Top Attractions for Kids
Sydney is a fantastic city for kids, with an array of attractions that will keep them entertained all week long. There's lots of outdoor fun to be had at beaches where they can learn to surf or look for whales, the zoos and aquariums will let them get up close and personal with native animals and the many museums will make history fun for the whole family.
Sydney is famous for its fantastic weather, so make the most of it and get out and about in nature. Sydney's many beaches can be enjoyed all year round and there's one for every kind of swimmer, from floating in calm harbour coves to making a splash at a gorgeous ocean pool or taking on the waves with a surfing lesson at Manly, Bondi, Maroubra or Cronulla.
For those that like a stroll, you're in luck. One of the world's most picturesque paths is the Coogee to Bondi walk which hugs the coastline or amble through the vast Royal Botanic Garden and enjoy harbour views. Pack a basket (or swing by a cafe) and stop off to admire the city from one of its many picturesque picnic spots.
Zoos & aquariums
A trip to Taronga Zoois a full-day adventure. Instead of driving, take a ferry from Circular Quay across sparkling Sydney Harbour so kids can also take in the Sydney Opera House from a new angle. The zoo has hundreds of animals to see, like Mali, Miya and Lexi – three rare Australian sea-lions who perform in an exciting daily show. In Western Sydney, Sydney Zoo offers an open air safari-style experience.
You're spoilt for choice at Darling Harbour, kids can get up close and personal with snakes, koalas and other furry native animals at Wild Life Sydney Zoo, then meet king penguins, sharks, turtles and a dugongs at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. Travel a little further out to Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside and Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh, just on the edge of Sydney, to meet more furry friends.
Action & adventure
Mini adrenaline junkies will make a beeline for Luna Park an amusement park that has been thrilling children since the 1930s. Ride the ferris wheel and the rollercoasters, then try your luck at the carnival games. Nine new rides have been installed in 2021, promising more thrills for all ages. Raging Waters has more than 30 waterslides and rides, plus a beach and kids play areas.
Have a child that's eight or older and isn't afraid of heights? They can tackle Bridge Climb and reach the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge or take on the outdoor Skywalk at Sydney Tower Eye, with its 360-degree views.
If you want to keep the kids active then head to Sydney Olympic Park in Sydney's west where they can learn a new skill at the Archery Centre, discover trapeze through Circus Arts and swim at the Aquatic Centre. Saddle up for horse riding in Centennial Park, strap on a helmet to take on the mountain bike trails through Western Sydney Parklands or climb, swing and zip through the trees at TreeTop Adventure Park.
Museums, galleries & shows
When it comes to culture, kids are spoiled for choice in Sydney. They can board a replica sailing ship and explore a submarine at the Australian National Maritime Museum while Hyde Park Barracks has new immersive experiences that take you back in time to Sydney’s convict days. When it gets dark, they can explore the constellations at Sydney Observatory.
The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Gallery of NSW regularly host family-friendly exhibitions and children’s workshops. Sydney’s theatres and the Sydney Opera House host a range of productions, musicals and performances throughout the year. For family shows and festivals, check out what’s on at this up-to-date events calendar.
Tours & day trips
Make it easy to explore Sydney and beyond by signing up to a tour. Take in all the major landmarks with Big Bus, a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Learn about Australia’s convict history on The Rocks Ghost Tour through Sydney’s oldest streets, explore the city on two wheels with a cycling tour or hop aboard a harbour cruise to see the city from the water.