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 Sydney’s museums and galleries, as well as plenty of outdoor experiences from kayaking to cycling.

Zoos and wildlife parks

The array of rare and exotic animals in Sydney’s zoos and wildlife parks will enthral the whole family. See lions at the newly opened Sydney Zoo or watch the incredible free-flight bird show at Taronga Zoo.

Mother and children viewing the resident koalas at Sydney Zoo, Bungarribee in Sydney West

Outdoor activities  

The mild autumn is a wonderful time to explore the great outdoors in Sydney, from bushwalking in Australia's oldest national park to kayaking in tranquil waterways and cycling along the spectacular coastline.

Take time out to relax with a picnic at Bondi Beach or the Royal Botanic Garden, next to the Sydney Opera House. For exhilarating carnival rides visit Luna Park, a beautifully restored 1930s amusement park next to the impressive Sydney Harbour Bridge.

You’ll discover exciting adventures in Western Sydney, including:

Aerial view of Sydney harbour

Museums and galleries

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.

Museums are full of interactive activities. 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.


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.


School Holidays Dates - 2020

Autumn Mon, 13 April Fri, 24 April
Winter Mon, 06 July Fri, 17 July
Spring Mon, 28 September Oct, 9 October
Summer Mon, 21 December Tue, 26 January 2021


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