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Winter school holidays


If you have a family to entertain over the winter holidays there are endless opportunities to create moments of fun to remember. From expos and films, to fun fairs and animal encounters, there’s plenty to enjoy these school holidays.

Must Do

Winter holidays

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour

In 2014, schools in New South Wales break up for two weeks from the end of June. If you're looking for ways to entertain your family over the winter holidays there are plenty of options in Sydney.

Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo where you can get up close with animals from around the world. For a special treat, book in for their Roar and Snore program to spend the night camping at the zoo. Wake up on Sydney Harbour to the roar of a lion or an elephant trumpeting and experience behind the scenes animal encounters before the crowds.

At Darling Harbour you can enjoy other natural exhibits at WILD LIFE Sydney and SEA LIFE Aquarium or go to the IMAX Theatre and enjoy a film on the world's biggest screen.

In the east, Bondi is home to the annual Winter Magic Festival. Here you'll be able to play on funfair rides, enjoy street food and take to the ice skating rink. To the north of the city is Luna Park, a permanent and long-standing mecca of kids’ entertainment and rides.

Over the weekend of 5 and 6 July take your family to Sydney Olympic Park to enjoy the Toy and Game Expo. Families can try out the latest toys, get their hands squishy with Play-Doh, build lego machines, and play classic games such as Monopoly.

At the Allphones Arena from 9 to 13 July is Disney on Ice's latest performance, Treasure Trove, while the museums across the city, such as the Powerhouse Museum and the Australian National Maritime Museum have exciting exhibits for children of all ages.

Randwick Puppeteria Theatre

The Puppeteria Theatre in Randwick features revolving storylines in its shows each week. Over the school holidays there are two shows daily – at 10.30am and 1.30pm – aimed at two-to-five-year-olds and four-to-nine-year-olds, respectively. The theatre is operated by Jeral Puppets, one of Australia's oldest established puppet companies. 

Skywalk at Sydney Tower Eye
Sydney Tower Eye

Take the 260-metre lift to the Observation Deck of Sydney Tower Eye and give the kids a real thrill. They'll be able to use high-powered binoculars and touch screens to find out about Sydney's famous landmarks. Your ticket includes a 4D cinema experience with special effects including wind, bubbles and fire!

Warship at the Australian Maritime Museum
Australian National Maritime Musuem

The Australian National Maritime Museum is known for its lightshow, Mini Mariners program each Tuesday and changing exhibitions especially during the school holidays. You can crawl through a submarine, explore the last of the big gun destroyers and marvel at HMB Endeavour, Captain Cook's vessel of discovery.

School Holidays Dates

HolidaysStart DateEnd Date
WinterMonday, 30 June 2014 Friday, 11 July 2014
SpringMonday, 22 September 2014Monday, 06 October 2014
SummerMonday, 22 December 2014Tuesday, 27 January 2015

2015 School Holidays Dates
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School Holidays Dates - 2015

HolidaysStart DateEnd Date
WinterMonday, 29 JuneMonday, 13 July
SpringMonday, 21 SeptemberMonday, 05 October
SummerThursday, 17 DecemberTBC
AutumnMonday, 6 AprilFriday, 17 April