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Family holidays


No matter what your kids are interested in, Sydney is sure to have something on offer to keep them entertained throughout winter. 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 this winter. There are a variety of options available including indoor sports, horseriding, museums and wildlife encounters.

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 any number of shows at 'Kids at the House' including Pinocchio between 11 April and 4 May. Mid-year school holidays bring Disney on Ice's new performance, Treasure Trove, to the Allphones Arena at Sydney Olympic Park from 9 to 13 July.

At Darling Harbour you can ignite your senses at the 9D action cinema or visit one of the world’s largest screens at Sydney IMAX Theatre. Pose with your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds or get involved with family day at the Australian National Maritime Museum, on every Sunday. Keep the kids active while you warm up with a coffee by taking them to the Darling Quarter's large free playground.

Spend a rainy afternoon at the Powerhouse Museum. This winter’s family exhibitions include the Wiggles Exhibition, Game Masters (with more than 100 playable games) and The Oopsatoreum (a quirky look at inventions). Moore Park Entertainment Quarter is another option for adverse weather. Catch a film at the cinema, let the kids run free at laser tag or go bowling with the whole family.

Sports loving families should head to Moore Park or ANZ Stadium where you can watch live AFL, rugby union and rugby league matches.

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

Flying like a superhero at iFly Downunder

iFly Dowunder

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.

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

Luna Park

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.

IMAX Theatre Sydney

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!