We’ve listed the major State and Sydney School Holidays in New South Wales and term dates to help your family pre-plan short trips and weekend getaways. For every term, spend the school holidays in NSW exploring the states different regional destinations. Make sure you book your stay at ChoiceHotels.com to get the best value.


School Term Dates: Starts 1st February 2024 – Ends 12th April 2024

Autumn School Holidays: Starts 15th April 2024 – Ends 26th April 2024

Autumn School Holiday Ideas

Food Guide to Sydney: Celebrate the first Sydney school holidays of 2024 by eating your way through the CBD. Sydney offers some of the finest restaurants in Australia, so plan a day out hitting the best restaurants the CBD has to offer.


School Term Dates: Starts 29th April – Ends 5th July 2024

Winter School Holidays: Starts Monday 8th July 2024 – Ends July 19th 2024

Winter School Holiday Ideas

Dubbo: Head to the centre of NSW for a getaway that’s sure to suit the whole family. Overflowing with culture and history, Dubbo is home to key Australian attractions including the Old Dubbo Gaol and Taronga Western Plains Zoo. Don’t forget to enjoy delicious food from the Macquarie Valley region by visiting celebrated Dubbo restaurants or the local farmers’ market.


School Term Dates: Starts 22nd July 2024 – Ends 27th September 2024

Spring School Holidays: Starts 30th September 2024 – Ends 11th October 2024

Spring School Holiday Ideas

Olympic Park: Spring is the perfect time to visit the location of Australia’s 2000 Sydney Olympics. In the last two decades, Sydney’s Olympic Park has transformed into a playground for fitness fanatics and families. With a year-round ‘Kids in the Park’ program, Olympic Park offers free school holiday activities for all ages including bird watching, movies, BMX, and disc golf. For a small fee, adventure seekers can also get involved in high ropes course, trapeze, laser tag and more!

Sydney to Canberra: Australia’s capital city lies just over three hours from Sydney CBD, perfect for a weekend road trip with the family. At the centre of Australia’s politics, Canberra offers a range of exciting and educational activities that kids and adults will love, including a tour of Parliament house, the National Gallery of Australia, and the Australian War Memorial. Visit in Spring to enjoy the famous Floriade flower festival!


School Term Dates: Starts 14th October 2024 – Ends 20th December 2024

Summer School Holidays: Starts 23rd December 2024 – Ends 30th January 2025

Summer School Holiday Ideas

Wollongong: As the weather heats up and the silly season dies down, Wollongong provides a coastal oasis – ideal for a short family break. Drive across the amazing Sea Cliff Bridge for an unforgettable coastline view and photo opportunity. For some New Year excitement, head to Jamberoo water-park, then relax and rewind to yesteryear at the heritage buildings of Shellharbour Village.

Tamworth: If you’re a country music family, Tamworth is the place to be between January 19-28 in 2024. Home to Australia’s most iconic country music festival, Tamworth offers country culture, great food and great music for all ages. While you’re there, don’t miss the Big Golden Guitar tourist centre, Gallery of Stars Wax Museum and Australian Country Music Hall of Fame! 

Source: State Government of New South Wales, Australia

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