Celebrate summer with a family break in New South Wales. From the highlights of Sydney to the hidden gems of Lord Howe Island, New South Wales is perfect for a family adventure. Enjoy the relaxed beaches of Byron Bay or retreat to the magnificent Blue Mountains. Whether your kids are toddlers, tweens or anything in between, New South Wales is sure to provide plenty of family entertainment.
Here are our top five destinations for family fun in New South Wales.
Our beloved Sydney shines as Australia’s oldest and largest city. Set on the beautiful Sydney Harbour, this cosmopolitan city is the perfect playground for families. Join the fun and experience the thrills of Sydney’s famous amusement park, Luna Park or take the kids to the Sydney Aquarium. For more animal encounters, enjoy a day at the Taronga Zoo where you can cuddle a koala or feed a giraffe. After exploring the bustling city, head to Sydney’s popular hangouts, Bondi Beach or Manly Beach to enjoy the sunshine. From swimming, surfing, sunbaking or sand castle making, the pristine shores of Sydney’s famous beaches are sure to satisfy.
Boasting a warm sub tropical climate, this coastal city is famed for its stunning beaches and relaxed, laid back nature. The Jetty Beach, near the Marina is perfect for kids with its calm swimming conditions, while surfers tend to head to the shores of Park Beach. While you are in town, take the family to The Big Banana for a day of oversized fun. With an ice skating rink, toboggan run and waters slides, there’s a variety of activities for all ages. Be sure to visit the Dolphin Marine Magic park to see the acrobatic dolphin shows or enjoy an afternoon at the award winning Coffs Harbour Butterfly House.
Lord Howe Island
Just a two hour flight from Sydney will have you discovering the peaceful sanctuary, Lord Howe Island. Feel a million miles from home in the unspoilt surrounds, made of lush rainforest, pristine beaches and volcanic peaks. Savour the serenity as you enjoy outdoor activities such as bird watching, fishing, hiking and tennis. Snorkel in the island’s lagoon or embark on a scuba diving adventure to explore the surrounding coral reefs. Practise your swing at the island’s picturesque nine hole golf course or hike to the top of Mt Gower for breathtaking views.
In the far north-eastern corner of New South Wales sits the carefree coastal town, Byron Bay. Due to its close proximity to a variety of golden beaches, Byron Bay has become a popular holiday destination. Take the kids to see the famous white Byron Light House that offers spectacular views of the rugged coast. The Byron Main Beach is patrolled all summer, while Clarkes Beach is a little more sheltered for the young ones. Enjoy an afternoon at the Byron Bay Markets or to expend a little energy, take the kids to the indoor circus school.
Experience the diversity and natural beauty of New South Wales, with a family trip to the Blue Mountains. On route, you can stop in at the Featherdale Wildlife Park to cuddle a koala or hand feed kangaroos. Ride the steepest incline railway in the world at Scenic World or fly high across the rainforest canopy on the Scenic Skyway. Take time out with a movie at the Glenbrook Cinema or enjoy a horse ride through the wilderness. Be sure to explore the fascinating Jenolan Caves boasting incredible limestone formations and impressive underground rivers.