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NSW Family Holiday Guide

How to spend the school holidays with the kids in New South Wales.

Take a break during their school holiday break by booking the brood in for a family holiday in New South Wales. Whether you’re searching for a day, weekend or week-long trip through the state, there is plenty to do.

Those hoping to save that annual leave for a larger holiday (Christmas visiting the relatives perhaps?) can opt to fill the kids’ holiday calendar with daily activities in and around Sydney.

No matter your agenda, we’ve found the most fun-filled family-friendly activities and experiences in NSW these school holidays to ensure your little one is kept entertained all holiday long. Start booking these babies into the itinerary now:

NSW Family Holiday Destinations

These six family holiday destinations in NSW are renowned for their family friendly atmosphere, picturesque surrounds and outdoor activities.


1. Far North Coast

Includes: Byron Bay, Ballina, Yamba and Lennox Head.
Perfect for: Getting away from the big city and enjoying nature

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.

Family holiday accommodation

Resort: East On Byron
Booking.com
Holiday Park: North Coast Holiday Parks Lennox Head
Turu
Apartment: Ballina Beach Village Dolphin Bay
Wotif

Family activities

Byron Bay Sea Kayak Tour...
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Brunswick River Nature SUP Tour=...
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Byron Bay Surf Experience - Small Group Lesson
City Discovery


2. Hunter Region

Includes: Port Stephens, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Cessnock, Wiseman’s Ferry, Hunter Valley
Perfect for: Foodies and animal lovers

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.

Family holiday accommodation

Resort: Chateau Elan at the Vintage
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Holiday Park: Inland Waters Holiday Parks Lake Gl...
Turu
Motel: Branxton House Motel
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Family activities

Beyond the Range...
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Heli-Horsing...
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Chocolate Indulgence...
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3. South Coast

Includes: Kiama, Wollongong, Kangaroo Valley, Jervis Bay, Batemans Bay, Bega
Perfect for: Peace, quiet and cheese

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.

Family holiday accommodation

Resort: Coachhouse Marine Resort
Wotif
Holiday Park: Kiama Harbour Cabins
Turu
Hotel: Coolangatta Estate
Expedia.com.au

Family activities

AG/Jervis Bay Day Tour...
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Mermaid Experience...
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Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk Experience
Adrenaline


4. Coffs Coast

Includes: Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Nambucca Heads
Perfect for: Beach holidaymakers

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.

Family holiday accommodation

Resort: BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort
Wotif
Holiday Park: Banana Coast Caravan Park
Turu
Cottages: Ambiance Holiday Apartments
Hotels.com

Family activities

Coffs Harbour All-Terrain Segway Tour
Viator
White Water Rafting, Nymboida River 1-day - Coffs...
Adrenaline
Surf Rafting, Coffs Harbour
Adrenaline


5. North Coast

Includes: Port Macquarie, South West Rocks, North Haven, Diamond Beach and Forster
Perfect for: Adventurous types

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.

Family holiday accommodation

Resort: Sandcastle Apartments
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Nambucca River Tourist Park
Turu
Motel: Mid Pacific Motel
Booking.com

Family activities

Horse Riding, One Hour Trail Ride with Tuition - Port Macquarie from Adrenaline

Suitable for all levels of experience, this one hour trail ride just outside Port Macquarie will introduce you to the sport. Let the professionals lead the way and for the adults, a free wine tasting is the reward you deserve at the end of the journey.

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6. Central Coast

Includes: Wyong, Terrigal, The Entrance, Avoca, Copacabana, Gosford, Bateau Bay
Perfect for: A beachside escape not far from Sydney

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.

Family holiday accommodation

Resort: Pullman Magenta Shores Resort
Booking.com
Hotel: Mercure Kooindah Waters
Expedia.com.au
Holiday Park: Blue Lagoon Beach Resort
Turu

Family activities

Abseiling, 2-3hrs - Central Coast, Sydney
Adrenaline
Tree Top Crazy Rider 'Xtreme' 1km Flying Fox Expe...
Adrenaline
Quad Biking, 1.5 Hour Explorer - Sydney
Adrenaline

NSW Family Holiday Deals and Family Holiday Packages

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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