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Family fun in Sydney

Sydney Opera House, SydneyCREDIT: Destination NSW

Sydney Opera House: set on the city’s beautiful harbour.

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Family fun
in Sydney

Sydney Opera House, Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Sydney Opera House: set on the city’s beautiful harbour.

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Observing the best Sydney has to offer through the eyes of children is a great way to get a new perspective on this magnificent city, and staying on the Sydney Harbour foreshore will put you at the heart of world-class attractions for all ages.

Highlights:  

  • Climbing the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge 
  • Encountering Australian wildlife up close at Taronga Zoo 
  • Sailing across Sydney Harbour is a must for young visitors 

Where to play  

For an exhilarating family experience, book in with BridgeClimb Sydney and climb to the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge at twilight. Kids aged eight years and up can join in the fun and take in the 360-degree views of this iconic Sydney landmark, fondly known by locals as the ‘Coathanger’ due to its arch-based design. 

The Rocks Discovery Trail also offers excitement for all ages. Pick up a treasure map of The Rocks and explore this historic neighbourhood on foot. Alternatively, take in the sights from two wheels as you pedal past the city’s parks, harbour and iconic sites with Bonza Bike Tours, which caters to all ages by providing kids’ bikes, chariots and baby seats.

Half the fun of getting to Taronga Zoo Sydney is taking the ferry from Circular Quay or jumping in a water taxi. Once you’ve arrived, ride the cable car across the zoo to check out the amazing exhibits, which includes the African Savannah precinct, complete with lions, giraffes and meerkats. Kids will love seeing the Sumatran tigers and the incredible Free-Flight Bird Show. 

Take a ferry to Darling Harbour and visit Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, where the kids can meet king penguins, sharks, turtles and a cheeky dugong named Pig. The Discovery Rockpool allows youngsters to see and touch sea stars, shark eggs, shells and sea urchins.  

Nearby Darling Quarter is a buzzy community gathering space that boasts an impressive playground. Kids will expend plenty of energy thanks to the slides, climbing ropes and flying foxes. 

Where to wind down  

Take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, where kids can visit the Seedlings Nature School, designed to educate and encourage little ones to enjoy nature play. The Aboriginal Culture Sunset Tour is a wonderful family experience, with your Aboriginal tour guide taking you through the Cadi Garden so you can learn about native plants, try some bush foods and discover how technology is being used by Aboriginal people to live on and care for Country. 

Next to the Royal Botanic Garden you’ll find the Art Gallery of New South Wales, home to an amazing collection of Australian, Aboriginal, European, Asian and contemporary art. Take the family on a self-guided tour around this inspiring space, or head to the ticketing desk to find out about the latest family-friendly offerings. 

Back in The Rocks, don’t miss the Museum of Contemporary Art, which presents an ever-changing array of artwork and installations that will intrigue kids and adults alike. MCA Café, on the top floor, serves up a healthy menu and refreshments with amazing harbour views. 

A light-rail journey will take you from Circular Quay to Ultimo, home of the fascinating and interactive Powerhouse Museum. The collections on display span science, technology, design and more, and the museum is ideal for families looking to understand Australia’s unique culture. 

SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a visit to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour.

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SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour CREDIT: Destination NSW

Enjoy a visit to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour.

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BridgeClimb Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a twilight BridgeClimb Sydney experience overlooking Sydney Harbour.

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BridgeClimb Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Friends enjoying a twilight BridgeClimb Sydney experience overlooking Sydney Harbour.

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Where to refuel 

If you’re looking for breakfast on the run, grab coffee, juice and delicious French pastries or baguettes from La Renaissance, on Argyle Street. The cake menu is exceptional and there are options for all dietary needs.  

Belles Hot Chicken, at Barangaroo, has something for the whole brood — the kids will love the chicken tenders and mac and cheese, and parents can enjoy natural wines and Belle’s famous Chicken Sandwich. 

An Aussie icon, The Glenmore on Cumberland Street is a great dinner spot and offers a fun atmosphere and views of the spectacular Sydney Opera House. The kid’s menu includes favourites such as popcorn chicken and fish and chips, while grown-ups can choose from elevated pub classics.  

You’ll find the ‘world’s most Instagrammed cake’ — the exquisite strawberry watermelon cake — at Black Star Pastry, in The Galeries on George Street. It comes in slices or you can order a small or large cake for celebratory events. Or go against the grain and make your selection from the luscious cake range. 

For an after-dinner treat, head to Gelato Messino at Gateway at Macquarie Place facing Circular Quay, for outstanding ice-cream. Popular flavours include salted caramel and white chocolate, and hokey pokey, which pairs chocolate with honeycomb. 

Where to stay  

A long-established part of Sydney’s skyline, Four Seasons Hotel Sydney on George Street is perfectly placed for guests to experience the best of the stunning harbour and city centre. The Family Fun package includes gifts for the kids, an in-room kids’ movie experience, daily breakfast at Mode Kitchen & Bar for two adults and two children aged under 12, themed linen and a tent experience when you stay in a suite. Fabulous city views, plush king beds and soaker tubs make the suites ideal for parents too. 

Sir Stamford at Circular Quay offers a touch of luxury and easy access all of the city’s main attractions. The hotel’s Sydney Family Saver package includes luxury accommodation in a spacious room, a surprise pack for all young guests, breakfast for two children and two adults, and free meals in the restaurant for those aged under 12 at all other times. The kid’s version of high tea makes everyone feel special, and the rooftop pool is a fabulous place to cool down after a day of exploring.

The Sebel Quay West Suites Sydney,  on Gloucester Street, offers apartment-style accommodation with beautiful Sydney Harbour and city skyline views. The spacious living and dining rooms give you room to spread out, and the fully equipped kitchenettes makes it easy to keep everyone fed. Special family deals are offered throughout the year, so be sure to ask when booking.

Jacarandas, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Jacaranda trees in full bloom in Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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Jacarandas, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney CREDIT: Destination NSW

Jacaranda trees in full bloom in Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

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Sailing, Sydney Harbour CREDIT: Destination NSW

Destination NSW Summer in Sydney. Sailing on Sydney Harbour. February 2019. Photograph Dallas Kilponen

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Sailing, Sydney Harbour CREDIT: Destination NSW

Destination NSW Summer in Sydney. Sailing on Sydney Harbour. February 2019. Photograph Dallas Kilponen

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