Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Summer school holidays
Sydney school holiday fun
With around 70 surf beaches, Sydney is the perfect place to learn to surf during a summer holiday at one of its famous beaches. Kids from seven up are catered for and all the basics are covered in each session. You'll learn how to warm-up, paddle, catch waves and stand. Everyone learns about surf safety including information about rips, tides, sandbars and waves.
Summer's a great time of the year to enjoy a holiday in Sydney. There are plenty of exciting events, outdoor cinemas, championship sports and warm evenings to enjoy wandering by Sydney Harbour.
Sydney beaches have all the essential ingredients for a fun day out over summer including great waves and rock pools, alfresco cafes and plenty of shady picnic spots. Don't miss visiting two of the world's most famous beaches, Bondi and Manly, or find your own patch of sandy paradise from Tamarama to Coogee, Dee Why to Palm Beach. The inner harbour also has some quiet beaches which are family-friendly. Sirius Cove in Mosman, Balmoral Beach, Watsons Bay and Nielsen Park near Vaucluse all have netted ocean baths and shady picnic spots.
If your family prefers to swim in calmer waters, you'll find many Sydney beaches with saltwater pools. Sydney has beachside pools, harourside pools and Olympic pools, all in great locations. Some of the best outdoor ocean pools can be found at Bronte Beach, Queenscliff and Harbord north of Manly.
Kid-friendly dining options are easy to come by in Sydney. After a day of family fun in Darling Harbour, you’ll find a wealth of restaurants and cafes with food to keep the little ones happy. The picnic spots and beaches that line Sydney Harbour are another great choice for a family picnic. Or why not catch the light rail over to the Sydney Fish Markets for a feast of freshly-caught fish and crispy chips.
Head to Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs and take a dip at picturesque Bronte, swim in the sheltered waters of Clovelly, or catch a wave at Coogee Beach, where the kids can have a paddle at Wylies Bath, a historic sea pool at Coogee’s southern edge. Further south, Cronulla Beach has gentle waves, and Maroubra is great for swimming and bodyboarding.