Summer School Holidays
School’s out for summer and that means it’s time for the family to have some fun. There’s plenty to do across NSW in the warmer months. Learn to surf, swim with dolphins, meet curious koalas, ride horses on the beach, camp by the coast or climb to the top of Australia’s highest peak.
Beaches and water activities
You can’t go past the classic Aussie summer holiday at the beach. And with hundreds of beaches spread along more than 2,000km of coastline, there’s somewhere for every family. Learn to surf in Shellharbour, go swimming at Seal Rocks, boogie board at Toowoon Bay and see kangaroos hopping across Moonee Beach.
There’s lots of fun to be had on rivers and lakes too. Ride a paddlesteamer, cruise in a kayak or sleep in a houseboat on the Murray River. Follow the longest whitewater rafting trail in Australia in the Clarence Valley. In Lake Macquarie, there’s stand-up paddle boarding, scuba diving, snorkelling, boating, fishing and more.
The summer school holidays are the perfect time to talk with the animals at zoos and wildlife parks, or in the wild. Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo is an open-range zoo that’s home to over 4,000 animals from 350 species. Don’t miss the Lion Pride Lands and the new white rhino calf. You can even spend the night in a safari tent.
Feed giraffes and zebras at Altina Wildlife Park, let a meerkat sit in your lap at Mogo Zoo and snap a selfie with a koala at Symbio Wildlife Park. Snorkel with playful seals in the clear waters off Montague Island. In Port Stephens, you can swim in the ocean with wild dolphins then pat manta rays at Irukandji Shark and Ray Encounters.
Take the family to the very top of Australia with a hike to the summit of Mount Kosciuszko. You’ll find other great family hikes in the Blue Mountains, Dorrigo National Park, Barrington Tops and the Warrumbungle National Park, which is also famous for stargazing.
Discover mountain bike trails around Tathra, in the Snowy Mountains, near Coffs Harbour and in the Hunter Valley. Spend a day horse riding through bushland in the Glenworth Valley or along the beach in Port Stephens with Sahara Trails. Go underground in the ancient Jenolan Caves or try canyoning in the Blue Mountains.