Sydney is a great city by any measure. It’s modern, accessible, beachy, hip and the food is awesome! We spent a week there in June and could easily go back for another week. The Winter weather is glorious – all these pictures were taken in mid-June and just look at the sunny skies!
There are lots of fun things to do in Sydney with kids but here’s what we covered in our week long visit.
Visit Taronga Zoo
Taronga Zoo is a great place to start your visit to Sydney with kids. Not only is it full of wonderful, entertaining animals but it’s also in an incredibly scenic spot on the harbour opposite the central city. You can get up close with a koala (but NSW law says you can’t hold them), watch the seal show, spy on the gorillas and stalk the big cats. There’s a kids playground with farm animals for little ones.
Head out to the Blue Mountains
A departure from the big city could be just what your family needs after a few days in the concrete jungle. Don’t miss an excursion to the Blue Mountains, just west of Sydney. There are some great walking tracks, beautiful vistas and interesting history in the area. Start with a visit to Scenicworld and ride the cable car and the world’s steepest railway. It’ll take you about 1.5 hours to reach Katoomba from central Sydney by car. You can find a rental car in Sydney with Drivenow.
Whether it’s summer or winter, you won’t want to miss Australia’s best gelato at Gelato Messina. With flavours like salted caramel & white chocolate, pandan & coconut and apple pie parents will be in heaven and there are plenty of plainer options for the kids like chocolate, vanilla and yogurt. It’s the perfect after dinner treat. There are locations in Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Pyrmont.
Check out The Powerhouse Museum
If you’re going to check out one museum in Sydney, make it the Powerhouse Museum. There are informative exhibits for older kids – learn how a Boutlon Watt engine works, play vintage video games or explore the world of fashion design. For little kids there’s a virtual touchpool and an amazing Wiggles exhibit.
Walk from Bondi to Coogee
Sydney has got to have some of the best beaches in the world out of any major international city. The swanky beach suburbs of Eastern Sydney are easily reached by bus from the city. One of the best ways to see this stunning stretch of coastline is to walk from Bondi beach to Coogee beach. The walk takes about an hour and half and winds across the cliffs from beach to beach along. There are plenty of parks and playgrounds to stop at along the way. It’s not stroller-friendly or fenced the whole way so little kids will need to be carried in a pack or by parents. Watch out for migrating whales in Winter!
Have Lunch in Chinatown
Chinatown’s main thoroughfare on Dixon Street is the place to go for Asian food. Most fun for kids would have to be a Yum Cha lunch. Carts filled with delicious steamed and fried dumplings make the rounds so you can pick and choose your meal as you go. Wontons filled with pork are always a winner for our little one!
Ride a Ferry in the Harbour
Sydney harbour is the jewel in downtown’s crown. Not only is it extremely picturesque, it makes for a great way of getting about the city. Jumping on one of the Sydney’s ferries is the best way to get up close with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. It’s also the best way of getting out to Taronga Zoo or to the beach at Manly.
Take in The Sealife Aquarium
Take in the world underwater at Sydney’s Sealife Aquarium. The entire loop of the world beneath the waves will take 45 minutes to an hour so it’s not too labour intensive for little ones but interesting enough for old kids to enjoy. The highlight of this aquarium are the resident Manatees but there is plenty of other sealife on offer including manta rays, sharks giant crabs and lots of colourful fish. Be sure to check out the shark eggs in the touch pool!
What’s on your must-see list for Sydney?