Top 10 Kid Friendly Destinations in Sydney
Taronga Zoo, Manly
Taronga Zoo in Manly is the perfect place to escape the city for the day, and the most convenient excursion – open everyday of the year. Only a short ferry ride from Circular Quay, enjoy the crashing waves and picture perfect city views on your way to the zoo. Book and animal encounter, and feed the giraffes or play with the penguins.
The beautiful Bondi beach cannot be skipped on a trip to Sydney, regardless of the season. Take the Bondi to Coogee walk, a scenic trip that will have you winding down the coast walking past crystal clear rock pools, white sandy beaches beaches and off into the big blue.
Sea Life Aquarium, Darling Harbour
The Aquarium in Darling Harbour is smaller than most, but still boasts penguins, sharks and stingrays. Getting a double pass allows you to also visit Madame Tussauds next door.
Spending the day in Darling Harbour is a fun way to enjoy the city, but planning ahead is a must if you don’t want to be out of pocket. Pre booking tickets the Aquarium, bringing packed lunches, and using public transport to get into the city are all easy ways to save money. Whether you pop into the Chinese Garden of Friendship for daily fish feeding, take a ride on the carousel or just spend hours climbing about in the mega playground you’ll be entertained.
Luna Park, Milsons Point
Heading to Luna Park is an easy and effortless way to spend the day. Modelled off the Melbourne Park, Sydney’s very own Luna Park opened in 1935. Take a ride on the Wild Mouse, or a spin around the iconic ferris wheel. With lots of rides, and discount ticket days Luna Park is a lot of fun, and won’t make a massive dent in your pocket.
Australian Museum, Darlinghurst
A free, and educational activity in the heart of Sydney. Explore past societies, ancient animals or creepy crawlies. Head to the Australian Museum for an afternoon activity, finish up your trip with a swim at the Cook and Phillip park pool. Or head further down William Street and check out the iconic Coca Cola sign on the corner of Darlinghurst Road.
Wet n Wild, Prospect
The newly built Wet ‘n’ Wild in Sydney’s West is the most exhilarating way to cool off in the summer heat. Feel weightless in the new Bombora, or race each other at the H2GO Racers. If you want to relax take a spin on the lazy river or chill out on The Beach.
Royal Botanical Gardens
The easiest daytime activity in the city centre. Wander down to the Botanical Gardens through Circular Key, pass the Opera House and jump on a train to experience the whole Gardens. Or just walk around at your own pace, it’s a great way to spend a day. Take some lunch and have yourself a picnic in the park. Make sure to check out the events board to see if there is anything on, or join the free guided walking tours that run daily at 10:30 am, and 1 pm.
The bridge walk can be done two ways; the traditional way, or the adrenaline junkie way. If you’re up for a rush, head into Sydney Bridge Climb and book tickets to climb the Harbour Bridge. If you’d rather a relaxing stroll, with equally as iconic views, head down to the rocks. A short walk across the bridge will give you views of the Opera House, CBD and Luna Park.
Taking the Watson’s Bay walk is a fun way to see the stunning Hornby Lighthouse. Take a dip at any one of the bright blue beaches, and finish your day with salty fish and chips from Doyles.
Olivia Bourke has spent the last two years travelling and writing. She loves an adventure, and is always up for hiking, skiing or a spot of yoga. Being born in Sydney has meant that a lot of her travelling has been focused in and around the city. Her most recent adventure saw her roadtripping through central NSW, a week long trip that gave her a more enlightened understanding of native Australian history and culture. Visit Olivia.