School holidays in Autumn
From bushwalking to stargazing, Sydney is full of fun attractions for kids in the autumn school holidays. You’ll find special holiday activities for kids in the fascinating museums and galleries. The array of rare and exotic animals in the fine zoos and wildlife parks will enthral the whole family, too.
The mild autumn is a wonderful time to explore the great outdoors in Sydney, from bushwalking in Australia’s oldest national parks to kayaking in tranquil waterways and cycling along the spectacular coastline. You can even sail aboard tall ships on Sydney Harbour, one of the great natural harbours.
For exhilarating carnival rides visit Luna Park, a beautifully restored 1930s amusement park next to the impressive Sydney Harbour Bridge. Check out the events calendar for kids and family shows at the majestic Sydney Opera House and other venues, including the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta.
You’ll discover exciting adventures in Western Sydney, including:
- Indoor skydiving at iFLY Downunder
- Zip-lines at the TreeTop Adventure Park
- Archery lessons at Sydney Olympic Park
- Mountain biking in
- Steam train rides at the
- Horseriding at Sugarloaf Horse Centre
Nightfall is earlier in autumn and the telescopes at the Sydney Observatory will help you explore the planets and the Moon, as well as star-studded Milky Way. In a heritage-listed building in the historic Rocks, the Observatory offers many out-of-this-world experiences for budding young astronomers.
With so many things to do and see, take time out to relax with a picnic at Bondi Beach or the Royal Botanic Garden, next to the Sydney Opera House. You can hop on a ferry at nearby Circular Quay and travel across sparkling Sydney Harbour to Taronga Zoo for the incredible free-flight bird show.
Museums are full of interactive activities. Dinosaurs will wow the family at the Australian Museum, which has a space for under-fives. For young adventurers, the Australian National Maritime Museum has a submarine and a tall ship, and the Powerhouse Museum's technology will intrigue the kids.