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September School Holiday Getaways and Fun Ideas

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Must-see attractions and things to do with your kids this coming school holidays

Spring can be a very pleasant opportunity to bring your whole family, including your kids, to explore the major cities in Australia – from Sydney to Melbourne to Brisbane to Cairns to Gold Coast to Perth to Hobart – there are numerous attractions to see, things to do and events to enjoy during school holidays.

September School Holidays in Sydney

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Exploring Sydney's famous zoos and aquariums, popular amusement and theme parks, discovering the gorgeous surfing beaches, interactive museums, as well as trying new and different outdoor activities can be very delightful for you and your kids, including swimming, archery and cycling.

Some of the best attractions in Sydney include Taronga Zoo, where you and your kids can enjoy an admirable range of wildlife. If you and your kids are into-thrill-seeking, go and watch sharks plus other marine creatures at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. Or see Rex, a large saltwater crocodile which can be found at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour.

Situated at Milsons Point, which is under the northern end of the stunning Sydney Harbour Bridge, it's very easy to get to the iconic Luna Park. You can rent a car through us, catch a bus, or take the train. The amusement park is perfect for the young and young at heart as it offers exciting and super enjoyable rides and relaxing views.

Kids will also enjoy climbing aboard a submarine at the Australian Museum, watching a movie on the world's biggest cinema screen at IMAX Theatre,  or posing with the famous celebrities at Madame Tussauds. To fully explore the city and enjoy your holiday, we recommend hiring a car in Sydney.

September School Holidays in Brisbane

We've also found some thrilling activities and fun attractions for kids (and adults) when in Brisbane to make sure you never hear those two dreaded words: “Today's boring!”

Connect with wildlife and see Brisbane's wide array of wildlife parks, zoos and animal farms at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Daisy Hill Koala Centre, City of Logan, Walkabout Creek Wildlife Centre, Ipswich Nature Centre, Lyell Deer Farm and Australia Zoo. 
Try kayaking on the river or ride a segway at Riverlife. You and your kids can also explore local parks and gardens, go for a swim at South Bank, try go-karting at Kingston Park Raceway in Logan or Slideways in Eagle Farm, take a picnic and relax on an island such as  Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island.

If you want to go for a scenic drive with your reliable car hire in Brisbane, drive your way to and around Scenic Rim, Canungra and Lamington National Park, Mt Barney and Rathdowney, Lockyer Valley, Somerset, Northern Drive, 4WD Drive, Moreton Bay Region, Redlands, and Ipswich.

September School Holidays in Melbourne

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There are lots of wonderful things to do for the whole family in Melbourne. From wildlife parks, to interactive museums, kids' shows and festivals, to fun and mind-blowing outdoor adventures – Melbourne has it all.

Pay a visit to the historic landmark Cooks' Cottage, which can be found in the gorgeous heritage-listed Fitzroy Gardens. If you want to see the world of moving image in the galleries, cinemas and studios, drop by at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation Square. Do you love penguins? Visit Phillip Island and catch the penguin parade in the evening. Aside from that, there's a maze, a koala sanctuary, and numerous attractions suitable for kids. Also, look out for Art Play when in Melbourne – a place where kids can develop their creativity through workshops and performances.

Other Melbourne attractions and things to do include: Children's Farms at Bundoora and Collingwood, Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium, Wonderland Fun Park,  Melbourne Star, Melbourne Museum, Scienceworks, Children's Garden at the Botanical Gardens, Altona Miniature Railway, IceBar Melbourne, Dinosaur Park, Sovereign Hill and Luna Park.

September School Holidays in Perth

Check out our awesome list of the best things to do and see in Perth with your munchkins!

Come face to face with native and exotic animals at the Perth Zoo, see the professional bell ringers at work in the Bell Tower, or spend an exciting day enjoying over 25 rides and slides at the Adventure World. Also, you can unwind in one of the most beautiful beaches in Australia – Rottnest Island.

Also worth visiting are: Adventure World, Elizabeth Quay, Fremantle Prison, Shoalwater Islands Marine Park, Scitech Discovery Centre, Caversham Wildlife Park, The Perth Mint, Western Australian (and Maritime) Museum.

September School Holidays in Gold Coast

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Still looking for fun activities in Gold Coast for your kids? From the stunning attractions to the exhilarating rides, famous museums and art galleries, surfing and rainforests, zoos and theme parks – this is the ideal place not only for you but for your kids as well.

Pack a picnic at the Burleigh Heads National Park or relax at Springbrook National Park. Grab your swimming gear and head to any of the beautiful beaches found on the Gold Coast. Take a jetboat ride, a cruise, or go whale watching. Go for a barbeque on Budd's Beach, or simply take a walk via time and space at Infinity Attraction. Also, you may want to visit a theme park, or bounce your spring holiday to new heights when you pay a visit to a trampoline park. 

Vroom your way and swim in any of these best beaches: Broadbeach, Burleigh Heads, Coolangatta, Currumbin, Duranbah, Kirra, Main Beach, Nobby Beach, Palm Beach and Surfers Paradise.

September School Holidays in Hobart

Are you searching for some family attractions and a day of fun in Hobart? Here's some of the favourite destinations that's guaranteed to inspire and entertain young and old alike.

The capital of Tasmania, Hobart offers some picturesque views, including the majestic Mount Wellington. You can go horse riding, visit the Cascade Brewery, Battery Point, The State Cinema, The Royal Tasmanian Botanic Gardens, Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary and ZooDoo. Or travel to Bruny Island with Bruny Island Cruises.

September School Holidays in Cairns

divers at the great barrier reef

Treat your kids to a fun day out in Cairns! Whether you are looking for amusement parks or educational fun, stunning beaches and renowned rainforests, Cairns provides lots of popular attractions for families.

Of course, a Cairns holiday is not complete without spending time at the Great Barrier Reef, known as the world's largest coral reef system. Another must-see attraction is the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway experience. You can also go fishing in Kings Point and Lake Tinaroo, experience the bush walking tracks, shop at Palm Cove or at Tanks Market, and explore Aboriginal culture at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park.

Now, if you are planning to travel to these cities, it would be very smart if you can book your flights, tours and accommodation well in advance.  

If you want to book a car hire, it is wise to reserve with VroomVroomVroom early to enjoy  the lowest rates in rental cars.

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