Top 25 Things To Do in Sydney With Kids



Hey, you are coming to visit our beautiful harbour city with your children, that’s great. You will be so welcome!

You’re wondering what the best Sydney attractions are for you and your family? Let us show you around!

NB If you are a visitor to Sydney do consider buying a Sydney Explorer Pass – it can save you a heap of money. 

Here you’ll find our list of top things to do in Sydney, the activities and attractions unique to our harbour city.

NB If you are looking for the best Sydney tours, click here to check them out on Get Your Guide – there are heaps of great ideas there.

Of course there are many, many more fun things to do in Sydney, but you need to start with the best of the best. Here it is.


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Top 25 Things To Do in Sydney With Kids

1.  Taronga Zoo: Meet Aussie Animals 

Hop on the ferry at Circular Quay to visit Taronga Zoo which is usually rated No.1 of all Sydney attractions for kids. The magnificent Harbourside setting is breathtaking, these zoo animals have the best views in Sydney. There are many special features of Taronga Zoo, the Asiatic elephants, the terrific animal talks and shows. (My kids love the birds and the seals best.)

Families with kids of all ages will enjoy this classic Sydney family day out. The zoo is one of the best things to see in Sydney, a visit never disappoints.

Just beware of boiling hot days as the zoo is set on a slope and walking up hill with kids can be tough. There is a sky safari which can take you from the bottom, where the ferry comes in, up to the top from where you can meander down hill, taking in all the interesting exhibitions and animals.

Taronga Zoo Sydney

Bradleys Head Road, Mosman

Opening hours: 9.30am – 5pm every day of the year

Getting there: Take a ferry from Circular Quay, or use the large pay car park if driving

Use the Sydney Explorer Pass to save money on Taronga tickets. 



Climbing the steps at the Opera House to look closely at the buildings is a must do

2.  Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay: Walk and Explore

Circular Quay is a thriving hub of activity and movement. Ferries come and go from all over the harbour and there are always buskers there too. You need to hang on to the kids’ hands as it can be busy and even a bit scary for kids at peak hours.

There are cafes and restaurants where you can watch the world bustle by. The Museum of Contemporary Art is there and Customs House with its replica of the city, exhibitions and events as well as places to eat and drink.

But the main event is the Sydney Opera House, of course. It’s massive sails pull visitors towards it. You will be amazed by its size and how well it sits within the Harbour scene.

Visitors can do all sorts of things at the Opera House, most popular being to walk around it then walk up and down the massive flights of steps at the forecourt. Many folks will then walk on to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens.

However, stay a while, you can buy tickets for shows and also explore the Opera House on a tour. Plan ahead by checking out what’s on using the excellent Sydney Opera House website here.

Buy tickets for a behind the scenes tour at Sydney Opera House here.



things to do in Sydney with kids

Myself and my son on the Bridge Climb for a birthday treat


3. Sydney Harbour Bridge: Climb or Walk Over

Sydney Harbour Bridge, which we locals affectionately refer to as the coat hanger, is the city’s second icon, after Sydney Opera House.

Families with children aged 8 and over might like to take part in an organised (and very safe, but thrilling) climb right to the top of the bridge. This is very expensive, a very special treat and one of the most iconic of Sydney adventures.  It’s number one on the list of adventurous things to do in Sydney, that’s for sure.

Find Sydney Bridgeclimb tickets here.

You can walk across the Harbour Bridge very easily. It’s a breathtaking walk, either from the city to the north or from Milsons Point on the north side back to The Rocks.

You can pay a small fee to climb up the pylon and see an exhibition about the bridge. It’s very interesting and the views from here are spectacular.

If you are staying in the city, start from there and cross to the north side where there are some great kid-friendly options. You could visit Luna Park, have a swim at North Sydney Olympic Pool, eat at one of Kirribilli’s many cafes and restaurants or enjoy the fenced playgound at Bradfield Park, on the  corner of  Fitzroy and Alfred Streets.

