From skiing in the Snowy Mountains to whale watching on the coast of NSW, you’ll find plenty of activities to keep the family entertained during the winter school holidays. Visit one of the many zoos and museums, go bushwalking in the national parks or take a family road trip.
Skiing with the family
The 2023 ski season kicks off on the June long weekend and Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass have all seen some record snow falls already. You’ll find the longest runs in Australia, easy slopes for beginners and plenty of fun for the whole family.
Every year between May and November, more than 40,000 whales make their way along the NSW coast. There are plenty of coastal vantage points all along the Humpback Highway, or you can hop aboard a cruise to get even closer to these giants of the deep.
Make the most of crisp, sunny days and explore the great outdoors in NSW. Take the family on a bushwalking adventure in national parks or explore on two wheels along mountain biking trails. Winter is also the perfect time for a stargazing experience in the Warrumbungles.
Snow Time in the Garden festival is held in Pokolbin in the Hunter Valley from 24 June to 23 July 2023. It's the perfect excuse to have some family fun, kids will be able to partake in ice skating, tobogganing, snowman building and a whole lot of other outdoor activities.
Bathurst Winter Festival from 1 to 16 July 2023 in Bathurst will have a range of entertainment, light shows, rides, ice skating, food events, market stalls, live music and more.
Bathurst Winter Festival, Bathurst - Credit: David Roma
The Winter Magic Festival in Katoomba on 23 and 24 June 2023 will light up with local artists, musicians, dancers, drummers, choirs, stalls and more. Everybody is encouraged to dress in costume.
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