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27 October 2021

New South Wales School Holiday Activities

The summer school holidays are fast approaching, and we are all excited to get out and start having family adventures again. And while travel plans are tricky at the moment, we have plenty of fun, educational and exciting activities right here in New South Wales. Activities to keep the whole family engaged, places where you can just let kids be kids and have fun learning about Aboriginal culture. Here are our picks of the best Aboriginal activities in New South Wales to entertain the kids and the whole family over the school holidays.

One Hour Quad Bike Adventure Tour

Take the kids school holiday activities to the next level and release their inner adrenalin junkie with Sand Dune Adventures! Go quad biking on the southern hemispheres largest sand dunes. Experience the magnificence of riding from bush to beach and through the dunes take in the glorious views of the sweeping Port Stephen’s coastline and learn about the Aboriginal history and culture of the land. The freedom, speed and thrills are bound to be fun for the whole family and a highlight of the holidays.

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Ku-ring-gai National Park Rock Art Tour

Take the kids on a bush adventure in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park! Less than an hour north of Sydney but a pristine bushland experience. Show the kids stencil art and sandstone engravings up to 5000 years old! These rock art sites are listed in the top 10 Australian Aboriginal rock art sites. There are several examples of large rock engravings with simple designs that are unique to the greater Sydney area. The perfect way to teach the kids the significance of these unique sites as well as learn about connection to Country and native bush plants.

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Bouddi Aboriginal Walking Tour

School holidays aren’t just about the little kids. Girri Girra’s Bouddi Aboriginal Walking Tour is the perfect introduction for older children to Aboriginal history, culture and art. Beautiful Bouddi National Park is rich in Aboriginal culture. Your journey through the park begins with an Acknowledgement of Country, then hear creation stories and participate in a traditional smoking ceremony. Then walk in the footsteps of Australia’s first people and feel their living connection to the 21st century. See original rock carvings and feel the power of connecting with this beautiful country.

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Gumbaynggirr Cultural Stand-Up Paddle Tours

Have your kids got energy to burn? Looking for a fun, physical outdoor activity? Burn some energy and learn about Gumbaynggirr Culture with Wajaana Yaam on their Gumbaynggirr Cultural Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) Tour. The experience starts with a short SUP demonstration and safety briefing to keep your kids safe. Then it’s time to set off on your paddling adventure. As you paddle through the Coffs Harbour Marine Park your Aboriginal guide will teach Gumbaynggirr language, tell stories and stop along the way to see and taste local bush foods. So much cultural paddling fun in the sun!

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Bush Food Morning Tea – Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Take your little foodie or budding master chef for an elegant Bush Food Morning Tea at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. Join your Aboriginal guide and discover how to identify and collect a bounty of bush foods as you meander through the stunning and peaceful surrounds of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney. After enjoy a unique and modern take on the traditional high tea using seasonal bush food ingredients. Indulge in a variety of delicious sweet and savoury bites that will tickle your little ones taste buds whilst experiencing the beautiful sandstone surrounds of Victoria Lodge.

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Bush Tucker Walk

Expand your little one’s horizons and palate, join Delta Kay as she invites your kids to see, smell, touch, taste and discover bush foods in the Byron Bay region of New South Wales. Delta a local Arakwal woman has lived on Country all of her life and offers a wealth of knowledge on local bush tucker, Arakwal culture and Country. Learn about the incredibly diverse range of edible fruits, roots, nuts, seeds and leaves growing naturally in the Australian bush. As you walk Delta will teach you and your kids how to identify what’s good to eat and what’s not and you’ll also have the opportunity to taste a variety of bush tucker along the way.

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Now there’s no excuse not to have an Indigenous experience these school holidays!

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*All bookings are subject to relevant New South Wales health restrictions and conditions. Please check relevant restrictions and conditions at the time of booking.