NSW family holiday guide

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

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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:

These ten 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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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7. Tweed Shire

Includes: Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Kingscliff and Hastings Point

Perfect for: A beach vacation without the crowds

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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Tweed River and Rainforest Cruise with Morning Tea and Lunch
Tweed River and Rainforest Cruise with Morning Tea and Lunch

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Treasures Of The Tweed: Food Farm And Scenic Arts
Treasures Of The Tweed: Food Farm And Scenic Arts

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8. Sapphire Coast

Includes: Eden, Merimbula and Pambula Beach

Perfect for: A low-key escape with buckets of overwater and underwater options

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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Hotel: Discovery Parks – Pambula Beach
Hotel: Discovery Parks – Pambula Beach

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9. Mid-North Coast

Includes: Tuncurry, Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest

Perfect for: Tranquil seaside towns and pristine national parks

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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Hotel: Sunrise Luxury Apartments Tuncurry
Hotel: Sunrise Luxury Apartments Tuncurry

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Resort: Boathouse Resort Water Front
Resort: Boathouse Resort Water Front

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10. Central West

Includes: Orange, Bathurst, Mudgee, Dubbo

Perfect for: An outback getaway

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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Hotel: Best Western Plus Ambassador Orange
Hotel: Best Western Plus Ambassador Orange

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Hot Air Balloon Flight and Vineyard Breakfast
Hot Air Balloon Flight and Vineyard Breakfast

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Taronga Western Plains Zoo General Entry Ticket
Taronga Western Plains Zoo General Entry Ticket

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