Spring is coming, and that means one thing: September school holidays! But with everyone chomping at the bit for a little time off, and flight prices spiking, it can be difficult to know which destinations are still affordable.
So whether you’re hoping to take the kids away for a cheeky holiday, or are just using the September school holidays as an excuse to book a getaway, got some top destinations that rank high for affordability and fun.
Gold Coast, Australia
Fancy sticking close to home? The Gold Coast is an easy flight from all cities in Australia, and like a beacon it calls families to it year on year. Beyond the staggeringly beautiful coastline that runs almost 60 kilometres, the Gold Coast comes fully equipped for kids.
With themeparks like Wet N’ Wild, Dreamworld and Warner Bros. Movie World and fantastic animal attractions like the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, your kids won’t have a chance to be at a loose end if you stay on the Gold Coast.
Best September school holidays destination for: fun
Will we ever get tired of recommending Bali? Unlikely. This beautiful island in the Indonesian archipelago is one of those perfect all-rounder destinations. There are waterparks, animal sanctuaries, kids clubs, surf schools, and snorkelling excursions, as well as long stretches of golden sand, sheltered bays, and calm waters for beachside fun.
Adults will also adore the dining and bar scene on Bali, and as this place is so cheap, there should be enough cash leftover for a few spa indulgences.
Best September school holidays destination for: a little bit of everything
Koh Samui, Thailand
Can’t wait for summer? Koh Samui boasts an average temperature of 23-30°C throughout the year, and the cost of living on the island is roughly 80% lower than all the major cities in Australia. With those kinds of stats, it’d be madness not to go to Thailand.
On the island you can expect tons of family friendly activities, such as visiting the Samui Elephant Sanctuary, the Coco Splash Adventure & Water Park, Chawent Beach, and the Ang Thong Marine Park, whose crystal clear warm waters are ideal for snorkelling, swimming and kayaking.
Best September school holidays destination for: beaches
Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand may not seem like an obvious choice for a cheap getaway, but it’s actually a lot more affordable than you’d think. This is partially because the Aussie dollar is still very strong against the NZD, but also because so much of New Zealand’s attractions are outdoors.
If you’re an active family, there are tons of national parks and trails in New Zealand, not to mention beaches, lakes, and mountains to explore. The weather in September is still warm, especially on the North Island, such as on the Coromandel Peninsula. The summer rush of tourists will have departed meaning September is an excellent time to snap up a deal.
Best September school holidays destination for: outdoor adventure
Of course, if you’re after something a little different, but remarkable, there’s always Japan. September is a great month to visit because the heat of summer has waned, and so have the crowds.
A September school holiday trip to Tokyo can mean trips to Tokyo Disney, the Legoland Discovery Centre, Tokyo Dome City, the National Museum of Nature and Science, and the Ghibli Museum. But it can also mean diving into the madness of Tsukiji Market, watching a baseball game, and trips out to the Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park or Mount Fuji.
Best September school holidays destination for: culture
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