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School holiday activities in Newcastle for 2022

We've found the best wallet-friendly activities in Newcastle to keep the kids entertained.

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Feeling at a loss for what to do over the school break with the kids? Never fear. There are plenty of activities and events in Newcastle and at home, as well as road trips that are a stone's throw away.

Top activities for the school holidays in Newcastle

See Newcastle's top attractions

Immerse yourself in everything that Newcastle has to offer these school holidays. With open doors across the city's main events, now is the perfect time to see the city from a tourist's point of view.

Newcastle Harbour Scenic Cruise with Lunch
Newcastle Harbour Scenic Cruise with Lunch


Family Pass: Fighter World Museum Admission Ticket
Family Pass: Fighter World Museum Admission Ticket


Newcastle Scavenger Hunt: Between River and Sea
Newcastle Scavenger Hunt: Between River and Sea


Have fun indoors

Sort out the itinerary for those days where you just want to stay inside but you still want to get out of the house with virtual golf and a flight simulator.

Indoor Virtual Golf with Pizza and Drink
Indoor Virtual Golf with Pizza and Drink


Learn a new skill

RedBalloon and ClassBento have just made planning your school holidays a whole lot easier. Let your kids express their creativity through these fun activities.

Get crafty

Order a kit, open it up and get crafting during the school holidays. The kiddos will love things like face painting and creative garden activities.

Learn cooking skills or make dinner at home

Applications for Junior MasterChef have closed for this year but it's never too early to start practising for the future. The courses and kits will have kids and teens alike whipping up treats in no time.

Pick up a paintbrush

Set up the canvas away from the carpet and let their creativity sweep across it. Painting is a therapeutic and relaxing pastime that can provide your child with an outlet for creative expression.

Road trips you can take from Newcastle during the school holidays

Leaving boredom at the door and getting out of the house is easier than ever with our A–Z guide on the top New South Wales family holidays.

Hunter Valley

Distance from Newcastle: 1 hour via car or 2 hours via public transport.

Known for its fine selection of wineries and breweries, the Hunter Valley also hosts a range of family friendly activities. We recommend checking out the region from the sky in a hot air balloon or scenic helicopter flight and seeing the vineyards up close on horseback.

Hot Air Ballooning Over The Hunter Valley
Hot Air Ballooning Over The Hunter Valley


Port Stephens

Distance from Newcastle: 1 hour via car or around 2 hours via public transport.

With an abundance of parklands on offer, Port Stephens has many hiking trails, lookouts, beaches and dunes for you to explore. We recommend checking out the action on the sand dunes with sandboarding or riding 4x4s. For something totally different you can take part in a shark feeding.


Distance from Newcastle: 1.5 hours via car and 1 hour 10 minutes by public transport.

A short drive down south reveals Gosford and its many sights. Enjoy a day at the Australian Reptile Park or check out the beautiful Glenworth Valley on a horse. For a bit more of a thrill, swap your noble steed for an ATV ride.

Free school holiday activities in Newcastle

  • Explore the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
  • Visit Glenrock
  • Go kayaking on Tuggerah Lake
  • Have a picnic day at the beach
  • Have a barbeque at Jesmond Park

Need more ideas? Check out our 50 free activities to keep the kids busy these school holidays.

School holiday events in Newcastle in July

  • Disney on Ice presents Into the Magic @ Newcastle Entertainment Centre: 7–10 July 2022. Their favourite characters, music and stories are hitting the ice rink in this spectacular show. Definitely one for the fans. Tickets can be booked at Ticketek.
  • Bricks 4 Kidz Workshops @ Junction Fair Shopping Centre: 5–7 July from 10am–1pm daily: Stacks of bricks are waiting for their imaginations at Junction Fair these holidays. There are character builds and technical builds to follow or they can go rogue with free play. This is a free event for 412 year olds.

When are the 2022/23 school holidays in Newcastle?

Term 1 school holidays11–22 April 2022
Term 2 school holidays4–15 July 2022
Term 3 school holidays26 September – 7 October 2022
Term 4 school holidays21 December 2022 – 26 January 2023

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Frequently asked questions

Are all attractions in Newcastle open?

Yes, you can now visit Newcastle's main attractions. Sights such as Fort Scratchley, Newcastle Museum, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle Ocean Baths and Fighter World are open for business.

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