Top attractions for kids
Family travel in Sydney
With Family Funday Sunday fares, you can explore the city and nearby regions on buses, trains, ferries and light rail for just $2.50 per person. Take the kids on a ferry ride to one of Sydney's harbourside locations such as Manly or Watsons Bay.
Sydney is packed with kid-friendly things to do
Mild winter weather makes mid-year a perfect time to get out and explore, with most attractions close to the city or easily accessible by public transport.
Take a virtual tour to the moon, planets or another solar system at the Sydney Observatory in The Rocks where you’ll see the universe come to life through amazing 3D technology. Head off on a different voyage of discovery under the sea or through the human body at the world's largest IMAX Theatre in Darling Harbour. Take the express lift to Sydney Tower Eye, the city's tallest structure standing 250 metres high, and be wowed by the views from the observation desk. If the family is feeling adventurous, Skywalk on a glass platform outside the tower, or scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Interactive, child-focused exhibits make Sydney’s museums a hit during winter. Close to Circular Quay, the Justice and Police Museum allows kids to play cop for a day in a thrilling exploration of law and order. Nearby, the Australian Museum has an excellent dedicated area for under-fives.
At Darling Harbour, kids of all ages can board a fleet of historic craft in the Australian National Maritime Museum, or marvel at the technical and scientific wizardry of the Powerhouse Museum. Madame Tussauds is lots of fun for the whole family – all the stars are here in waxed perfection.
Meet a gentle dugong at the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, right on Sydney Harbour at King Street Wharf. Interact with animals at Taronga Zoo or see the great fish of the sea at Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary, a short ferry ride from the city.
Keep the kids active at Sydney Olympic Park, where they can learn a new skill at the Archery Centre, discover trapeze throughCircus Arts, or splash around in the heated indoor Aquatic Centre. Hire bikes and explore 35 km of off-road cycle paths around Bicentennial Park, along the Parramatta River. Ride a bike or pony through nearby Centennial Parklands. Alternately, hop on a harbour ferry for a laid-back tour of the waterfront.
Sydney’s family-friendly beaches are an attraction all year round. Rug up and let the kids play on the sand or in one of the city’s many beachside playgrounds, while you sip a coffee or nibble on fish and chips.
iFly Downunder is Australia's first indoor skydiving facility. It's safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers. Whether you want to be a master of the sky or simply want to feel what it's like to fly like a superhero, indoor skydiving offers a truly exhilarating and rewarding adventure.
The whole family will enjoy a trip to Luna Park, a much loved 1930's amusement park and just a short ferry ride from Circular Quay – get off at the Milsons Point/Luna Park Wharf. Luna Park features roller-coasters and other rides, a classic Ferris wheel, games, carnival food, performers and more – all with spectacular views of Sydney Harbour.
Located in the heart of Darling Harbour, the IMAX Theatre Sydney is home to one of the world's largest cinema screen. Climb with adventurers to some of the world's highest peaks, experience the weightlessness of space alongside astronauts and dive into the undersea world of the most exotic sea creatures. IMAX lets you feel like you're really there!
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