If the family can be well-behaved then lunch at Ripples Cafe by North Sydney Olympic Pool will be a delight.

If you’d like a longer walk continue past Luna Park and into Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden at Lavender Bay.




Luna park what to do in Sydney with kids

The iconic entrance to Luna Park

4. Luna Park Amusement Park: Rides and Thrills 

Luna Park is just north of the Harbour Bridge and the huge beaming face that visitors walk through is a well-known Sydney landmark.

Put Luna Park on your Sydney to do list if you and the kids love ferris wheels, merry go rounds, dodgem cars and more modern fairground attractions too. Luna Park does have a lot of vintage charm, with plenty to do for young children as well as school aged kids and teens.

There are some rides for preschoolers, the red rides are for children from 85cm – 105cm height, the green rides for kids from 106cm – 129cm and the yellow rides are for everyone 130cm+.

Luna Park Sydney

Opening hours: These vary by season, and on some days the entire park is closed for functions so you must check ahead on the website

Getting there: Come by ferry from Circular Quay to Milsons Point. Milsons Point train station is a 10 minute walk away.  Many buses go to Milsons Point too.  There is pay car parking. The entrance is on Paul Street, off Alfred Street South – it’s not cheap but it makes life much easier.

Click here to buy your Luna Park tickets!



Aerial view of Sydney Harbour with view over the Royal Botanical Gardens. Photo credit: Destination NSW

5. Royal Botanic Garden: Picnics and Walks 

For gentle charm, botanical delights and world class harbour views, a walk in the Royal National Park is a must. There is plenty of space, a great deal of interesting flora plus the delightful Calyx building which houses exhibitions and shows.

This is one of the best places to visit in Sydney for families who love to walk and explore. Those with an interest in history and fascination with Australian flora will love it too.

There are several places to enjoy a meal, snack or just a drink in the gardens too. We like the kiosk for kids meals, or the lovely Calyx cafe when we have time to sit down for longer.

You can walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens on your way from the Opera House to the Art Gallery of NSW, passing Mrs Macquaries Chair and enjoying one of the most famous views in Sydney from there.

Garden lovers will find many free activities on offer and there are always activities for children in school holidays.

If you love to swim you will find the Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton Pool set on the side of Woolloomooloo Bay before the Art Gallery, a wonderful place to cool off, splash and do laps, with a great cafe too.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

RBG website here

Opening hours: The RBG opens at 7am each morning and closes between 5pm and 8pm depending on the season.

You can enter the Royal Botanic Gardens from the Sydney Opera House Forecourt area and also from Macquarie Street. There are 30 hectares of garden to explore, and a terrific exhibition space with cafe called the Calyx.

Getting there: By car, best places to try are along Mrs Macquaries Road where there is meter parking. But public transport and by foot are best.



places to visit in Sydney with kids Australian Museum

College St entrance Australian Museum. Photo credit: Australian Museum


6. Visit The Australian Museum

Sydney’s pre-eminent museum is a great mix of the old and the new. There are plenty of traditional museum exhibits, all sorts of flora and fauna of interest. There are also modern exhibits with technologies to enhance a family visit.

If you are a museum buff then this is one of your must do things in Sydney. You will learn so much about Sydney and about Australia as a whole.  Kids will adore the hands-on activities and the breadth of things to do.

There’s a special area for the under fives too, plus a fantastic cafe with sweeping city views.

Australian Museum

1 William St, Sydney NSW 2010

Open: 9.30am – 5pm every day except Christmas Day

Australian Museum website here




7.  Sydney Tower Eye: Enjoy the Views

Older kids and teens will find the golden globe that is Sydney Tower Eye one of the most fun places in Sydney to visit.  You take a lift up to the Observation Deck 250 metres above the city centre, then gaze over miles and miles of the city spreading out in all directions.

Sydney Tower is the tallest structure in Sydney. You can enjoy meals on the Observation Deck or just enjoy the views.

Sydney Tower Eye soars over a huge shopping centre, so combine with a shopping trip and your teens will be overjoyed.

