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School holiday travel deals

Ideas and deals on the greatest summer holiday escapes.

The school holidays may be a nice break, but they can often get hectic. Crowds fill cities and towns with shoppers and sightseers, and if you’ve got kids, coming up with weeks’ worth of boredom busters is no easy feat.

So why not boycott the stress this season? Leave it all behind and head out on holiday.

School holiday travel deals

RedBalloon RedBalloon

Sydney Harbour cruise + Taronga Zoo entry from $59

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

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RedBalloon RedBalloon

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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RedBalloon RedBalloon

$10 off your next order

Join the RedBalloon newsletter for $10 off your next order. T&Cs apply.

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DriveNow DriveNow

Campervan hire from $5/day

Offers and validity dates updated daily. Available on select routes in Australia and New Zealand.

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Budget Car Rental Budget Car Rental

10% off USA car hire + 30% off Legoland tickets

Valid until 31 December 2018. T&Cs apply.

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Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

Up to 15% off worldwide tours

Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Copenhagen, Oslo, Geiranger Paris, Rouen, Honfleur, Normandy, Loire Valley, Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Taormina, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Ludlow, Stonehenge and more. T&C's apply.

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Enterprise Rent a Car Enterprise Rent a Car

Up to 10% off New Zealand car hire

Valid until 31 December 2018, including over Christmas. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar Europcar

$1/day one-way car hire in Australia

Valid on select dates on select car hire relocations in Australia. Destinations updated regularly.

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Space Shuttle Airport Parking Space Shuttle Airport Parking
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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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Looking4Parking Looking4Parking

10% off cruise port and airport parking

Valid until 31 December 2018, including over Christmas, on airport and port parking across Australia, including Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Gold Coast and Adelaide.

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Adrenaline Adrenaline

Up to 67% off + extra $15 with code

Valid sitewide on experiences $79 or more across Australia including skydiving, driving, go karting, sailing, hot air ballooning, diving, bridge climbing 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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Virgin Australia - Deals Virgin Australia - Deals

10% off select domestic and international flights

Valid on select flights booked with Virgin Australia. Simply enter the code to redeem offer. T&Cs apply.

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Otel.com Otel.com

Extra 8% off hotel bookings

Valid on hotel stays worldwide on all dates, including over holidays like Easter, Christmas and New Year's Eve.

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Gift It Now Gift It Now

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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Ace Airport Parking Ace Airport Parking

1-day free parking with code

Valid for airport parking in Melbourne. No minimum stay. T&Cs apply.

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Hertz Hertz

20% off car hire

Valid until 15 December 2018. Minimum of 7 days rental in Australia.

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Trafalgar Tours Trafalgar Tours

Up to 10% off young traveller discount

Get up to 10% discount when you are travelling with children between the age of five and 17. T&Cs apply.

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Groupon Groupon

Up to 12% off Wet'n'Wild Gold Coast ticket + Extra 10% off with code

Valid for single entry until 30 November 2018. T&Cs apply.

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Gift It Now Gift It Now

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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Popular School Holiday Travel Deals coupon codes

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13 Nov 2018 10% off USA car hire + 30% off Legoland tickets BCD****
29 Oct 2018 5% off Sydney airport parking + bonus Velocity points WIN****
24 Oct 2018 10% off cruise port and airport parking AWA****
27 Jun 2018 Sydney Harbour cruise + Taronga Zoo entry from $59 ********

Best places to travel with kids during school holidays

  • Gold Coast. The Gold Coast is a goldmine as far as things to do as a family are concerned. There’s a list of amusement parks, such as Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet’n’Wild, that your family can enjoy. For grown-ups, there’s the nightlife of Surfers Paradise and an almost endless stretch of seaside to sunbathe on.
  • Fiji. You can’t really go wrong with Fiji. What’s not to like about palm-fringed beaches, top snorkel spots, sand dunes and dolphin spotting? Kids should especially like the water sports, such as paddleboarding and kayaking. Grown-ups will really appreciate the island’s foodie side – lovo feasts and sundowners by the sea.

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  • Thailand. Thailand is a tried and tested holiday destination for grown-ups. Castaway-quality beaches, floating markets and a healthy dose of nightlife make it a no-brainer for adults. This country has plenty for families, too, though. Think tuk tuk rides, short walks in the jungle and the experience of coming face to face with an elephant.
  • Bali. Offering beach time, massages and luxury accommodation, Bali has become a favourite with honeymooners. But there’s plenty here for broods, too. Water parks, marine parks, a monkey forest and a butterfly farm are just a few of the things that can feature on a family itinerary.
  • Sunshine Coast. Both kids and big kids are catered to on the Sunshine Coast. Beach time, rainforest hikes, 4x4 adventures through national parks and harbour cruises can all be factored into a holiday here whether you’re single, a couple or a family.
  • Hawaii. The six islands of Hawaii all offer something different. Families can’t really go wrong with Oahu where there are easy hiking trails, affordable house rentals and family-friendly restaurants. Couples should consider “the private isle” Lanai, which is home to Sweetheart Rock and secluded beaches.

Tips for travelling during school holidays

There’s no getting round the fact that summer holidays push up the price of holidays, but there are a few things you can do to make sure your getaway won’t break the bank.

  • Keep an eye out for flash sales. Big brands often run short sales. If you’re open minded about where you want to go, you might bag a deal.
  • Be savvy. Compare holiday prices on a price comparison site like finder.
  • Consider a big brand. Many of the big brand holiday companies run deals like free places for children. Sign up to newsletters to keep in the loop.
  • Consider all-inclusive. Going all-inclusive can take a bit of the strain off the budget if you’re travelling with a brood, so look for a holiday that includes meals, like a cruise or a resort.


Alex Keshen

Alex takes care of the travel section here at finder.com.au. If there's a new sale on tours or cruises, discounted flights or hotels, or anything else that can be on offer, she'll fill you in.

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