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Looking for school holiday activities to do with the kids? We give you our best picks of things to do in the holidays from each of the Australian states.

The kids have made it to the end of the year. The wonderful thing about the summer school holidays is that the weather is warm, which makes it a wonderful time to be outside.

It doesn’t matter if you’ll be at home with the children, putting them into vacation care, palming them off to other family members. Our list of fun things to do will ensure the kids have a good time these school holidays.

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Here are some of the best school holiday activities by state.

Queensland | Victoria | New South Wales | Australian Capital Territory | Western Australia | Northern Territory | South Australia | Tasmania

Queensland things to do in the holidays

Summer is the perfect time for some school holiday fun with the kids. There’s plenty of cheap school holiday activities but if you’re looking for something a little bit more special:

The Monster Jump & Splash

Location: Sandstone Point

Cost: from $40

Featuring a monstrous 280-metres of inflatable obstacles, why not take on the course followed by a cruisy cool down on the splash attractions? Spin around in the paddle boat pool, go bananas in the Gorilla Pool and make waves down the epic waterslide! From climbing, bouncing, swimming, sliding and more, it will be an abundance of fun for the whole family.

Museum of Brisbane Play Moves

Location: Museum of Brisbane

Cost: free and paid activities

Explore Play Moves, the museum’s largest participatory exhibition to date that will see participants dance, weave and move their way through six large scale installations where every action they take makes the art around them grow, change and come alive.

Kids Sundae Sesh

Location: Coomera

Cost: free

Free entertainment on selected Sundays. Magician, face painter or balloon artist. Plus! Kids under 12 eat free from 2pm. One free kid’s meal with one regular pizza or Hunger Buster purchase.

Victoria school holiday ideas

You could spend some quality time with your children exploring the many Melbourne laneways while sipping hot chocolate these summer school holidays. Or you could up the adrenaline with a vigorous game of laser tag.

For other things to do in the holidays in Victoria:

Pixar Putt

Location: Frankston

Cost: from $79.90 for a family pass

This is mini golf but with a well-loved twist: interactive putt-putt holes inspired by the stories, characters and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films including Toy Story, Cars, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, Luca, Soul, plus many more! (And if you’re in Sydney, don’t worry as there’s one happening there as well!)

Portland Foreshore Family Carnival

Location: Portland

Cost: various

The Portland Foreshore carnival and amusements, run by TPA Shows, is returning. The carnival is expected to arrive in Portland on 26 December 2022 for their annual summer visit.

Festival of Sails

Location: Geelong

Cost: various

In addition to the sailing regatta, the Festival of Sails attracts tens of thousands of people to enjoy the Australia Day festivities along the Geelong waterfront. With live music, market stalls, roving entertainers, food trucks, and plenty of free family friendly activities, there is something for everyone.

New South Wales school holiday activities 2023

There’s plenty happening in Sydney and surrounds to ensure plenty of school holiday fun. Spend the day exploring the Sydney harbour area for a cheap school holiday idea. There’s plenty to see around the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and the Rocks without breaking the bank.

Other things to do include:

The Wind in the Willows

Location: The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Cost: from $25

This critically acclaimed outdoor theatre production delivers music, songs, and laughs. There is fun for young and old as the Head Chief Rabbit transforms the audience into rabbits with a waggle of the ears and a wiggle of the nose. With laughs and surprises for children and adults, this is interactive theatre at its best. ‍This is a picnic seating event, and patrons are welcome to bring any food or drinks that you would like as well as picnic blankets, wet weather gear, and sun protection.

Pixar Putt

Location: Darling Harbour

Cost: from $79.90 for a family pass

This is mini golf but with a well-loved twist: interactive putt-putt holes inspired by the stories, characters and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films including Toy Story, Cars, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles, Luca, Soul, plus many more! (And if you’re in Melbourne, don’t worry as there’s one happening there as well!)

Hunter Valley Gardens

Location: Pokolbin

Cost: $99 for a family pass

An easy day trip for Sydneysiders, Hunter Valley Gardens has plenty of fun activities for little kids and bigger ones too. Even after Christmas, you can still enjoy a truly memorable night out with your loved ones as you wander through the Christmas Lights Spectacular displays created with over 3 million lights.

Things to do in the holidays: ACT 2023

The Australian Capital Territory is the perfect spot for some school holiday fun with the kids. If you’re in Sydney, you could even pop in for a long weekend.

Questacon: National Science and Technology Centre

Location: Canberra

Cost: $73.40 for a family pass

With its many interactive and colourful galleries celebrating and teaching science and technology, Questacon is a fantastic visit for the whole family.

Jet Flight Simulator

Location: Lyneham

Cost: from $110

This is the perfect experience for older kids or any Top Gun fan. Escape into a virtual world of aviation, where they will captain and have control of the most popular commercial plane in the world.

