We’ve listed the major school holiday and term dates in South Australia to help your family pre-plan short trips and weekend getaways. For every term, explore different regional locations in South Australia. Book your next stay with Choice Hotels.


School Term Dates:
Start: 30th January, 2023
End: 14th April, 2023

School Holidays:
Start: 15th April, 2023
End: 30th April, 2023

Term 1 School Holiday Ideas

Go fruit picking at Beerenberg Family Farm: Beerenberg Family Farm is a family-friendly berry farm located near Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills. During strawberry season (November – April), Beerenberg opens its strawberry farm to the public, where you can pick your own fresh berries for just $5. To view accommodation options near Beerenberg Family Farm, click here.

Beerenberg Farm. Image by Megan Crabb


School Term Dates:
Start: 1st May, 2023
End: 7th July, 2023

School Holidays:
Start: 8th July, 2023
End: 23rd July, 2022

Term 2 School Holiday Ideas

Visit Coober Pedy: Coober Pedy, located a days drive from Adelaide, is a dream getaway destination for adults and kids alike. Internationally famous as the backdrop to Mad Max, Coober Pedy is known for it’s underground stores, churches, homes, and even hotels. Local attractions include the Kanku-Breakaways Conservation Park (which is home to a myriad of Australian wildlife, including the red kangaroo, echidna, and fat-tailled dunnart), and the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum. Visit in Winter to enjoy the seasons more temperate altitudes. View underground accommodation in Coober Pedy here.

Coober Pedy. Image via the South Australian Tourism Commission


School Term Dates:
Start: 24th July, 2023
End: 29th September, 2023

School Holidays:
Start: 30th September, 2023
End: 15th October, 2023

Term 3 School Holiday Ideas

Watch lions, cheetahs and zebra’s at Monarto Safari Park: Monarto Safari Park is the largest open-air safari park in the world. Located a short 50 minute drive from Adelaide, Monarto Safari Park is home to giraffes, cheetahs, lions, chimpanzees and more. To view accommodation options near Monarto Safari Park, click here.

Monarto Safari Park. Image via Zoos SA & Geoff Brooks


School Term Dates:
Start: 16th October, 2023
End: 15th December, 2023

School Holidays:
Start: 16th December, 2023
End: 28th January, 2024

Term 4 School Holiday Ideas

Visit the River Murray Dark Sky Reserve: The River Murray Dark Sky Reserve is an officially accredited dark reserve covering 3200 square kilometres of land, including sections of the Murray River and surrounding townships and wildlife. Surrounded by wine regions and complex water systems, the River Murray Dark Sky Reserve is known for its dry climate and cloudless skies, often the darkest skies in the world. Visit the River Murray Dark Sky Reserve to stargaze and learn about the impact of light pollution on Australia’s nocturnal wildlife.
To view accommodation options near the River Murray Dark Sky Reserve, click here.

River Murray Dark Sky Reserve. Image via Laszlo Bilki

For more regional getaway destinations and inspiration, visit Year Of The Long Weekend.

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