School Holiday Getaways Throughout New South Wales


School holidays are imminent and as usual I am foaming at the mouth to get away from the big city and into the countryside.

We’re not going anywhere new these holidays, just heading to our fave destinations of Jervis Bay and Orange.

But I’m constantly planning and plotting. For trips in our home state, I start off with Visit NSW, the state’s own tourism website which has a mass of information.

Visit NSW has put together this post, showcasing some new places in NSW, as well as some firm family favourites, for SKFT blog readers..

I’m sure there’s a trip here to suit every family; which would you choose?



Scenic World Read my detailed posts about Scenic World here.

Hydro Majestic Older kids will love the mystic high tea at the stunning Hydro Majestic, where they can have their tea-leaves read in a fun way that re-creates the mischievousness of the original Hydro Majestic experience.

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TreeTop Crazy Rider – New on the Central Coast is the world’s longest and Australia’s first rollercoaster zip line. Suitable for kids from 7 years old, the 1km Xtreme will take the whole family on the ride of their life.



Southern HighlanderKids who love trains will love the Southern Highlander journey from Central Station to Bowral on Saturday 4 July. This journey includes two experiences – the classic diesel and the Legend of Steam loco 3642. Just on board and experience this journey and while you’re at the Southern Highlands.



Irukandji Shark and Ray EncountersIrukandji is a marine adventure centre suitable for kids of all ages. This fully interactive hands-on-experience can include feeding sharks, swimming with stingrays and nursing baby rays. 



Toorale National ParkExperience NSW’s newest National Park, Toorale National Park near Bourke. Experience dramatic sunsets and starry nights under floodplain landscape and enjoy riverside camping, freshwater fishing and birdwatching.



The Farm – Newly opened at Byron Bay, The Farm will be running Children at The Farm activities this school holidays. Also at The Farm is Three Blue Ducks new restaurant, a playground, foraging trail, produce store and lots of picnic spots.

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South Coast Passage – This exciting new tour in the Shoalhaven departs Huskisson in a rigid inflatable boat and then explores the remote beauty of the Beecroft Peninsula and this unspoilt coastline. Explore remote sea caves, seal colonies and towering sea cliffs. You’ll likely encounter dolphins, seals, whales and seabirds. 



Winter Festival – Every July, Bathurst will come alive with the Illuminate Bathurst Winter Festival. Kids will enjoy the ice-staking rink and winter illumination show, while parents can enjoy the region’s best food, wine and entertainment.




Hats off to CountryTamworth’s mid-year Country Music Festival is over four days and nights with more than 100 country music stars that will entertain audiences young and old.



Great Aussie Holiday Park free activities – Families this school holidays can take advantage of a free archery lesson, hand feeding farm animals, a complimentary bag of marshmallows to toast on the campfire as well as much more at Great Aussie Holiday Park on the edge of Lake Hume near Albury.

Yindyamurra Sculpture Walk – Discover the Indigenous history of the Murray River with this new sculpture walk created by the local Aboriginal elder and youth. A great cycling or walking trail, it incorporates interpretation, storytelling and sculptures along the trail.

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Sunset on the Murray River at Great Aussie Holiday Park

Thank you Visit NSW.

Now then, from this list, I’d choose… a stay at Byron Bay with a visit to The Farm.  It’s been a LONG time since I was at Byron Bay.

Where would you choose to go in this wide and wonderful state of NSW?

Happy holiday planning


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  1. says: lisa lackey

    I am new to your site and I have been enjoying it sooo much!! I am hoping you can help me! I am from Australia, Sydney and Orange actually but have been living in Los Angeles for 20 years – (too long)! My boys are 5 and 9 and have never been to Australia!!!! I am nervous and excited !!! What if they don’t love it as much as me ??? WE are coming Mid June to mid July – (too expensive on a single mum budget to come at christmas!!)
    Thanks to your blog we have rented a house in Jervis Bay where i plan to follow all your suggestions and we have a friend in Byron who we plan to stay with! We will follow ideas while in Sydney and I was hoping you may have some suggestions for our road trip from Sydney to Byron ???? Its been a while and I’ve never done it with kids! It will be just the three of us and I plan to take a couple of days to get there. Im so excited to hear your ideas!!!
    You are a wealth of information and you make me laugh out loud constantly !!!
    Lisa Lackey

    1. says: Seana Smith

      Oh thanks so much Lisa! How exciting to bring the kids back. Now I have to admit that I don’t know the coast road from Sydney to Byron well at all and have never driven it with walking kids… just once the other way with a baby and we barely stopped. BUT I am going up to South West Rocks soon so will be able to write something after that. But I had a Google and these look great:

      I’ll be studying these before we go!

      Are you planning to stay in Sydney as well??? I just wrote a post about good spots to stay including budget ideas for Skyscanner, it’s at:

      Good luck with all your plans.

      It’s become quite chilly here – a shock to the system!!

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