Free activities across Australia in the Summer Holidays

Keeping your child/children entertained and busy all Summer Holidays is not only tiring but can be quite costly. Finding fun free activities that your kids are going to love isn’t an easy task, but we’ve done the work for you, no matter what state/territory you’re in!
Wherever you’re located, follow this list for the best free summer Holiday actives. Pro Tip, the beach, the park or your local library is always a free outing!


  • Free Art Galleries around VIC
    • National Gallery of Victoria (CBD, Vic)
    • Melbourne Museum (Carlton, Vic)
    • Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (Southbank, Vic)
    • Australian Centre for the Moving Image (CBD, Vic)
    • Heide Museum of Modern Art (Bulleen, Vic)
  • State Library
  • Royal Botanical Gardens – Children’s Garden
    • RAAF Museum
    • Oran Pipes National Park
    • Seville Water Park
    • ArtPlay Melbourne
    • Queen Victoria Market
    • Melbourne Tram Museum, Hawthorn


  • Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Hobart Waterfront
  • MONA
  • Salamanca Market
  • Royal Botanical Gardens
  • Mount Wellington
  • Tahune AirWalk
  • Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs
  • Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Salmon Ponds
  • Tasmania Zoo



  • The amazing NSW Beaches, whichever is closest to you
  • Museums
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
  • Walk along/see the Sydney Harbour bridge (free by walking the pedestrian pathway along the bridge’s eastern edge)




  • Adelaide Botanic Gardens
  • Take a Tour Around Haigh’s Chocolate Factory
  • Explore Adelaide Central Markets
  • See the Wild Side at Adelaide Zoo (Free for kids under 4 years old)



  • Top Playgrounds:
  • Frew Park at Milton
  • Rocks Riverside Park at Seventeen Mile Rocks
  • Kidspace Chermside
  • Pine Rivers Park at Strathpine
  • Learn at Brisbane Square Library
  • Wander Shorncliffe Pier.



  • Explore the botanic gardens
  • Visit the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
  • Go for a swim at Berry Springs Nature Park
  • Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery



  • Explore Kings Park and Botanic Gardens
  • Cottesloe Beach
  • Fremantle markets
  • Belmont’s Faulkner Park



  • The Arboretum
  • National Museum
  • Australian Botanic Gardens
  • Canberra Deep Space Network


So, whatever your summer plans are this year, enjoy the time with your little ones and enjoy the above activities that will save you some coin. Summer is a time for you and your children to unwind before the crazy Back to School season starts. If you do however need further info on preparing, check out our How to Prepare for Primary School’ blog page.