Top Attractions for Kids
Sydney is full of attractions to keep the kids entertained. Whether they want to run wild in parks or beachside reserves, learn to surf at legendary beaches, meet native animals at zoos and aquariums or step back in time at a museum, there’s so much to do.
Beaches and outdoor activities
Sydney's mild climate makes its beaches great fun all year round. Have a dip at calm harbour beaches, perfect for little swimmers, or discover the city’s famous ocean pools. Sign up for a lesson at a surf school at Manly, Bondi, Maroubra and Cronulla.
One of the best ways to explore Sydney is on foot. Follow the coastline on the Coogee to Bondi walk or stroll through the vast Royal Botanic Garden and enjoy the views of the city. Try horse riding in Centennial Park or ride the mountain bike trails through Western Sydney Parklands.
Zoos and aquariums
Take a ferry from Circular Quay across sparkling Sydney Harbour to one of the city’s most appealing attractions for kids, Taronga Zoo. There are 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.
At Darling Harbour, kids can get close to furry native animals at Wild Life Sydney Zoo, then meet king penguins, sharks, turtles and a dugongs at Sea Life Sydney Aquarium. There are more native animals waiting at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside and Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh, just on the edge of Sydney.
Action and adventure
Perched on the edge of the harbour, Luna Park has been thrilling children since the 1930s. Ride the ferris wheel and the rollercoasters, then try your luck at the carnival games. Raging Waters has more than 30 waterslides and rides, plus a beach and kids play areas.
Not afraid of heights? In the city centre, Sydney Tower Eye's outdoor Skywalk will thrill children aged eight and older with its 360-degree views. Kids over eight can also tackle Bridge Climb and reach the summit of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
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. Nearby is TreeTop Adventure Park where you can climb, swing and zip through the trees.
Museums, galleries and shows
When it comes to culture, you’re spoiled for choice in Sydney. Kids will love boarding a replica sailing ship and exploring a submarine at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Hyde Park Barracks has new immersive experiences that take you back in time to Sydney’s convict days. When it gets dark, explore the night sky 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 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 and day trips
Make it easy to explore Sydney and beyond by signing up to a tour. Big Bus is a hop-on hop-off bus tour that takes in all the major landmarks and is a great option for first time visitors. Learn about Australia’s convict history on The Rocks Ghost Tour through the city’s oldest streets. Or hop aboard a harbour cruise to see the city from the water.
If you want to explore a little further, all-inclusive day trip tours visit places in regional NSW such as the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves, the Hawkesbury and the Hunter Valley.