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Holiday Activities and Camps

School holiday activities give children living with a disability the opportunity to share in fun experiences they may not be able to enjoy at home, in an environment where they are provided with appropriate support. It also gives parents and carers the chance to spend time with children in a relaxed environment. 

Below find a list that we have compiled by state:

Living in NSW? Find out more about the NSW Sports and Creative Kids Voucher - $100 voucher for selected activities (sport and cultural).

 

National

Bricks for Kidz (find a location near you)

Bring them along to our awesome programs running during the school break.

Use the Bricks 4 Kids Location Finder to find your closest location.

5-12 years

Disability Inclusive

02 89001234

National
Various

Disabled Surfers Association of Australia

The DSAA runs events and programs designed to give people of all ages with any disability the opportunity to learn how to surf. DSAA is nationwide with participating branches in NSW WA SA VIC and QLD. Use the contact tab on the website to find contact details for a participating club near you.

All Ages

All disabilities

daffy@disabledsurfers.org

National
Various

Skills and Thrills

Skills and thrills offers an extensive range of activities for kids to participate in during the school holidays. Book and pay through their website. These activiteis are not targeted towards children with a disability but may be disability inclusive.

5-17 years

Disability Inclusive

letschat@skillsandthrills.com.au

National
Various

Sony Camps CURRENT CAMP LIST

Send an Enquiry to any of these Sony Camp Locations for more info and the dates of their summer camp.

lorin@sonyfoundation.org.au

National
Nationwide

Starfish Nippers

Run by a host of Surf Life Saving Clubs around Australia Starfish Nippers is a Life Saving skills program designed for children with a disability.

6+ years

Various

info@starfishnippers.com.au

Contact one of the clubs listed to the left of the screen on this link (http://www.starfishnippers.com.au/current-clubs/) to inquire about a Starfish Nippers program near you

National
Various

The Sony Foundation Holiday Camps (holiday camps for special needs kids in all states)

A unique respite program that sees high school and university students take on the responsibility for the care of children with special needs allowing their families to have a valuable weekend off.

 lorin@sonyfoundation.org.au

National
Various

Uniting Care (NATIONAL)

Uniting Care offer Vacation care at all their locations across Aus. SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE to use their location finder and see if a centre is near you.

ask@uniting.org

1800 864 846

National  

YMCA (vacation care finder)

Our holiday programs are created with the right mixture of fun adventure and interest-based activities through excursions and incursions helping kids become more confident and independent individuals.

5 – 12 years

03 8371 0500

National

 
 

ACT

Woden Community Service

All bookings will be managed using QK Enrol (My Family Lounge) using the casual bookings calendar on the APP. 

5-12 years

info@wcs.org.au

02 6282 2644

ACT
Woden

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Teens adventure camp Skill builders Intensive Survivor Getaway Intensive learn to swim.

5-25 years

Acquired brain injury ASD spectrum disorder Cerebral palsy Genetic conditions Global development delay Motor neurone disease Multiple sclerosis Muscular dystrophy Parkinson's disease Stroke

ask@cerebralpalsy.org.au

1300 888 378

ACT
Kippax

Code It Yourself

Camps are a one-day (6 hour) session in the school holidays for young technology enthusiasts. We run a selection of one-day camps in various tech skills including: game coding 3D printing website creation and Minecraft. To reach out via email access contact form on main website.

5-17 years

Disability Inclusive

1300 761 254

NSW ACT
Various locations

 
 

NSW

Ninja School Holiday Program

NSW

Improved Disability Services

Group activities include: Teen Time. Acti-Link, Wild Weekend Adventure (ages 12+), Finally it’s Friday Social Club, Sunday Funday, Improved Treasure Hunters, Day to Day Living, Abilities and Wellbeing Active Group, Life Skills improvement program.

7+ years

Camps are disability-inclusive

services@improvedservices.com.au

1300 587 808

NSW
Central Coast, Lake Macquarie, Lower Hunter 

Opengate Institute

5-9yrs

Autism

“Girls with Autism” and ‘Inamojo with Miss Meaghan’ (0426264220) groups (OOHC) running in April. Keep an eye out for these amazing groups that are on their way as well...“Boys with Autism” being creative and building skills, Parenting Kids with Disabilities, Parenting Groups (BUGK), Self-Care Groups for Support Workers & more!

0412 534 690

opengateinstitute@bigpond.com

NSW
Richmond

Travengers

Amazing holiday getaways (short trips and social groups) across Australia. Check out their website for more details!

17+ years

Level 1/2 Autism

0452597720

agnes@travengers.com.au

NSW
Travel East Coast wide, Travengers HQ based in Northern Beaches, Sydney

 

Angel House April Workshop

5+ years

Relaxation, meditation and craft (jewellery making) as well as other activities. Over the school holidays, plus peer program is 12 weeks. Contact Mel for more details.

7th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th of April

info@angelhouseaustralia.com

0421 375 074

NSW
Western Sydney, Northmead

Cerebral Palsy Alliance

Teens adventure camp Skill builders Intensive Survivor Getaway Intensive learn to swim.

5-25 years

Acquired brain injury ASD spectrum disorder Cerebral palsy Genetic conditions Global development delay Motor neurone disease Multiple sclerosis Muscular dystrophy Parkinson's disease Stroke

ask@cerebralpalsy.org.au

1300 888 378

NSW
Allambie Heights

Code It Yourself

Camps are a one-day (6 hour) session in the school holidays for young technology enthusiasts. We run a selection of one-day camps in various tech skills including: game coding 3D printing website creation and Minecraft. To reach out via email access contact form on main website.

5-17 years

Disability Inclusive

1300 761 254

NSW ACT
Various locations across NSW

Grace Childrens Therapy

Intensive School Holiday Programs: Please contact us to find out when we will be running our programs.

