Sydney city skyline lit up during Vivid Sydney 2013. Credit: Destination NSW; James Horan
Where to stay with kids
Family travel in Sydney
Getting around with the whole family is easy, pick up a travel pass that includes ferries, trains and buses. With the Family Funday Sunday fares, you can explore Sydney city and nearby regions on buses, trains, ferries and light rail for just $2.50 per person.
Kids are well catered for when it comes to accommodation in Sydney. With a bit of planning, you can find family-friendly and budget accommodation at great locations across the city.
The Novotel Sydney on Darling Harbour is a comfortable choice for families on holiday in Sydney. The whole family will enjoy visiting nearby attractions such as SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, the IMAX Theatre, the Powerhouse Museum, the Australian National Maritime Museum and WILD LIFE Sydney.
Vibe Hotels in Rushcutters Bay, North Sydney and the city have a number of suites with the extra room that families need; good hotel locations make for easy access in and around the city, harbour and beaches.
Holiday parks are little known affordable gems of Sydney accommodation with self-catering cabins and powered sites for caravans not far from the city centre. Sydney Gateway Holiday Park has a pool and spa while the claim to fame of the Lane Cove River Tourist Park is that it doubles as the fictional Summer Bay Caravan Park in TV show Home and Away.
For something special Cockatoo Island Camping is a world first waterfront campsite snuggled in the midst of a city. Just eight minutes by river cat from Circular Quay, the family can camp on the national heritage-listed island site featuring sparkling harbour views. Roar and Snore at Taronga Zoo is Sydney's wildest slumber party. Families will be fed, entertained and treated to an exclusive two-hour night zoo safari. After a night camping under the stars, rise to the sound of wildlife waking and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the park in daylight.
A popular destination domestically and internationally, Sydney is home to a plethora of great accommodation options for travellers on any budget. There are five star hotels offering majestic harbour views, budget motels a stones throw away from the beach, hostels in the city and self contained apartments for families of all sizes.
Home to some of the finest restaurants in the world, Sydneys cosmopolitan personality lends to its ability to serve cuisines from all around the globe. An ever-growing list of gourmet restaurants,boutique cafes and casual pubs means you'll never be short of inspiration on where to eat in Sydney. There are also great family dining options that are happy to accommodate kids.
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. Kids will love exploring Taronga Zoo and meeting the penguins at the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.