Sydney is the place to be during the school holidays; there are so many activities to choose from and many of them are free. Enjoy the great outdoors at the beach, take a trip to the zoo to see the animals or visit one of the city's interactive museums that make learning fun. Whatever you do, there's no danger of being bored.
Kids love the water and they're always happy with a trip to the beach. As well as swimming, you can also go on exhilarating walks along the beaches and headlands, such as the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. World-famous Bondi Beach has plenty of kid-friendly cafes and Coogee Pavilion has a dedicated kid’s play area.
Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Manly, where you can hire a bicycle from Manly Bike Tours and then have a well-earned relax on Manly Beach. From there, walk up to picturesque Shelly Beach which is a protected cove perfect for snorkelling and paddle boarding.
Zoos & wildlife parks
Little animal lovers can meet the king and gentoo penguins at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium or buddy up to a kangaroo at Wild Life Sydney Zoo. At Taronga Zoo you can feed a giraffe or play on its sky high adventure course, Wild Ropes. Other great animal options include Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside and Symbio Wildlife Park just south of the city.
Newly opened Sydney Zoo in Western Sydney exhibits a wide range of animal species from around the world, including African lions, orangutans and Sumatran tigers in an open-air setting. There are also interactive experiences on offer, where kids can get a closer look at some of the zoo’s residents, meet a meerkat or become a keeper for the day.
Hang out at Darling Harbour and visit the Australian National Maritime Museum where kids can climb aboard a submarine and a tall ship before spending the day at the playground at Darling Quarter, which boasts a 21m flying fox, climbing ropes and water games.
The Powerhouse Museum makes learning about space, technology and Australian history fun with interactive exhibits and hands-on workshops. Kids can also get amongst it and investigate the galaxy at the Sydney Observatory. The Museum of Fire in Penrith is ideal for any budding young firefighters in the family.
More things to do
Children as young as eight can scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney and learn its fascinating history. Another place to get high is Sydney Tower Eye, the city’s highest point, offering incredible views and an immersive 4D cinema. Older kids will be thrilled by the nightly Rocks Ghost Tours where they can learn about Australia’s convict past.
If you have a kid that isn’t great at sitting still, sign them up for archery and cycling at Sydney Olympic Park or let them loose on the go kart track at Luddenham Raceway. In Penrith, go white-water rafting at the Penrith Whitewater Stadium or zip-lining at Tree Tops Western Sydney. And, of course, kids and adults alike will love the rides, carnival games and entertainment at Luna Park Sydney.