5-12 years

ASD

info@graceot.com.au

1300 760 779

NSW
Castle Hill

Kids First

Single day 3hr 'kids first' workshops for 5-12yrs as well as school readiness workshops (age 4-5yrs) running over four days (2hr sessions). Sessions focusing on a range of skills development inc. speech behaviour and fine motor skills development etc…

5-12 years

ASD and other disabilities

admin@kids-first.com.au

02 9938 5419

NSW
Brookvale

LuzAllabilities

Intensive Holiday Program for children with any difficulties with cognitive motor coordination communication and/or social skills. The goal is to create a personalised and integrated program to help your child to improve life and school skills while making new friends and having fun.

contact@luzallabilities.com.au

02 8065 4284

NSW
Naremburn

Macarthur Disability Services Ltd.

is a program that runs 8am – 4pm (Monday to Friday) during the school holidays). Our program facilitators engage the children in fun age appropriate creative and recreational & leisure programs that are fully supervised. We have an Aboriginal Community Projects Engagement Officer.

1-7 years

information@mdservices.com.au

04621 8400

NSW
Campbelltown 

Nepean Aquatic Centre

Private swim lessons for children with special needs held every Sunday between 11:00am- 2:30pm at Napean Aquatic Centre

0.5 - 17 years

Various

achievers@nepeanswim.com.au

0418 278 251

NSW
Penrith

Ripples

Boost your child's swimming skills with Ripples Intensive Learn to Swim program. The continuous reinforcement of swimming assists the student to consolidate the skills learnt thus accelerating their development and progression. It's like swimming for half a term in just one week!!!

info@riverlink.org.au

02 9638 0999

NSW
Penrith

Sony Foundation Camp NSW (Riverview)

At Saint Ignatius' College Riverview we take great pleasure in holding an annual four-day holiday camp for children with physical and intellectual disabilities.

ichc@riverview.nsw.edu.au

0448 450 320

NSW
Riverview

Surf Life Saving

The Sydney Northern Beaches Surf Life Saving Club is hosting a special needs Nippers program free of charge to people of all ages with a disability. The club also runs Special Needs Intensive Camps over the school holidays.

All Ages

All disabilities

slss@surflifesaving.net.au

02 8919 2137

NSW
Northern Beaches

ABA Link Super Sitters Service

Specialist trained support workers for children and adolescents with a broad range of complex needs and or developmental delays Interested in engaging with your child in 1:1 activities Fully supported with ready access to our experienced coordination unit

0-7 years

ASD Developmental Delays deaf blind physically and intellectuially disabled. Does not have capacity for very aggressive children.

enquiries@abalink.com.au

02 9411 4618

NSW
Ryde and Northern Suburbs

Active Spot

Offering two intensive holidays during the school break the aim of Active Spot's Intensive Holiday Therapy program is to fast track your child's progress through increasing the intensity of specific therapy whilst the aim of Active Spots Intensive Trauma Informed program supports neurological connections for children finding daily life difficult post trauma.

All Ages

Speech trauma related mental and psychological issues

info@activespot.com.au

0414 543913

NSW
Bondi Junction NSW

Allowah Disability Services

Our School Holiday Program can be paid for from the core supports budget in your child’s NDIS plan or through private payment. All days are fully catered with all diets and nutrition requirements met. Give us a call to enquire or book – Ph: 02 8877 3400 and ask for Maura Hanney.

2-4 years

Genetic or chromosomal disorders birth trauma cerebral palsy head injuries and conditions acquired after birth

admin@allowah.org.au

02 8877 3400

NSW
Dundas Valley

Aussie Kids Adventure Camps

Weekend overnight adventure camps as well as respite and five-day school holiday 'tour camps' (availability subject to COVID restriftions)

7-16 years

Autism mental health intellectual disabilities

aussiekidsadventurecamps@gmail.com

0422 089 635

NSW
Port Macquarie Newcastle Coffsharbour

Bensville Riding School

Appropriate for people of all ages with a disabiloity seeking equine therapy. Bensville also runs school holiday camps.

All Ages

All disabilities

bookings@bensvilleridingschool.com.au

02 4368 2400

NSW
Bensville

Burrun Dalai

Burrun Dalai strives to support Aboriginal children and young people primarily through foster care and providing family support so that children can meet their emotional social physical educational and cultural needs. From fishing competitions and basketball to 'culture in the park' and 'BBQ and yarn' there is something on the agenda for everyone. Call the number provided or use the contact form on their website to get in touch and find out more.

All Ages

Disability Inclusive

02 6562 1913

NSW
Kempsey

Cerebral Palsy Alliance (Hydrotherapy Program)

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance's Hydrotherapy prgrams cater for children aged 1 and up. There are a number of programs available from Active Youth Learn to Swim Autism Swim Preschool Hydrotherapy and more. All programs run out of CPA's Allambie Heights campus.

1+ years

Cerebral Palsy Autism

ask@cerebralpalsy.org.au

1300 888 378

NSW
Allambie Heights

City of Parramatta

Free school holiday programs - Summer not yet released.

5-16 years

Disability Inclusive

Council@cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au

1300 617 058

NSW
Parramatta

Coastlink

Coastlink's Holiday Options Program operates during school holidays each weekday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm (except public holidays). The program gives students with working parents or carers the opportunity to enjoy their school holidays with their friends while they enjoy a wide range of fun activities.

reception@coastlink.org.au

02 4321 1022

NSW
Wyong

Code Camp

Code Camp hosts camps spanning 3D animation coding web building and DJ camps for kids of varying ages and abilities. For email enquiries please use the contact form on the main website.

5-13 years

Disability Inclusive

‍1300 26 33 22

NSW
Woolloomooloo

Croc Stars Swim School

Croc Stars has partnered with Autism Swim to help design and deliver a specialised program for children with ASD's SPD and BCDD. Croc Stars also provides a mobile swim service delivering private lessons at home pools. Program is delivered year round excluding Christmas Holidays

1-12 years

Autism

natalie@crocstarsswimschool.com.au

NSW
Berekley Vale Woy Woy & Wyong for Swim Program Central Coast for mobile swim.

Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre

The Vacation Care Program offers a wide variety of exciting and educational activities to keep the children entertained. Our qualified educators provide structured programs that take into account the skills interest and needs of the children and offer a variety of arts crafts cooking indoor and outdoor play as well as many special excursions outside of the centre.

