Family Holidays

NSW is the ideal destination for a family holiday at any time of the year. No matter your interests, you’ll find something that suits. Beach holidays are the obvious choice but you can also pitch a tent in a national park, explore the Murray River on a houseboat and lots more.

The South Coast has a lot going for it. There are the uncrowded beaches for one and attractions including Jamberoo Action Park with its activities and waterslides or Jervis Bay's dolphin-watching cruises. 

Jamberoo Action Park at Jamberoo in Kiama Area, South Coast

Just north of Sydney is the gorgeous Central Coast. Stop off at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures for horse riding and kayaking and then head up to the Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary where you can meet Elvis, the mammoth saltwater crocodile.

Head further up to the beautiful North Coast and take a dolphin-watching cruise in Ports Stephens. At Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters you can even pat sharks and you can cuddle up to koalas at the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie.

A koala at the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, North Coast

During the seasonal whale migration between May and November, the entire coast of NSW offers a chance to spot the majestic creatures. There are whale-watching cruises that run all the way from Byron Bay in the north to Eden in the south.

NSW is spoilt for choice when it comes to zoos and wildlife parks.  Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Country NSW has a zoofari, with a 5km track that you can walk, drive or ride around while Mogo Zoo, just south of Bateman’s Bay lets you get up close and personal with a variety of animals.  

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

If bushwalking is on the agenda, Morton National Park in the Southern Highlands should be high on your list. The World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains has wonderful walking tracks and while there you can enjoy the thrills of Scenic World.

The Snowy Mountains is an all-rounder location that works any time of year. In winter kids can learn to ski and in the warmer months it’s all about horse riding.

Visit Great Zoos and Wildlife Sanctuaries in NSW

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