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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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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&C's apply.

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$10 off your next order

Join the RedBalloon newsletter for $10 off your next order.

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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 October 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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Groupon Groupon

Up to 15% off parking at Australia airports

Valid for use on select dates until 30 October 2018. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Ballina, Gold Coast, Cairns, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart. T&C's apply.

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STA Travel STA Travel

Tokyo flights from $545 return

Valid for travel until 30 November 2018. Sample fare is Perth-Tokyo with Malaysia Airlines.

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Enterprise Rent a Car USA Enterprise Rent a Car USA

Up to 10% off New Zealand car hire

Valid until 31 December 2018. Minimum of 3 days rental. T&Cs apply.

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Europcar AU Europcar AU

$1/day one-way car hire

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

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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Topdeck Topdeck

Up to $700 Europe and North Africa flight credit with tours

Valid for travel on select dates. Destinations include Mykonos, Greece, Dubrovnik and Plitvice Lakes, Croatia, Russia and Scandinavia, Morocco, Amsterdam and more. Flight credit amount varies based on length of package booked. T&C's apply.

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Looking4Parking Looking4Parking

10% off cruise port and airport parking

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

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Nexus Holidays Nexus Holidays

30% off: China 11-day tour + flights for $999

Valid on select dates from 26 February 2018 - 19 November 2019. Includes return flights, accommodation, transport within China and an English-speaking tour guide. Visits Beijing, Wuxi, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai.

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Accor Hotels Accor Hotels

$25 off each night + $1 breakfast

Valid for stays from 1 June - 11 November 2018. Redeemable at 190+ hotels across Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and French Polynesia.

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RedBalloon RedBalloon

10% off BridgeClimb experiences

Valid on BridgeClimb experiences in Sydney (Sydney Harbour Bridge), including during Vivid Sydney, and Brisbane (Story Bridge), as well as climbing experiences like the Adelaide Oval Roof Climb and SkyPoint Surfers Paradise.

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STA Travel STA Travel

London flights from $995 return

Valid for travel from 27 September - 30 November 2018. Sample fare is Sydney-London with Malaysia Airlines.

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Go Catch Go Catch

$20 off your first ride

Valid for new users only for on-demand trips and advance bookings in an economy, taxi, maxi or premium car excluding payments outside of the GoCatch App. T&Cs apply.

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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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RedBalloon RedBalloon

Extra 10% off your order

Get extra 10% off on orders like sightseeing cruises, abseiling, dining, jet boating, hot air ballooning, quadbiking, scuba diving, snorkelling, scenic flights, high tea, helicopter rides, flying lessons, classic car hire, whale watching, driving and rally car experiences and more. T&Cs apply.

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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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