Best Winter Getaways For Families and Kids Near Sydney
By: Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist
The fun doesn’t have to freeze just because the temperature does! Here are some awesome kid-friendly places to take the family on a sneaky winter getaway. Make the most of the chilly weather with cosy accommodation, warm fireplaces and fresh, crisp air.
1. The Fairmont Resort, Blue Mountains
A pleasurable 90-minute drive from Sydney! This is one of the most kid-friendly resorts ever, and doesn't skimp on the luxury. Who knows, you might even get lucky enough to catch a bit of snow while you’re up there! Nothing could be better than actually enjoying the cold weather with log fires, cosy rooms, fresh mountain air, and even the Christmas in July giant tree in the beautiful high-ceilinged foyer. The Fairmont really does have it all when it comes to children- Kidzone has a circus carousel, mini-car rides, a mini train, two HUGE play centres, ball pits, a mirror maze arcade, mini bowling alleys and heated pools. Parents can relax with a spa treatment or warm up in the jacuzzi knowing kids are having the time of their lives. Check out our guide on the fabulous Fairmont Resort.
2. So Much To See and Do In Canberra
Don’t let people fool you- there’s nothing boring about Canberra! It’ll be nice and cold down there so it's a fun way to really enjoy the winter months. In terms of kids, you’re in a HAVEN for fun, indoor activities. Questacon (pictured) and the National Science Museum are a dream come true. Kids will have fun in an earthquake simulator room, free fall slides and a volcano section to name a few. The Dinosaur Museum is a must-see for kids with a love of pre-history. The large replica dinosaurs will have them is absolute awe. Use this trip as a bit of a history lesson too with a trip to Parliament House or the War Memorial. Be sure to check out some of Canberra’s awesome playgrounds too, including The Pod at the National Arboretum, Kings Park and Weston Park Playground. There’s so much to see and do, we guarantee you the kids won’t have time to be bored. We sent an explorer to Canberra to check out all the action, see how they enjoyed it.
3. Fabulous Farm Stays
There’s something about winter and fresh country air that go so well together! Here are some awesome farm stays that we’ve already checked out, and have the ellaslist seal of approval:
Bilpin Springs Lodge: This farm stay and B&B is only a short 90-minute journey away past spectacular mountain scenery, sandstone walls and endless green fields. You’ll feel immediately at home, greeted by friendly service to show you around the games room, canoeing and hiking facilities (just to name a few). The rooms are warmed with reverse cycle air- and heated towel racks! Michael the owner will delight children showing them the animals and the feeding routines, such as the chooks, the pony and alpaca! Enjoy a delicious provided breakfast of fresh farm eggs sausages and local produce. Read our review here.
Calmsley Hill City Farm: This gem really gets kids involved with the animals and the ins and outs of farm life. You’ll see working dog displays, sheep shearing, stock whipping, and even have a go yourself at cow milking! There’s even some awesome native animals to see like koalas, wombats, kangaroos and heaps of birds. This is a true “farmer for the day” experience. Oh, and its only 40 minutes away! Check out more about our ellaslist experience at Calmsley Hill.
Mowbray Park, Picton: A lovely 90-minute drive where your stay includes: accommodation, all day activities, 3 meals a day, and access to the whole farm! Kids will love horse riding, tennis, archery, boomerang throwing, bush dances, a campfire, and of course all the animal feeding experiences that make for a genuine farm life stay. Parents can relax and breathe in the fresh air whilst kids are at the kids club, out collecting eggs milking cows! Check out some more about Mowbray Park.
4. Visit the Snow
Nothing quite says Winter like some snow, and kids will love an adventure, adrenaline packed getaway skiing! NSW has some awesome place to take the family skiing, and most importantly, offer fabulous kids clubs and lessons perfect for young families, first timers, and parents just wanting a little time to themselves! Thredbo is a great option for the FREE Snow Play Area where kids can take a break and chill out in the snow. Thredboland has families with kids from 3-6 years covered with super fun activities like races with LED flares! Perisher is also fantastic in the way of taking care of families. They have daycare for 6-month to 3-year-olds, and full day programs for older children. A highlight will be Tube Town in Perisher Valley- ride down the snow in inflatable tubes! We also recommend Selwyn Snowfields- family is their speciality. Their Mini Mites and Mighty Mites programs will keep kids of all ages entertained. Check out our full skiing with families guide.