NSW School Holidays
Term 1: April 3 – April 20
Term 2: June 27 – July 13
Term 3: September 19 – October 4
Term 4: December 17 – January 27, 2016

 

Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Lions and tigers and bear, oh my! You don’t need to fly the kids to Africa or the Canadian Rockies these holidays to see some of the most amazing and exotic creatures on Earth. The Taronga Zoo in Sydney features more than 4000 animals and 20-plus daily keeper talks and demonstrations that will have the kids in raptures. Take part in one of the up-close animal encounters and feed a giraffe, meet the reptiles or handle a majestic owl.

Marvel at the seal show, get a bird’s-eye view of all creatures great and small on the Wild Ropes adventure course and, in summer, enjoy twilight entertainment and events.

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Magic Mountain, Merimbula

The spectacular Sapphire Coast is also a family adventure hub. Take the kids to Magic Mountain, set amidst natural bushland about 450km south of Sydney, and enjoy a wild day out. The little ones will love wading in the Toddler Splash Pool, while the older kids can scare themselves silly on the roller-coaster, water slides and toboggan run. Unleash your inner rev-head behind the wheel of a Grand Prix Car, try out your mini golf skills, and feast on a barbecue with views overlooking Lake Merimbula and the beach.

Golden Ridge Animal Farm, Dural

What child hasn’t dreamed about living on a farm? At Dural, in Sydney’s outer north-west, Golden Ridge Animal Farm is in the business of making dreams a reality. Say hello to Martin the donkey, cuddle Snowflake the rabbit, handle a delicate duckling, and exchange oinks with the Three Little Pigs. The kids will learn where milk really comes from – an udder not a carton – and have the chance to bottle-feed the lambs and get in the saddle for a pony ride. Bookings are essential.

Scenic World, Blue Mountains

When you are done exploring breath-taking Jenolan Caves and the Three Sisters, head to Scenic World for thrilling high-altitude adventures in the heritage-listed Blue Mountains (about 120km west of Sydney). Board the 270-metre-high Scenic Skyway and hold your breath as you glide between cliff tops, staring at the forest canopy between your feet through a glass floor. Journey into the Jamison Valley on the Scenic Cableway, then stretch your legs along a 2.4km rainforest boardwalk. When you are ready to up the adrenaline, jump on the Scenic Railway – the steepest passenger railway in the world – and descend 310 metres through a cliff-side tunnel onto the valley floor.

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Sydney Olympic Park

You don’t need to be an Olympian to enjoy the vast array of attractions and activities on offer at the Sydney 2000 Olympics site, which has been transformed into a business, lifestyle and visitor’s hub. Bring the kids’ bikes and discover more than 35km of cycling paths, listen for croaking frogs on the 18.5-metre-high Ring Walk around Brickpit Pond, try your hand at archery, and learn how to master the trapeze. Kids can also take a dip in the pool where our Olympic heroes won gold, and take advantage of the school holiday program, which is packed with creative, sporting and adventure activities.

This information is for reference purposes only. While Stayz makes every effort to provide accurate information, we recommend that you check which public holidays and school holidays apply to you before making any travel plans.