School holiday travel deals for 2022

Ideas and deals on the greatest winter holiday escapes.

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The school holidays is the perfect time to take that long-awaited trip with the family or enjoy experiences closer to home. While it's true that prices can inflate during this period, you're also likely to find a great deal that can help you save on flights, accommodation, packages, activities and car hire.

We've narrowed down the deals you'll want to take advantage of for the school break.

School holiday travel deals

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Up to 50% off Australia experiences

Available on select dates, including Christmas and New Year, for activities such as skydiving, hot air balloon flights, bridge climbing, high teas and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Melbourne and more.
Code exclusive

Get $10 off activities with code

Available on select dates on destinations including Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. Minimum spend of $300 required. Activities include hot air balloon flights, skydives, high teas and more. T&Cs apply.
Code exclusive

$15 off all Australian activities with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $100. Activities include hot air balloon flights, skydives and attraction passes. Destinations include Sydney, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Brisbane and more. Exclusive for new members. T&Cs apply.
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Up to $10 off Hobart activities with code

Available on select dates when you spend a minimum of $300. Activities include winery tours, getaways, high teas, spas, sightseeing cruises, helicopter flights and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 42% off activities for kids

Available on select dates for activities like whale watching, go karting, sightseeing tours, attraction passes and more. Destinations include Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Canberra and more.
Code exclusive

Get $15 off Gold Coast 3-day attraction passes with code

Available for new members when you spend a minimum of $100. Attractions include Dreamworld, WhiteWater World and Skypoint Observation Deck. T&Cs apply.
Code exclusive

Get $5 off activities with code

Available when you spend a minimum of $250 on activities such as hot air balloon flights, rally driving, skydives, high teas and more. Destinations include Sydney, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.
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Get $5 off Brisbane whale watching cruises

Available on select travel dates when you spend a minimum of $250.
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Up to 25% off getaways for members

Expires 2 Feb 2022
Available on stays until 31 August 2022 on destinations including Singapore, Honolulu, New York, Los Angeles, Gold Coast and more. Membership is free. T&Cs apply.
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$90: Croc Express to Australia Zoo from Brisbane

Verified Yesterday Expires 28 Feb 2022
Available on select dates until March 2022. Includes Australia Zoo entry ticket and more.
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Up to 13% off 9-day Australia outback adventure

Expires 26 Jan 2022
Available on select travel dates from May 2022 – March 2023. Destinations include Darwin. Alice Springs, Uluru and more.
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Melbourne holidays with flights from $759

Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on select travel dates in 2022. Sample price is for a 3-night stay at Rye Beach Bungalow.
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Up to 60% off Australia sightseeing tours

Verified 5 days ago
Available on select travel dates in 2022. Destinations include Hunter Valley, Barossa Valley, Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and more.
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Up to 10% off Queensland skydives

Expires 16 Jun 2022
Available on jumps until June 2022 when you use the code. Destinations include Cairns and Mission Beach. T&Cs apply.
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Australia stays from $30 per night

Verified 5 days ago
Available on select stay dates until December 2022 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Darwin, Canberra and more. Sample rate is for a stay at Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort in Cairns.
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Up to 15% off Australia family getaways

Verified 5 days ago Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on select dates in 2022 and on select properties across Sunshine Coast, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and more. T&Cs apply.
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Earn 4x rewards points on stays

Expires 24 Jan 2022
Register and book a stay until 8 March 2022 and earn rewards points. Destinations include Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Fiji. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 15% off luxury stays in Australia

Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on select stays in 2022. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Hobart and more. T&Cs apply.
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Up to 47% off Australia holiday packages

Verified 5 days ago Expires 31 Jan 2022
Available on select travel dates in 2022 when you book your hotel and flights together. Destinations include Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Brisbane and more.
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Up to 42% off sightseeing cruises

Available on select travel dates until 2022, including Christmas and New Year. Activities include whale watching, dolphin watching, lunch cruises, sunset cruises in Sydney, Cairns, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Perth, Melbourne and more.

Best places to travel with kids during school holidays

Gold Coast: It's the place you want to be during the school holidays. From amusements parks including Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World and Wet’n’Wild to epic outdoor activities like hiking, surfing and abseiling, both you and the kids will be spoilt for choice when it comes to school holidays fun.

Busselton: The calm waters of Geographe Bay make this town south of Perth ideal for a family break.

Darwin: If your kids love adventure and the great outdoors, a trip to Darwin is right up your alley. The Northern Territory is home to fun outdoor activities like camping, hiking and horse riding. There's also plenty of national parks to explore.

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.

Byron Bay: Laid back beach holidays are the name of the game in Byron, plus there's plenty of national parks to explore in the Hinterland.

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 Australians. 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.

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.

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.

Looking for more family holiday inspiration? Check out our top picks for where to go in each state:

Tips for travelling during the 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. You're likely to score a better deal by booking in advance.
  • 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 and check websites in the lead up to the school holidays.
  • 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. This is also a great option if you're travelling with other families.
  • Discover a new destination: The most popular school holiday destinations are likely to have a heftier price tag when you book. Consider travelling somewhere regional or less popular to score a good deal. The more money you save on flights and accommodation, the more you can spend on fun activities while you're there.

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