NSW School Holidays


Fun adventures and exciting attractions

With exciting attractions, beautiful landscapes and splendid beaches and waterways, NSW is perfect for a family adventure in the school holidays. Discover a wide range of kids' attractions, visit fascinating museums, and meet animals in zoos and on farmstays.

School holiday adventures in NSW

Summer School Holidays

From Byron Bay on the North Coast to Merimbula on the South Coast, summer is marvellous for a seaside adventure. Enjoy beautiful beaches and learn to surf, snorkel and dive.

Other family adventures include boating and fishing on the coast or in the Snowy Mountains. The Murray River and other waterways are great for houseboat escapes.

Autumn School Holidays

Autumn is a delightful time for outdoor adventures, from fun at gorgeous beaches and on the water to bushwalking, cycling and horseriding. Enjoy camping in national parks too.

Discover pretty towns in the Southern Highlands and the Blue Mountains, a World Heritage area. Take a family road trip to the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope in Country NSW.

Winter School Holidays

NSW is a winter wonderland, offering snow adventures in the Snowy Mountains and whale watching along the coast. Kids can learn how to ski and snowboard, and build a snowman.

Check the events calendar for winter festivals and attractions. Take the kids to striking Outback NSW and tour a World Heritage wilderness. Or go on a whale-watching cruise on the coast.

Spring School Holidays

Spring is a great time to visit animals at NSW's zoos and wildlife parks. Highlights include Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Mogo Zoo, Symbio Wildlife Park and Australian Reptile Park.

Take a family road trip and go camping. The Central Coast and the Hunter are great for short breaks too, and see dinosaur trees in the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens.

School Holidays Dates - 2018

HolidayStart dateEnd date
AutumnSat, 14 AprilSun, 29 April
WinterSat, 07 JulySun, 22 July
SpringSat, 29 SeptemberSun, 14 October
SummerSat, 22 DecemberMonday, 28 January 2019