Winter school holidays


Whale watching in Sydney

The winter holidays are an excellent time to watch humpback and southern right whales migrate along the spectacular Sydney coast. You can watch these majestic marine mammals from sandstone headlands or up close on a whale-watching cruise.

  • Whale Watching Sydney
  • Circular Quay, Sydney

Winter school holiday ideas in Sydney

Sydney is a winter wonderland of attractions for families. The mild winter is perfect for exploring outdoors, including whale watching and bushwalking. The world-famous Bondi Beach hosts its annual Bondi Winter Magic festival, with funfair rides and delicious street food to eat.

For more carnival rides, visit Luna Park and enjoy spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Museums in Sydney have many interactive displays for kids, such as Wild Planet at the Australian Museum. And check out the events calendar for school holiday shows at the Sydney Opera House.

Sydney Taronga Zoo

Young adventurers love zoos and aquariums. Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo and watch Leslie the condor and her feathered pals in the amazing bird show. For a treat, stay overnight on a Roar and Snore adventure. Combine a trip to the Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary with a cycling tour of the gorgeous coastline with Manly Bike Tours.

Darling Harbour, a 10-minute walk from Town Hall station, is a popular with families. See dugongs at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and meet koalas at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. Watch a movie on the world's biggest screen at IMAX Theatre, and climb aboard ships at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

With the many things to do and see in Sydney, take time out for a family picnic at a beautiful beach or in the Royal Botanic Garden on the edge of Sydney Harbour. Bicentennial Park at Sydney Olympic Park, in Sydney’s west, has free barbecues and is a delightful place to hire a bike and go cycling.

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