5-18 years

Disability Inclusive

info@dnc.org.au 

02 6883 2300

NSW
Dubbo

Friendis

Children( Ages 7+) with all special needs welcome( specially Autism and Down Syndrome) to our school holiday program. We will train children to access community safely. 

7+ years

ASD Down Sydnrome

contact@friendis.org

0417 854 235

NSW
Marayong

Growing Early Minds (Western Sydney) - Clever Kids

Growing Early Minds offers a range of inclusive fun educational group programs and camps for children during school holidays. Our programs are limited to small groups so that every child receives close one-on-one support.

2-12 years

Various

support@growingearlyminds.org.au

02 9622 8500

NSW
Blacktown

Heal Psychology

Child/youth equine therapy sessions plus school holiday program for horse lovers (special needs inclusive). Will post school holiday program to facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/HEALPsychology/?ref=page_internal) when available.

4-17 years

ASD behavioural/ emotional/ communication challenges and mental health issues. Capacity will depend on staff availability and severity of challenges

info@healpsychology.com

0420990234

NSW
Wombarra

Learning Links

Learning Links welcomes you to our OOSH and Vacation Care program. Our Centre offers a warm caring and safe environment with a program that actively supports your child in their learning and development.

All Ages

ADHD high functioning ASD Dyslexia Dyscalculia fine and gross motor delays and speech and language delays

admin@icg.asn.au

0456 003 435

NSW
Roselands

Lutanda Disability Camps

With three great locations all located near Sydney Lutanda is the perfect option for a camp that takes into consideration special needs campers.

3-18 years

Intellectual disability

1300 75 72 76

NSW
Various

McKeon Swimming

School Holiday intensive swim program available to all school aged children as well as swim lessons open to all people with disabilities

All Ages

Various

enquiry@mckeonswimming.com.au

(Unanderra offie: 02 4272 7272 Towradgi office: 02 4285 1666)

NSW
Unanderra Towradgi Western Suburbs Woollongong

National Parks NSW

National Parks NSW now provides TrailRider an all terrain wheelchair free of charge for people of all ages wanting to experience what opur national parks have to offer. Whilst the chair is free to hire it requires two guides to operate and renters will need to bring their own guides.

All Ages

Physical disability

parks.accessibility@environment.nsw.gov.au

1300 072 757

NSW
Kamay Botany Bay NP Dorrigo NP Kosciusko NP

Nereids Special Needs

Offer private swim lessons/ swim school for people with disabilities at their home pool.

All Ages

All disabilities

info@nereids.com.au

0415 914 443
ENROL
0415914443

NSW
Various across Sydney/Greater Sydney area

North Steyne Surf Life Saving Club

From October to March each year the Ripper Nippers program for children with special needs will run each Sunday from 11:00-12:30 over an 8 week program. See link for details

13 years and under

ASD and other disabilities

admin@northsteyneslsc.com.au

02 9977 6180

NSW
Manly

Northcott Campbeltown

Dec school holiday program not yet released.

northcott@northcott.com.au

1800 818 286

NSW
Campbelltown 

Northern Beaches Council

Catering for school children between 5 and 12 years old Vacation Care runs Monday-Friday from 7.30am - 6 pm during school holidays and offers exciting excursions discos craft and sports days with a difference. Offer several locations and we give extra support to children with special needs so they can join in the fun.

5 & 12 years

Disability Inclusive

council@northernbeaches.nsw.gov.au

1300 434 434

NSW
Manly

Office of Sport (NSW Government)

Mainstream sports camps around NSW that would require a support worker if needs were high. Contact each location.

7-12 years

Disability Inclusive

13 13 02

NSW
Various

Participate Australia

After school and school holidays activities.

3-17 years

Various

enquiries@participateaustralia.com.au

0412 993 705

NSW
Croydon

Quirky Kids

The Best of Friends® (BoF) program gives children the knowledge skills and confidence to understand and manage emotions set and achieve positive goals show empathy for others develop and maintain friendships and make good decisions.

support@quirkykid.com.au

02 9362-9297

NSW
Woollahra

Recreation Sports and Aquatics Club

The RSAC is an NDIS Registered organisation providing leisure asctivities sports and recreation for peoples with a disability. RSAC also provides holiday programs featuring day trips holidays and camps for children when funding allows. (https://disabledsportrsac.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/RSAC-Holiday...)

All Ages

All disabilities

rsaclub@bigpond.net.au

02 9790 5001

NSW
Bankstown

Riverlink Interchange Inc

Children's programs. These supported programs have been running for more than 10 years and provide a safe environment within pre-school sites.

3-10 years

hello@runstem.com.au

0423 700 630

NSW
Lidcombe Doonside Baulkham Hills and Marayong

Skills 4 Life

Skills 4 Life school holiday programs focus on socialisation community fun and healthy lifestyle with a range of activities that include the Sargents Challenge Centre outdoor recreation such as high and low ropes course bushwalks swimming canoeing and other activities such as cooking crafts and outings to help in the development of life skills. Check out their facebook page for updates.

8-18 years

skills4life@aue.salvationarmy.org

02 9622 1823

NSW
Blacktown

Skills for Kids (Now Early Start Australia)

Early Start Australia provide intense intervention in a shared learning or group context during the school holidays. FUN is central to all learning activities.

5+ years

Various

contact@skillsforkids.com.au

02 4739 0267

NSW
Penrith

Spectrum Fitness and Wellbeing

School holiday boot camp running in 2hr sessions designed to get kids with autism and other developmental delays active in a safe space. Session includes one sibling 2 pax max. SOLD OUT for Jan 2021 taking enrolments from December 1st 2020 for following year.

5-17 years

sarah@spectrumfw.com

0417 289 965

NSW
Kellyville Ridge

Sport NSW

Contact each location for support options.