Sydney Tower Eye
Level 5 Westfield Sydney
Corner of Pitt St and Market St
Sydney, NSW 2000


Book your Sydney Towere Eye tickets with fasttrack here.



places to visit in Sydney Darling Harbour

Fireworks display in Darling Harbour. Photo credit: Destination NSW

8.  Darling Harbour: Spend the Whole Day (and Night!)

Look, there are so many things to do at Darling Harbour. People call it the centre of all Sydney fun. You can visit Sydney Aquarium, Sydney WILDlife, Madame Tussauds, The National Maritime Museum, the Powerhouse Museum and the Chinese Gardens.

There is a ferris wheel, a theatre too, plus fireworks each Saturday night and all sorts of other entertainment.

There are dozens of cafes and restaurants and then, the best thing of all if you have little kids, the playground at Darling Quarter – see it’s own entry below.

Many families choose to stay at Darling Harbour and so can simply walk from their hotel or apartment. It’s also easy to walk into Darling Harbour from the city, just go via King Street or Market Street.

If coming from further afield you can catch buses and be dropped at Darling Harbour or catch the ferry from Circular Quay.

Parking: There are several car parks and these can be quite affordable especially if you have your ticket stamped at one of the museums here or you visit at weekends. Check out:

Harbourside Parking at 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont

Darling Quarter Car Park – great for the playground

Getting here on the Darling Harbour website is helpful too.

To read much more about Darling Harbour and to find out what events are current check out the Darling Harbour website here.



The Manly Ferry as viewed from Bradleys Head, Mosman. Photo credit: Destination NSW

9.  Take the Ferry to Manly

Taking the ferry to Manly is a great way to see Sydney Harbour and you end up at a very family-friendly destination.  Manly Wharf is a hub of cafes, restaurants and shops, and just outside you’ll find a lovely netted and sheltered harbour beach, with a water slides park along to the west end, Manly Surf’n’Slide.

Or cross the road and walk along the (at places slightly seedy) Corso and come to Manly’s famous surf beaches, with the huge pines towering above.

You can enjoy a long walk along the seafront here, all the way to Queenscliff to the north. Or have a splash between the flags at the south end, known as South Steyne and then follow the walkway south to sheltered Shelly Beach.  You pass the most gorgeous small rock pool on the way, the delightful Fairy Bower, and yes, there is a cafe there too.

Let the kids have a play, enjoy a picnic in the shade or buy some snacks from the kiosk. Then enjoy a snorkel and don’t forget to wave to the fishies.

There are also lovely places to eat in Manly, lots of very healthy choices as well as fish and chip shops and ice cream parlours.

Longer walks can be done around North Head and Manly is also the start for the 10km Manly to Spit Coastal Walk.



Credit: Peter Solness, Destination NSW


10.  Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk

Bondi is an iconic beach in itself. And there’s also the fab walk to Bronte and on to Coogee, if the children are the walking type and not likely to go wild and leap off the cliffs. This coastal path makes the most gorgeous walk, and it’s not too long.

Bronte Beach is the most lovely spot for children, with a terrific playground, great rock pool and the ‘Bogey Hole’ plus a little train for extra mini-thrills.

There’s also a wonderful pool at Bondi Beach, read about Bondi Icebergs Pool here.

Read more about this walk on the Sydney Coast Walks website here, where you can also buy a handy PDF map.



11.  SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium : Sharks to Coral Reefs

This is a huge aquarium and one well worth visiting. Your kids will be thrilled to walk through the perspex tunnels with grey nurse sharks and massive rays gliding over their heads.

There are several different areas within the Aquarium including South Coast Shipwreck, Sydney Harbour (my fave), Dugong Island, Shark Walk and Shark Valley, Penguin Expedition and Great Barrier Reef.

I never ever get to spend as much time as I would like reading all the information, my kids tend to whizz excitedly from one exhibit to the another. Must get there alone!


SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

1-5 Wheat Rd, Sydney NSW 2000

Open: Generally 10am – 6pm, with last entry at 5pm, all year.  However please check the website as times do vary by season and if special events are on

Getting there: The Aquarium is a short walk from the centre of Sydney. Walk down Market Street or King Street into Darling Harbour and you will see it. Town Hall is the nearest train station and bus stops are in King Street and Market Street. The Aquarium is a stop on the Big Bus Sydney route.

Parking: get discounted parking at local car parks, latest info is here

Buy tickets for SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium here.

Or save money by buying a Sydney Explorer Pass here.



Gorgeous Shark Beach, so close to the city centre

12. Visit Shark Beach at Nielsen Park

Shark Beach at Nielsen Park is the easiest netted harbour beach to visit if you are staying in the centre of Sydney. This is a beautiful spot with swooping views over the harbour, a great cafe by the beach and plenty of space to play both on the beach and on the reserve around it. The reserve has many huge fig trees around the three large picnic areas.

Sydney’s harbour beaches are calm most of the time, with no surf like the ocean beaches. There are no lifeguards however, so you do need to keep a very close eye on the kids.

Why is it called Shark Beach?  I am guessing it’s because the people who named it in early colonial times saw lots of sharks here.  Why the shark net? Well, that’s to keep out sharks!

Seriously though, there are sharks in Sydney Harbour and people have been attacked in recent years, but rarely.  There have been no fatalities in Sydney Harbour since 1963.

You can climb up the steps to Bottle and Glass Point at the east side to enjoy really wonderful views.

The Nielsen waterfront restaurant in Nielsen Park has a kiosk which serves drinks, ice creams and food to most beach lovers. You can also sit inside and enjoy the modern Italian cuisine.

Nielsen Park

Fig Tree Road, off Greycliffe Avenue

Parking: There is a car park near the beach. It gets very busy on warm weekends though.

Bus:  Yes, bus stop by Nielsen Park. Check the Tripview app or visit Transport Info here.

Read a full review of Shark Beach here.



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Dancers at the Blak Markets

13.  Explore Indigenous Sydney

Visitors to Sydney can experience many aspects of indigenous culture and history, yes I still feel there is a long way to go in this area of tourism.  Here are some ideas to get you started:

Aboriginal Heritage Tour at the Royal Botanic Gardens each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. An Aboriginal guide explains the history of the local indigenous people and their use of plans as food and medicine. Learn more here.

The Rocks Dreaming Tours departs from Cadmans Cottage at 10.30am daily, read more here.

Indigenous tours and experiences: find a current list on the website here.

See rock engravings in Sydney Harbour National Park at Dobroyd Head Balgowlah Heights. Read all the information on the National Park and Wildlife website here.

You will see lots of interesting exhibits and hear indigenous stories at the Australian Museum and the Museum of Sydney.

Check to see whether the Blak Markets are on during your stay. These markets are a showcase for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people to sell arts and crafts, plus you can enjoy great food and many workshops. The website is also on online store for arts and crafts.

Blak Markets website here

Read my article and see more photos of  the Blak Markets here.

The Wilderness and Aboriginal Explorer Tour  involves bus and boat trips and shows you some really fascinating indigenous sites. The tour is run by Sydney Outback.  I have done that one and wrote about it here.




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A large blue groper at Shelly Beach

14. Snorkel at Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach is a small and sheltered beach close to the much larger Manly Beach. Of all the best snorkelling spots in Sydney, this is the easiest to access by public transport. Just hop on the ferry to Manly and walk along the promenade, it’s about 20 – 30 minutes from the ferry wharf.

Shelly Beach is very suitable for young snorkellers as there’s plenty to see, a nice gently shelving beach, generally calm waters plus there’s a cafe right there and space to run and rocks to explore too.

If you don’t have your own snorkel, mask and fins then you can rent or buy them at Dive Centre Manly at 10 Belgrave Street, Manly, or join one of their Snorkel Tours. Children aged 12+ can even learn to scuba dive here.

Book your snorkelling tour at Manly here.

