Family Holidays

Discover the natural beauty of NSW on a family holiday at any time of the year. You can enjoy a beach holiday, pitch a tent in a national park, explore the Murray River on a houseboat, touch sharks in an aquarium, and see dolphins and whales frolic in the ocean, to suggest just a few ideas.

Explore the South Coast's enchanting attractions, from uncrowded beaches where you can learn to surf to Jamberoo Action Park's waterslides to Jervis Bay's dolphin-watching cruises. Fishing and boating are popular all along the coast, and you can go camping under the stars.

A family enjoying a sunny day at Kendalls Beach, Kiama

Just north of Sydney is the gorgeous Central Coast, where attractions include Elvis, a huge saltwater crocodile at Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary. Horse riding and kayaking are popular with Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures.

Travel to the beautiful North Coast and take a dolphin-watching cruise in Ports Stephens. At Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters you can pat sharks. Visit the Koala Hospital in Port Macquarie or, during the whale migration between May and November, enjoy a whale-watching cruises along the NSW coast. These run from Byron Bay in the north to Eden in the south.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

Kids will love zoos and wildlife parks too, including the Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Country NSW. Morton National Park in the Southern Highlands is great for bushwalking, and Scenic World in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains is a thrilling experience. In the Snowy Mountains, kids can learn to ski in the colder months and enjoy horse riding in warmer months.

Visit great zoos and wildlife sanctuaries in NSW

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