Family holidays

Highlights

Fun family activities

Take a ferry across sparkling Sydney Harbour to watch Leslie the condor in the amazing Taronga Zoo bird show and visit little penguins in Manly. Enjoy a picnic lunch at world-famous Bondi Beach or in the harbourside Royal Botanic Garden. See delightful family shows at the Sydney Opera House, and discover dinosaurs at the Australian Museum.

  • Let's Go Surfing', Bondi
  • Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, Manly

Enjoy great family holidays in Sydney

Sydney is one of the best cities in the world for family fun, from picnics on beautiful beaches and in harbourside parks to close animal encounters in aquariums and zoos to family shows at the iconic Sydney Opera House. You can even climb aboard tall ships and sail on Sydney Harbour.

Taronga Zoo has an impressive array of wildlife and spectacular views of one of the world's great harbours, as well as popular shows and events. Meet Rex, a huge saltwater crocodile at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo in Darling Harbour. You'll be thrilled to see sharks and other marine creatures at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

Taronga Zoo bird show, Sydney

An exhilarating adventure is to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney. For more breathtaking panoramas of the city, as well as family dining in a revolving restaurant, ascend Sydney Tower Eye. Sydney Tower Buffet welcomes families for delicious food and great views.

At Darling Harbour you can visit one of the world's largest cinema 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.

Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour

The city’s museums are fascinating. The Australian Museum features a popular dinosaur exhibition, and children can climb aboard a submarine at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Or step back in time on a sailing ship and explore the marvellous harbour with Sydney Harbour Tall Ships.

Kids will love Sydney's wide open parks. A range of activities are available at Sydney Olympic Park including cycling and archery. An Opal Card is the best way to get around on the city's trains, ferries, buses and light rail. Enjoy the benefits of daily travel caps and a $2.50 per person Sunday cap.

Sydney Family Holidays

Family sailing on Sydney harbour. Sydney Holidays 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 Sydneys iconic landmarks. BridgeClimb Sydney provides the opportunity to scale the Harbour Bridge for a breathtaking birds 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 worlds 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.