Learn more about snorkelling at Shelly Beach on this blog post here. My family has done this a lot and can highly recommend it. The sea life there is marvellous.



15.  Learn to Surf

Even little kids can learn to surf. Manly Surf School teaches children aged 5+.  Let’s Go Surfing at Bondi teaches children aged 7+.

This is an absolute classic Sydney activity for children and most especially for your teenagers visiting Sydney.  

Book a 2-hour surfing lesson for the family at Bondi here.




Darling Quarter Playground things to do in Sydney with kids

The water play at Darling Quarter playground on a sunny day

16.  Darling Quarter Playground: Play and Splash

Sydney has so many amazing kids playgrounds and they are FREE – marvellous!  Visitors to Sydney who stay in the city or Darling Harbour will find the massive playground at Darling Harbour is an excellent space to let the kids run and play and burn off some energy.

There is a lot of water play there, some lovely river runs and splashing fountains, so do take a swimming costume or a change of clothes.

There are several cafes and restaurants close to the playground, plus a kiosk serving drinks and snacks within the playground. The range of play equipment is huge and suits children from toddlers to teenagers.

The one drawback is that this playground gets SO busy at peak times, especially at the weekend. Get there early or late or during the week.

Darling Quarter Playground

Tumbalong Park, Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour

Read a detailed post with parking info etc here.




what to do in Sydney with kids museums

Susannah Place Museum

17.  Susannah Place Museum

Address: 58–64 Gloucester Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000

Phone: +61 2 9241 1893

Susannah Place Museum website is here

Learn all about the daily lives of the ordinary citizens of Australia’s oldest suburb in this charming museum. This is a very popular museum with kids as it is all so relatable, being the stories of ordinary people.

Susannah Place Museum is open by guided tour only, with tours starting at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.  Tours last for about an hour, children under five are free.  It’s wise to book ahead on the website.

Getting there: The Museum is just a short 10 minute walk from Circular Quay and buses run nearby. The closest car park is at Quay West in Harrington Street. Book ahead with the promo code SLM for a discount (but it’s still pretty pricey.)



18.  Museum Of Sydney: Stories of the City

Opened in 1995, the museum tells the city’s story from precolonial times to the present day. Storytelling is a major focus and there are several video installations where actors play the parts of characters from the past, spinning tales tall and true.

Aboriginal people explain their people’s history and discuss their contemporary lives in Sydney.

Especially interesting to children are the subterranean excavations under a clear perspex floor and the stainless steel Collectors’ Chests where they can pull out drawers to reveal small exhibits.

Museum of Sydney

On the Site of First Government House

Cnr Phillip and Bridge Streets Sydney 2000

Open: Daily 10am–5pm, except Christmas Day and Good Friday

Museum of Sydney website is here



Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo. Photo credit: James Horan, Destination NSW

19.  Powerhouse Museum

The Powerhouse Museum is the very best of the central Sydney museums for children. It is a vast space, spread over four levels. Many of the regular exhibits will send children into transports of rapturous joy, particularly the old trains, suspended planes and the Little Wheels room with its 1600 Matchbox cars.

The Powerhouse is one of three places that form the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, the others are the Sydney Observatory at the Rocks and the Museums Discovery Centre in Castle Hill.

There are a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions, more than can be taken in on a single visit.  Young children are well catered for with activities and events for the littlest.  Check the website to see what is on currently but rest assured that the permanent exhibitions are a joy for kids. There’s even a permanent Wiggles exhibition!

Children aged 16 and under can visit free.

Powerhouse Museum

500 Harris Street

Ultimo 2007

Open: Daily 10am–5pm, except Christmas Day. Under fours free.

Powerhouse Museum website is here



Hyde Park Barracks Sydney kids activities

20.  Hyde Park Barracks

Step inside Hyde Park Barracks and fall back hundreds of years into convict times. This is the best place in Sydney to learn the horrible history of Australia’s founding as a penal settlement.

Hyde Park Barracks is one of the Sydney Living Museums and you will definitely learn a great deal about the daily life of Sydney’s earliest settlers.  Kids can also get a taste of living as a convict did, trying out hammocks and seeing how life was lived when the Barracks opened in 1819.

