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Aerial view of Royal Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour.
Views of Bronte beach, Sydney
Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. View from Circular Quay.

Autumn school holidays


The Sydney Opera House for kids

Spoil the kids during the Autumn school holidays with Sydney experiences they’ll remember for a long time. The Sydney Opera House runs a dedicated kids program. Highlights of ‘Kids at the House’ this year includes Pinocchio, a 21st spin on a classic tale, and The Incredible Book Eating Boy, the best-selling picture book comes to life on stage. The ever-popular Babies Proms series is back for kids aged from two-to-five-years-old.

Must Do

School Holidays Dates - 2015

HolidaysStart DateEnd Date
Autumn Monday, 6 April Friday, 17 April
Winter Monday, 29 June Monday, 13 July
Spring Monday, 21 September Monday, 05 October
Summer Thursday, 17 December TBC

Autumn school holiday ideas in Sydney

Taronga Zoo

During the autumn school holidays there are always plenty of fun things to do in Sydney with the kids. In fact, Easter holidays are a busy time in Sydney with some of the biggest and best family events on and amazing attractions to keep the kids entertained.

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is Australias largest annual event held at Sydney Olympic Park. Experience a taste of country life in the city with a series of events that are loved by adults and kids alike. Some of the shows favourite events include the international rodeo, woodchop and polo competitions, carnival rides, nightly fireworks and live entertainment, animal nursery and fresh produce displays. The show offers hours of family fun.

Another popular event over the Easter long weekend in Sydney is Hoopla. Be there to see Darling Harbour light up with four days of acrobatics, stunts, slapstick, puppetry and outdoor street theatre thats free and very high energy. Theres also a host of hot ticket shows indoors under the Big Top.

Sydney is lucky to have some excellent museums to explore with kids. The Australian Museum is a fun-packed venue for kids with a dedicated kids' program and a space for under-fives. Youll see live animals - lizards, crustaceans found in mangroves, spiders, stick insects and other invertebrates. Their Tyrannosaurs exhibition showcases the significance of the dinosaur family like never before. Get up close and personal with the T-Rex and family as newly found fossils from China and the US make their first appearance in Australia.

The Powerhouse Museum at Darling Harbour has more than 250 fun-packed exhibits that feature an assembly of technical, scientific and industrial wizardry. There are plenty of activities for different age groups including under-5s who can become a scientist for a day and do crazy science experiments in the safety of the museum. The museum houses the humurous Oopsatoreum, a display of fictional failed inventions, and theres also storytelling, workshops and special exhibitions, especially during school holidays.

  • Whale Watching in Sydney

    Sydneys whale-watching season runs from May-November. Take a whale-watching cruise departing from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour or Manly. Gaze in awe at the majestic humpbacks as they cruise along the coast. Most companies offer a 100% guarantee to see whales so the kids wont go home disappointed!

  • Luna Park

    At harbourside Luna Park, there are many magical corners waiting for younger kids to explore. At the Magic Castle, they can jump aboard a favourite fantasy character and take a spin around the castle, gliding and floating as they go. Another family favourite is the old-time Carousel with beautiful show-ponies, mirrors, lights and carnival music.

  • Sydney Observatory

    Offering breathtaking views across Sydney Harbour, Sydney Observatory in The Rocks is a public observatory open day and night. Take a close look at amazing historic and interactive exhibitions before climbing up into the famous telescope domes and exploring the sky. Visit the 3D Space Theatre and see the universe come to life through amazing 3D technology.