School holidays in Winter
Sydney is a wonderland of winter attractions for families. The mild winter is perfect for outdoor adventure, from bushwalking to whale watching. Enjoy winter festivals at Bondi, Parramatta and Campbelltown, explore museums and zoos, and kids can learn how to code or program a robot.
Interactive displays at museums are fun hands-on experiences, such as the incredible Wild Planet exhibition at the Australian Museum or climb aboard a tall ship at the Australian National Maritime Museum. You’ll discover more exciting school holiday activities in the events calendar, including:
- at the Australian Museum
- James Cameron’s Challenging the Deep at the Maritime Museum
- at Madame Tussauds
- time-travelling dance party for kids in Marrickville
- at 40 schools across Sydney
- Q Station History and Ghost Tours in Manly
- Program a in Moore Park
There are fun festivals with ice skating and carnival rides. The world-famous Bondi Beach hosts Bondi Winter Magic, with a beachside ice rink. Both Winterlight in riverside Parramatta and the in Campbelltown, in the historic Macarthur region, have open-air ice rinks too.
For more carnival rides, visit Luna Park and enjoy spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the largest steel arch bridge in the world. On a BridgeClimb tour children as young as eight, accompanied by their parent or guardian, can climb the Harbour Bridge for an awesome adventure.
Young adventurers love zoos and aquariums, too. Take a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo and watch Leslie the condor and her feathered pals in the amazing bird show. For a special treat, stay overnight on a Roar and Snore camping adventure and explore the zoo at night with a ranger.
Darling Harbour, a short walk from Town Hall Station, is a popular with families. See dugongs, sharks and king penguins at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium and meet Rocky, a huge saltwater crocodile at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo. The aquarium and zoo are near Madame Tussauds and the Maritime Museum.
With so many things to do in Sydney, take time out for a family picnic at a lovely beach, pretty park or in the Royal Botanic Garden next to the iconic Sydney Opera House. A great way to explore the city is cycling. You’ll find plenty more family attractions to enjoy in the beautiful harbour city.