What to do in Sydney with kids


Are you wondering what to do in Sydney with kids? Sydney is filled with some serious fun for kids and parents! Whether you are a Sydneysider looking for something to do with the kids or you are visiting Sydney for the first time, the only problem you will have is deciding which activities to choose!

1. Sydney Opera House with kids!

The Sydney Opera House is an architectural sight to behold – glistening white in the sun, it has been likened to sails in the wind. Climb the Opera House stairs with the kids, sit and take in the beautiful view of Sydney Harbour or watch a show – there is so much to do!

Watch a show with the kids at the Sydney Opera House! There are shows for kids of all ages. We have been many times, watching their favourite books come to life in plays or watching an Opera in the famous Opera house with the older children.

Grab some yummy food that the kids will love! The Opera bar is a beautiful spot to dine with views of the opera house and the harbour bridge. There is a kids menu or you can eat from the adult day menu. Sip your drink and savour the view and ambience. Out and about early? There is a breakfast menu too! Don’t forget to take a photo!

Badu Gili is a free 7 minute illumination of the Opera house, depicting ancient First Nation stories. Kids will love the visual story telling in an iconic Sydney location. Check out the times on the day you are visiting here.

2. Visit the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens

The Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney is an oasis in the city. Simply come to have a relaxed picnic or give the kids a space to run around and burn off some energy. You can find out about what’s on at the gardens here. Make sure you look at Mrs Macquarie’s Chair (1 Mrs Macquarie’s Road) while you are in the gardens. Convicts carved the chair out of a sandstone rock ledge in 1810, especially for Elizabeth (Governor Macquarie’s wife). The views are simply stunning from there!

Choo Choo Express – a 25 minute tour on a cute little train, buy tickets from the Queen Elizabeth II gate (beside the Sydney Opera House), cash only.

Fancy a colourful high tea? The Calyx High Tea is held within the gardens and children are welcome!

3. Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is an iconic Sydney landmark. Every New Years Eve it is featured in the stunning fireworks display – make sure to check it out if you are here then. You can walk across the Harbour bridge on the pedestrian pathway, ride your bike on the western bike path, drive across in a car or bus, sail under the bridge by ferry, boat or cruise ship or travel across by train!

Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb with kids

Bridge climb is is a popular way to get a Birdseye view high in the sky of Sydney Harbour and see the magnificence of the Sydney Harbour Bridge up close. There are different climbs to suit different people. Children 8 years and over who are over 1.2 metres tall are allowed to climb with an adult accompanying them (a maximum of three children per adult). Check out the FAQS here.

Cruise the harbour together

Relax on a Sydney Harbour cruise with the kids – there are sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises. Check out Magistic cruises or Captain Cook cruises.

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4. Fun galore with the kids at Darling Harbour, Cockle Bay & King Street Wharf

Darling Harbour, Sydney

Tumbalong Park

Sydney’s Tumbalong Park at Darling Harbour is always fun with kids! Featuring water play, slide, jumbo swings, tangled web and the 10 metre high octanet! Sydney with kids has never been more fun!

Kids will love Strike Bowling or Karaoke!

King Street Wharf is nestled between Cockle Bay Wharf and Barangaroo, located on Lime Street Sydney. Take the kids bowling at Strike King Street Wharf! Or book a private Karaoke room and have a blast! Under 18’s aren’t allowed past 8pm, so get in early.

See Aussie animals up close with the kids at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo is the place to see our Aussie animals – Koalas, Kangaroos, Crocodiles, Wombats, Platypus and many more! You can have breakfast with the Koalas or take a photo with a Koala. Children aged 10 years and over accompanied with an adult can book an Australian wildlife tour.

Are you thinking of visiting Port Douglas? Check out our crocodile adventure here.

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum, located 2 Murray Street Darling Harbour, has a lot of interesting activities for kids. Climb aboard ships like the Destroyer HMAS Vampire, Tall Ship James Craig 1874, HMAS Onslow, and many others. There are lots of tours and experiences that you can book, buy your tickets ahead of time online.

Sea Life Sydney

Ready to see penguins? Sharks? Dugongs? Seahorses? Rays and sawfish? Tropical reef fish? Explore zones including Dugong Island, South Coast Shipwreck, Sydney Harbour, Jurassic Seas, Day and Night on the Reef, Penguin Expedition & Shark Walk & Shark Valley! The kids will have a wonderful time at Sea Life Sydney. We loved seeing the penguins!!!