Address: Queens Square, Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 200

Open: 10am – 5pm daily except Christmas Day and Good Friday

Getting there: Hyde Park Barracks is an easy walk from central Sydney, being at the top of Macquarie Street and close to Hyde Park itself and the Australian Museum.

Parking: The Domain parking station offers a discount to Hyde Park Barracks visitors and is just 10 minutes away. You need to pre-book a bay and use the promo code SLM.




21.   Art Gallery of NSW

Art Gallery Road, The Domain

Open:  10am – 5pm  daily except Christmas Day and Good Friday.

Art Gallery of NSW  visitor information web page here

Sydney’s largest and best gallery, the Art Gallery of NSW is a vast space set in a beautiful park with delightful views over Woolloomooloo Bay.

The gallery has huge collections of Australian and international art works. There are exhibitions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and interesting tours are offered.

The gallery is free to visitors, most special exhibitions are free too though some do have a charge.  There are some free tours and activities for children and families.

There is a casual cafe at the gallery which has kids menus and gives young diners crayons and paper to start their own art works.  There is also a fine dining restaurant at the gallery.




things to do in sydney with kids cockatoo island

Walking through the tunnels is an exciting part of a visit to Cockatoo Island

22.  Cockatoo Island

There are many islands in Sydney Harbour, and several can be visited by the public. The best one for families though is definitely Cockatoo Island.

There are so many places to explore on the island, and so much to learn about Sydney’s history both in convict times and beyond.  Start at the visitor centre where you can pick up maps and treasure hunt activities for the kids. The Convict Trail is great for children, taking you all over the island with plenty to read as well as lots of fresh air fun.

You can visit Cockatoo Island with prams and young kids, but do beware of the water which is often not fenced off. Maps show you the paths and trails which are accessible with prams.

Wear yourselves out then sit down at one of the cafes and let the kids play on the grass. This is a delightful spot to chill out too.

Find lots of photos and all the info you need to plan a day trip to Cockatoo Island on this long post.



Things to do kids sydney harbour cruise

My boys dress up and look the part


23.   Pirate Cruising on Sydney Harbour

There are dozens and dozens of different cruises to do on Sydney Harbour, but my kids have enjoyed the Pirate Cruise best of all. Run by Tall Ships Sydney, this is a 1.5 hour cruise aboard the tall ships Southern Swan or Soren Larsen. Both look just like 1850s pirate ships!

A swahbuckling captain gathers his junior crew and sets them to work as the ship sets sail. Older kids can pay a bit extra to climb high up the mast (with a safety rope!).

See more photos from our pirate ship cruise on this post.

Book your Tall Ships cruise for the family here.

things to do Pirate Cruise on Sydney Harbour

The beautiful tall ship on which we hoisted the Jolly Roger



North Sydney Pool

North Sydney Olympic Pool, right beside the Harbour

24. Swim and Relax at a Harbour Pool 

If you are a family who loves to swim then a splash and laps at one of Sydney’s pools on the Harbour is a must.

North Sydney Olympic Pool is one of the easiest to get to, being just over the Bridge and right beside Luna Park.  There’s a 50m lap pool with the best Bridge and Harbour views, plus outdoor kids pool plus an indoor pool.

Andrew ‘Boy’ Charlton Pool is on Mrs Macquaries Road close to the Royal Botanic Gardens and to the Art Gallery of NSW. Perched high above Woolloomooloo Bay it has exceptional views.

Both of these pools have great cafes beside them, so you can make a day of it.

Greenwich Baths is a marvellous spot for families with young children. This is a netted Harbour pool with lap boards and a gently sloping beach, plus space to play. There’s a cafe there and you do need to pay a small fee to enter.

Northbridge Baths is excellent for older kids and teenagers. A wide boardwalk encircles a huge netted baths, with grassy areas and beach. Great for jumping off. There’s no fee to enter but, tragically, no cafe.

