The top 20 Things To Do for Families Visiting Sydney

20 things to do in Sydney families

A reader question on Facebook
recently has thrown up so many great ideas that they deserve their own post for posterity on the blog.


We’re coming to Sydney for a week from Townsville with an 11 year old girl and 10 year old boy.


So far our list has: the zoo, Luna Park, Cockatoo Island, and probably not Wet n’ Wild or Aquariums. What are the other must-dos?’


The replies came in thick and fast.  Then I put up a question about where readers like to take visitors to Sydney who come to stay with them. More ideas!

You Facebook readers are an enthusiastic bunch and so keen to share what you love about Sydney – go you good things!

The list sums up what’s just fab about our city, so with no more ado, here’s the list from you experts, the readers of this blog.


Top 20 Things To Do for Families Visiting Sydney

  1. Boat trip around Darling Harbour or the ferry ride to Manly. On Sunday you can get train, ferry and city buses unlimited for $2.50. You can get on and off as often as you like as long as there is at least one child. Just ask for Family Fun Day tickets – Lloyd
  2. Budget wise you can get a Merlin Pass that is valid for 12 months from $80-110 for adults. It’s great if you will visit again but they do other deals where you get into x amount of attractions for x amount of $$. You can get into Sydney and Manly Aquariums, Madame Tussauds wax museum, Sydney Wildlife Park, Centrepoint Tower  and it has other places to get in Illawarra Treetops, Melbourne Aquarium, Mooloolabah Aquarium –  Kim
  3. Centrepoint Tower is pretty good. Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb is epic!! – Abbey
  4. Kayaking from Manly. Take a picnic for a fantastic day out –  Lyndsay
  5. Royal Botanic Gardens,  Mrs Maquaries Chair,  Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Modern Art Family Day, a day at the beach at Bondi/Coogee,/Bronte/Tamarama – do the cliff walk –  Christine
  6. No need to do the Harbour Bridge Climb, even if you just walk across it, its great!  Visit Darling Harbour, Bondi to Bronte walk – Shemyla
  7. Madame Tussauds –  Tracey
  8. With climbing the Bridge, I think you have to be 10, but climbing a pylon is good. I always like a hop on hop off bus for an easy way to explore a city – Kirralee.
  9. Australian Museum or Maritime Museumsays Ilka
  10. Visit the Opera House – says Mojgan
  11. Go to the Blue Mountains, Northern Beaches, sometimes Bondi if they are keen to see it and The Gap – says Julie
  12. Manly ferry and some or all of the Bondi – Coogee coastal walk – says Holly
  13. Ferry to Manly. You can take them to the new Barangaroo Park now. Walk around Botanic Gardens, Circular Quay, Opera House, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, The Rocks. If time permits, Palm Beach, West Head – Charmaine
  14. Cremorne Point walk, Newtown and Carriageworks Markets, bars in Redfern, Watsons Bay Paula
  15. Northern Beaches, the City /the Rocks, Blue Mountains, Berry, Watson’s Bay, Hunter Valley – Maria
  16. Featherdale Wildlife Park Amanda
  17. The Zoo! Giraffes have the perfect view  – Jane
  18. Palm Beach lighthouse and coffee at the Boatshed Felicity
  19. Picnics on the Harbour, at Cremorne Point or Blues Point, Neilsen Park or Parsley Bay – me!
  20. Manly Scenic Walk and now the lovely walk around Narrabeen Lagoon, and my very own personal tour of the Harbour beaches and baths – me again!


NB This list could be printed to use as your blueprint for planning a family visit to Sydney!


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Posted on: September 24, 2015


  • Reply September 27, 2015

    Paula McInerney

    Excellent, I think the biggest problem with Sydney is there is so many things to do with children. You would have no trouble doing a part 2, 3 etc. We love Sydney.

    • Reply September 27, 2015

      Seana Smith

      That’s 100% true. I’d like to do a link post with lots of special treats for kids in school holidays. It’s good to do something special once or twice int he holidays as well as the more economical things. Thanks for visiting Paula.

  • Reply October 1, 2015

    Desire Empire

    Here’s another good one. South Head Historic Walk, I hope you don’t mind me adding it. A walk around the Watson’s Bay foresure and then fish and chips at the Watson’s Bay Hotel, gives gorgeous views over Sydney harbour and a history lesson all in one. This one is particularly good for looking at the historic military defenses of Sydney. Here’s the link to the details

    Caro xx

  • Reply October 1, 2015

    Desire Empire

    opps and that would be foreshore. It’s tops for sure lol.

  • Reply August 9, 2017


    I am going to Sydney with my family. I think this article helps me to know where should i need to visit. I am bookmarking this page right now.

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