With the sun starting to shine, the spring school holidays are the perfect time to get outside and start exploring everything NSW has to offer. From incredible wildlife parks and natural wonders to historic towns perfect for a road trip adventure and beachside camping spots, you’ll find plenty of fun things to do during the break.
Just west of Sydney are the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains. Enjoy spectacular views in the ancient landscape at Scenic World. Hop aboard one of world’s steepest incline railways into a rainforest and glide between rugged cliff tops on a glass-floored cable car. Afterwards, be sure to embark on one of the many amazing bushwalking trails in the region – there are plenty of kid-friendly options taking in sandstone cliffside, waterfalls and dramatic views.
For a river adventure, you can take the family on a paddle steamer on the mighty Murray River in Country NSW. Why not hire a houseboat and cruise the beautiful river? You can also captain a houseboat on the majestic Great Lakes or on the Clarence River near Grafton in the Clarence Valley.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo is considered one of the best zoos in Australia. The open-range park offers overnight stays in cabins and permanent tents, so you can spend a few days admiring the 5000+ animals that live there.
Below the water, there are some excellent snorkelling spots in NSW. Cook Island on the North Coast has a large population of sea turtles and Montague Island off the coast of Narooma on the South Coast, is home to the largest fur seal colony in the NSW.
Whale and dolphin watching cruise at Nelson Bay, Port Stephens
Fruit picking & fresh produce
If you are looking for a fun day trip with the family, springtime is perfect for visiting fruit farms and orchards – little ones will adore plucking their own fresh produce from the tree and taking it home to eat. Near Sydney, Thirlmere’s Berrylicious Strawberries let you eat as many as you want for $20 per person (kids are $10 but babies under two eat for free). Meanwhile, in the Riverina, Bidgee Strawberries and Cream has an array of bursting red fruits grown using sustainable and eco-friendly methods, and also offers meet-the-farmer tours, and Allambie Orchard in Wombat is the spot for devouring sweet cherries for $10 per kilogram.
Sometimes a spring break is all about finding the perfect accommodation. If your idea of idyllic involves collecting fresh eggs for breakfast, feeding playful alpacas and embracing the fun of country living, check into a memorable farm stay. If the sunnier days are calling you ocean (or lakes and rivers), pick a waterfront stay. If you want to go off-the-beaten path, then an off-grid hut, cabin or retreat might be the answer. But be prepared: these stays often have no Wi-Fi or phone service.
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