Sydney is a fantastic city for kids, with an array of attractions that will keep them entertained all week long. There's lots of outdoor fun to be had at beaches where they can learn to surf or look for whales, the zoos and aquariums will let them get up close and personal with native animals, and the many museums will make history fun for the whole family.
For those that like a stroll, you're in luck. One of the world's most picturesque paths is the Coogee to Bondi Walk which hugs the coastline or amble through the vast Royal Botanic Garden and enjoy harbour views. Pack a basket (or swing by a cafe) and stop off to admire the city from one of its many picturesque picnic spots.
Camping tents set up on Cockatoo Island, Sydney Harbour - Credit: Sydney Harbour Federation Trust
Zoos & aquariums
A trip to Taronga Zoo is a full-day adventure. Instead of driving, take a ferry from Circular Quay across sparkling Sydney Harbour so kids can also take in the Sydney Opera House from a new angle. The zoo has hundreds of animals to see, like Mali, Miya and Lexi – three rare Australian sea-lions who perform in an exciting daily show. In Western Sydney, Sydney Zoo offers an open-air safari-style experience.
Mini adrenaline junkies will make a beeline for Luna Park an amusement park that has been thrilling children since the 1930s. Ride the ferris wheel and the rollercoasters, then try your luck at the carnival games. Nine new rides were installed in 2021, promising more thrills for all ages.
Raging Waters has more than 30 waterslides and rides, plus a beach and kids' play areas. Have a child that's eight or older and isn't afraid of heights? They can tackle Bridge Climb and reach the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or take on the outdoor Skywalk at Sydney Tower Eye, with its 360-degree views.
When it comes to culture, kids are spoiled for choice in Sydney. They can board a replica sailing ship and explore a submarine at the Australian National Maritime Museum while Hyde Park Barracks has new immersive experiences that take you back in time to Sydney’s convict days. When it gets dark, they can explore the constellations at Sydney Observatory.
The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of NSW regularly host family-friendly exhibitions and children’s workshops. Sydney’s theatres and the Sydney Opera House host a range of productions, musicals and performances throughout the year, and spending a night watching a movie under the stars at an outdoor cinema is always a winner. For family shows and festivals, check out what’s on at this up-to-date events calendar.
Kids with performers, ELEVATE Sydney
Tours & day trips
Make it easy to explore Sydney and beyond by signing up to a tour. Take in all the major landmarks withBig Bus,a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Learn about Australia’s convict history on The Rocks Ghost Tour through Sydney’s oldest streets, explore the city on two wheels with a cycling tour or hop aboard a harbour cruise to see the city from the water.
Gather your crew and show the kids the best parts of Sydney. Take your pick from surfing lessons to zoo expeditions and ocean pool dips. Here’s your guide to a family-friendly long weekend in the harbour city.
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