School Holidays in Spring

Spring school holidays in Sydney are full of fun things to do. Have an adventure in the treetops, explore the African savannah, learn to surf at Bondi or cycle through the city. With warm days and plenty of sunshine, it’s time to discover what makes the Harbour City such a great place for families.

Family taking a selfie outside Luna Park Sydney, Milsons Point, Sydney North

Have an adventure

Luna Park is open every day during the school holidays. Scream your lungs out on the Hair Raiser, enjoy the old fashioned amusements at Coney Island or ride the ferris wheel high above the harbour. Then climb aboard a navy destroyer or come face to face with sea monsters at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

You’ll find elevated obstacle courses and rollercoaster zip lines for the whole family at TreeTop Adventure Parks in Western Sydney and The Hills. At the Wild Play Garden in Centennial Park kids can run, jump and climb through a dramatic landscape of creek beds, banksia tunnels, bamboo forests and a water play area.

Family exploring the HMB Endeavour, an Australian-built replica of James Cook's ship on exhibit at the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour

Animal encounters

Taronga Zoo is always a school holiday favourite. Meet lions, giraffes, zebras and meerkats in the new African Savannah exhibit, take an immersive Tiger Trek through the Indonesian jungle, and watch the seals show off their aquatic skills at the daily shows. Please note that you must pre-purchase your tickets from Taronga Zoo and no tickets will be available at the gate.

There are plenty of animals waiting for you at Darling Harbour – explore the Great Barrier Reef by night at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium or spot the koalas in Gum Tree Valley at Wild Life Sydney Zoo. In Western Sydney, Sydney Zoo is home to more than 2,000 animals from around the world in sprawling, innovative exhibits.

If native animals are your thing, Featherdale Wildlife Park has more than 1,700 of them from kangaroos and koalas to little penguins, wombats and even a 4.5m saltwater crocodile. Just south of Sydney is Symbio Wildlife Park where you can feed kangaroos and wallabies, get up close to cheetahs and watch the monkeys play.

Family enjoying their visit to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour

Beaches & outdoor fun

The weather in the spring school holidays is just about perfect. Take the family to some of Sydney’s most famous strips of sand, like Bondi and Manly, or explore the city’s secret beaches. You can also sign up for surfing lessons, hire kayaks and stand up paddleboards, or try snorkelling in quiet bays.

It’s also a great time to explore the city on foot with a coastal walk, bushwalk or even a dog-friendly walk that the fur kids can enjoy. If you prefer two wheels, tackle the city’s best cycling routes or mountain bike trails. Then stop for a picnic in one of Sydney’s beautiful green spaces.