If you are looking for exciting school holiday activities in Sydney, then check out our list below. Sydney turns up the heat over the holidays, and it is not hard to find fun and engaging ways to spend your time and beat the boredom.
Here are our top FREE exciting school holiday activities in Sydney
Beaches, beaches, and more beaches!
Sydney has some of the most iconic beaches in Australia, from Bondi Beach to Manly. Pack a picnic and head on down to enjoy the ocean and soak up some sun. We love this list on Inner West Mum for all the best family-friendly beaches in Sydney.
Sydney Olympic Park
Initially developed for the 2000 Olympics, Sydney Olympic Park has become one of the most popular places to play, stay and eat in Sydney. With over 600 hectares of space, there is something for everyone including; bushwalks, playgrounds, BBQs, sporting activities and even a school holiday program.
The Royal Botanic Gardens
The Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens are a lush and green paradise in the heart of the city. During the school holidays, the RBG has loads of fun and interactive activities for your children. Pack a picnic and explore the gardens before sitting down to enjoy some food in a peaceful space.
The Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden
In the heart of Centennial Park, is the Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden. Enjoy a hot cuppa from the coffee van while watching your children run, play, splash and learn in a fantastic nature-play park.
Cockatoo Island is a world heritage listed site in the heart of Sydney Harbour. Visit for the day or stay the night in the waterfront campground or holiday homes. The historic buildings, cafes and views of the harbour are world-class.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales.
If you are looking for a cultural experience, then look no further than the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The gallery has permanent free exhibitions, or you may even have an opportunity of viewing a visiting exhibition from one of the galleries or museums around the world. During the school holidays and on the weekends, the AGNSW offer free art workshops on the first and third Sunday of each month. Bookings in advance are required.
Here are other exciting school holiday activities in Sydney
Sea Life Sydney Aquarium
Your family will love a trip to the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. There are many amazing displays, including an interactive bioluminescence exhibit, different animal feeding experiences and over 500 sea creatures to discover. It is a full day of exploration and fun!
Taronga Zoo is located on Bradley Heads Road, Mosman. Purchase your ticket online and save 20% off the ticket price. Taronga cares for over 4000 animals from over 350 species, many of which are threatened. Download their app to discover more of the animals you can see when you visit Taronga Zoo Sydney.
Raging Waters is the best water park in Sydney. With over 30 attractions and rides, there is something for everyone, and you will make the best memories, full of fun, laughter and lots of splashing!
Museum of Sydney
Your family will enjoy exploring the historical Museum of Sydney. For 57 years first Government House was the centre of the social, ceremonial and political life of the colony of NSW. The Museum of Sydney now protects the fragile remains of this significant site, telling ongoing stories of Sydney and its people. Sydney Living Museums cares for a group of 12 of the most important historic houses, gardens and museums in NSW on behalf of the people of NSW.
Tree Top Adventures
If your family loves adventure, then try the Tree Top Adventures in Sydney. Your family will love zipping through the trees, climbing, jumping, and flying. There are age and weight restrictions, so be sure to check which courses they can do. However, with courses appropriate from one year old onwards, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
Centennial Park School Holiday Activities
Centennial Park has a stunning background and excellent facilities for its range of school holiday activities. From the Moonlight cinemas, spotlighting the local furry residents to science-based workshops and wildlife shows, Centennial Park turns it on during the school holidays in Sydney.
Whether you are looking at paid or free activities or experiences for your family these summer school holidays, Sydney does have something for everyone. Don’t forget our Camp Blue holiday programs too! We have camps in North Sydney and Manly and offer up to 20 activities for campers. At Camp Blue, you are free to be you!