NSW Adventures For The School Holidays
With the NSW spring school holidays just around the corner, there are plenty of activities and experiences across the state for the whole family to enjoy.
Discover these adventures right on your doorstep:
Horse Riding on the Central Coast
Tucked in the hinterland of the Central Coast is Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures: Australia’s largest horse-riding centre. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never ridden a horse — try a guided trail ride for beginners or book a pony ride for the children.
See Scenic World
For nature-loving thrill-seekers, Scenic World offers adventures such as cable car rides and rainforest walks in the majestic Jamison Valley. The Scenic Railway — the world’s steepest incline passenger train — commands awesome views as it emerges through a cliff-side tunnel into the valley.
See Native Wildlife in Western Sydney
For an animal-loving child or a kid who’d love to be a zookeeper, there’s no better experience than the Mini Zookeeper for a Day program at Sydney Zoo in Western Sydney. The program teaches children what it takes to become a zookeeper and provides an opportunity to get hands-on experience feeding and caring for a range of different animals.
Hit The Surf in Byron Bay
Byron’s picturesque beaches and surf breaks attract families and surfers all year round. Popular spots include the patrolled Main Beach, as well as Clarkes and Wategos beaches. Little Wategos is Australia's easternmost beach, accessible on foot, and The Pass is an Instagram-worthy surf beach with a famous right-hand point break. Let’s Go Surfing Byron Bay hosts surf lessons throughout Byron.
Take an Outback Road Trip
Be inspired by the unique land formations of outback NSW on a family road trip. Discover rare and luminous opals, fabulous underground art caves and naturally heated springs in the majestic surrounds of historic Lightning Ridge. In Mungo National Park, uncover a starkly beautiful panorama of ancient dry lake basins and sand formations.
An Inland Beach, Canola and Countryside
Wagga Wagga is just a short flight or road trip from Sydney and it’s got lots to explore for the whole family. Enjoy a scenic walk or a picnic at Wagga Beach on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, right in the centre of town. Take the kids horse riding at Belisi Wellbeing & Equestrian Centre or drive The Canola Trail: a tourist loop between Temora, Coolamon and Junee that takes in the spectacular sight of golden fields of flowering canola.
The beaches in the Shoalhaven region are among the safest and most beautiful in the country. The calm turquoise waters are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and stand-up paddleboarding. Famed for its dazzling stretch of fine white sand, stroll along Hyams Beach then stop into Hyams Beach Store and Cafe for some local fish and chips.
See Wildlife on Montague Island
Take the family to the intriguing ocean-bound wilderness of Montague Island for wildlife encounters and fascinating maritime history. Get up close and personal with fur seals and little penguins or explore historic Montague Lighthouse and stay overnight. Situated off the far South Coast of New South Wales, Montague Island Nature Reserve is instantly recognisable with its iconic lighthouse rising up over an undulating green landscape.
This article is brought to you by Visit NSW. All images via Destination NSW.
Please note: Travel throughout regional NSW is permitted under the Public Health Order at this time but people are encouraged to avoid non-essential travel and gatherings. Please follow the latest health advice by maintaining physical distancing, practising good hygiene and staying home if unwell.
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