Stuck for things to do with the kids these school holidays? Make the most of these balmy 25-degree days and head outside for some summer fun. For a bunch of awesome summer activities and the best places to enjoy them, keep reading!

Surfing

If there’s one water sport that Australians are known for, it’s surfing. Grab your board and hit the waves this summer. There are lots of great learn-to-surf programs around Australia that offer group sessions and private lessons. A few companies to check out are Manly Surf School, Go Ride a Wave, BJ’s Surf School and the Weet-Bix SurfGroms program.

young boy learning to surf in summer

Hanging 10 in the summer sun. Photo: Bound Round

If you can’t wait to get out on the water, skip the lesson and hire a board from a local surf shop (there’s bound to be at least one close to any popular surfing beach). Stick to the small waves until you build up your confidence, always check the surf conditions and stay safe by hanging 10 at patrolled beaches. For the hottest surf spots around Australia, check this out.

 

Fishing

How does that old saying go? “Teach a kid to fish and they’ll spend a fun afternoon in the sun with the family?” Close enough. This popular Aussie pastime is a great lesson in patience for kids and adults. Pack your rods and head out to the nearest jetty, shoreline or harbour and try your luck at catching something for dinner.

Kids fishing on the side of a river in summer

Waiting for a nibble. Photo: Bound Round

Some popular sites around Australia include Exmouth fishing town, Fremantle Harbour and the jetty at Hillary’s Boat Harbour in Western Australia, Currimundi, Caloundra and Shoal Point Beach in Queensland, Port Lincoln in South Australia, Lilydale Lake and Albert Park in Victoria, and South West Rocks in NSW, where you can also try bait fishing for trout at Lake Jindabyne. Reminder: grown-ups will need to pick up a recreational license before heading out.

If you’re a seasoned pro and are keen to try something new, check out this story about crabbing and prawning experiences around Australia.

 

Snorkelling

As proud neighbours of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is known as one of the best places to snorkel in the world, but there are tonnes of lesser-known spots around the country that offer incredible underwater sights and unique sealife.

Two girls snorkelling in clear water during summer

What an awesome way to see what’s below the surface. Photo: Creative Commons

Whether you BYO snorkel or hire your gear from a dive centre, you’re bound to encounter an array of underwater beauties. Marvel at tropical corals in WA’s Geographe Bay or swim alongside a dolphin in Jervis Bay, NSW. More of our favourite snorkelling spots can be found here.

 

Swimming

Bored of your backyard pool? Not keen on the crowds at the beach? We’ve got some awesome alternatives that will keep you cool during the hottest days in summer. Australia is blessed with tonnes of beautiful natural swimming holes and waterfalls that are just waiting to be explored.

Rock pool with sky and clouds reflecting on surface

Stunning rock pools at the end of the Gunlom Lookout Walk. Photo: Creative Commons/Iambexta

If you’re heading to the Nothern Territory, Gunlom Falls in Kakadu National Park is about as good as it gets! Jump into nature’s very own infinity pool atop a stunning waterfall, surrounded by gum trees and unbelievable views! Another favourite of ours is in NSW’s Royal National Park. Wattamolla offers a lagoon, a beach AND a wicked waterfall! For more unique swimming spots around Australia, check this out.

 

Kayaking

Hit the water for a day of kayaking fun with the family. A great way to explore lakes, lagoons and natural waterways, kayaks are perfect for those wanting a leisurely paddle. Double-up or go solo, but be sure to take a waterproof bag for your valuables just in case.

Two young kids paddling in kayak

Always remember to wear a life vest when hitting the water. Photo: Creative Commons

Our favourite spot for kayaking is Lake Macquarie, 2 hours north of Sydney. Forget the hassle of taking a trailer and hire your kayak from Lake Macquarie Kayaks. They’re a mobile water sports rental business who will deliver your equipment straight to you, whenever and wherever you like. They also rent out stand-up paddle boards and give kite surfing lessons.

For other fun things to do at Lake Macquarie, check out this story.

 

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