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School holiday activities in Newcastle for 2020

The best wallet-friendly activities in Newcastle to keep the kids entertained.

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With the school holidays fast approaching, you might be feeling at a loss for what to do. But never fear, we've got your back. From classic backyard sports to whale watching and horse riding, we've got outdoor and at-home suggestions that will keep you and the kids busy all holidays long.

Outdoor activities for the September/October school holidays in Newcastle

Explore new heights

Take these holidays to new levels with a horseback ride through the Brokenback Range, a hike through the Big Rocky and even with a day spent among the tree lines.

Hunter Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hunter Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight

Escape onto the water

Enjoying the coast isn't just for the summer months. With year-round adventure activities available, why not take a day to catch some humpback whales or dolphins off the Newcastle coast?

See Newcastle's top attractions

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

Helicopter Flight over Newcastle City and Coastline
Helicopter Flight over Newcastle City and Coastline


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


Have fun even on the rainy days

Sort out the itinerary for those days where there's no sunshine but you still want to get out of the house with virtual golf and bowling.

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


Learn a new skill

RedBalloon has just made planning your school holidays a whole lot easier. Combine fun and learning with this extensive range of virtual online classes for your kids.

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Live Online Kids Storybook Reading and Hula Hoop Lesson


Ride around the park

Keep it simple these upcoming holidays. If the sun's out, why not pack a picnic and take the scooters and bikes to the park. The little ones can get all their energy out and it can be a great day out for the whole family. We recommend checking out Cathedral, Birdwood or Newcastle Civil Park.

At-home activities for the September/October school holidays in Newcastle

Get lost in a good book

With so many genres to choose from, you really can't go wrong with investing in a few books over the holidays. Perfect for car journeys and at-home entertainment, reading is something that all kids can enjoy.

Get some gaming action in

The humble gaming console can quickly become a saving grace when school holiday plans go the other way. There's something for every kid with a choice of Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo kits.

Have a movie marathon

Take your pick from documentaries, cartoons, comedies, musicals and family films from all across the globe. With some streaming services offering two-week free trials, you can really make the most of them over the holidays.

Play a board game, do a puzzle or play cards

You don't have to break the bank to make the school holidays fun. With options for as little as $10, there are endless possibilities available, and they're perfect for a rainy day at home.

Get moving

When in doubt, backyard sports are the way to go. Not only does this get the kids exercising, but if you would prefer to stay home these school holidays, it still allows for a ton of fun and movement. We recommend Aussie classics such as cricket, footie and soccer.

Road trips you can take from Newcastle during the school holidays

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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, taking a free chocolate factory tour and visiting the Hunter Valley Gardens.

Hot Air Ballooning Over The Hunter Valley Including Breakfast
Hot Air Ballooning Over The Hunter Valley Including Breakfast


Hunter Valley Wine Country Helicopter Flight from Cessnock
Hunter Valley Wine Country Helicopter Flight from Cessnock


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 sandboarding options and doing a hike or two.

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Unlimited Sandboarding Port Stephens


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

A short drive down south reveals Gosford and its many sights. Enjoy a day at the Wildlife Park, check out the Somersby Falls Picnic Grounds, the Treetop adventure park and immerse everyone in a bit of history with a visit to the Henry Kendall Cottage and Museum.

TreeTop Adventure Park Central Coast
TreeTop Adventure Park Central Coast

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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

  • Spring School Holidays at PCYC Newcastle: Have an active school holiday break with a tonne of adventure at PCYC. The little ones will have a plethora of activities to choose from, including boxing, archery, table tennis, crafts, science, board games and jewellery making.
  • Jesmond Central School Holiday Safari Hunt: Get out and about at Centre Court with a scavenger hunt for a variety of plush toys up for grabs. Kids can come back daily to complete their collection.
  • MAC School Holiday Workshop: If you think you may have the next Da Vinci on your hands, check out one of the MAC holiday workshops. Take your pick from drawing in coloured ink, oil pastels and paints.
  • Kid's Doughnut Decorating Masterclass: Keep it sweet these school holidays with a masterclass in decorating desserts with a range of toppings.

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Frequently asked questions

What should I keep in mind with COVID when going out during the school holidays?

If you do choose to venture out during the break, be sure to maintain proper hygiene and social distancing practices.

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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