13 13 02

NSW
Various

Studio Alessa

School Holiday Workshops

info@studioalessia.com.au

02 4604 9855

NSW
Smeaton Grange

Sunnyfield

You don't need to go away to have a great holiday during the school break. Hotshots have everything you need to have loads of fun close to home with all sorts of super cool activities for children aged 6 – 12 and young people aged 12 – 17.

All Ages

enquiries@sunnyfield.org.au

1300 588 688

NSW
Sunnyfield

Surfing the Spectrum

Surf therapy appropriate for school aged children. Head to their events page to register for a Surf Therapy event near you.

5-18 years

Autism

https://surfingthespectrum.org/contact/

NSW
Various locations across NSW

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre

Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre is running swim lessons through every school holiday for "children with special needs"

0-18 years

Various

aquaticcentre@sopa.nsw.gov.au

02 9714 7500

NSW
Sydney Olympic Park

The Outlook Riding Academy

Equine therapy sessions run through the holidays. If equine therapy is booked out then children are still welcome to come in for an hour session of groundwork where they spend time with the horses grooming and working with the horses in whatever capacity they feel comfortable.

All Ages

All disabilities

anna@outlookecotherapy.com

0427189567

NSW
Terrigal

Vision Gym Sports

Vision Gym Sports is a fun and inclusive gym designed to build up gross motor skills and keep kids active and healthy. They provide an NDIS funded private session for $70 an hour that gives children with a disability time for supported play as well as free play time in the afternoons when the gym is quieter. Gym Sports' January school holiday program is open for registrations now!

5-17 years

Disability inclusive

info@visiongymsports.com.au

04577 4887

NSW
South Windsor

Youthworks WROK Camps

Holiday camp for teenagers who have disabilities with Christian influence. It is five days filled with friends laughing dancing singing rock climbing catapults and heaps more.

1-12 years

holidaycamps@youthworks.net

02 8268 3393

NSW
Blue Mountains

Ability Skill Mate

Lots of fun activities planned these hols. Join us for a visit to the zoo, a day of bowling or a master chef cooking experience! Or join us for a vist to the museum or theatre.

7+ years

All disabilities

info@abilityskillmate.com.au

0492 987 242

NSW
Western Suburbs

Disabled Winter Sports

Disabled Winter Sport Australia assists people of all ages with a disability learn how to ski and snowboard offering adaptive equipment and volunteer guides. They operate throughout the ski season including school holidays. To particiapte you must register as a member.

All Ages

All disabilities

info@disabledwintersport.com.au

1300 265 730

NSW & VIC
Falls Creek Mt Hotham Mt Buller Perisher Thredbo

Autism Camp Australia

Autism Camp Australia is a five day four night respite and learning program designed to support families of Autistic people. The camps are disnged to provide kids with the oppportunity to partake in a ranger of recreational and therapy based activites as well as give parents respite during the school holidays.

7-14 years

ASD levels 1 2 and 3 under the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM V)

02 6684 9304

NSW
Byron Bay

 
 

NT

Darwin Waterfront

Darwin Waterfront is hosting a range of events over the school holidays and Christmas period. Although not targeted at children with a disability all events hosted are inclusive of children with disabilities and welcome their families to come down and enjoy what they have to offer.

All Ages

Disability Inclusive

darwinwaterfront@nt.gov.au

+61 8 8999 5155

NT
Darwin Waterfront Precinct

Darwin Family Life

Darwin Family Life is a local guide for families living in Darwin looking for events and activities to enjoy year round. Over the Christmas Holiday period events can be found listed on their website that are inclusive of families and their special needs children.

All Ages

Disability Inclusive

info@darwinfamilylife.com.au

NT
Darwin

 
 

QLD

Autism Camp Australia

Autism Camp Australia is a five day four night respite and learning program designed to support families of Autistic people. The camps are disnged to provide kids with the oppportunity to partake in a ranger of recreational and therapy based activites as well as give parents respite during the school holidays.

7-14 years

ASD levels 1 2 and 3 under the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM V)

02 6684 9304

QLD
Currumundi

Disability Support Queensland

All Ages

 

QLD
Various

AveGates

Based in Brisbane and Toowoomba the program provides fun and engaging experiences for kids and teens throughout the school holidays. Avegates School Holiday Program activities include relaxed sensory and skill-building activities such as games sports and arts and crafts.

5-17 years

Various

avegates.experience@multicap.org.au

1300 135 886

QLD
Brisbane North Toowoomba Redland Bay/Capalaba

Ninja School Holiday Program

 

QLD
Bentleigh Park

Brisbane City (inclusive and mainstream)

Run jump and fly with acrobatics gymnastics team work and games.  Learn improve and master skills while making friends!

5-12 years

Disability Inclusive

info@brisbanekids.com.au

410381952

QLD
Brisbane

Camp Cooby

Be part of something special. Explore the world through a different lens. The moment you arrive at Camp Cooby you can feel the energy and wonder of this magical location. We then add amazing kids together with our team for a super fun adventure and the energy just surges like a volcano!

All disabilities

info@campcooby.com.au

07 46966244

QLD
Geham

Carers Link-Camp Ability

Camp Ability is a school holiday camp program for youths with a disability. The 4-day camps are designed to provide a fun safe holiday camp experience where nurturing support is provided by our qualified and experienced Lifestyle Supporters as well as trained volunteers. Camp Ability is our highly successful holiday camp program for youths with a disability aged 13-25.

13-25 years

Memory loss mild cognitive impairment early Alzheimer’s or other dementia

info@carerslink.com.au

07 3901 1165 

QLD
Wynnum 

Carers Link-Camp Gold Coast

CAMP ABILITY is a 4-day disability camp held during school holidays and are designed to provide a fun safe holiday camp experience which focuses on physical and social interaction.

13-25 years

Various

info@carerslink.com.au

07 3901 1165 

QLD
Wynnum 

Carinbundi

Carinbundi has grown and now offers a range of programs from a number of locations.

