Autumn school holidays

Highlights

The Sydney Opera House for kids

The Sydney Opera House runs dedicated programs for kids and families, with plenty of great performances and activities. During school holidays, a free Creative Play program is run in the western foyer that involves interactive artworks for little ones.

  • Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
  • Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Autumn school holiday ideas in Sydney

From museums and zoos to tall ships and amusement rides, Sydney has a huge range of attractions for kids in autumn. For exhilarating rides, sideshow games and spectacular Sydney Harbour views, Luna Park is a beautifully restored 1930s amusement park the whole family will enjoy.

Check out the events calendar for kids and family shows at the majestic Sydney Opera House and at other venues, including the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta. For outdoor activities, hire a bike and go cycling along Sydney’s spectacular coast or in tranquil Centennial Parklands or Sydney Olympic Park.

Picnics in Centennial Parklands

With so many things to do and see, take a time out to relax with a picnic at Bondi Beach or at the Royal Botanic Garden, an oasis between the Sydney Opera House and the Art Gallery of NSW. Take a ferry across sparking Sydney Harbour to Manly for fish and chips by the ocean.

Museums in Sydney are a wonder to explore and full of interactive activities. Dinosaurs will wow the family at the Australian Museum, which has space for under-fives. For young adventurers, the Australian National Maritime Museum has a submarine and a destroyer. You can sail a tall ship with Sydney Harbour Tall Ships, and the Powerhouse Museum's technology displays will enthral kids.

Explore the animal kingdom at Sydney’s marvellous zoos and aquariums. On Taronga Zoo’s Nura Diya Aboriginal Wildlife Tour you’ll hear Dreamtime stories and interact with wallabies and other native animals. Kids as young as five can try the Shark Reef Snorkel experience at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

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
  • Whale watching, Sydney

    Whale watching in Sydney

    Sydney's whale-watching season is from May to November. Take a whale-watching cruise from Circular Quay, Darling Harbour or Manly through Sydney Harbour's entrance, the Heads. Gaze in awe at majestic humpback and southern right whales as they migrate along the beautiful coast.

  • Luna Park, Milsons Point

    Luna Park

    The whole family will enjoy a trip to Luna Park, an amusement park on the edge of Sydney Harbour, one of the world's most beautiful natural harbours. A short ferry ride from Circular Quay to Milsons Point Wharf, Luna Park features rollercoasters, a classic Ferris wheel, carnival games, and more.

  • Stargazing, Sydney Observatory

    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 interactive exhibitions and visit the 3D theatre to explore the Universe. On a night tour you can gaze at the stars through the telescope.