School Holidays in Winter

Enjoy Sydney’s mild winters with a host of fun family activities. From bushwalking and picnics to whale watching along the coast, there’s a new outdoor adventure for every day. Meet native and exotic animals at the zoo or explore Sydney’s fascinating museums and galleries.

Young girl enjoying the action at TreeTops Adventure Park in Abbotsbury, Sydney West

Outdoor activities

Make the most of sunny winter days and get outside with the family. Discover coastal walking trails or hikes through national parks, explore the city by bike and paddle around the world famous Sydney Harbour by kayak. You can also pack up lunch and enjoy a picnic in a scenic spot around the city.

Family enjoying a day of whale watching off-shore Sydney

Whale watching

Winter is prime whale watching time in Sydney as more than 30,000 humpback and southern right whales make their way along the coast between May and November. Get a great view from coastal vantage points like Cape Solander, North Head and Barrenjoey Lighthouse, or join a whale watching cruise.

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

Zoos & aquariums

Catch the ferry to visit Sydney’s zoo with a view. Taronga Zoo is perched on the edge of the harbour and home to tigers, elephants, giraffes, gorillas and many native animals. In Western Sydney, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into a safari park at Sydney Zoo where more than 100 species roam in the huge exhibits. You can even pet a koala or feed a kangaroo at Featherdale Wildlife Park.

There are plenty of animals waiting for you at Darling Harbour. Wild Life Sydney Zoo is all about native species and is home to the Australian Big 5 – koala, kangaroo, crocodile, wombat and platypus. Next door at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium you’ll find fish, turtles, penguins and sharks, as well as one of only three dugongs on display in the world.

Historic storefronts at the Australiana Pioneer Museum in Wilberforce

Museums & galleries

Make learning fun during the school holidays at some of Sydney’s excellent museums and galleries. The whole family will love exploring the Australian National Maritime Museum and the new immersive experiences at Hyde Park Barracks. The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of NSW host regular family-friendly exhibitions.