Seeing Sydney through a child’s eye is a wonderful way to get a new perspective on a city you thought you knew. Not only is the harbourside city blessed with spectacular beaches and beautiful bushland that beat any playground, it is also home to museums and attractions that will engage their minds and create long-lasting memories. Here is your ultimate family weekend in Sydney.
3:00pm: Check-in to the Four Seasons for family fun
Arrive at Four Seasons Sydney and enjoy the Family Fun Package, including gifts for the kids, an in-room kids' movie experience, daily breakfast, themed linen and a tent experience. Parents will love this accommodation too – take advantage of the plush king beds and soaker tub while the kids play.
An Aussie Icon, the Glenmore Hotel offers a fun atmosphere and views of the Sydney Opera House. The kids menu includes favourites like popcorn chicken and fish and chips, plus elevated pub classics for the grown ups.
8:30pm: End the night with room-service dessert
Treat your tribe to dessert back in your room. As the city lights up, take in the sparkling views over a pavlova or banana split before settling in to watch a movie.
8.00am: Start the morning with coffee, croissants and a harbour cruise
Grab coffee, juice and delicious French pastries from La Renaissanceand make your way to Circular Quay. Hop on the ferry and cruise to Taronga Zoo Sydney.
9:30am: Spend the day roaring and exploring Taronga Zoo Sydney
Ride the cable car across Taronga Zoo Sydney and check out the amazing exhibits, including the new African Savannah precinct with lions, giraffes and meerkats. Don’t miss the Sumatran Tigers and the kids will love the incredible Free-Flight Bird Show.
Take a guided tour around Sydney with Bonza Bike Tours. Take in the sights from two wheels as you pedal past Sydney’s parks, harbour and iconic sites. Bonza caters to all ages with kids bikes, chariots and baby seats.
6:00pm: Enjoy dinner in Barangaroo at Belle’s Hot Chicken
Belle’s Hot Chicken has something for the whole brood – the kids will love the chicken tenders and mac and cheese, and parents can enjoy natural wines and Belle’s famous chicken sandwich.
8:00pm: Have a sweet ending to the evening with Gelato Messina
Grab a water taxi or ferry back to Circular Quay and swing by Gelato Messina at Gateway for an ice cream. Try the salted caramel and white chocolate flavour, or Hokey Pokey with chocolate and honeycomb, before heading back to the hotel.
8:00am: Fuel up with your Family Fun package breakfast at the Four Seasons
Dig in to breakfast at Mode Kitchen and Bar and get ready for another day of adventure with the family.
10:00am: Spot sharks and sea turtles at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Jump back on board the ferry to Darling Harbour and visit SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium where the kids can meet king penguins, sharks, turtles and a dugong. Afterwards, nearby Darling Quarter boasts an impressive playground with climbing ropes and flying foxes where the kids can expend some energy before sitting down for dinner.
1:00pm: Indulge in a kid-friendly high tea at The Langham
Enjoy a well-earned lunch at The Langham Sydney where the kids will be spoilt with tasty savoury bites and sweet treats, and parents can sip a glass of champagne.
3:30pm: Explore the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo
After lunch, jump on the Light Rail to Ultimo to check out the fascinating and interactive Powerhouse Museum. The collections on display span science, technology, design and more, and the museum is ideal for families looking to understand Australia’s unique culture.
Destination NSW acknowledges and respects Aboriginal people as the state’s first people and nations and recognises Aboriginal people as the traditional owners and occupants of New South Wales land and water.