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Where is the Best Family Holiday Spot in NSW?

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by Tim Falk (subscribe)
A freelance writer with an interest in just about everything.
Published January 28th 2013
The family road trip is something of an Aussie tradition. Some of the best memories of my childhood were made trekking north up the Pacific Highway. The car would be piled high with luggage, while my brother and sister and I would be trying to get along on the back seat. We'd gaze upon the spectacle that is the Big Banana, fill our bellies with servo hot chips, and finally arrive at some picture-perfect seaside town for a week on the beach.

No matter whether you're going north, south, east or west, NSW is home to a fantastic array of great family holiday destinations - but where is the best spot for a family holiday in NSW?

For me, the best place to head is up the north coast. From places like Port Stephens and Nelson Bay, you can head north to somewhere like Forster for a relaxing beachside holiday.

Coffs Harbour, home to family holiday staples like the Pet Porpoise Pool, always fills up during peak periods. Towns further north, like Yamba and of course Byron Bay, are also understandably popular.

But there's plenty more ideal family holiday spots all over the state. The south coast has just as many gems as the north coast, from towns like Kiama and Gerroa down to the pristine waters of Jervis Bay. Further south, towns like Merimbula and Bega should also not be overlooked.

If you're looking to head inland, you've got to take your pick of plenty of great spots. Dubbo has the famous Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Tamworth is the place to head for some country music, while Coonabarabran's Warrumbungle National Park is a beautiful spot if you want your kids to experience nature. Parkes' annual Elvis Festival also promises great family fun.

Closer to Sydney, the Blue Mountains also boast plenty to keep the family entertained. And for many in regional NSW, there's nowhere better than the state capital for a family holiday - there's obviously no shortage of activities and attractions in Sydney to keep you busy.

But what do you think? Where is the best spot for a family holiday in NSW?
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I too share memories of the Big Banana when the kids were young - now I get to do it all again with the grankids. Just about to leave for a couple of weeks in Port Stephens and Hawkes Nest - Heaven
by pl.ja (score: 0|3) 1660 days ago
Jervis Bay - Hyams beach Huskisson etc.
by Patwi (score: 0|2) 1244 days ago

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