Where to Stay with Kids
Family friendly accommodation in Sydney is very easy to find, with kids being well catered for. When you know where to look, you’ll be surprised at all the choices available, from budget to something a little bit fancier, in the CBD and surrounding suburbs.
The Novotel Sydney in Darling Harbour makes a great base for families. Nearby attractions include the sharks and dugongs at SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, the koalas at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and the Australian National Maritime Museum, where you can climb aboard a submarine.
Vibe Hotels has outposts in the city centre, Rushcutters Bay and North Sydney. The locations make for easy access in and around the CBD, harbour and beaches and the suites come with the extra room that families need. The Rushcutters Bay hotel is near a marina where you can hire a skipper and a yacht from EastSail and sail sparkling Sydney Harbour.
Swissotel is right in the thick of the action, just behind Pitt St Mall and across from the QVB. Parents stay in a king room and the adjacent twin kids rooms are designed for a fun play and sleep experience with children’s bed linen, toys and DVDs.
Holiday parks are little-known affordable gems in Sydney, with self-catering cabins and powered sites for caravans not far from the city centre. Ingenia Holidays Avina and Lane Cove River Tourist Park is in Sydney’s north. The Lane Cove Holiday Park doubles as the fictional Summer Bay Caravan Park in TV show Home and Away.
For something special, Cockatoo Island Camping is a campsite on Sydney Harbour, one of the world's most beautiful natural harbours. The island is a short ferry ride from Circular Quay.