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7 playful and practical backpacks to send your kids to school with

Get them into the school spirit in style.

Getting the kids ready for school is a momentous task – one we often leave to the very last minute despite swearing we wouldn’t.

But with anything, it’s best to be prepared and beat the chaos that awaits in store, where every other parent can be found with their disgruntled kids as they shop for new school items.

That doesn’t have to be the case, however, as most of your back-to-school shopping can be done online, with everything from shoes to lunchboxes and the mighty backpack available and ready to be added to cart.

Speaking to the latter specifically, you want to find the perfect bag that can hold all their essentials while also maintaining a stylish and fun feel for the kids.

The best school bags in Australia

To make it ever so easy, we’ve done most of the work for you and found some of the best school bags in Australia to buy for your kid this year.


Basic Canvas Backpack, $25 at Target

Available in either navy, khaki or classic black, this basic canvas backpack has adjustable shoulder straps for comfort, as well as an internal laptop pocket and a separate front compartment to store their belongings.



Joymoze Leisure Backpack, $71.85 at Amazon

With over 1,000 global ratings, this backpack comes with high praise from parents, with one reviewer saying: “It’s a very nice backpack, my daughter loves it. The fabric feels very soft, and it’s made out of very good materials. Spacious enough.”



Bluejuice Ombre Pink/Blue Backpack, $44.99 (usually $64.99) at Strand

Coming with a free water bottle to help you tick off another item on your list, this backpack has adjustable backpack straps and a laptop and tablet compartment to hold everything securely.


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Herschel Settlement Backpack, $130 at The Iconic

Durable and stylish, this backpack is the perfect size to hold all their essentials, without looking droopy or bulky. It’s made from a soft plain weave fabric and finished with the brand’s signature striped lining.


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Hopscotch Backpack, $12 at Big W

Pink was all the rage in 2023, so why not carry it into the new year with this bright number from Hopscotch that features a classic design, a large zipper compartment and a front pocket for extra storage.


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Nike Heritage Backpack, $44.99 at Rebel Sport

For the sporty kids, this Nike Heritage Backpack is a no-brainer. Made from densely woven fabric for heavyweight support, the bag also has a spacious main compartment that features a 15-inch laptop sleeve and side pockets to keep essentials organised.


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Kids Carry All Backpack, $44.99 at Cotton On

With an option to personalise with their initials so they never have to worry about losing their bag, this carry-all in floral fields/blush pink is a sweet pick for the school year.


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