If you’re looking for fun ways to spend this Australia Day, there’s a whole bunch of family-friendly activities and events happening on the Central Coast and surrounding regions! From water parks, outdoor cinemas, and jumping castles to trampolining fun and lights displays with amusement rides, there’s something for everyone. And with the school holidays coming to an end very soon, this will likely be your last chance to make the most of these epic summer activities.

Plus, we’ve also included our pick of the Central Coast’s best family beaches, 82 outdoor adventures you can do with your family, and over 100 parks and playgrounds that are well worth a visit!

So without further ado, here’s our list of all the fun happening across the Central Coast this Australia Day! ↓


Waterworld Central


Slip, slide and splash your way through the heat this Australia Day at Waterworld Central in Doyalson! The mobile water park touched down in December and after providing a whole month of fun, it will be providing Central Coast kids with one last day of aquatic adventures this Wednesday 26 January!

The water park has a whole heap of activities to enjoy – from bouncing around the igloos of Snow World to the MASSIVE wave slide that will challenge the daredevils among us! Plus, you can try walking on water in the Waterworld Zorb Balls or if relaxing is more your thing, simply chill in the wading pool. It’s going to be a heap of fun!

When: Wednesday 26 January 2022 (10am – 4pm).
Where: Doyalson RSL, Pacific Highway, Doyalson.
Who: All ages.
Cost: Little Dip Slip N’ Slide (2-16 yrs) 2-hour pass (excludes Thrill slides) $25; Extreme Splash n’ Slide (5yrs – Adult & 110+cm) 2-hour pass (includes Thrill slides) $35; Spectator only pass $5.

Playing in Puddles visited – check out our review here!


Special Offer at Flip Out Gosford

Parents and carers can treat energetic kids to some ‘bouncing off the walls’ fun at Flip Out Gosford this Australia Day public holiday where they’ll get a slushie for JUST $2 when they book two hours of jumping time! So instead of them spinning, leaping, twisting, and backflipping off your couch, they’ll have a huge trampoline arena where they can expel all that energy!

Special Deal: Get a slushie for JUST $2 when you book two hours of jumping time. (Deal excludes socks; cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Slushie offer available while stocks last).
When: 26 January 2022.
Where: Flip Out, Hely Street, West Gosford.
Who: Suited to children of all ages. 
Cost: 2 Hours General Admission: 3-4 year olds $20 | Disability admission $20 | All kids 5+ $28 | 2-hour 1 Adult + 1 Toddler (3 and under) Combo $34.

Playing in Puddles visited – check out our review here!


School Holiday Activities at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley


The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley has a fab line-up of kids’ activities available to day-trippers, as well as hotel guests this Australia Day! Children can:

+ Run wild for hours on the jumping castle.
+ Nestle in for the night watching an outdoor movie at the Crowne Plaza onsite cinema.
+ Enjoy a ride on their famous carousel or resort train.

If you’re looking for ways to really optimise your annual leave, you can make the most of the public holiday by booking a fabulous family-friendly vacation and extending the fun into the weekend! The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is the perfect place for parents to recharge their batteries while the kids have an absolute ball at the same time! As well as the above childrens’ activities on offer, guests staying at the resort can make the most of the Water Dragon Kids’ Club – the ultimate fun zone where children can take part in a heap of supervised arts, crafts, games, and activities while the adults enjoy a little bit of “grown-up time”.

And did we mention there’s a water park – complete with flumes, jets, water cannons, an assortment of slides, and a big bucket that fills with 600 litres of water before emptying over an anticipating crowd in one huge splash? This just keeps getting better and better!

With its outdoor sports, indoor arts and crafts, kids attractions and rides, award-winning restaurant, pool, and spa, a last-minute holiday at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley is a fine way of seeing out the Summer school holidays!

When: School holiday activities will run to Sunday 30 January 2022.
Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Lovedale, Hunter Valley.
Who: Suited to children of all ages. 
Cost: Visit the website for individual activity prices.


Lights Spectacular at Hunter Valley Gardens

Finishing on Wednesday 26 January, Australia Day is your last chance to experience the enchanting displays of over 3 million sparkling lights at the Hunter Valley Gardens Lights Spectacular! This year’s display includes a heap of  NEW additions including a GIANT illuminated Fairy and Mega Trees with a light sequence set to music. Plus, there’s the real-life light-up fairy in the magical Fairyland, and Disney characters wandering through the storybook garden!

Then there are the Gardens’ rides which are a visual treat of their own! Get a bird’s eye view of the lights from the 25m high Ferris Wheel, twist and twirl in the Tea Cups, take the weight off on the Swing Chair, and have a ride on everyone’s favourite Venetian Carousel. Plus, this year there’s a 35m Super Slide for the bold and daring!

When: 26 January 2022. Gardens open 9am-5pm; lights open 5.30pm-10.30pm.
Where: The Hunter Valley Gardens, 2090 Broke Road, Pokolbin.
Who: All ages.
Cost: Adult $30; Child (4-15 yrs) $25; Child Under 4 Free; Family Pass (2 Adults + 1 Child) $79; Family Pass (2 Adults + 2 Children) $99; Extra Child on Family Pass (4-15 yrs) $22. The unlimited rides wristband is $15/person or rides can be purchased singly for $6/person. Ride passes are available at the ticket booth at the rides area in the Hunter Valley Gardens.

Playing in Puddles visited – check out our review here!


Ice Skating at Erina Ice Arena

Australia Day | Image from Erina Ice Arena

An ice skating session at Erina Ice Arena provides a cool alternative for hanging out with the family on Australia Day! Visitors can enjoy hours of fun gliding around on the ice, as well as the option to join in their famous thong throwing competition and a scrumptious Aussie lunch at the Cutting Edge Cafe!

When: Wednesday 26 January, 11.30am – 3pm.
Where: Erina Ice Arena.
Who: All skating levels are welcome.
Cost: Adults $22 | Child (15 and under) $18 | Family Pass (2A + 2C) $70 | Australia Day lunch meal $11.95 | Lamington and coffee $6.50.


Jurassic Zoo at The Australian Reptile Park

School Holidays Jurassic Zoo | Image from The Australian Reptile Park

Meet dinosaurs, dig for fossils, see interactive live shows, and have a hands-on animal experience at The Australian Reptile Park this Australia Day.  Just be careful of the roaming Tyrannosaurus Rex!

When: Wednesday 26 January 2022.
Where: The Australian Reptile Park, Somersby
Who: All ages.
Cost: (Online Prices Only) Adult $44 | Child $27 | Family Pass (2A + 2C) $120 | Senior (60+ years) $36 | Concession $39 | Single Family (1A + 2C) $90 | Extra Child on Family Pass $22 | Children under 3 go free.


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