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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.

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

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

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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

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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: Corymbia Batemans Bay
Resort: Corymbia Batemans Bay

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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

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Cottages: Ambiance Holiday Apartments
Cottages: Ambiance Holiday Apartments

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

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Family activities

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

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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

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Family activities

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

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

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

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NSW holiday deals and packages

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Hawaii flights from $799 return

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Virgin Australia - Deals Virgin Australia - Deals

Up to 30% off: Australia-wide flights from $79 each way

Discounted flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Darwin and more between February and September 2019. Sample fare is Ballina Byron-Sydney.

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$20 off first ride

Valid on all dates in Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Canberra, enter the promo code into your app to redeem. T&Cs apply.

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Etihad Airways Australia Etihad Airways Australia

Peak season Europe flights from $1,033 return

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British Airways British Airways

Europe flights from $1,181 return

Valid for travel until 30 March 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-UK. Destination includes Ireland.

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$999: 6-night China holiday with Yangtze cruise

Valid for travel between March - November 2019. Includes return international flights from Melbourne or Sydney, hotel accommodation, onboard cruise accommodation, tour and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 40% off summer hotel stays

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Australia Day: Sydney Harbour cruises from $35

Saving up to 50% on the regular price, spend Australia Day on the harbour aboard a lunch cruise or an evening sail to see the fireworks.

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5% off Sydney airport parking + bonus Velocity points

Exclusive discount for 5% off all airport parking, plus get five Velocity Frequent Flyer points per $1 spent.

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Adrenaline Adrenaline

Up to 40% off water sports activities

Valid on select dates and activities like whale watching, sailing, jet ski, scuba diving, kayaking, parasailing, fishing and more. Destinations are Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast and Melbourne. T&Cs apply.

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Adrenaline Adrenaline

$30 off activities and experiences

Valid on select dates and activities like hot air ballooning, skydiving, horse riding, surf lessons, scuba diving, theme parks and more. Destinations are Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast and Melbourne. Minimum spend of $179. T&Cs apply.

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Spain flights from $1,099 return

Valid for travel from May - November 2019 with Singapore Airlines. Sample fare is Sydney-Barcelona.

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Up to 60% off activities, experiences and things to do

Valid on select dates depending on the destination. Destinations are Hong Kong, Singapore, Osaka, Taipei, Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, London, Paris, New York and more. T&Cs apply.

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Luxury Escapes Luxury Escapes

Up to 40% off 9-day Borneo wildlife tour with flights

Valid for travel from April - November 2019. Includes return international flights departing from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, accommodation, daily breakfast, transfers and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 40% off 14-day Southeast Asia tour with flights

Valid for travel from March - November 2019. Includes return international flights from Melbourne or Sydney, premium nightly accommodation, daily breakfast, Halong Bay cruise, cooking class in Hoi An and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off Australia and New Zealand tours

Valid for travel on select dates, depending on the destination. Destinations include Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.

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Europe flights from $1,029 return with Etihad

Valid for travel from 22 February - 30 November 2019. Destinations include Rome, Paris, London and Dublin. Sample fare is Sydney-Dublin.

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Fiji flights from $447 return

Valid for travel between 1-31 October 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Nadi.

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Up to $800 off cruises with Carnival

Valid for 2019 - 2020 cruises. Destinations include Melbourne, Noumea, Sydney, Singapore, Bali, Darwin and more. T&Cs apply.

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Free drinks, OBC and Wi-Fi with Celebrity Cruises

Valid from March 2019 - April 2020. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland, Hobart, Tasmania and more. T&Cs apply.

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New Zealand flights from $189 each way

Valid for travel from 22 January - 24 September 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Christchurch.

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USA flights from $919 return

Valid for travel from 20 January - 30 November 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Los Angeles.

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Hawaii flights from $700 return

Valid for travel from 20 January - 30 November 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Honolulu.

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Fiji flights from $499 return

Valid for travel between 328 January - 31 March 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Fiji. Minimum booking of 2-seats to redeem reduced fares.

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Cudo Cudo

All-you-can-eat BBQ feast in Sydney from just $26

Valid until 31 March 2019. Includes all-you-can-eat Brazilian BBQ feast, Brazilian show and kids under three eats free. T&Cs apply.

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Hawaii flights from $789 return

Valid for travel between 26 May - 18 June and 15 July - 31 August 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Hawaii with Hawaiian Airlines.

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Groupon Groupon

50% off Sydney harbour yacht stay

Valid until 30 April 2019. T&Cs apply.

