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.
The giraffe pen at Taronga Zoo has a world-class view of the harbour and there are so many other animals to see and learn about in interactive shows. If you’re more interested in marine life, don’t miss the sharks at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium or Rocky the saltwater crocodile at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, both in Darling Harbour.
While you’re in the area, get up close and personal with lifelike replicas of your favourite celebrities at Madame Tussauds. Nearby Darling Quarter boasts an impressive playground with climbing ropes and flying foxes where kids can expend some energy before enjoying the tranquillity and waterfalls of the Chinese Garden of Friendship.
Give the little ones an experience to remember and a birds-eye view of the harbour by climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney. If they’re too small to make the trek, the view is just as good at Sydney Tower Eye which is also home to Sydney Tower Buffet, a family-friendly revolving restaurant.
The iconic Sydney Opera House is all about investing in the next generation and has been scheduling shows for kids since 1977 with its Children, Families & Creative Learning program. Opera Kitchen is a great spot to enjoy fish and chips by the water and take in uninterrupted views of the bridge.
If you fancy a day on the water, head to Circular Quay where you’ll find ferries to all corners of the harbour; ride through the heads to get to Manly or skip across the water to Milsons Point to spend a fun-filled few hours at Luna Park. For something more adventurous, climb aboard tall ships as they set sail on Sydney Harbour.
The city’s museums are all about interactive fun. The Powerhouse Museum offers workshops that will engage a child’s imagination, children can climb aboard a submarine at the Australian National Maritime Museum and take part in an art safari at the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Sydney's wide open parks are an invitation for kids to get out and move. Go horse riding in Centennial Park or have a go at archery at Sydney Olympic Park. 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.