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No matter what your kids are interested in, Sydney is sure to have something on offer to keep them entertained. From great wildlife options to sporting events, educational museum exhibits and family-friendly shows, Sydney is just as much of a kid’s playground as it is an adult’s haven.

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Sydney Family Holidays

Family sailing on Sydney harbour. Image Toby Burrows

Sydney is a great city for kids of all ages, with attractions, tours and plenty of activities to experience.

Sydney has plenty of places to get up close and personal with animals. Taronga Zoo has an impressive array of wildlife as well as spectacular views over the city, while WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is centrally located in Darling Harbour. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary are great for aquatic wildlife.

You can also climb one of Sydney’s iconic landmarks. BridgeClimb Sydney provides the opportunity to scale the Harbour Bridge for a breathtaking bird’s eye view of Sydney Harbour. For 360-degree city views, go to the top of Sydney Tower Eye and spoil the family by dining in their revolving restaurant, the 360 Bar and Dining Room. Take a behind the scenes tour of the Sydney Opera House or book tickets to see a family-friendly show.

At Darling Harbour you can visit one of the world’s largest screens at Sydney IMAX Theatre. Pose with your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds or explore Darling Quarter's large free playground with water games, climbing ropes, swings, slides and flying foxes.

A wide range of family-friendly Sydney museums offer great day of fun and learning. The Australian Museum features a popular permanent dinosaur exhibition with 10 complete dinosaur skeletons. A wide range of interactive science, technology and space exhibitions fring the Powerhouse Museum to life. Explore the impressive submarine and ships at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Sporting families will enjoy the range of activities on offer at Sydney Olympic Park including cycling, swimming and archery.

Take advantage of Transport NSW Family Funday Sunday fares offering discounted travel for families for a weekend getaway. The all-day ticket is valid on buses, trains and ferries.

Cycling Manly Foreshore, Image credit James Pipino  Image no. 1355960


Cycling around Sydney is a great way to enjoy the natural beauty of the city. Manly Beach is the perfect beachside location for riding with kids and Sydney Olympic Park has more than 35 km of cycle ways including the Children’s Loop in Bicentennial Park. Centennial Parklands is an idyllic bike riding location near the city.

Luna Park, Sydney. Image: Andrew Gregory; Destination NSW

Luna Park

The whole family will enjoy a trip to Luna Park, a 1930s amusement park that's just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay – get off at the Milsons Point/Luna Park Wharf. Luna Park features rollercoasters, a classic Ferris wheel, carnival games, food, performers and more, all with spectacular views of Sydney Harbour.

Wet 'n' Wild Image Credit Dave Paull, Fusion Media

Fun out West

There are plenty of family-friendly activities in Western Sydney. For family fun in the water visit the Wet ‘n’ Wild Sydney theme park or head to Penrith Whitewater Stadium for an action-packed introduction to whitewater rafting.  Meet the animals at Featherdale Wildlife Park or swing through the treetops at TreeTop Adventure Park Sydney.