Family holidays

Reserve your tickets for Roar and Snore at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. The sleepover includes a 90-minute night walk to see the nocturnal animals. The Australian Museum has a permanent dinosaur collection, including 10 complete dinosaur skeletons.

From the Jamberoo aquatic amusement park, it’s a short scenic drive to the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk and the highest zipline in Australia. Two hours by train from Sydney are the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, where a steep railway descends into ancient forest.

Children learning to surf with 'Let's Go Surfing' at Bondi
Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, Manly

Delightful family holidays in Sydney

Sydney is a fun city for kids of all ages. From beaches, zoos and aquariums to parks, playgrounds and museums, Sydney has attractions for tots to teens. There are also plenty of exciting things for children to do in the NSW regions like learning to surf or paddling a kayak.

Watch the antics of Australian sea-lions Miya and Lexie at the seal show at Taronga Zoo, a short ferry ride from Circular Quay. Help feed Rex, a 5-metre saltwater crocodile, at the WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo on Darling Harbour, near the city centre. For more amazing animal encounters visit the Australian Reptile Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, an hour’s drive north of Sydney.

Young stargazers can see nebulae light years away at the Sydney Observatory, near The Rocks and Sydney Harbour Bridge. During the day you can look at the Sun with special lenses. Ride the Big Dipper at Luna Park, across the harbour from the Observatory. The Australian Museum, next to Hyde Park, has dinosaur skeletons and a special mini-museum for kids under five.

Sydney and the NSW coastline are blessed with numerous beautiful beaches such as world-famous Bondi Beach and gorgeous Byron Bay on the North Coast. The Royal Botanic Garden and Centennial Parklands in Sydney’s eastern suburbs are two of many parks in the city where kids can run wild. World Heritage areas, such as the Blue Mountains, have marked trails through ancient forest, some suitable for young walkers.

Two hours’ drive south of Sydney, near Kiama, is Jamberoo Action Park, with thrilling water rides that the kids will love. Don’t miss beautiful Minnamurra Rainforest, a short drive from Jamberoo, where you can stroll through the rainforest on raised boardwalks. And soar through the trees at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures.

 

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour

Top Attractions for Kids

Discover dinosaur skeletons, see marine life, explore submarines or ride a ferry to top Sydney attractions Luna Park or Taronga Zoo. These are just some of the options at your doorstep. Beyond Sydney, you’ll find wonderful beaches and fantastic wildlife parks to explore.

Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Cafe, The Rocks

Eating out with Kids

Enjoy a relaxing picnic in one of the many parks around Sydney Harbour. At Bondi and Manly beaches you can enjoy fish and chips by the ocean. You’ll also find many cafés and restaurants that have children’s menus.

Sea Cliff Bridge, NSW Coast

Family Drives

Meander along the spectacular coastal drives between Sydney and Melbourne and discover plenty of great detours, including Kangaroo Valley for canoeing on the beautiful Kangaroo River. Wind your way through national parks, beaches, stunning hinterland and rolling hills.