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Spots in the Hunter for some school holiday fun


Looking for some places to visit these school holidays? Here’s a guide to some of the best spots in the Hunter.

Swansea Heads

Swansea Heads is the perfect place for exploration and spectacular views. With rock pools to discover and a perfect spot for a swim, it’s the ideal place for a relaxing day by the water. If you don’t want to take a dip you could explore the caves at Caves Beach or enjoy building sandcastles.

Rose Point Park

Found in Singleton, this park is a family favourite and the perfect spot for a picnic. A sensory playground featuring flying foxes and climbing equipment is on offer in this space, suitable for children of all abilities.

Rose Point Park.

Fort Scratchley

Located in Newcastle East, the former coastal defence installation provides stunning views as well as war history that will take you back in time. You can tour the tunnels, take in the history and enjoy the views of the ocean. Fort Scratchley is a must see for these school holidays.

Fort Scratchley Historical Society Guide Rick Carter with an historic 80-pound rifle gun muzzle loader. Photo: Peter Stoop

Hunter Valley Wildlife Park

Located near Cessnock, Hunter Valley Wildlife Park is a family favourite.If your kids love wildlife, they’ll be amazed by all the animals they find at the zoo – it’s home to some lions, giraffe, koalas, kangaroos, meerkats, alligators and more.

Formerly known as Hunter Valley Zoo, the site recently rebranded and has launched three new animal encounters, including a lion feeding. The staff also put on daily shows. Go to for more.

Hunter Valley Zoo Giraffe's
Hunter Valley Zoo’s Riley Lowe feeding Sophie the giraffe. Photo: Peter Stoop

Speers Point Park

Speers Point Park is the ideal location for families to spend the day. Including a huge playground and plenty of space to run around, pack a picnic and play until your heart’s content.

Blackbutt Nature Reserve

Blackbutt Nature Reserve features an abundance of native Australian wildlife, picnic shelters, a playground and BBQ facilities. It’s the perfect spot for an afternoon picnic and has something on offer for everyone.

Walka Water Works

Pack a picnic lunch and visit one of the best kept secrets in Maitland, Walka Water Works. Full of history and home to 140 species of bird, it is a special place in the Hunter. With a playground for children and BBQ facilities it has something on offer for all.

Hunter Wetlands

This wetland reserve features an abundance of wildlife and several recreational activities, including; Canoe hire, Segway tours, bird feeding and dip netting. The whole family is guaranteed to enjoy a day out at the Wetlands. They’ve also installed a new play equipment last year that the kids are sure to love.

Hunter Valley Gardens

A beautiful nature based experience, Hunter Valley Gardens is the perfect destination for families to explore and enjoy stunning scenery these holidays. Other activities at the site, like Aqua Golf, offer something for everyone.

Tree Top Adventure Park Newcastle

If you’re looking for something more challenging that’ll provide an adrenaline rush this adventure park could be perfect for you.

At Newcastle’s TreeTop Adventure Park there’s an amazing array of challenges in the trees to enjoy. The courses feature flying foxes, cargo nets, Tarzan swings, tightropes, suspended rafts, trapezes, twisted ladders and more.

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Where’s one of your favourite places to visit during the school holidays? Let us know in the comments.

– Allie Martinelli and Elizabeth Symington

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