Yes, Sydney can be expensive and tricky to get around by car, but this outdoorsy and cultural city is definitely family-friendly.
Many top Sydney attractions for families – like a trip to the beach – are light on the pocket, close to the city, and easy to get on foot or public transport.
When it comes to special adventures, the sky’s the limit. Unique Sydney attractions for families include Taronga Zoo, concerts at Sydney Opera House, surf lessons at iconic Bondi Beach, The Harbour Bridge Climb, exploring Cockatoo Island, and jet boating on Sydney Harbour to name but a few.
Top Sydney Attractions for Families
If it’s a nice day, it’s a no brainer: hit the beach. There are many lovely harbour and surf beaches to choose from. Some, like Manly and Bondi, have vibrant lifestyle precincts with cafes, shops and playgrounds.
Sydney’s top beaches for families are: Nielsen Bay, Coogee, and Clovelly (great snorkelling!) in the Eastern Suburbs. North of the Harbour Bridge, there’s idyllic Balmoral Beach and fabulous Manly Beach.
A big bonus of a beach outing to either Manly or Balmoral is the fast scenic ferry trip from Circular Quay.
Kids just love riding on Sydney’s ferries. As well as being the quick and easy way to get to many Sydney attractions for families, ferries offer unbeatable views of Sydney Harbour, the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and other must-sees.
Unique Sydney Attractions for Families
The Sydney Harbour Bridge walk adventure starts from either end. It’s under a kilometre in distance with huge views in all directions.
At the bridge’s southern end, explore the historic Rocks precinct, stop by the Sydney Observatory, then walk through Circular Quay to see Sydney Opera House. At the northern end there’s Luna Park (entry is free, you just pay for rides) and the fabulous Olympic Pool – a top spot on a sunny day.
Sydney Museums – the biggies for kids of all ages are the funky Powerhouse Museum of science and design and the mammoth Australian Museum which has ten complete dinosaur skeletons!
Darling Harbour Playground is Australia’s best. It’s free and massive fun for little ones and teenagers.
Darling Harbour’s IMAX Theatre has the biggest screen in the universe. Treat the kids to a 3D movie and you’ll wear a halo for at least a week.
Darling Harbour’s Wildlife Zoo Sydney, Sydney Aquarium and Madame Tussauds are highly entertaining and educational too. Get a family combo ticket for all three attractions.
If you’ve time and energy left, don’t miss Darling Harbour’s Australian Maritime Museum where you can climb aboard historic vessels, including a real submarine.
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