Now is the perfect time to start planning for the April school holidays! Whether you’re looking for free outdoor activities or exciting day trips to museums, zoos, and national parks, here are some top ways to beat school holiday boredom in every Australian state or territory!
If your children are animal-lovers, they are sure to enjoy one of NSW’s many zoos and wildlife parks, such as Taronga Zoo Sydney, Symbio Wildlife Park (Helensburgh), Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Wagga), and Australian Reptile Park (Somersby).
The Northern Territory is an idyllic place to spend the school holidays. If you’re in Darwin, you might like to explore the beautiful George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens before settling down for a relaxing family movie night just 10 minutes away at the open-air Deckchair cinema.
While on the Gold Coast, check out Dream World and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! If you want to immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture, head to Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Enjoy a guided walk along a picturesque beachside rainforest, explore Aboriginal artefacts, and let your kids take part in an art workshop.
If you’re in Brisbane, don’t miss the Kids Collective’s (South Bank Parklands) free sport, craft, and music for kids. And The Workshops Rail Museum is perfect for young kids who can meet a real-life Thomas the Tank Engine!
For an active family day, visit Morialta Conservation Park, take on giant mazes and slides at Woodhouse Activity Centre or play dinosaur-themed mini golf at Barossa Bowland. Older kids are sure to enjoy Mega Adventure Adelaide’s massive obstacle course and TreeClimb’s incredible aerial adventure park!
Penny Royal Adventures is the ultimate place for energetic kids with rock climbing, ziplining, gold and gemstone mining, and cliff tours.
There are so many fun things to do with the kids in Victoria! Drive the Great Ocean Road for panoramic views of Victoria’s picturesque coastline, explore the historic town of Ballarat, and go ziplining at Otway Fly Treetop Adventures.
For an immersive cultural experience in Melbourne, visit Federation Square, Melbourne Museum, or State Library Victoria (the Pauline Gandel Children’s Quarter is full of kids’ books and games!) If you’re looking for fun activities, head to A Maze’N Things for illusions, puzzles, mazes, and mini golf.
If you’re in Fremantle, take your children to the Vikings Exhibition at the WA Maritime Museum or enrol them in one of Fremantle Arts Centre’s pottery, embroidery, cartooning, or mosaics courses for kids.