Winter school holiday activities in NSW

27 June 2014

The winter school holidays are a great time to explore New South Wales with the family.  Whether it’s skiing, a farm stay, or something more educational, here are some of the best family holiday experiences in NSW.  

Holidays on the Mountains

For skiing or snowboarding in NSW, head straight to the Snowy Mountains. Charlottes Pass and Selwyn Snowfields are two great resorts for families with slopes for beginners and plenty of kid-friendly areas. Major skiing hubs Thredbo and Perisher also have children’s programs where youngsters can learn to ski with qualified instructors. Each resort offers great snow play areas where you can build snowmen and toboggan down gentle slopes.

The Blue Mountains area is also full of activity during the winter months, from the mysterious limestone formations of the Jenolan Caves, to the stunning views of the Jamison Valley from Scenic World.

Holidays on the Water

Holidays on the Water

Dolphin and whale watching cruise in Jervis Bay. Image Credit: James Pipino; Destination NSW

From the South Coast to the North Coast you’ll find sweeping coastal views and spectacular whale watching vantage points to explore across NSW. Byron Bay’s beautiful marine park offers a chance to spot dolphins and turtles in their natural habitat, or see hundreds of seals on Montague Island, off the coast of Narooma on the South Coast.

Discover the state’s beautiful coastal national parks.  Worimi National Park in Port Stephens is home to more than 32 kilometres of sand dunes for families to explore.  The Yuraygir Coastal Walk in Yamba traces the isolated and picturesque Yuraygir National Park.  For even more peace and tranquility, take a river houseboat holiday on the Murray River or Numbucca River.

Zoos, Wildlife and Farm Stay Holidays

Family at Mogo Zoo

Meeting the residents at Mogo Zoo in Batemans Bay. Image Credit: Michael French; Destination NSW

The school holidays offer an opportunity to get in touch with nature, with a range of zoos, wildlife parks, and farm stays located across NSW. There are many chances for kids to get up close to the the region’s colourful animals and learn about the many diverse species that call the state home.

For outdoor animal adventures in NSW, head to Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, Mogo Zoo in Batemans Bay, Billabong Zoo in Port Macquarie, or the Hunter Valley Zoo.

Family Drives

road trips with kids

Coastal views along Sea Cliff Bridge on the Grand Pacific Drive. Image Credit: James Horan; Destination NSW

Take the family on a drive across New South Wales’ stunning inland and coastal routes. Journey from Sydney to Melbourne and take in a number of family-friendly detours, or explore the Legendary Pacific Coast drive which winds through picturesque hinterland and rolling countryside hills. Discover New South Wales on caravan trip and explore the state at your own pace.

Museums, Science and Culture 

Science and Design Museum

The Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo, Sydney. Image credit: James Horan; Destination NSW

New South Wales is full of museums offering fun and educational experiences for kids of all ages. Whether it’s Australian history, science, sports, or the galaxy, there’s something new to learn these school holidays. Enjoy space themed laser shows at the Wollongong Science Centre and Planetarium, or visit Broken Hill’s Outback Astronomy to gaze at the skies of outback NSW.