07 4158 9600

QLD
Carinbundi

CFN

School holiday centre-based / community programs for children and teenagers. A trip away from home experience something different and meet new friends. To contact via email reach out via websites contact form

5-18 years

All disabilities

07 5432 3966

QLD
Morayfield

Day Dream Explorers

Day Dream Explorers work with families who have members with a disability to provide the ultimate holiday experience. With their decked out 4WD mini bus able to cater for a wide variety of needs you have the flexability to plan the holiday of your dreams. Multiple families and book together for a get away to reduce costs trips are customixable and flexible to meet your families/individual needs.

All Ages

All disabilities

info@daydreamexplorers.com.au

0434 779 017

QLD
Various

Inclusion Plus Family Support

Fun and interactive After School Care programs are held at Currimundi and Nambour Special Schools and are available to teenagers with a disability.

Terens

office@ipfs.org.au

07 5441 6600

QLD
Nambour Currimundi

Mindware Psychology

School holiday intensive programs available

contact@mindwarepsychology.com.au

07 4646 4953

QLD
Toowoomba

Museum of Brisbane

Museum of Brisbane has a jam packed School Holiday program full of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy! All Activities are inclusive of children with disabilities although capacity to provide support is limited.

0-13 years

info@museumofbrisbane.com.au

07 3339 0800

QLD
Brisbane

Pools with Disability Access in Brisbane

Find pools with disability access around Brisabane.

info@brisbanekids.com.au

07 3277 8686

QLD
brisbane

School Camps QLD

Book now for SUMMER Holiday Camps! This is a mainstream holiday camp.

6-17 years

info@schoolcampsqld.com.au

0432 474 161

QLD
Thunderbird Park

Silky Oak Support Services

Silky Oak Support Services is a disability service provider produly operated by two couples out of Brisbane. Over the Christmas season every day of December Silk Oaks will be delivering a range of exciting activities from fishing go karting movie nights theme park vists and more. Calendar will be updated monthly and activities will change. Support ratio is 1:1 or 1:2.

All Ages

all disabilities

hq@silkyoaksupportservices.com.au

QLD
Various

Surrey Park Swimming

Holiday Learn to Swim or Dive programs are offered at our Aqualink Box Hill facility during all school holidays. Our popular 5-day intensive holiday program is open to all students of all abilities in our preschool school age and teen programs.

5+ years

(ian@surreypark.org.au)

03 9898 8876

QLD
Various

Tea-Cup Cottage

Tea-Cup Cottage provides short and long stay respite for disabled children and adults giving them the opportunity to play learn and relax away from their usual routine. Care respite locations are open 24/7.

All Ages

Various

info@tea-cupcottage.com

1800 832 287

QLD
Birkdale Capalaba

Tag 5 Camps

Camps are held at a number of established campsites throughout South East Queensland. All our campsites have wheelchair access.

enquiries@tag5.com.au

07 3216 8903

QLD
Various

Wesley Mission

The Gold Coast Youth Hubs offer a range of free school holiday activities for young people aged 12-17 years.

12-17 years

contactus@wmq.org.au

1300 673 140

QLD
Chermside

What Works OT

Sense rugby and other school readiness programs

2+ years

ASD Other

QLD
Brisbane

YMCA Brisbane

Vacation Care is offerred at various locations.

brisbane@ymca.org.au

07 3253 1700

QLD
Bowen Hills
Victoria Point
Jamboree Heights
Acacia Ridge
Warwick

 
 

SA

Inclusive Directions

Therapies and support for families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Global Developmental Delay (GDD) intellectual disabilities and challenging behaviours.

ASD GDD Intellectiual disabilities

clientsupport.sa@benevolent.org.au

1800 236 762

SA
Melrose Park
Port Pirie
Salisbury

Adealaide North Special School

YMCA Adelaide North OSHC provides Vacation Care (school holiday care) for children aged 5 to 17 years with intellectual disabilities. We offer a wide range of supervised fun-filled activities on site as well as excursions and incursions between 8am and 6pm during school holidays.

5-17 years

Intellectual Disabilities ASD

adelaidenorthoshc@ymca.org.au

08 82002500

SA
Para West

Autism SA

Autism SA offers eight weeks of school holiday programs over the year. Families registered for short term accommodation services are offered the opportunity to make selections from the scheduled activities prior to the school holiday period. Each day's programmed activities cater for up to eight children per activity. Staffing ratios are individually assessed and usually range from 1 Staff: 1 child to 1 staff: 4 children depending on the activity and needs of the children.

5-12 years

ASD

admin@autismsa.org.au

1300 288 476

SA
Netley

Home Fresh

Home Fresh Cooking is proud to host NDIS/Special Needs Cooking Classes for adults and children!

5+ years

Various

stephen@homefreshexperience.com.au

0466 158 453

SA
Golden Grove and other locations

Kids in Adelaide

Spring has sprung and we love this time of year! There are LOADS of activities events things to do and places to see. And with lots of these either free or low cost there is something for every kid and every budget! Make sure you book in quickly because they fill up fast!

All Ages

Disability Inclusive

SA
Adelaide

Novita Childrens Services (Elizabeth)

Novita School Holiday groups are run by our qualified therapists and allow your kids to continue their therapy whilst enjoying new experiences with new friends in a fun and supportive environment.

5-12 years

Various

enquiries@novita.org.au

1300 668 482

SA
Elizabeth Parafield Gardens St Marys Regency Park

United Abilities

Contact us for our school holidays options

All Ages

admin@unitedabilities.org.au

0402 721 221

SA
Monarto

Woodhouse Activity Centre

Woodside Activity Centre offers experience based group accommodation offering day camps day adventures overnight camping adventures and more to kids and families. Woodside is inclusive of children with special needs such as ASD. For children requiring one on one support families are welcome to bring along support workers and carers.

3-15 years

ASD low level autism children with special needs

info@woodhouse.org.au

08 8833 9333

SA
Piccadilly

Xlent Disability Services

For more information on the holiday programs please contact Xlent (08) 8165 2023 or email at info@xlent.org.au

8+ years

info@xlent.org.au

08 8165 2023

SA
Kent Town

 
 

TAS

Parkside Foundation

Fun and creative activities for young people during holiday periods. A chance to mix with their peers and renew maintain or develop new friendships. Contact for info.

enquiries@parkside.org.au

03 6243 6044

TAS
Lindisfarne

Ability First Australia

Provide services that improve the quality of life to over 6000 children and adults living with disability as well as providing support to their families.

