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Best family holiday destinations NSW

Our top picks of where to go in New South Wales with your family for beaches, adventure and more.

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No matter your agenda, we’ve found the most fun-filled family-friendly destinations and the activities and experiences to do once you get there.

These New South Wales destinations are ideal for upcoming school holidays to ensure your little one is kept entertained all holiday long.

Start booking these babies into the itinerary now. Or, if you're jumping into the car check out these short road trips you can take with the kids.

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Horse Riding

Far North Coast

Nearing the border of NSW and Queensland, the Far North Coast is a dynamic environment of coastal beaches and hinterland. Quiet coastal towns are rife and the possibility of adventure amongst World Heritage Sites is standard.

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Hunter coastline

Hunter Region

Couple a harbour-town holiday with a relaxing vineyard stopover by exploring the Hunter Region. Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie are ideal for marine life encounters and a coastal retreat while the Hunter Valley provides an inland sojourn complete with wines for the adults and chocolates and fudge for the children.

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Illawarra Fly Treetop

South Coast

Go against the grain and head south for a holiday with a bit of everything. Expect a smattering of environments when you do. From the cityscape of Wollongong and the inner sanctuaries of Kangaroo Valley and Bega, you'll be spoilt for choice on a holiday to the South Coast.

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Children's Treetop Adventure Course

Coffs Coast

A perennial favourite for families, the Coffs Coast is nestled comfortably between ocean and mountain. It's a piece of coastal paradise that showcases 90 kilometres of beaches, islands and reserves and more activities that you can shake a stick at.

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Billabong Koala and Wildlife Park

North Coast

Located in the mid-North Coast of NSW the Port Macquarie region is a water baby's dream destination. Water activities include high speed boating, river cruises and kayaking while on land you can enjoy horse riding, coastal walks and camel safaris.

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Quad Biking Adventure

Central Coast

With its calm, shallow waters and historical coastal attractions, it's little wonder that the Central Coast is part of practically every Sydney child's holiday memories. Drive up and stay over at one of the many campervan parks available to make it a truly memorable holiday.

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Tweed River

Tweed Shire

Think charming seaside towns and picturesque hinterland villages with a UNESCO World Heritage rainforest right on your doorstep.

You can fill your days learning to surf, hiking the challenging Mount Warning, indulging in the local cuisine or relaxing on a river cruise.

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Sapphire Coast

Sapphire Coast

If the water gods are calling then you've got all the rivers, lakes and beaches to whet your appetite on the Sapphire Coast. Start with whale watching, fishing or diving at Eden's natural harbour, indulge in fresh oysters on the Pambula River and then canoe or cruise your way around Lake Merimbula.

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The Foxglove Spires Gardens

Mid-North Coast

Get away from it all at this off-the-beaten track beachside escape. Sail up the Myall River on a kayak, pick a remote island for a family picnic or swim beside wild dolphins near Tuncurry's rock pool.

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Central West

This diverse region has something on offer for everyone in the family. The adults can indulge in some wine tasting, while the kids can get the adrenaline going with a visit to Bathurst's Mount Panorama and the whole family can enjoy the sunrise view with a hot air balloon flight.

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