Sydney is a great city for kids and adults alike, which is why so many people choose it each year as the destination for their family holidays.
Sydney has a range of beaches, theme parks, museums and playgrounds on offer for the kids, and Sydney bars and restaurants (along with the other cultural attractions) are more than enough to convince the parents that it’s a worthy location! If you’re travelling to Sydney with kids (or if you live in Sydney and are looking for some ideas on how to keep them busy), we’ve got a range of options to help you out. Bring on the family fun!
It’s not all that often that you see a giraffe munching leaves against the backdrop of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House, but that is exactly what you’ll see at Taronga Zoo. Sydney’s zoo has a strong focus on conservation and, among other things, is home to the most adorable pygmy hippo you’re ever likely to see. The best way to get there is to catch the ferry from Circular Quay in the CBD, and take in all the natural beauty of the harbour as you sail towards your destination. Fun for the whole family, Taronga Zoo is both educational and entertaining.
An historic and functioning amusement park, Luna Park is a nod to times gone by with its antique painted face at the entrance and old-style rides. There are, of course, plenty of modern rides to keep the kids impressed, as well as (wait for it) a number of bars and restaurants to keep the parents busy!
Not far out of Sydney and perfect for a family day trip, the Blue Mountains have a range of activities on offer to keep you all busy. Head off on an organised Blue Mountains tour or simply drive yourself around the sleepy villages, stopping for a bite where you feel like it. Undeniably, the biggest attraction in the Blue Mountains is the stunning Three Sisters rock formation, which came about (Dreamtime legend has it) after three sisters were turned to stone for their own protection during a tribal battle in ancient times. Today, the Three Sisters form a tourist hotspot and the walking trails around the area take in some breathtaking local bush land.
You can’t come to Sydney without visiting the iconic Bondi Beach, and best of all, it’s a cheap outing for the entire family! Our advice would be to catch the bus or train as parking can be something of a nightmare, but once you’re there and have staked your claim on a patch of sand, the kids will be sure to amuse themselves in the waves or in the dedicated kid’s pool at the North end of the beach. Once you’ve all had your fill of surf and sad there are a range of excellent ice-cream and gelato shops to cool you down with a sweet treat.