All Ages

Various

society@stgiles.org.au

03 6345 7333

TAS
Newstead

Li-Ve Tasmania

School holiday support for children living with disability and their siblings. The Holiday Zone offers fun inclusion-focused activities for children living with disability and activities and peer support for siblings of children living with disability. Dates to be released.

hello@livetasmania.org

03 6227 5400

TAS
East Launceston Moonah

Mosaic Tasmania

School-aged children including Camps School Holiday Activities After School Options and Social Time Programs. Contact for info.

admin@mosaictas.org.au

03 6244 9444

TAS
Hobart Launceston Devonport Burnie Somerset Kingston Ulverstone George Town

 
 

VIC

Disabled Winter Sports

Disabled Winter Sport Australia assists people of all ages with a disability learn how to ski and snowboard offering adaptive equipment and volunteer guides. They operate throughout the ski season including school holidays. To particiapte you must register as a member.

All Ages

All disabilities

info@disabledwintersport.com.au

1300 265 730

NSW & VIC
Falls Creek Mt Hotham Mt Buller Perisher Thredbo

Disability Sport and Recreation

DSR kids is running a summer camp (and winter camp!) for young people with a disability located at the YMCA Camp in Manyung. At ther camp participants will have the opportunity to make friends increase their independence learn new skills and improve wellbeing. Expressions of interest for 2021 are open now. Dates TBC

7-17 years

All disabilities

info@dsr.org.au

03 9473 0158

VIC
Mt Eliza

HIFA

School holiday program on multiple days in the school holidays strive to meet a range of interests by providing a variety of activities. Days are 5-8hrs in length. Program runs Jan-June. 2021 program not yet released.

5-17 years

High Functioning Autism attending mainstream schools

hifageelong@gmail.com

VIC
Geelong

Irabina Autism Services - Multi Sports

A fun and engaging program using sports as a medium for teaching gross motor skills coordination and social communication skills. Children will engage in a range of sports activities which target core strength motor planning spatial and body awareness listening waiting and social skills.

ASD

03 9720 1118

VIC
Baywater
Pakenham
Bundoora

Irabina Autism Services - Tennis

A fun and recreational full-day program suitable for primary school-aged children attending mainstream schooling and their siblings (also in mainstream schooling). Trip to the tennis club during the day plus fun activities at Irabina. Activities at Irabina will include board games art and craft lego drama and sports activities. Included in the cost of this program is the transport to and from the tennis club and lunch.

2-4 years

ASD

03 9720 1118

VIC
Baywater
Pakenham
Bundoora

Latrobe City Council

Our HOP program provides opportunities for children with a disability to enjoy social and recreational experiences. Dates not yet released.

5-12 years

admin@icg.asn.au

03 5133 0700

VIC
Various

Mansfield Autism Statewide Services

The focus is on a fun holiday in a structured and supportive environment. Staffing levels during these placements are matched with the needs of each individual. The School holiday program includes community access designed to explore the beautiful natural environment of Mansfield health and well-being activities and healthy eating and nutrition.

ASD

http://autismmansfield.org.au/contact-us/

03 5775 2876

VIC
Mansfield

Portsea MAD camp

Participants are matched in age friendship groups or particular interests. 

All Ages

reception@theportseacamp.com.au

03 5984 2333

VIC
Portsea

YMCA

YMCA operates holiday escapes across Victoria catering to people of all abilities.

All Ages

ymcaescapes@ymca.org.au

03 8397 3111

VIC
Box Hill 

After The Bell

We cater for children 5-12 years of age (mainstream programs) and 5-15years (Specialist). Our program operates from various locations in Victoria. Our programs are filled with fun and exciting activities each school holiday periods with amazing inhouse incursions and excursions. We ensure all our children have fun each day in a safe engaging and friendly environment.

5+ years

All disabilities

admin@afterthebell.com.au

03 9758 6744

VIC
Various locations in VIC

Australian Camps Association

People Outdoors run numerous programs throughout the state varying from day activities through to five-day camps. Please use the website to find out more about the programs. Alternatively you can contact the People Outdoors office on 03 9863 6824.

6-18 years

Physical or intellectual disabilities

peopleoutdoors@auscamps.asn.au

03 9863 6824

VIC
hawthonpreston

BK’s Gymnastics Bayside (gymnastics camps)

Appropriate for Primary School aged children. Children are divided into age/skill based groups to learn how to tumble flip swing and balance or build on existing gym skills.

4+ years

Disability Inclusive

bayside@fitnessforfun.com.au

03 9077 5104

VIC
Noble Park

https://mycarespace.com.au/sites/default/files/Vacation%20Care%20Glenorc... documents to add!

Building Blocks Therapy Pty Ltd

We understand that for some families regular therapy during the term is very difficult to commit to and due to the long waiting lists we we often can’t offer family regular sessions . Book in for an intensive burst of therapy during the school holiday.

4-18 years

Various

info@buildingblockstherapy.com.au

03 9404 0338

VIC
South Morang Victoria

Carers Quality Community Services

CQCS is running a five day school holiday program including zoo and aquarium visits theme park visits and more. Short term supported accommodation is also available. Call or email for more information

5-17 years

All disabilities

info@carersquality.com

04 0259 7443

VIC
Various

CareChoice

Our school holiday activities are designed so children and families can access a wide range of fun and inclusive activities right across Melbourne. Our supported activities are especially suited to children who may have special needs or complex behaviours and find it difficult to participate in group holiday programs.

All Ages

Various

complaints@carechoice.net.au

1300 737 942

VIC
Melbourne Geelong Mornington Peninsula and key regions in Victoria

Deaf Children Australia

Circus Oz (Auslan)

deaf

info@deafchildren.org.au

1800 645 916

VIC
Melbourne

Family Care

Family Care offer a wide range of assisted programs and recreational activities for children and young people with a disability. Some of the programs include School holiday activities a camp program and social groups for young people.

