So you’re coming to Sydney with teenagers, let me and mine show you some cool things to do! There are dozens, hundreds of activities for teenagers to enjoy in and around Sydney, including some very adventurous things to do.
You might be planning a trip with the family and so looking for teenage holiday ideas Sydney, or you may be a Sydney family looking for special things to do with teenagers. Whoever you are, you will find lots of variety here and most of these activities for teens have been test-driven by my own older boys.
I’ve divided this Sydney for teens list into several sections as it’s become so big.
Things To Do Sydney Teenagers List: Table of Contents
Best Fun Things to Do In Sydney With Teens
Myself and my teens have curated a list of the very best activities for teens in Sydney.
Checking out this list on the handy booking site Viator here makes this so easy.
Just click the image below to check out loads of great Sydney for teenagers options.
You will find discount tickets for all the best fun things for teens to do in Sydney, like:
Sydney Aquarium or Manly Oceanworld: do the Shark Dive
Sydney Tower Eye; do the scary Skywalk
Taronga Zoo: do the Wild Ropes course
The Rocks Ghost Tours
Hop On Hop Off Bus
Sydney Helicopter Tours
One of the more expensive things to do in Sydney for teens, yet absolutely the most exhilerating. Plus a helicopter ride is an amazing way to see Sydney and soak in all the views over the city, ocean, Harbour and mountains too.
There are many helicopter tours to choose from, ranging from one hour to a full day tour.
Luna Park Sydney
Totally not to be missed if you enjoy theme parks, visit early or late to avoid huge crows though. Right on the Harbour, visit after a walk across the bridge, have a swim at North Sydney Olympic Pool afterwards.
Outdoor Activities: Sydney With Teenagers
Get those teenagers outdoors and run them into the ground!
Sydney had many, many terrific and healthy outdoors activities for teenagers, here’s a list of my teens’ recommendations.
Of all the most awesome things for teenagers in Sydney, surely learning to surf comes way high up the list. Sydney is SO famous for its surf, and surfing is a real rite of passage for Sydney teens.
So join in the Sydney surf lifestyle and get the teens out on their surfboards. Surf lessons are de rigeur for summer visitors, but you will find surf lessons are available all year round.
Learn to scuba dive
Teenagers aged 12+ can learn to scuba dive in Sydney. There are Discover Scuba half day lessons plus PADI Open Water courses over two days.
This is one of the more adventurous things to do in Sydney with a teenager, ideally suited to teens who can swim well and perhaps have had some snorkelling experience.
At Manly I can recommend Dive Centre Manly, my son has dived with them.
At Bondi there is Dive Centre Bondi.
Sydney has some excellent scuba diving, I’ve seen seahorses and a million different fish and rays.
Snorkel at the ocean or Harbour beaches
Ah, there are so many great spots to snorkel. This is one of those things to do with teenagers in Sydney that younger brothers and sisters can enjoy too. In fact snorkelling is a great activity for the entire family.
Bring or buy mask, fins and snorkels and check out these top spots to snorkel.
Located in the west of Sydney, accessible by car or public transport is an urban climbing adventure. Check out the video and then the website is below. If you have younger kids too there are courses for them.
Sydney’s Best Walks
If your teenagers enjoy walking, these are the de rigeur Sydney walks to try:
Across the Harbour Bridge 1km each way (written for people with little kids, but all the info you need is there)
Bondi to Coogee 6km return (marvellous views and so many cool cafes)
Manly Scenic Walk 10km one way (brilliant, fab views and cafes at each end, little beaches to explore too.)
Kayaking + Stand Up Paddle Board
Kayak or enjoy SUP in the Harbour from Manly or from The Spit Bridge, more info on these websites.
Sydney Harbour Kayaks at Spit Bridge
Sydney Bike Tours
Bike with a guide and safely enjoy a fresh air way to see the Sydney sights, with expert commentary.
Beaches, Baths and Ocean Swimming
Ah, so many great places to choose from…. we love the rock pools and beaches of the Northern Beaches, Bondi and its famous Icebergs pool, Manly and all its little secret beaches nearby.
