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


School Term Dates 9 Weeks
Start: 28th January 2021 End: 1st April 2021
Autumn School Holidays 2 Weeks
Start: 2nd April 2021 End: 18th April 2021

Autumn School Holiday Ideas

Explore Ballarat Art Gallery. Image via Visit Victoria

Ballarat – Usher in milder weather and the natural beauty of Autumn with a weekend getaway to historic Ballarat. Around 90 minutes west of Melbourne, spend 48 hours with your family exploring the underground Sovereign Hill gold mine, vast Botanic Gardens and indulgent eateries.

International Comedy Festival: Melbourne’s annual International Comedy Festival is one of the city’s most popular events. With shows and activities for all ages, gather the family for a day or night out in the city between March 24 and April 18 for guaranteed tears of laughter.


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

Swan Hill: On the banks of the Murray river, Swan Hill offers countless activities and attractions for everyone to enjoy. Travel back in time and live like a pioneer for a day at the Pioneer Settlement, then browse next door at one of Australia’s most comprehensive collections of native art at the Regional Art Gallery. Before you head home, rest and enjoy a long, leisurely lunch at one of the many wineries in the area.

Melbourne City: If you prefer the hustle and bustle of the big smoke, top up your Myki and catch the train into Melbourne CBD for a day on the town. Explore Chinatown, visit the Queen Victoria Market for local treats, and stop by Luna Park to ride the world’s oldest continually operating rollercoaster.

Explore Little Bourke Street in Melbourne’s Chinatown.


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

Apollo Bay: Travelling down the Great Ocean Road, make a stop at seaside village Apollo Bay. Brimming with activities year round, whether you’re seeking adventure, awe-inspiring views or just some downtime by the ocean. Mountain bike through the Great Otway National Park and visit the mesmerising Cape Otway Light Station, then relax at the town’s cosy stretch of restaurants, shops and quality watering holes.

Melbourne Royal Show: Every year Melbournians flock to the showgrounds to experience a range of inclusive and interactive activities and attractions at the Royal Melbourne Show. Between September 23 and October 3, get up close and personal with adorable baby animals, sample food from some of Australia’s most acclaimed chefs and jump onboard a thrilling carnival ride!


School Term Dates 10 Weeks
Start: 4th October 2021 End: 17th December 2021
Summer School Holidays 2 Weeks
Start: 18th December 2021 End: 30th January 2022

Summer School Holiday Ideas

Mildura: If you’re looking to switch off and recover from the end-of-year chaos, Mildura offers a relaxing Christmas or New Year holiday destination. Spend a day on the lake and visit the area’s world-class wineries. If you’re ringing in the new year, don’t miss the free fireworks displays and live shows which take place at Nowingi Place.

Gumbuya World: When the weather heats up, a water park is the best place to be. Gumbuya World offers rides and activities for all ages, just 50 minutes southeast of Melbourne. Whether you prefer to test your flow-riding surf skills, jump onboard a rollercoaster, or just take relaxing float down the 300m lazy river, Gumbuya guarantees hours of fun for the whole family.

Source: State Government of Victoria, Australia

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