Western Sydney – a new tourism hotspot these school holidays

While the Snowy Mountains continue to be a family favourite these school holidays, it is Western Sydney which is proving to be an increasingly attractive family destination according to Wotif.com.  

The vibrant and accessible city of Parramatta is rivalling the Sydney CBD for NSW travellers these school holidays, coming in as the fifth most popular destination in the NSW*, with significant growth also seen for surrounding suburbs including nearby Sydney Olympic Park.

Wotif Travel Expert, Amanda Behre said:

 

Top NSW family destinations over the July school holidays*:

 

2018 Destinations

2017 Destinations

2016 Destinations

2015 Destinations

  1. Jindabyne
  1. Sydney CBD
  1. Sydney CBD
  1. Sydney CBD
  1. Sydney CBD
  1. Coffs Harbour
  1. Byron Bay
  1. Byron Bay
  1. Newcastle
  1. Port Macquarie
  1. Jindabyne
  1. Newcastle
  1. Coffs Harbour
  1. Dubbo
  1. Newcastle
  1. Coffs Harbour
  1. Parramatta
  1. Newcastle
  1. Coffs Harbour
  1. Tweed Heads
  1. Dubbo
  1. Jindabyne
  1. Thredbo
  1. Jindabyne
  1. Wagga Wagga
  1. The Entrance
  1. Port Macquarie
  1. Port Stephens
  1. Port Macquarie
  1. Pokolbin
  1. Tweed Heads
  1. Port Macquarie
  1. Pokolbin
  1. Parramatta
  1. Port Stephens
  1. Dubbo
  1. Cooma
  1. Albury
  1. Dubbo
  1. Albury
  1. The Entrance
  1. Katoomba
  1. Albury
  1. Wollongong
  1. Forster
  1. Tamworth
  1. Wollongong
  1. Thredbo
  1. Albury
  1. Wollongong
  1. Parramatta
  1. Parramatta


Top Western Sydney school holiday activities:

  • Featherdale Wildlife Park – Featherdale Wildlife Park are running a Kids Go Free Promotion this July, making it one of the best NSW school holiday activities. For every paying adult, three children are allowed into the park these school holidays, with a full schedule of presentations and up-close encounters for the kids.
  • Winterlight Festival – Taking place over the holidays, the festival showcases Parramatta as a Winter Wonderland including an ice skating rink, food stalls, a bar, workshops and lighting installations.
  • Disney on Ice - 100 Years of Magic – Taking place at Qudos Bank Arena in the last week of the school holidays, this is a must-see that the whole family will enjoy.
  • Kids in the Park – The annual Kids in the Park program at Sydney Olympic Park offers a number of indoor and outdoor activities for varying family budgets.
  • Parramatta Park – A picnic and play in Parramatta Park is another good option to keep the kids entertained, with flying fox, slides, swings and trampolines at Domain Creek Playground.
  • Riverside Theatre Parramatta – Frozen Sing-A-Long – Not much can compare with a screening of Disney’s Frozen with lyrics on screen to help the kids sing along with Anna and Elsa.

 

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*Based on NSW accommodation demand on Wotif.com for family travellers for the corresponding school holiday period from 2015 – 2018.

  • 2018 destinations are based on searches from 1 January 2018 to 2 July 2018 for travel dates from 7 July – 21 July 2018.
  • 2017 destinations are based on searches from 1 January 2017 to 1 July 2017 for travel dates 1 July – 15 July 2017.
  • 2016 destinations are based on searches from 1 January 2016 to 1 July 2016 for travel dates 2 July – 18 July 2016.
  • 2015 destinations are based on searches from 1 January 2015 to 26 June 2016 for travel dates 27 June  – 12 July 2015.

**According to Wotif.com accommodation searches from 1 January 2018 to 1 June 2018 for travel dates from 7 July 2018 to 21 July 2018, compared to accommodation searches from 1 January 2017 to 25 June 2017 for travel dates 1 July 2017 to 17 July 2017.

***Based on the average daily rate for 3 – 5 star-rated and self-rated accommodation demand on Wotif.com between 1 January 2018 and 5 June 2018 for travel from 7 July 2018 to 21 July 2018 for the described destinations. Prices shown are in Australian dollars, booked on the Australian site and are not necessarily the rates displayed on the site. Rates are subject to accommodation and date selections made.

****All deals are subject to availability and may be discontinued without notice. Discount not available on all room types. Savings (correct at 9:00am AEST, 2 July 2018) are subject to change and may vary depending on selections made. Blackout periods and minimum length of stay applies for some properties. Check applicable travel dates, prices, availability, hotel offer and restrictions and conditions at https://www.wotif.com/lp/deals/big-city-sale. Savings are calculated off standard rate supplied by hotel for stated travel window.

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