4+ years

Various

intorec@familycare.net.au

03 5823 7041

VIC
Shepparton

Gateways Support Services Inc

This is an introductory holiday program for young primary school children. It provides a range of fun indoor and outdoor activities in the comfort and safety of the Greenville Kindergarten in Grovedale

5+ years

ASD ID and other disabilities

info@gateways.com.au

03 5221 2984

VIC
Geelong West

Giving Tree

Giving Tree is an all-inclusive holiday program for children between the ages of 3-6. The program will be for children with and without disabilities to promote inclusion from a young age and foster a positive environment. Our programs focus on providing individual support to each participant as we tailor our program to be accessible so that everyone has a chance to join in if they wish. Our participants also known as “Explorers” are encouraged to build social connections in a safe environment through play. We explore many different types of activities within our program such as sensory play sport interesting and stimulating arts and craft activities mindfulness song and dance and so much more.

3-6 years

All disabilities

info@givingtree.org.au

0421 345 979

VIC
St Kilda Community Centre

Interchage Loddon Mallee Region Inc.

Loddon-Mallee Region inc. is a registered NDIS support provider with over 30yrs experience in providing social recreational community and home support to individuals with a disability. In addition to hosting school holiday programs to students of their special needs schools they also host a program for students not attending their schools.

4-12 years

Various

oshc@interchangelm.org.au

03 5441 1599

VIC
Bendigo

Kamaruka

Allow boys another opportunity to develop skills such as camping hiking bush survival cooking surfing and snorkelling. Offer the opportunity for social interaction community sharing and the development of interpersonal skills. Contact for info.

8-15 years approx

ADHD ASD

info@kamaruka.vic.edu.au

03 9826 0330

VIC
South Yarra

Leisure Networks

A huge range of activities available from football to disco. Includes weekends away scoial Saturdays and School holiday activities.

All Ages

lnetworks@leisurenetworks.org

03 5222 3911 

VIC
Various

Maroondah City Council

maroondah@maroondah.vic.gov.au

03 9298 4598

VIC
Croydon Croydon South

Melbourne Child Development

Social skills programs

All Ages

Disability Inclusive

info@melbournechilddevelopment.com.au

03 9890 1062

VIC
Box Hill 

Moreland City Council

Council operates a school holiday program for primary school children aged between 5 and 12 years old whose parents live work or study in Moreland. The program offers a variety of in-house activities including games crafts and sports and excursions. Call and advise for special needs.

5-12 years

info@moreland.vic.gov.au

Various

VIC
Brunswick East Brunswick North Pascoe Vale

Mpower Inc.

Kids and Teens in the Community school holiday program The program runs every school holidays during the year and for 3 weeks in January. Program activities include zoo and farm visits beach days bowling movies and creative crafts. Participants must be attending school.

0-17 years

admin@mpower.org.au

03 5561 8111

VIC
Warrnambool

Mpower Inc.

Fully supported weekends away. Hiking in the beautiful Grampians helping the group learn about budgeting an paying for food preparing and creating all meals completing activities of daily living with support that promotes independence and have a fun social and relaxing experience.

0-18 years

admin@mpower.org.au

03 5561 8112

VIC
Warrnambool

Pinarc Disability Support Inc

We provide recreational and social activities for children and teenagers during the school holidays. These may include swimming cooking and day trips. Enquire.

7-18 years

admin@pinarc.org.au

03 5329 1398

VIC
Bakery Hill

Spectrum Speech

School Holiday Workshops Pirate Adventure Girl Talk Lego Connect

6-11 years

03 9885 0504

VIC
Ashwood Moonee Ponds

Statewide Autistic Services Inc

SASI hosts two camps per year for people with higher and lower support needs -respectively. Each camp runs for three days and two nights and are usually housed in holiday homes. Most participants are aged 15 and above.

15+ years

ASD

 enquiries@sasi.org.au

03 9773 6044

VIC
Frankston 

Swim 4 All

Swim 4 Life offers private and group lessons to children with special needs all year round and during school holidays except for the Christmas holidays. Luckily this year both the Werribee and Murrumbeena aquatic centres will be opening from the 4th of January 2021. Swim4All provides both group and privater lessons both of which run on a weekly basis.

3 - 12 years

swim4all@swim4all.com.au

03 9742 5000

VIC
Werribee Murrumbeena

Yarracity Council

From art galleries of all kinds to parks the Yarra River and the historic Abbotsford Convent there is something for everyone. 

info@yarracity.vic.gov.au 

03 9205 5555

VIC
Abbotsford
fitzroy
richmond

Ymca Geelong Inc.

YMCA Geelong offers a fun-filled and exciting School Holiday Program available to all school-aged children. Our fully accredited School Holiday program runs every school holidays from 7:30 am – 6:00 pm. Extra support is avaialable - see rates.

5-18 years

shp.geelong@ymca.org.au

03 5223 2714

VIC
newtown

YMCA Victoria (various)

YMCA Whittlesea offers a school holiday program for primary school aged children with additional support requirements children 8-12 with a mild-moderate disability teens with additional support requirements.

03 8371 0500

VIC
Various: check for location

Ymca Whittlesea

YMCA Whittlesea offers a school holiday program for primary school aged children with additional support requirements. The holiday program includes incursions and excursions leisure activities daily living activities opportunity to develop skills interact socially and meet personal challenges. WhiSKHA Child give participants the opportunity to have fun achieve goal​s and access the community in a safe and supportive environment.

8+ years

whittlesea@ymca.org.au

03 9407 6200

VIC
South Morang​

 
 

WA

Helping Minds Australia

We have a professional and compassionate team of staff who provide quality confidential support and services to children youth adults and families who are caring for someone with a mental illness or individuals who affected by a mental illness.

