Tours for Kids
Parents know it's often easiest to take the path of least resistance, so sign up for a tour and know that the hard work is taken care of. From behind-the-scenes zoo tours to exploring tall ships on Sydney Harbour, there's a tour to suit every family.
The easiest way to get around Sydney and clock all the must-sees is on a double-decker bus. Big Bus Sydney has two hop-on, hop-off bus tours with an audio channel for kids. One route takes you around the city's attractions, including Wild Life Sydney Zoo and Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, while the other takes in Bondi Beach.
Tours on the water
Between May and November, daily whale-watching boat tours will take you to see humpbacks migrating along the spectacular Sydney coastline. Youngsters can also test their sea legs on a tour of Sydney Harbour aboard a tall ship with Sydney Heritage Fleet Cruises and Sydney Harbour Tall Ships.
Segways & cycling
At Sydney Olympic Park, kids as young as nine can drive their own segway with Segway Tours Australia. Manly has more than 20km of cycle paths so go cycling along the gorgeous coast with Manly Bike Tours to discover secluded beaches and discover Manly Dam where you can find one of the best mountain bike tracks in town. Other bike tour companies will take you along the harbour foreshore and through the city.
Kids that know their fast bowlers from their spinners will be thrilled with a visit to the Sydney Cricket Ground Museum as part of the SCG Experience Tours, where they can go behind the scenes and even see Don Bradman memorabilia. If you'd like them to learn about the local indigenous people who have lived in the Sydney area for thousands of years, take a guided tour of the Royal Botanic Garden or Barangaroo Reserve.
Little animal lovers will be excited to stay at Taronga Zoo for the night and make the most of its Roar and Snore package. You'll go on a 90min night safari and see what animals get up to after dark. Kids can also join in special Keeper for a Day programs at both Taronga Zoo and Sydney Zoo that give them a taste of what it's like to work at the zoo.
Young astronomers can turn their gaze to the stars at the Sydney Observatory in The Rocks, which offers specialised tours, including night-time Family Friendly Twilight Tours and a 3D theatre. For a different kind of evening experience, join The Rocks Ghost Tours or Ghost Trackers at Q Station near Manly.