If you are a good swimmer and are keen to do some ocean swimming in a group, read all about The Bold and The Beautiful Swim Squad, Manly.
Tree Tops Adventure Parks
There are several terrific tree climbing experiences to be enjoyed in Sydney, read about two places here.
Climbing the Harbour Bridge is an iconic Sydney adventure, read about my visit to celebrate a son’s 16th birthday here.
But BridgeClimb is expensive ++, so you might prefer just to walk over the Bridge and visit the Pylon Lookout.
Cables Wake Park
Read all about this wake boarding park in Western Sydney here. The post is aimed at people with kids but you’ll get the picture and the info you need.
Wet n Wild Water Slides
Sydney’s largest water park is far out to the west and makes a great day trip. This is a big treat for local kids, and one of our own family’s favourite things to do with teens in Sydney.
We also adore the water slides at Manly, there are just three slides but they’re fun for a couple of hours of sliding and a great fun active things to do when visiting Manly.
Monster Skate park
There’s a huge skate park at Sydney Olympic Park, but it’s currently closed due to damage. Check the Monster Skate Park website to see if it is open again.
Indoor Teen Activities Sydney
It might be raining or it might be boiling hot. If you are looking for indoors things to do in Sydney with teenagers, here is a list of the best places we know and love.
We can highly recommend a visit to Virtual Reality Rooms Sydney which is an awesome experience, especially if you have never tried a VR experience before. It’s awesome!
Virtual Reality Rooms Sydney
Address: Level 1, 484 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Phone: 02 9267 3873
NB: There’s a special 15% discount code for readers. Simply put promo code SYDKIDS15 when making an online booking to get 15% off (not valid with any other offers).
You can read more about this great virtual reality experience on our blog post about our visit to Virtual reality Rooms Sydney here.
Teenagers will love the challenge of indoor rock climbing gyms and also the new bouldering gyms. There are over 15 locatiosn that offer bouldering and indoor rock climbing in Sydney and you can find them all detailed on this post, plus there’s a map to show you exactly where they all are.
Of course for many kids, especially the young ladies, shopping is one of the most important things for teenagers to do in Sydney. Here’s a list of places to explore if shopping is your thing.
- The Queen Victoria Building – deluxe boutiques
- Birkenhead Point, huge centre full of outlet stores, catch the Shopper Hopper ferry from the city.
- The Strand Arcade – same
- Pitt Street Mall – the big stores
- King Street, Newtown – edgy, groovy bars, cafes and shops
- Glebe Point Road – same
- Darling Street, Balmain – trendy and groovy shops and cafes
- Oxford Street, Paddington – upmarket boutiques and stores
Another very popular and appealing item on the list of things to do for teens in Sydney has to be visiting our unique markets. Here’s a list to get young shoppers started.
- Paddington on a Saturday for clothes and creative stuff
- Bondi on a Sunday
- Carriageworks Farmers Market on a Saturday
- Rozelle Markets
- Weekly Organic Food Market list here
- The Event Cinemas multiplex is on George Street just down from Town Hall.
- The Dendy Opera Quays is the best city cinema for arthouse films.
- In January and February the St George Open Air Cinema at the Botanic Gardens is a must
Shows: Music, Theatre and the Arts
Check Time Out Sydney What’s On This Week to see who’s playing where, when and with whom.
It’s always great to know what’s on at Sydney Opera House too, click here.
Escape Hunt Australia
There are escape rooms in the centre of Sydney. I can’t stand them myself but teens seem to love the challenge!
The old railway yards in Redfern are now a multi-arts space with a bar and cafe.
Skyzone is a rather amazing indoor trampoline park in Alexandria. There’s a splendid climbing area too.
iFly is an indoor skydiving centre in Western Sydney. We’ve posted a childs-eye view of iFly here.
So there you have it, all the best things to do in Sydney for teenagers have been gathered together here in one place for you.
If you know any more great fun things to do in Sydney for teens, please do use the Contact page to send us a message, we are always keen to add more.
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