15 April 2015
The winter school holidays kick off in NSW at the end of June (27 June – 12 July 2015), and as the state cools down, the opportunities for fun heat up with an array of winter-based activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Here are six destinations in NSW to consider for your next winter family holiday.
Looking to hit the slopes on your ultimate winter school holiday getaway? There’s only one destination in NSW you need know about – the Snowy Mountains! You and your family can learn how to ski, snowboard, toboggan, and have fun building a snowman.
Thredbo has got your family covered with plenty of family-friendly activities on offer. The weekly Kids Thursday Night Optic Flare Fun event promises to be a highlight (from 25th June – 3rd September), as kids, accompanied by snow sport instructors, ride the Easy Does It Chairlift at sunset and descend the gentle slopes with twinkling, flashing flares of their own. As all the kids reach the bottom of the slopes, they’re greeted by a fantastic fireworks display.
Book your stay during the winter school holidays to experience all the entertainment of the Thredbo Kids Snow Festival from 27th June – 12th July. During this time, Olympic Gold Medallist Torah Bright will host the Torah Bright Mini Shred for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and abilities on Sunday 5th July.
Thredbo’s Christmas in July offers the opportunity to make your “White Christmas” dreams come true between 20 – 26 July. Deck the halls, dress the tree, and gather your family, as the mountain village will be full of festive cheer. While you’re in town, indulge in a gourmet hot chocolate or coffee at Australia’s highest restaurant: take the Kosciuszko express chair lift to Eagles Nest Restaurant and enjoy magnificent views of the mountain terrain and Thredbo village below.
Experience the closest thing to a real African safari adventure at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, as you self-drive (or cycle) within the zoo grounds during the day to get up close and personal to the wildlife, then sleep in the grounds overnight in a zoofari tent.
While in Dubbo, check out the widely acclaimed Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo show and meet awesome prehistoric creatures, from cute baby dinosaurs to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have walked the planet. This fun, educational and unique performance will delight audiences from ages five and up at the Dubbo Theatre on 11 July .
A two-hour drive west of Sydney, the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains are home to remarkable natural features such as the Three Sisters and Megalong Valley, and you’ll need more than a day trip to explore the area’s many other spectacular sights and activities.
Winter school holiday fun will be on display at the Kids’ Fancy Dress Parade, a wonderful gathering of enthusiastic children in their fancy dress attire, held on 4 July.
For a burst of adrenalin visit Scenic World and discover the thrill of a 52 degree incline riding the steepest passenger railway in the world, the Scenic Railway, and glide between cliffs on the Scenic Skyway.
The Hunter Valley is mostly known for being one of Australia’s best gourmet food and wine regions, but the valley also many exciting activities these June school holidays for a great family trip.
Snow in the Gardens is the place to chill out, enjoy ice skating, tobogganing and play in the man made snow at the Hunter Valley Gardens from 28 June to 13 July. There will be lots of fun for the whole family with games, hearty food and warm beverages, plus see an amazing ice sculptor carve incredible displays on weekends. The gardens also offer mini golf and aqua golf year-round, and feature a quaint village where you can dine out or shop at boutique stores.
While Byron Bay is famous for its beautiful beaches and surf culture, there’s plenty to do in winter, including the incredible experience of whale watching. The annual whale migration runs from May to November every year with peaks in July and September, and Cape Byron is a prime viewing spot. Follow the Cape Byron Lighthouse Walk, a fantastic coastal trail that begins at Main Beach and takes you to Australia’s most easterly point.
Byron Bay is home to two different types of castles. Visit Macadamia Castle to cuddle nursery animals, see reptile displays, play mini golf, ride a miniature train, and taste a wide range of gourmet macadamia products. Crystal Castle is a private botanical garden filled with crystals, landscaped gardens and rainforest areas waiting to be explored.
Check out the Byron Bay Markets during the day on the first Sunday of each month, and head to Main Beach in the evening for beautiful sunsets.
Sydney is one of the world’s most visited cities and has plenty going on all year round, indoors and out.
If it’s your first time bringing the kids to the city, start your visit with a free walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. The guides from I’m Free Walking Tours walk everyday at 10.30am and 2.30pm, leaving the rest of your day free to take your pick from the many options around the city:
No matter where you choose to go for your next winter school holidays, NSW offers fun and adventure for the whole family, in all areas of the State!