School holidays


Discover wonderful attractions

With many great events and attractions to explore, Sydney is perfect for keeping kids entertained in school holidays. Discover amazing animals at Taronga Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, visit the Australian Museum for dinosaurs, enjoy a day at Bondi Beach and explore Sydney Harbour on a ferry, to name just a few exciting experiences.

  • Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary
  • Lets Go Surfing Bondi

School holiday adventures in Sydney

Sydney is a great escape for school holidays with many adventures for the whole family, from zoos and aquariums to beautiful beaches and fascinating museums. A gorgeous temperate climate makes outdoor activities enjoyable year-round, and parklands and beaches are excellent for family fun.

A trip to the beach is always popular with kids, especially during spring and summer school holidays. World-famous Bondi Beach has plenty of kid-friendly cafes. Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, where you can visit Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, hire a bicycle from Manly Bike Tours and visit Manly Beach

Taronga Zoo is open every day and home to some of the world's most fascinating animals. Take a ferry from Circular Quay to the zoo and see the superstars of the animal kingdom, and be amazed by the daily bird and seal shows. Get a bird's eye view as you climb above the animals on the Wild Ropes experience.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Sydney

At Darling Harbour you'll find many activities for the kids including WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, where you'll meet Wuru and Pig, two of only five dugongs on display in the world. Kids will also love climbing aboard tall ships at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

During school holidays, theatres including the Sydney Opera House put on events for kids. Children as young as eight can scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney and learn of its fascinating history. For prehistoric history, the Australian Museum has dinosaurs to wow kids.

Many adventures are in Sydney's west, from archery and cycling at Sydney Olympic Park to whitewater rafting for children as young as 12 at Penrith Whitewater Stadium. Be a superhero at iFLY Downunder in Penrith, which has indoor skydiving for kids as young as three.

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

School holiday short breaks in Regional NSW

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

School holidays offer the perfect opportunity to escape the usual routine and explore NSW with your whole family. There's so much to do together that's hands on and fun.

Popular attractions for kids of all ages include Jenolan Caves in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, giant waterslides at Jamberoo Action Park, near Kiama, and Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo. Discover the many more family friendly experiences in beautiful NSW.

  1. Bare Island

    Bare Island

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  2. Chipmunks Playland and Cafe Villawood

    Chipmunks Playland and Cafe Villawood

    Visit Chipmunks Playland and Cafe for unlimited play for children aged zero to 11 years old.

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  3. Wattamolla Beach

    Wattamolla Beach

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  4. Wannabees Family Play Town

    Wannabees Family Play Town

    Looking for what to do in Sydney with kids? Wannabees is an indoor themed park that encourages children to role play at their dream jobs - from police officers and fire fighters, to television...

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