Sydney City


Adventure in Darling Harbour

Meet koalas, kangaroos and Rex, a huge saltwater crocodile at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour. Travel to the popular family entertainment precinct in the city centre by bus, ferry, light rail or on foot - it's only a 10-minute walk from Town Hall station.

  • WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
  • Manly Sea Life Sanctuary

Family day trip ideas in Sydney City

A great way to visit top attractions is by public transport. Get your family Opal cards and take a ferry, bus or train to Circular Quay, where you'll find some of Australia's iconic attractions - the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

By using Opal cards on public transport, you'll enjoy daily travel caps and the $2.50 per person Sunday cap. Circular Quay is close to other attractions including the Royal Botanic Garden, perfect for a family picnic by the majestic Sydney Harbour. You can walk from here up to the Art Gallery of NSW.

Australia Day

The Rocks, where Sydney began as a British colony in 1788, is near Circular Quay. Take a walking tour of this historic area and its cobblestoned lanes, have lunch in some of Australia's oldest pubs, and visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, where kids will enjoy interactive displays.

Jump on a ferry from Circular Quay to Darling Harbour and meet koalas and kangaroos at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. For an underwater adventure, explore the nearby SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and see sharks, seahorses and Wuru and Pig, two of only five dugongs on display in the world.

Or take the ferry from Circular Quay to Luna Park, a harbourside amusement park for the whole family. Another fascinating harbour attraction to get to by ferry is Cockatoo Island, part of the World Heritage-listed Australian convict sites. For a family treat, try Cockatoo Island Camping.

  1. Action Stations

    Action Stations offers a new and exciting way to experience and discover over 100 years of history of the Royal Australian Navy.Join the action and feel what it is like to be on board a warship...

  2. Powerhouse Museum

    Located in the old Ultimo Power Station building adjacent to Darling Harbour, the Powerhouse Museum is the flagship venue of Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS). Its unique and diverse collection spans science,...

  3. SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium

    Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is an underwater journey of amazing discovery with 12 extraordinary themed zones. Meander through the Jurassic Seas, Great Barrier Reef, Bay of Rays...

  4. Sydney Tower Eye

    Sydney Tower Eye takes you to the highest point above Sydney for breathtaking 360 degree views of the beautiful harbour city. From the golden beaches to the distant Blue Mountains, you'll be amazed by the views....

  5. The Rocks Discovery Museum

    The Rocks Discovery Museum, housed in a restored 1850s sandstone warehouse, tells the story of The Rocks from pre-European days to the present. Home to a unique collection of images and...

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