How much do school holidays cost Australian parents?

Angus Kidman 18 January 2016


Our state-by-state breakdown shows how much we're spending on keeping the kids entertained during holiday breaks.

The average Australian family spends $592 keeping the kids entertained over the summer holiday break.

New survey data from shows that 40% of Australians feel that it's a financial burden to keep their children entertained. The survey of 1,013 Australians found that eating out what was the most popular activity for family entertainment (39%), followed by going to the cinema (32%)

Here's the average spend across each state and territory. Canberra folks seem particularly keen to spend up big, with an average figure of $831, followed closely by NSW ($672) and Victoria ($655). At the other end of the spectrum, Tasmanians got away with a relatively modest $172. Higher costs for entertainment options in the more populated capital cities are likely to be a significant factor there, though even allowing for that, it seems kids in Hobart are not seeing the same levels of expenditure.

If you're struggling to keep the kids entertained, consider setting up a savings account specifically for holiday activities. That way, when the holidays roll around, you'll already have funds in place. Check out our guide to setting up a savings plan for tips on how to stay motivated.

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