School holidays without breaking the budget

September school holidays are just around the corner, so why not start planning now to maximise your fun and minimise the cost. Here are a few ideas to get you started.


Science works in Spotswood, just over the Westgate bridge, has to be the best value family fun around. This September school holidays, you can enjoy all of Scienceworks interactive experiences. They also have the latest Brickman Lego display of the world’s most iconic cities, you can also build your own Lego creations, it’s super fun.


Get your pop culture on at Oz Comic-Con which is coming to Sydney this September. See all sorts of crazy comic and gaming characters, talks and general fan excitement. Ticket includes a whole day of fun and just a tip, dressing up is almost half the fun.

Another option, just an hour away from Sydney’s CBD is Dharawal Park. Take the family and enjoy connecting to a beautiful protected bush environment. Learn about the local flora, fauna and Dreamtime stories by taking a guided tour with an Aboriginal Discovery Ranger.


For a free day out with younger children in Brisbane head to Alice Street Brisbane for a day in the Botanic Gardens. The 45 acres of plush garden area features not only pure natural beauty but also incredible playgrounds to keep your children entertained for hours. Don't forget to pack your snacks so that you can stay longer.


Just 20 minutes from Adelaide, Cleland Wildlife Park promises a beautiful day getting to know more about Australia's exciting wildlife. See reptiles, butterflies, wombats, birds of prey and any number of kangaroos and koalas. Exclusive memberships are available and offer excellent value for those thinking they might want to visit a couple of times a year.


For a great value for money option, just a half hour out of Perth head to Landsdale Animal Farm. The park features all sorts of farm animals to see and interact with, as well as plenty of wide-open space to enjoy a picnic or a BBQ (just bring your own utensils). The Gnome hunt is $10 extra and is loads of fun!