Your guide to fun in NSW during the winter school holidays

News & Views 05 Jun 24 By

As the school holidays are approaching at a rate of knots, it’s time to find some things to do over the coming weeks to keep the kids amused.

Luckily Sydney is not short of things suitable for families.

Here are the best things to do in Sydney over the winter school holidays.

With free activities, affordable activities and big days out, there’s something for every family on this list.

Australian winter school holiday dates 2024

NSW: 8 July to 19 July 2024
Victoria: 29 June to 14 July 2024
ACT: 6 July to 22 July 2024
Tasmania: 6 July to 22 July 2024
South Australia: 6 July to 21 July 2024
Western Australia: 29 June to 14 July 2024
Northern Territory: 22 June to 15 July 2024
Queensland: 22 June to 7 July 2024

What’s on in NSW in the winter school holidays

Kids playing at Hunter Valley Gardens snow in the garden

Snow Time in the Garden

Winter wonderland returns to the Hunter Valley Gardens from 29 June to 28 July. 

Located a short drive from Sydney, it’s the perfect adventure for the school holidays.

Get into the winter spirit and build a snowman in the newly transformed MEGA snow play zone, glide down the super-fast 45-metre Giant Ice Toboggan slide, and even twirl and spin in the Ice-Skating Rink for both beginners and more adventurous skaters.

There’s also amusement rides, roving entertainers and plenty of food stalls.

Activities are open from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm. For more information and ticket prices, visit Snow Time in the Garden.


Image of a wet baby seal sitting on wooden platform with blue pool water behind it

Meet ALL the new baby animnals at Taronga Zoo

The winter school holidays are the perfect time for a wild adventure with the whole family at Taronga Zoo Sydney.

From a newborn Pygmy Hippo calf learning to dive, two adventurous chimp babies learning the ropes, an impending public debut of a young seal pup and the ecstatic announcement of twin Red Panda cubs – there is so many adorable new arrivals to meet. 

Upgrade your zoo ticket to a Zoo Friends Annual Membership where you can have 365 days of fun at Taronga Zoo Sydney and Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo.

For more information about planning a visit to Taronga Zoo Sydney or to purchase your tickets online for up to 20% off, visit Taronga Zoo.


People skating at Darling Harbour’s Ice Skating Rink!

Get your skate on at Darling Harbour’s Ice Skating Rink!

Whether you’re a seasoned skater or a total newbie, the Darling Harbour ice rink is the perfect winter escape.

Families can enjoy some quality school holiday fun, with plenty of penguin skating aids to keep the little ones upright. 

Cost: 

$27 Adults (15 yrs+)
$20 Child (5-14 yrs) / Pensioner / Concession Card holder
$15 Toddlers (2-4 years)
$10 Penguin hire
$75 Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children)
$20pp Group (10 or more, all ages same price)

Dates: 6 – 21 July, 2024   

Visit DarlingHarbour.com for more details.


Two tween girls holding on to a ship's steering wheel at the Australian National Maritime Museum

Hands on art and science fun for families at Australian National Maritime Museum

Adventure awaits at the Maritime Museum during the school holidays with a program of exhibitions, vessels, themed creative activities and hands-on workshops.

Get creative with crafts and experiments in the Kids on Deck activity space, explore touchable objects and specimens, climb on board the Museum’s fleet of vessels and loads more.

For more information and ticket prices, click here.


Image of Luna Park Dream Circus

Visit Luna Park’s world-first immersive attraction, Dream Circus

Dream Circus is one of a kind immersive attraction, combining 360-degree visual and audio projections, stagecraft and classic storytelling to make the audience feel like they have stepped into a Hollywood movie. 

As one of the most intact art-deco amusement parks in the world, Luna Park Sydney’s transformation will find harmony between the best of the old and the best of the new, elevating the Sydney icon onto the world stage. 

Tickets for the Dream Circus experience are priced at $35 for children and $45 for adults, click here for tickets and more information.


Kids posing with models of Chris Hemsworth and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine at Madame Tussauds Sydney.

Meet your idols and heroes in person (sort of) at Madame Tussauds Sydney, Darling Harbour

Party with the Hemsworth brothers or take a photo with Wolverine, Madame Tussauds features 11 zones of famous faces and legends including movie stars, Marvel heroes, world leaders, sporting legends and much more.

To find out more visit Madam Tussauds.


Family of five petting a wallaby at Featherdale Wildlife Zoo

Get up close to animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park

From cuddly koalas munching on eucalyptus leaves to playful kangaroos hopping around, our park offers an immersive experience into the unique behaviors and habitats of Australia’s diverse wildlife.

Join us with your family and friends for a fun-filled day of exploration, learning, and unforgettable encounters with some of the most iconic creatures on the planet. Come and discover the magic of Australian wildlife at Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park!

Cost: Save 10% onlne: Adult: $37.80; Kids (ages 3-15) $25.20.     

Click here for tickets and more information.

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