East Gippsland acknowledges the Gunaikurnai, Monero and the Bidawel people as the Traditional Custodians of the land that encompasses East Gippsland Shire. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in East Gippsland, their Elders past and present.

Spring is in the air and Term 3 School Holidays are here. 

We believe that school holidays should be a time for relaxation, fun, and laughter.

After all, children spend around 200 days a year attending school, which means that most of their most memorable moments with you are likely to happen during these breaks.

So why not make the 2023 spring holidays one to remember?


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School Holiday activities these September School Holidays 

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*This list is updated as activities and events become available


Saltwater Creative, Lakes Entrance

For your little tribe, we have tailored a range of our best Saltwater Workshops to young requirements to keep them busy over the silly season.

Ages 5-15

1.5 & 1 hour art classes with skilled tutors

All art supplies included


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Venture Out, Lakes Entrance

If you want to get the kids outside exploring, then check out what Venture Out have to offer these school holidays. From SUP'in to mountain bike riding, there is sure to be something to entertain the kids! 

Check out all about what is on offer these school holidays RIGHT HERE 


venture out



The Book Orchard, Bairnsdale

Head on in to The Book Orchard in the Main Street of Bairnsdale and join in on Story Time.

Grab yourself a cuppa at the adjoining Paper Chase Cafe and enjoy the ambience of The Book Orchard

Saturday 16th September
10:20AM & 11:30AM
Pawsome Storytime with our therapy doggo friends from @playfulpawstrainingandwellness
Saturday 23rd September
Saturday 30th September
Singalong Storytime with @ashleycarmodymusic

The Book Orchard Story Time


East Gippsland Gymnastics, Bairnsdale

East Gippsland Gymnastics is running a holiday program in September for children to come along and have a go.  If you have been thinking about getting your child into gymnastics or ninja or if they have done it before then this is a great opportunity for them to have a go in a relaxed holiday style.


9-10am - 1hr KinderGym session for pre-school children aged 2-5yrs. 

This session will be open play in an environment structured to encourage skills like swinging, climbing, tumbling, and bouncing through playing and fun.  Every child in KinderGym will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian/adult; they are always required out on the floor with their child. 

1-2pm & 2-3pm – 1hr Open Gym sessions for school aged children 5-12yrs.

These will be “OPEN GYM” sessions that will be unstructured.  They are designed for kids to come along and have a go on all the equipment (excluding the in-ground trampolines) or focus on their favourite things.  Fully qualified coaches will supervise and are available to give coaching if they want it. 


9-10am – 1hr Ninja or Gymnastics sessions (5-7yrs)

10-11am – 1hr Ninja or Trampoline sessions (8-12yrs)

11-12pm – 1hr Gymnastics or Trampoline session (8-12yrs)

12-1pm – 1hr Ninja or Gymnastics sessions (5-8yrs)

These will be coach run gymnastics, ninja/parkour or trampoline programs for primary school aged children from 5-12yrs. 



EG Gymnastics


Crossover Basketball Clinic, Bairnsdale

Come train with our experienced coaches, improve your overall skills, learn correct technique, enhance your mentality + much more. We will help each player take their game to the next level.
This NOT-TO-BE-MISSED Basketball Clinic will focus on player skill development, offence & defence drills, technique training, match play simulation, games & much more!

Boys & Girls 5-15 years

All experience levels welcome

Tuesday 26th of September and Wednesday 27th of September 

Find out more information HERE

Crossover Basketball Clinic


Junior Rangers, East Gippsland 

Have you ever wanted to discover the secrets of Victoria’s national parks and reserves? Junior Rangers can find out all about what’s going on, direct from a real park ranger!

Take part in fun, ranger guided activities during school holidays and on some weekends.


Junior Rangers has a huge range of activities for the kids these school holidays. But you do need to book. 

So click HERE to find a list of the activities and secure your place today. 

junior rangers


Step aboard and be transported back in time. The Steamrail train is coming to Bairnsdale! 

From the moment you board a Steamrail train, you are riding living history in the beautiful timber panelled carriages, many still with fantastic Edwardian pressed tinwork on the ceilings. Up front is the rea


Steam Train, Bairnsdale

Step aboard and be transported back in time. The Steamrail train is coming to Bairnsdale! 

From the moment you board a Steamrail train, you are riding living history in the beautiful timber panelled carriages, many still with fantastic Edwardian pressed tinwork on the ceilings. Up front is the real deal - a fully restored steam locomotive up to 131 years old, or heritage diesel dating from the 1950s, ready to take you away...

Date: Sunday 8th of October 2023

Ride with us onboard 'The Vintage Train’, fully restored by Steamrail as an important part of Victoria’s rail heritage.  Our steam locomotives are coal or oil fired and date from 1889 to 1952, while the carriages range from as early as 1906.  The train features beautiful timber work & pressed-tin ceilings, walk-through corridors, opening windows and comfortable compartment style seating.
You can find out more information HERE 
Steam Trail

If your idea of the perfect school holiday involves simply slowing down and unwinding, then East Gippsland has plenty of beautiful beaches, scenic walks, cycling trails, and playgrounds for you to enjoy and explore at your own leisure.







It is always a great family outing to attend one of the local markets.

We have several markets coming up including:

  • Metung Market 
    Saturday 14th October  More info here. 
  • Lakes Entrance Foreshore Market 
    Sunday 1st October
  • Howitt Park Spring Market 
    Sunday 24th September


Kid Friendly Walks, Swimming spots and Playgrounds to check out around East Gippsland these Holidays!


Get the kids out exploring this wonderful region and burning up some of that energy! To get you started check out our list of Family Friendly Activities HERE.

Kid Friendly Bike Rides 

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Have the kids rug up and hit some of our local bike tracks. We have fun pump tracks, rail trails and for the more extreme - down hill mountain bike riding. You can find out more about our awesome tracks HERE.




Any which way, there's lots to do these coming holidays. We look forward to welcoming you!

For more family-friendly activities in East Gippsland, visit our Family Friendly page!

Book your East Gippsland experience