School holidays

Schools out and Sydney is the perfect escape. You’ll find plenty of fun things to do in this beautiful harbour city, from meeting Nog and his king penguin pals to exploring galaxies and museums, riding ferries and bicycles, trying indoor skydiving, and enjoying great beaches and superb national parks.

There is whale watching from May to November and bushwalking in wonderful national parks is popular all year. A trip to the beach is always popular with the kids, and there are exhilarating walks along the beaches and headlands. World-famous Bondi Beach has plenty of kid-friendly cafes.

Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly. You can hire a bicycle from Manly Bike Tours and relax on Manly Beach. Taronga Zoo is open every day and home to the marvellous daily bird and seal shows, and say hello to Annie and her platypus friends.

Native koala at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo at Darling Harbour in Sydney

At Darling Harbour are WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, where you'll meet king penguins, sharks and Wuru and Pig, two of only five dugongs on display in the world. Kids will also love climbing aboard a submarine and a tall ship at the Australian National Maritime Museum.

During school holidays, theatres including the Sydney Opera House put on events for kids. Children as young as eight can scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney and learn of its fascinating history. For prehistoric history, the Australian Museum has dinosaurs to wow kids.

Go stargazing at the Sydney Observatory in The Rocks, and in Sydney's west enjoy archery and cycling at Sydney Olympic Park and ride quad bikes with the Quad Bike King at the Sydney Dragway. Children as young as 12 will be thrilled with whitewater rafting at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium. Be a superhero at iFLY Downunder, which has indoor skydiving for kids as young as three.

Enjoy these fun holiday experiences in Sydney

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