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32% off 3-night cruise from Sydney

Valid until 10 November 2019. Includes 3-night cruise with cabin accommodation, meals, onboard activities and more. T&Cs apply.

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Cook Islands flights from $249

Valid for travel between 18 January - 29 March 2019, 26 April - 28 June and 2 August - 12 September 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Rarotonga.

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Skydive Australia Skydive Australia

Up to $110 off skydiving

Valid on select 2018 dates. Locations include Byron Bay, Hunter Valley, Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne and more. T&Cs apply.

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Contiki Contiki

Up to $550 off Australia tours

Valid on select 2018 departures. Destinations include Darwin, Alice Springs, Sydney, Cairns, Whitsundays and more. T&Cs apply.

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Domestic flights from $119 with Virgin Australia

Valid for travel between 19 February - 7 November 2019. Sample fare is Sydney-Melbourne. Destinations includes Perth.

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Nexus Holidays Nexus Holidays

$1,000 off 9-day Japan tour + flights

Valid for travel on 20 March 2019. Includes return economy airfare from Sydney, 6-nights hotel accommodation, meals, coach transfers, guide and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off cruises + pay only $99 deposits

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Oaks Hotels & Resorts Oaks Hotels & Resorts

Up to 30% off Australia and New Zealand hotels

Available at hotels in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hunter Valley, Broome, Brisbane, Hervey Bay, Mackay, Auckland and more for stays two nights or longer. T&Cs apply.

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British Airways British Airways

UK flights from $1,368 return

Valid for travel until November 2018. Destinations include London and Edinburgh. Sample fare is for Sydney-London.

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P&O Cruises P&O Cruises

Up to $200 on board credit on last-minute cruises

Valid from October - December 2018. Destinations include Moreton Island, Noumea, Hamilton Island, Vanuatu, Brisbane, Sydney and more. Cruises start from $315 per person for 3-night comedy cruises. T&Cs apply.

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Sydney attractions multi-entry from just $56

Valid for use on select 2018 dates. Choose two attractions from Sydney Sea Life Aquarium, Wildlife Sydney zoo and Sydney Tower Eye. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 50% off hotel stay: deal of the day

Valid on select dates. Destinations include Paris, Sydney, New York City, Dubai, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Bangkok and more. T&Cs apply.

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Sydney Harbour cruise + Taronga Zoo entry from $59

Valid on select dates. T&C's apply.

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Up to 20% off experiences

Valid on select experiences and activities like skydiving, scenic helicopter flight, kayaking, whale watching and more. Destinations include Sydney, Byron, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Darwin and Perth. T&Cs apply.

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Vivid Sydney stays from just $119

Valid for stays from in May-June 2019. Sample price is for Rendezvous Hotel Sydney Central on 27 May. T&Cs apply.

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Up to 30% off flying experiences

Valid on select dates and experiences like hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flight, skydiving, flying lessons and more. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Hunter Valley, Great Ocean Road and more. T&Cs apply.

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Up to $90 off Skydiving across Australia

Valid for use on select dates. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne and surrounds, Byron Bay, the Gold Coast and more. T&Cs apply.

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Scoopon Scoopon

63% off Hunter Valley tour + lunch

Valid for travel from 10 February - 10 August 2018. Enjoy your weekend adventure with a discounted full day Hunter Valley wine tour with lunch when you book with Scoopon. T&Cs apply.

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Groupon Groupon

54% off Hunter Valley stay

Valid for stays on select dates until December 2018 at Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort. Includes 2-nights stay and complimentary use of hotel amenities. T&Cs apply.

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Airbnb Airbnb

Sydney stay from just $113

Valid for travel on select dates. Sample accommodation is in Kings Cross. T&C's apply.

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5% off airport transfers and car hire

Valid on select dates and locations worldwide. Destinations include USA, Canada, Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, Sydney, and the Czech Republic. T&C's apply.

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Save up to 40% off Sydney attractions

Plus skip the lines at popular attractions including Taronga Zoo, Jenolan Caves, SEA LIFE Aquarium, whale watching cruises and more.

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Stephanie Yip

Stef is the Travel Editor at finder.com.au and has been writing about travel for over a decade. She's visited over 50 countries and has had some incredible experiences, including hot air ballooning over Cappadocia, hitchhiking across Romania and seeing the Northern Lights (twice!). And while she’d never say no to a luxury escape, she's far more likely to stretch her travel dollars as far as they can go by keeping her ear to the ground for unbeatable travel bargains. And she'll tell you all about them, too! Stef has had articles featured on Travel Weekly, Escape and Hostelworld.

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