School Holidays in Summer

The summer school holidays are the perfect time for some fun in the sun in Sydney. The whole family will enjoy the golden beaches, animal encounters and outdoor adventures on offer. Learn to surf, soar through the trees, walk along the clifftops and celebrate the New Year.

Family enjoying an encounter with a giraffe during the giraffe keeper talk at Taronga Zoo, Sydney North

Animal encounters

Visit more than 4,000 animals in their home overlooking the harbour at Taronga Zoo. In Darling Harbour, you can cruise through the penguin exhibit at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and walk amongst kangaroos at Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Then ride the flying fox or splash through the water zone at the nearby playground.

Sydney Zoo in Western Sydney has a unique boardwalk that takes you right through the African savannah. On the edges of the city, Featherdale Wildlife Park and Symbio Wildlife Park offer up-close encounters with native animals.

Friends enjoying a surf lesson with Lets Go Surfing, Bondi Beach

Beautiful beaches

With long days, blue skies and plenty of sunshine, the summer holidays are the time to get outside in Sydney. Relax on the famous sands of Bondi Beach, learn to surf at Manly, try stand-up paddle boarding in Watsons Bay or take a dip in the calm waters of one of the city’s 35 ocean pools. Just remember to pack the sunscreen.

Children having a fun day out at The Playground, Darling Quarter in Darling Harbour, Sydney City

Outdoor adventures

There are plenty of other ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Hire a pedal car and ride through the vast grounds of Centennial Park, follow the Hermitage Foreshore Track around the edge of the harbour, camp on Cockatoo Island and look for ancient Aboriginal art in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.

In Western Sydney, families can tackle challenging ropes courses at TreeTops Adventure Park. For more thrills, ride the waterslides at Raging Waters, zoom around Sydney Harbour on a jetboat, learn to swing on the flying trapeze at Circus Arts Sydney and try indoor skydiving at iFly Downunder.