School holidays


With so many great events and attractions to explore, a trip to Sydney is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays. Discover a wide range of kids' attractions, visit fun and educational museums and galleries, and even meet the animals at Sydney’s zoos and aquariums.

  • Luna Park, Sydney
  • Sydney Aquarium, Sydney

School Holidays Dates - 2016

HolidayStart dateEnd date
AutumnMonday, 11 AprilTues, 26 April
WinterMonday, 4 JulyMonday, 18 July
SpringMonday, 26 SeptemberFriday, 07 October
SummerMonday, 19 DecemberMonday, 23 January 2017

School holidays in Sydney

School Holidays

A trip to the beach is sure to be popular with the kids during your holiday in Sydney, especially if you’re here during the spring or summer school holidays. Head to Bondi Beach, one of the city's most famous beaches, with plenty of kid-friendly cafes nearby. Manly is another option if you want some beach time, and the ferry ride from Circular Quay to Manly is a fun activity in itself. You can even pack a picnic and enjoy a leisurely afternoon in one of Manly's many parks or the beach itself, making for a fun day out year-round.

During the autumn and winter school holidays, there are plenty of fun activities for the kids to enjoy. Taronga Zoo is open 365 days a year and home to some of the world's most fascinating species. Various shows take place throughout the day, so you can learn more about the zoo's residents from the cute and cuddly to the green and scaly, as well as the opportunity to get a little closer by booking an animal encounter.

Keeping with the animal theme, a trip to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium should be on any family's to do list during the school holidays. Expect to see everything from sharks to stingrays, giving your children an educational and fun day out.

Of course, no trip to Sydney would be complete without visiting Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Older kids might enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the Opera House, where they can learn more about the iconic building and its history. Alternatively, sign yourselves up to do the Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb, an unforgettable experience. As you scale the structure to reach 134 metres above the harbour at Circular Quay, you will be rewarded with exceptional views.

School holiday short breaks in Regional NSW

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

School holidays offer the perfect opportunity to get out of the usual routine and explore NSW with your whole family. There's so much to do together that's hands on and heaps of fun.

Attractions that are popular with kids of all ages include Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains area, Jamberoo Action Park near Kiama and Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo. View all family friendly experiences.

  1. Wattamolla Beach

    Wattamolla Beach

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  2. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

    SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

    Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is an underwater journey of amazing discovery with 12 extraordinary themed zones. Meander through the Jurassic Seas, Great Barrier...

  3. Simmos Beach Reserve

    Simmos Beach Reserve

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    Lizard Log

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