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


School Term Dates 9 Weeks
Start: 27th January 2021 End: 1st April 2021
Autumn School Holidays 2 Weeks
Start: 2nd April 2021 End: 18th April 2021

Autumn School Holiday Ideas

Dessert Tour of Sydney: Celebrate the first school holiday of 2021 by eating your way through the CBD. Sydney offers some of the finest (and most delicious!) sweet treats in Australia, so plan a day out hitting Sydney’s five top dessert stops for a sugar rush with the family.  

Merimbula: If retreating from the hustle and bustle of the city is more your speed, take the weekend to relax in Merimbula. Filled with history and beautiful scenery, coastal Merimbula offers a range of activities for all ages including the famous boardwalk, Magic Mountain theme park and Potoroo Palace animal sanctuary.


School Term Dates 10 Weeks
Start: 19th April 2021 End: 25th June 2021
Winter School Holidays 2 Weeks
Start: 26th June 2021 End: 11th July 2021

Winter School Holiday Ideas

Bathurst Winter Festival: From July 4-19, don’t miss out on a family trip to Bathurst to experience the annual Winter Festival. Celebrate the chilly season on the massive frozen ice rink, and enjoy food and treats from a range of local vendors. 

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 10 Weeks
Start: 12th July 2021 End: 17th September 2021
Spring School Holidays 2 Weeks
Start: 18th September 2021 End: 3rd October 2021

Spring School Holiday Ideas

Olympic Park: With the 2021 Olympics fresh in our minds, why not visit the location of our very own run at hosting the Olympics in 2000? 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 10 Weeks
Start: 5th October 2021 End: 17th December 2021
Summer School Holidays 2 Weeks
Start: 18th December 2021 End: 28th January 2022

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 14-23 in 2021. 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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