Last minute school holiday getaways from Peppers, Mantra and Breakfree

A summer of fun for families awaits at Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree resorts in country and coastal destinations from movies under the stars to Christmas lights displays, action-packed kids clubs, surf shacks and water sport activities and theme park fun.

Balmy summer nights in northern NSW are best spent bobbing around the pool watching your favourite family movies, so says Peppers Salt Resort & Spa Kingscliff of its unique Cinema under the Stars this summer.

BreakFree Long Island Resort Courtyard

BreakFree Long Island Resort Courtyard

Free to in-house guests, Saturday night family movies from December 21 to January 11 will be shown on a giant screen over the Peppers lagoon pool. Complimentary giant floating rings will be provided for a fun and unique way to spend time with the family at the flicks. Pizza, soft drinks and the bar will be open.

Overlooking spectacular Salt beach and just minutes from Kingscliff and Casuarina, the resort has running, walking and cycling tracks, and the superb on-site Season Restaurant.

Packages start from $418 a night in a two-bedroom apartment, including daily breakfast daily;; conditions apply, subject to availability.

Mantra Lorne high ropes

Mantra Lorne high ropes

Celebrate a magical Christmas Eve experience at Peppers Guest House where old-fashioned fare with a festive twist and a Christmas movie classic will be served. The four-course dinner in Chez Pok Restaurant will be followed by dessert under the stars including sea-salted caramel popcorn, waffle ice-cream sundaes and drinks such as sticky dessert wines, homemade old-fashioned lemonade and creaming soda.

The meal will be followed by the Christmas classic, Miracle on 34th Street, in the starlight outdoor cinema under the stars at Peppers. The Christmas dining and movie experience is $120 a person or $40 for dessert and the movie.

Guests staying at Peppers from now until January 26 can experience the Christmas Lights in the Hunter Valley show featuring nightly light displays (except December 25) at the Hunter Valley Gardens. Packages start from $259 a night Sunday to Friday or from $349 on Saturdays; includes two show tickets, complimentary wine upon arrival and daily breakfast; conditions apply, subject to availability.

Details, bookings: Peppers Guest House, 02 4993 8999 or