Your state-by-state What’s On School Holidays guide

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School holiday fun at Canberra's Questacon

School holiday fun at Canberra's Questacon


Destination NSW – activities across the state

With every school holiday activity from the city to regional NSW covered, all ages can be assured of heaps of fun these school holidays. From free activities to entertainment, educational and interactive experiences including the Sydney Children’s Festival, the re-opening of Jamberoo Action Park, workshops, theatre shows, exhibitions, animal encounters, outdoor fun, music and creative play the Destination NSW School Holiday guide is gold for every parent!

Luna Park Sydney

Step into the darkened Coney Island Mirror Maze for the adventure that is ALONE. Only for the brave of heart from Friday, September 21 to Sunday, October 7. For all other thrilling rides and excitement at Sydney’s iconic Luna Park, read more!

Manly Sea Life Sanctuary

Hop on the ferry across Sydney Harbour for an up-close-and-personal encounter with the delightful marine creatures at Manly’s new-look, new name, Sea Life Sanctuary. See the brand new Penguin Cove and meet the rescued green sea turtle, Sea Biscuit. Manly also has plenty of fun activities, cafes, eateries and ice-cream parlours – not to mention its iconic beach. A great day out for the whole family in the school holidays.

Eden Gardens, North Ryde

Get the young ones into some fabulous gardening activities with these special school holiday programs designed to delight and educate budding green. With classes for 3 year olds right up to 12 year olds, Spring is a great time to get gardening!


The Qld government website has a handy area-by-area list of school holiday activities and Brisbane families can check out what’s on in and around the city with kids programs covering space, gardening, craft, fishing and even a ‘Make your own hula hoop’ workshop!

Eden Gardens, Carseldine

Mini-gardeners can learn all about super succulents… from potting to nurturing and discover Bush Creatures – exploring all of the sights, smells and sounds in the garden. Suitable for 5-12 year olds.

Caboolture Family Fun Day

Calling all pint-sized superheroes. Moreton Bay needs you! The Queensland region is having its annual Caboolture Family Fun Day on September 29 and this year the theme is superheroes. The event, which will be held at the Queensland State Equestrian Centre, is just one of the great reasons to head to Moreton Bay these holidays.


Visit Victoria has a calendar of family and kids activities around the state these school holidays.

Swan Hill Pioneer Village

Take the kids and step back in time with Pioneer Settlement’s range of fun and interactive activities for children of all ages during the September school holidays.From the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and workshops, rock climbing wall, baby animals at the Kids Animal Farm and so much more Pioneer Settlement is a great day out for the whole family.

Phillip Island

Swimming, fishing, wildlife, bushwalks, picnics, Fairy Penguins and Fur Seals, Maru Koala and Animal Park, Heritage Farm and so much more every day of the year. Mid-September is when the baby penguin chicks start emerging – don’t miss this unforgettable experience!Take some time during the September school holidays to explore fabulous Phillip Island with the family.

Fairy bread and more at the Langham

Treat your little ones to a fairytale morning tea fit for a princess at the Langham in Melbourne these school holidays.
To celebrate the release of Disney’s classic Cinderella on Blu-ray, the Langham will be hosting a Cinderella Children’s Tiffin from September 24 to October 5.

A wonderful addition to The Langham’s themes of enchantment, romance, magic and fantasy, this is the perfect setting for young and old to be swept away on a fairytale journey. As well as the obligatory fairy bread, there will be tiara cookies, ‘kiss the frog’ in jelly, love-heart cupcakes, castle marshmallow cones and fluffy scones with jam and cream. $29 per child or $45 per child with a take home gift of a Disney DVD. Bookings essential


There’s always something in our national capital to delight kids and the school holidays are no exception. From the fabulously interactive and educational Questacon to indoor and outdoor action, Visit Canberra has family fun covered.

South Australia

The SA Museum and Botanic Gardens are both running fantastic Spring school holiday activity programs and workshops for kids of all ages – from gardening, to exploring history and science to creative play and sheer fun!

Western Australia

Perth families have an extra treat these school holidays. The Perth Royal Show is on again from September September 29 – October 6 and Bunbury families can enjoy all of the fun of Bunbury Kidsfest runs from September 29 to October 1. The WA Museum that includes Mythical Maritime Monsters and even a Dinosaur Petting Zoo!


The Tasmanian government website has a great list of 65 Fun Things to Do With Your Family in the School Holidays as part of its Get Active Tasmania campaign while Service Tasmania has a whole range of school holiday programs and activities in areas from Hobart City, to Burnie, to Devonport and Huon Valley and What’s On at the Tasmanian Royal Botanical Gardens for kids aged 4-12 years.

Northern Territory

The YMCA in Darwin has a range of fun kids vacation care activities and in and around Darwin there’s plenty to see and do in the holidays – from mini golf to animal encounters, waterslides and water parks, laser tag, tenpin bowling, butterfly farm and free parks and playgrounds everywhere!