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Winter Getaways for the School Holidays

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by Lydia C. Lee (subscribe)
Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at or
Published May 25th 2015
Enjoy the invigorating, chilly outdoors this winter
Jungle Lodge Mt Tomah
Plenty of space at the Jungle Lodge

While summer is ideally filled with pool and beach holidays, the winter school holidays can be a lull, especially if the weather is not on your side.

While you can't control the weather, you can plan for a midyear getaway that celebrates the chilly temperature, and offers cosy fires and invigorating bushwalks in the crisp air.

Jenolan Caves Blue Mountains
Scenic Jenolan Caves

The obvious choice is the Blue Mountains. For a little family friendly luxury, there is the Fairmont Resort MGallery. This has the added bonus of an indoor pool so the kids can burn off some energy, and you have a safety net activity if it rains. The Jungle Lodge in the Mt Tomah Botanic Gardens sleeps 10 so split the cost with another family and have a little adventure in the country.

Sunrise at Mt Tomah
Sunrise at Mt Tomah

Beautiful Bundanoon
Beautiful Southern Highlands

Bundanoon is a good base for the Southern Highlands. If you can swing it, there is a great YHA there, which has a climbing wall and table tennis undercover, as well as the BMX track and volleyball court on their expansive grounds. The Southern Highlands boasts many quaint markets in the nearby villages, or hit the stunning Morton National Park. There's even a night trek to see the glow worm glen, that kids of all ages will love.

Morton National Park
Morton National Park

Snow Time Hunter Valley Gardens
Snow Time in the Huner Valley Gardens

The Hunter Valley Gardens fill up with snow for a magical winter wonderland experience. There is a myriad of hotels and cottages to rent, depending on your budget. Keep an eye out for specials. The Sebel Kirkton Park has the added benefit of an indoor pool, and some rooms sleep 4, so you can get some good specials if you keep your eye out.

Sebel Kirkton Park Hunter Valley
Pretty Sebel Kirkton Park

If you really can't get away, have a holiday at home. Head out and explore the far reaches of the city in a day. The Grand Pacific Drive is a fabulous all seasons day trip, as is getting the ferry to Ettalong. Fagan Park is like touring the globe in a day. So put your thinking cap on, grab a coat and start to celebrate the pending chilly season...
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Why? Plan a low cost winter adventure these school holidays
When: Winter
Where: NSW
Cost: Varies
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