We’ve listed the major School holidays in Queensland and term dates to help your family pre-plan short trips and weekend getaways. For every term, explore different regional locations in Queensland. Make sure you book your stay at ChoiceHotels.com to get the best value.


School Term Dates 10 Weeks
Start: 23rd January 2023 End: 31st March 2023
Autumn School Holidays 2 Weeks
Start: 1st April 2023 End: 16th April 2023

Autumn School Holiday Ideas

Townsville: Looking to get away for the Easter long weekend? Townsville offers the ultimate short break destination – home to some of Queensland’s natural wonders and a vibrant café culture for relaxing holiday mornings. Shop The Strand on the waterfront promenade, then take the ferry to Magnetic Island where you can discover hidden coves, swim and snorkel on a tropical island paradise.

Rockhampton: Gather the family to visit one of Queensland’s oldest cities, Rockhampton. Stay in heritage-listed Victorian-era accommodation, and visit the Rockhampton Zoo – home to 50 varieties of native and exotic species. For foodie families, Rockhampton’s diverse dining scene offers something for everyone, from the classic Australian pub to sophisticated waterfront bistros. 


School Term Dates 10 Weeks
Start: 17th April 2023 End: 23rd June 2023
Winter School Holidays 2 Weeks
Start: 24th June 2023 End: 9th July 2023

Winter School Holiday Ideas

Brisbane: Queensland’s capital city offers excitement and activities for every family member. Spend a day, a weekend, or a week with plenty to see and do. Watch a Rugby League game at Suncorp Stadium or visit the city’s surrounding wineries. Looking to see Brisbane on a budget? Take in some Australian culture at the Queensland Museum and jump onboard the CityHopper ferry for free.

Abbey Medieval Festival: Looking to step back in time this Winter? Brisbane’s annual Abbey Medieval Festival will transport your family with a thrilling showcase of historical events, outfits and cuisine.  Held in July at the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology, marvel at passionate re-enactments and performances while learning about the fascinating Middle Ages.


School Term Dates 10 Weeks
Start: 10th July 2023 End: 15th September 2023
Spring School Holidays 2 Weeks
Start: 16th September 2023 End: 2nd October 2023

Spring School Holiday Ideas

Mackay: Looking to unwind and get back in touch with nature? Visit the little slice of paradise that is Mackay. Watch sensational sunrises with kangaroos and wallabies at Cape Hillsborough and trek through the tropical forest of Finch Hatton. Then escape to the gorgeous Keswick Island, a great destination for families looking for a taste of the Great Barrier Reef.

Whale Watching in Hervey Bay: Hervey Bay in southern Queensland plays host to pods of humpback whales between late July and early November as they make their way from the Antarctic. Visitors can jump aboard whale watching boats for an optimal view of the beautiful creatures. For an unforgettable experience, don’t forget to check out our insider tips before you go.


School Term Dates 10 Weeks
Start: 3rd October 2023 End: 8th December 2023
Summer School Holidays 2 Weeks
Start: 9th December 2023 End: 22nd January 2024

Summer School Holiday Ideas

Cairns: A popular holiday destination for families, Cairns is a gateway to Queensland’s tropical north. Visit the Sunday markets on the Esplanade and listen to the buskers for some free entertainment, take a walk in the nearby rainforest or visit the Crystal Cascades for a swim in the natural freshwater swimming holes. Don’t forget to pick up some delicious and cheap food from the Night Markets before you head home.

Bundaberg: Just inland from magnificent Wide Bay coast and the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef lies the Queensland city of Bundaberg. Bring the family to meet the nesting marine turtles at Mon Repos Turtle Centre, and unforgettable experience. Explore the national parks that surround Bundaberg, or escape the heat and explore the city’s diverse cultural institutions. If you head south of the city, don’t miss out on Alloway Farm Market for locally grown vegies, gourmet foodstuffs and freshly roasted coffee.

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Source: State Government of Queensland, Australia

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