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

Apartment: Ballina Beach Village Dolphin Bay
Apartment: Ballina Beach Village Dolphin Bay


Hotel: LakeSong At Lennox Head
Hotel: LakeSong At Lennox Head Hotels

Family activities

Byron Bay Surf Experience - Small Group Lesson
Byron Bay Surf Experience - Small Group Lesson

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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

Hotel: Spicers Vineyards Estate
Hotel: Spicers Vineyards Estate Hotels

Family activities

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: Corymbia Batemans Bay
Resort: Corymbia Batemans Bay Hotels

Family activities

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
Resort: BreakFree Aanuka Beach Resort Hotels

Cottages: Ambiance Holiday Apartments
Cottages: Ambiance Holiday Apartments Hotels

Resort: Liapari Luxury Beach House
Resort: Liapari Luxury Beach House Hotels

Family activities

White Water Rafting, Nymboida River 1-day - Coffs Harbour
White Water Rafting, Nymboida River 1-day - Coffs Harbour


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

Family activities

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

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: Kims Beachside Retreat
Resort: Kims Beachside Retreat Hotels

Family activities

Abseiling, 2-3hrs - Central Coast, Sydney
Abseiling, 2-3hrs - Central Coast, Sydney


Tree Top Crazy Rider 'Xtreme' 1km Flying Fox Experience - Central Coast
Tree Top Crazy Rider 'Xtreme' 1km Flying Fox Experience - Central Coast


Quad Biking, 1.5 Hour Explorer - Sydney
Quad Biking, 1.5 Hour Explorer - Sydney


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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is the travel editor at On top of being an avid traveller, she's an all-round bargain hunter. If there's a deal on hotels or a sale on flights, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too. Though probably not before she buys her own ticket.

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