Music in the Mountains

Location: Corin Forest

Cost: from $10 (free for children 12 & under)

Pack your picnic blanket and make the most of the summer season with live music in the mountains. Enjoy one of our delicious woodfired pizzas, accompanied by a selection of wines and craft beer, or try one of our new Picnic Packages. We’ll even be operating the Alpine Slide late, so there is something for the whole family!

Western Australia 2022 school holiday ideas

Whether it’s a visit to the local library or a family weekend away, there are plenty of things to do in the holidays in Western Australia.

Visit Rottnest Island

Location: Rottnest Island

Cost: Varies

Sitting just offshore from Perth, the entire family will love visiting this protected nature reserve, home to the adorable quokka. You can travel to the island by air or water (90 minutes from Perth) and while you could technically make a day trip out of it, why would you with so many things on offer in Western Australia for young kids and old?

Get lost in Wonderland at WA Museum Boola Bardip

Location: Perth

Cost: $60 for a family pass

Come with Alice on an adventure into Wonderland—an interactive exhibition that celebrates Lewis Carroll’s timeless stories and Alice’s adventures on film. Explore Alice’s journey from book to screen, through original picture books, magic lanterns, and more than 40 moving image, film and TV moments. Then join an immersive Mad Hatter’s Tea Party that comes alive with digital wizardry.

The Nostalgia Box

Location: Perth

Cost: $55 for a family pass

Perfect for kids (and parents) who love video games. This little blast from the past is the ideal way to show the children what life was like when you were growing up. The museum has over 100 video game consoles on display. Dating from the 1970s, when video games were in their baby shoes, all the way to the early 2000s. The consoles are not only for show either! Race around the tracks in Mario Kart, get your fill of orange dots in Pac-Man or even settle that old score in Space Invaders. This is a great little spot for birthday parties too.

Northern Territory school holiday activities

With the temperatures rising, school holiday fun up north should involve being in the water (unless there are crocs).

Wave Lagoon

Location: Darwin

Cost: Free

There’s something about the water that practically all kids love. We also approve of the chance to tire the kids out before bedtime. Hanging out at Wave Lagoon is probably one of the best free school holiday activities to do in Darwin. This safe wave and swimming lagoon rolls out different wave patterns and includes a shallow water play area for younger children. Just make sure you know all about water safety for kids.

Camel rides in the Alice

Location: Alice Springs

Cost: from $45 for kids

Pony rides are so yesterday. Instead, enjoy a camel tour around the Alice and appreciate the magic and serenity of the desert with the family.

Fish feeding at Aquascene

Location: Darwin

Cost: $43 for a family pass

Kids can choose to feed the fish from the comfort of the concrete stairs of the viewing platform or wade into the water and have them tickle their feet at this wonderful sanctuary.

Things do to in the holidays in South Australia

There’s plenty on offer over the Adelaide school holidays. The hardest part may be choosing what to do.

Mylor Adventure Camp

Location: Mylor

Cost: from $65

Adventure Plus! at Mylor Adventure Camp is a program of daily school holiday activities where children aged 7 to 15 can experience the ultimate outdoor adventure. Whether it’s careening down the 200-metre flying fox or climbing to the top of the indoor bouldering wall, there’s a challenge for everyone to enjoy as they smash their goals. 

Tree Climb

Location: Adelaide

Cost: from $32

Australia’s first inner-city aerial adventure park built within the natural environment of the Adelaide City Park Lands. There are over 70 obstacles in eight courses to choose from, and this place is open rain, hail or shine. The area also has public BMX bike tracks, a playground, basketball and netball courts, sporting fields, plus an athletics track for your kids to burn off even more energy.

Hahndorf Farm Barn

Location: Hahndorf

Cost: from $48 for a family pass

The Hahndorf Farm Barn is a unique blend of a children’s farmyard and wildlife park. Kids can hold, touch and feed most of their animals, on top of the many other activities they have available that will help them learn more about how a farm works.

Tasmania holiday ideas 2022

Coming up with things to do in the holidays can be a challenge, but here are some of the best things to do in Tasmania with the kids.

Tasmazia

Location: Promised Land

Cost: $85 for a family pass

With any luck, the children will be so lost, you don’t have to claim them back till after the school holidays end. In all seriousness, the kids will enjoy exploring one of the world’s largest maze complexes, with a total of eight magical mazes, each completely different from the last! There’s also the quirky model village of Lower Crackpot, built to one-fifth scale, with plenty of unusual sights to see.

Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs

Newdegate Cave tour

Location: Hastings

Cost: $60 for a family cave tour

If getting lost above ground isn’t your thing, try going underground to the Hastings Caves instead. An easy day trip from Hobart, the area is also home to some thermal springs, with a year-round temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.

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