It can seem like an impossible task to come up with kids activities for school holidays during winter, but what better time to get out and enjoy nature as family by getting involved with NSW National Parks for an adventure like no other.

NSW National Parks offer much more than just pretty views and a great place for picnics, they offer a wonderland of school holiday adventure for kids of all ages, both young and old.

There are hundreds of National Parks in NSW, that encompass a huge range of diversity, from rugged outback, to succulent rainforests, to amazing ocean views watching whales play in the ocean. So here’s our guide to planning family activities for the school holidays.

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School Holiday Programs in NSW National Parks.

What to do in National Parks over the School Holidays?

  • Camping
  • Bike Riding
  • Culture talks
  • Culture workshops
  • Ocean discovery workshops
  • Junior Ranger days
  • Guided Tours
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Bird watching
  • Wilderquest tours and workshops
  • lots, lots more.

No matter where you are in Australia, it’s more than likely you’ll have a national park close by that has a range of activities on offer over the school holidays. For NSW residents, you’re now spoilt with the convenience of National Parks and Wildlife developing an amazing new website called Wild Wild World, which allows you to search for great activities available within NSW National Parks.

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Activities that are listed on the Wild Wild World website are able to be sorted by region, specific parks, activity level, interests, and specific dates. Perfect if you’re wanting to plan a school holiday activity for the kids and want to make the most of any available activities that may be on offer over their time off school.

How to Plan School Holiday Activities in a NSW National Park?

1. The best bet is to head over to their website

2. Search for National Parks that are available in the region you’ll be travelling.

3. Narrow down by suitable activities for your family interests, ages and activity levels.

4. Be prepared for your travels – be sure to research any national parks passes you may require, as well as weather forecasts, availability of facilites and any other information you may need. If you’re going to be camping take a look at our guide to camping with kids

5. Remember not to bring pets to National Parks and leave the park the same way (or better) than it was when you arrived. This means taking any rubbish with you, not feeding native wildlife, and helping by picking up anything left behind by others.

6. Have a great time, enjoy the great outdoors and the wonderful country that we have.

Do you have a favourite NSW National Park? Or a favourite activity in National Parks? Let us know in the comments below.