the main track, which offer visits to national parks, conservation areas, lookouts, gardens and walking tracks around the Blue Mountains.

NSW beaches

Don’t forget to set aside a day or two to head to some of the beautiful beaches around New South Wales.

These are often considered as some of the brightest jewels in the NSW crown, and there is simply no end to the enjoyment that kids of any age will get out of a visit to our sandy shores. So grab a book, a picnic and a bucket of sunscreen and relax at a spot just as stunning as it is sandy.

Some of the most popular spots are at Angourie Beach near Yamba, Crowdy Head, ForsterPort Stephens, Merewether in Newcastle and Seven Mile Beach National

Camping in NSW

If you really want to get away from the city life for a while and enjoy the outdoors now that the weather has warmed up, the school holidays are the ideal times of year to take a short break with the kids and spend some time camping.

There are hundreds of holiday parks, camping grounds, motor villages and caravan parks dotted around the state, so no matter where you want to go, there will be somewhere to stay.

Spend your time there playing cards, walking, sharing meals and reading books – everything that makes you really feel like you’ve had a break and enjoyed time with the family all in one!