Mental Ilness

info@helpingminds.org.au

08 9427 7100

WA
Perth

Workpower

We take full advantage of the great weather with plenty of fun in the sun and in nature.Outdoor laser tag Water park and playground trips Gymnastic and trampolining fun Wildlife and nature day out

7 - 17 years

info@workpower.asn.au

1800 610 665

WA
Perth

Autism Alliance

School holiday programs offer parents and carers some time off each day while allowing the children to learn vital social skills explore new subjects and interact naturally. These holidays we are offering several themes including science art music trains and much more!

3-16 years

ASD and other disabilities

reception@autismalliance.com.au

08 9249 2063

WA
Malaga

Autism Association Of WA

These small intensive groups are led by our experienced Therapy Team. Our groups offer an opportunity for children to review and consolidate learnt skills and to develop new skills under the guidance of Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists. For respite and other school holiday programs see the following links: https://www.autism.org.au/our-services/school-aged/holiday-groups/ (School Holiday Group) https://www.autism.org.au/our-services/school-aged/short-breaks-children... (respite)

0-7 years

ASD

autismwa@autism.org.au

08 9489 8900

WA
Shenton Park, East Fremantle, Joondalup, Midland, Gosnells

Spectrum Space (Autism West)

Caters to kids and young adults on the spectrum between the ages of 5 -18 years of age tailoring support to Low Moderate and High Needs. This is a great introduction into our social groups and our holistic strengths-based approach.

All Ages

ASD

info@autismwest.org.au

08 9431 2111

WA
Freemantle

Edmund Rice

Edmund Rice Camps for Kids WA Inc (ERCKWA) is a non-profit community based organisation that serves the needs of children aged 7–16 and their families

7-16 years

info@edmundricecampswa.com.au

041 444 1844

WA
Bindoon

Family Support Wa Inc.

The Family Support WA School Holiday Program is available to young independent individuals who are suited to a 3-to-1 care ratio and are looking for some fun activities to join in with over school holidays.

5-17 years

Disability Inclusive

info@familysupportwa.org.au

08 9206 3400

WA
Wanneroo

Kids' Camps Inc

Cahoots creates inclusive opportunities for children and young people living with disability and others that face exceptional challenges to develop friendships skills and confidence. Dec camps not yet released.

5+ years

info@cahoots.org.au

1300 103 880

WA
Osborne Park

KZ Speech

The structure of the program is that the children rotate around nine stations for 20 minutes at each station working one to one with a Speech Pathologist Occupational Therapist or therapy assistant. They may do this either individually or in a pair (depending on the child's mix of learning needs and social language use needs at each station).

2-12 years

info@kzspeech.com.au

08 9450 6939

WA
Salter Point

Phase Australia

As a group supported program there is considerable flexibility and most activities can be accessed on any day during the school holidays. Contact for info.

https://www.perthealthcare.com.au/contact/

0418 750 524

WA
Joonadalup

Senses Australia

Senses Australia’s offers a range of services available over the school holidys from workshops events and support groups to respite and support for siblings!

24 years & under

camps@senses.org.au

0421 339 653 

WA
TBA

Surf Heros

Surf Heros hosts free surf events and private lessons (for a fee) for children with autism. See their Facebook page for event updates or contact them directly to book a private lesson.

5+ years

Autism

info@oceanheroes.com.au

WA
Perth

WA Cricket Association (WACA)

During the school holidays the Perth Scorchers are hosting a school holiday program that is inclusive of children of all abilities including those with a disability. Outside of school holidays various WACA clubs support cricket programs for children and adults with a disability. For more info on the Perth Scorchers head to this address: https://www.playcricket.com.au/club-finder/club-details?Id=31894

4+ years

reception@waca.com.au

08 9265 7222

WA
Various

Wa Disabled Sports Association

Calendar of WADSA’s CAN Xperiences and Events may still have places available for individuals with a disability or for groups who cater for individuals with a disability to register.

reception@wadsa.org.au

08 9470 1442

WA
East Victoria Park

Cara

Cara has South Australia’s only camps program for campers with complex disabilities. Activities on camp are accessible and developmentally-appropriate and campers are encouraged to experience as many activities as possible however participation is always the choice of the camper.

18 years & under

All disabilities

contact@cara.org.au

08 8347 4588

WA
Hindmarsh, Woodville

 

Sensory Movies*

A sensory-friendly movie session usually involves cinemas turning the volume down and leaving the lights up and audience members are free to get out of their seats and move around the theatre. Parents don't need to feel stressed about keeping their child contained and can feel comforted in knowing that the other parents in the cinema know exactly what their situation is.

Where can you find a Sensory Friendly Screening? We have collected a few below. Let us know of any we can add. 

* Check current availability due to COVID

Event Cinemas           

National

Village CinemasNational
Hoyts Cinemas

Open-Closed Caption

National - Check by location

Sensory SoulsNational - 35 locations across Australia
Ritz CinemasNSW - Randwick
DendyNSW - Newtown, Sydney, QLD- Coorparoo, Portside
Wallis CinemasSA - Mitcham, Mt Barker, Noarlunga, Piccadilly, Mildura
Grand CinemasWA - Armadale, Bunbury, Currambine, Cygnet, Joondalup, Warwick
Classic CinemaVIC - Elsternwick
Cameo CinemaVIC - Belgrave
Lido CinemaVIC - Hawthorn
Regent CinemaVIC - Ballarat


 

Creative Kids Voucher (NSW)

The NSW Government is helping kids get creative with the new Creative Kids program.

Parents, guardians and carers can apply for a voucher with a value of up to $100 per calendar year for each student aged 4.5 to 18 years old enrolled in school.

The voucher may be used with a registered activity provider for registration, participation and tuition costs for creative arts, speech, drama, dance, digital design, coding, and music lessons and activities.

The voucher can be used at any time during the calendar year it was issued.

COVID-19 brought updates to the voucher's use as follows: 

  • Cultural and creative activities that support the 2020 school curriculum,
  • Activities and programs delivered online, and
  • Creative supplies, equipment and materials through approved Creative Kids providers.

Find Creative Kids Registered Providers

*to find online options select the "Only show online programs" option

 

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