Northbridge Baths Sydney

Beautiful Northbridge Baths on Middle Harbour




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Aboriginal rock art in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Can you see the hand silhouettes?

25.  Escape the City on a Day Trip

Sydney is a huge city and whilst there is PLENTY to do within the city limits, there are also wonderful things to do outwith the Sydney suburbs.

The city is surrounded by National Parks, to the north is Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park, to the south is the Royal National Park and to the west lies the Blue Mountains with its National Park and many interesting towns and villages.

Visitors to Sydney might be best to take a guided tour with all travel, equipment and information included. There are dozens of these on offer, including very exciting and extravagant Blue Mountains by helicopter tours. (No, I’ve never done it but a friend has and said it was marvellous.)

Best place to look at the range of options is the Viator, check them out here.

There’s a day trip to Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park called Wilderness and Aboriginal Explorer Tour which involves bus and boat trips and shows you some really fascinating indigenous sites.  I have done that one and wrote about it here.

Find Sydney Outback’s website here.



Best Sydney Hotels for Families

If you are looking for a quick recommendation of where to stay in Sydney as a family, here are three places that we think are excellent:

Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is a super family friendly location to stay in when visiting Sydney with kids, and the Novotel goes out of its way to make families welcome. There’s an outdoor pool here and a games area, plus a hotel restaurant and room service.  You can have interconnecting roosm if you are a larger family, or two double beds in one room, ideal for families with two littler kids. 

Check for best prices at the Novotel Darling Harbour on Hotels Combined here. 


Novotel Sydney Manly Beach

Stay right on iconic Manly Beach, and fear not, the hotel will provide buckets and spades and boogie boards! Manly is a fab spot for families and the Novotel welcomes them with open arms. You’ll find kids activities in school holiday periods, rooms that can be configured for families easily wither with two double beds or by having two rooms adjoining. 

The Novotel Sydney Manly Beach has a fantastic rooftop pool, a kids games area and two cafe/restaurants on site, plus all the kid friendly joys of Manly on the doorstep. This is our family’s number 1 choice!

Check here to compare prices for Novotel Sydney Manly Beach on Hotels Combined.


The Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach

This delightful hotel is just across the road from gorgeous Coogee Beach, the outdoors family will adore this Eastern Suburbs beach location. Rooms can be configured with two double beds, there are also some suites that work well for families. The Crowne Plaza has a restaurant in house, plus a lovely pool area. You’ll find rock pools, the beach and wonderful walks right on your doorstep too, with easy bus links to the centre of Sydney.

Find the best prices for the Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach on Hotels Combined here.


Check our more of the lovely Manly Beach Hotels here, and Manly Holiday Apartments here.

Read more about the Best Areas of Sydney to Stay With Kids on this post.




Do also check out this post:

The Best Free Things To Do in Sydney



So there we go, now you know the best things to do in Sydney with kids!  There are so many places to go in Sydney and so many wonderful Sydney activities.

What your family does will, of course, depend on what sorts of things you guys love to do. The ages of your kids also make a big difference.

There are great kids activities, Sydney has indoor ones, outdoors ones, free ones and super expensive ones too!  There’s plenty for kids of all ages.

So this is just the start for you, 25 of the very best things, chosen by myself and my four kids.

Do you have a question? Just ask in the comments.


Happy exploring!



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  • Reply October 30, 2018

    Johanna Castro

    What a fantastic and informative post! Even though I don’t have young kids, this will definitely be something I’ll come back to when I have grandkids (hopefully!). I loved your photos and the places you suggested. I’m thinking we might need to hire you as a tour guide for things to do for grown ups too when we get over to Sydney again. There’s quite a few things on this list that I’d love to see and do.

    • Reply October 31, 2018

      Seana Smith

      I’ll write one for you! I do love to do a tour of the Northern Beaches near where we live, so many lovely places and cool cafes, what can go wrong?

  • We’ve been watching a bit of Bondi Resue lately – have been to Sydney half a dozen times but have never actually been to Bondi! Next time for sure …

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