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: 27th January 2023 End: 6th April 2023
Autumn School Holidays 2 Weeks
Start: 7th April 2022 End: 23rd April 2023

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 29 and April 23 for guaranteed tears of laughter. Check out our Comedy Festival Weekend Away guide here.


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

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: 10th July 2023 End: 15th September 2023
Spring School Holidays 2 Weeks
Start: 16th September 2023 End: 1st October 2023

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 21 and October 1, 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: 3rd October 2022 End: 20th December 2023
Summer School Holidays 2 Weeks
Start: 21st December 2023 End: 29th January 2024

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 a 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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