Winter school holidays


The winter holidays are an excellent time to watch humpback and southern right whales migrate along the spectacular Sydney coast. You can watch these whales from headlands or up close on a whale-watching cruise. And weave your way around a spider exhibition at the Australian Museum.

  • 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 special shows and exhibitions during the holidays. 

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. In Manly visit the sharks and little penguins at SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

Darling Harbour, a short walk from Town Hall station, is a popular with families. See dugongs, sharks and king penguins at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and meet Rocky, a huge saltwater crocodile at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. You can also climb aboard the 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 next to the iconic Sydney Opera House. 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 - 2017

HolidayStart dateEnd date
AutumnMonday, 10 AprilTues, 25 April
WinterMonday, 03 JulyMonday, 17 July
SpringMonday, 25 SeptemberFriday, 06 October
SummerMonday, 18 DecemberMonday, 29 January 2018


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