School holidays and major events can impact your holiday.
When planning your holiday, one of the first things to work out is when you will visit and in making that decision, you want to have an idea whether you will be coming at a busy time, or quieter time.
If you haven't already got my Holiday Planning Sheets, now is a great time to get them and start filling them in and working through the planning for your holiday.
The Gold Coast is extremely popular with families, so whether you have children or not, it's really useful for planning to know when the local school children will be on holidays.
Peak school holiday times for the local Queensland (Qld) kids generally means that accommodation will be harder to book and more expensive at these times.
It also means the theme parks and attractions will be busier, queues longer and anything that has limited availability definitely needs booking at least a few weeks in advance.
Examples of this would be:
- Shows like Australian Outback Spectacular
- Dolphin swims and experiences at Sea World
- Whale watching
- Hire Cars - and any extras such as baby seats
- Cots and high-chairs for young children at your accommodation
Why School Term Dates Differ Across Australia
Australia has 6 States (QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, WA and TAS) plus 2 Territories (NT and ACT). Each has a state government responsible for education. This means that school term dates in each state can be quite different.
Gold Coast peak season for flights and accommodation is usually when both NSW and Qld state schools are on vacation. Double check when you book because even a few days can make a big difference to the cost of your trip.
Most schools around Australia work around a 4 term school year. Tasmania is on 3 terms (but term 1 has a holiday in the middle so it is almost 4 terms!) from 2013 Tassie is coming into line with the other Australian states and moving to 4 terms.