Book your tickets and experiences here.

5. Eat with the kids in Sydney!

We are very lucky in Sydney, due to our multicultural society, we have a vast selection of international cuisines to choose from. Would you like modern Australian, Lebanese, Italian, Greek, Chinese, Asian fusion, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Sicilian, pub food, French, Indian, or Thai cuisine? Experience the delicious and diverse array of food to Eat at Darling Harbour:

Dine in Sydney with the kids at The Malaya, a beautiful view matched with gorgeous south east Asian food! The Malaya has been around since 1963 and is one of our family favourites. Try Manjit’s at the Wharf for elegant Indian dining, a casual Sydney pub lunch with the kids at Cargo Bar or Bungalow 8, or a steak at Steersons Steakhouse.

Sweet treats @ Darling Harbour kids cannot resist

6. Take the kids to see Taronga Zoo in all of it’s glory

Catch a ferry from Circular Quay in Sydney’s CBD to Taronga Zoo – it only takes 12 minutes to get there and it a scenic trip (check out Trip Planner to help you get there). Taronga Zoo is open 9:30am to 5pm everyday. Guess what? Children under the age of 4 years always receive free entry into the zoo!

Purchase your tickets online and save money and time in a queue! Or you can buy tickets before you board at wharf 4 Circular Quay.

Taronga Zoo animals

Are you ready to see Kangaroos, Koalas, Meerkats, Sumatran tigers, Elephants, Southern Corroboree Frogs, Chimpanzees & Giraffes? Check out all of the animals you can see at Taronga zoo here!

Visit Taronga Zoo on your birthday and pay just $1! Register online here, take your voucher with valid proof of birth date and ID and you are all set! What a happy birthday that will be! Promotion runs until 30 June 2020.

Roar and Snore is an overnight stay with spectacular views of the harbour and unforgettable animal encounters. Be sure to book well in advance as this is a very popular family activity. Taronga zoo offers animal encounters with Koala, Penguins, Owls, Elephant, Meerkat, Tortoise. Additonally, there is a Keeper for a day course for adults and a junior & cadet course for kids 8+. For kids seeking a thrill, there is a Wild Ropes course that you can book to complete for kids and adults alike!

7. Just for Fun at Luna Park Sydney for big and little kids

Sydney with kids means some serious family fun at Luna Park!! Catch the ferry to soak in the amazing views of Sydney Harbour and alight at Milsons Point Wharf, right in front of Luna Park. You can purchase your tickets upon entry, prices vary depending on the height of children.

Rides include Coney Island, Wild Mouse roller coaster, Carousel, Dodgem cars, Hair Raiser and more! Grab some fairy floss or an ice cream for a sweet treat! There are quite a few options for lunch as well.

Feeling hot afterwards? Cool off at North Sydney Olympic Pool, right next to Luna Park! Guess what – free admission to the pool is included with your Unlimited Rides Pass, check it out here!

8. Queen Victoria Building Sydney with kids

The Queen Victoria Building (QVB) in the heart of the Sydney CBD, was built as a monument to the monarch and was completed in 1898. Be transported to another time, gaze at ornate craftsmanship and superb architecture, the QVB is well worth visiting!

Fancy a High Tea? The Tea Room is a sight to behold! Children can enjoy a high tea including a selection of finger sandwiches, sweets, a savoury item, scone with jam and clotted cream, choice of tea, hot chocolate, juice or soft drink.

Chocolate!!!!! Both Haigh’s Chocolates and Koko Black are my absolute favourite chocolate!! Both are located in the QVB! Do yourself a flavour (!!!) and try it for yourself!! I’m sure the kids won’t mind!! Haighs are Australia’s oldest family chocolate makers, since 1915. Try the chocolate frogs and chocolate speckles (I love dark Chocolate!).

From Koko Black, the kids will love the Chocolate Heart Pops. For yourself, buy the Marshmallow covered in chocolate or Leatherwood Honeycomb covered in chocolate. Need I say more!!! Well, one more thing – Koko Black in the Strand Arcade (a jump, hop and skip away from the QVB) has a dine-in menu for some very yummy treats! Chocolate dreams do come true!

9. A birds eye view of Sydney with kids

High up in the Westfield Shopping Centre, right in the middle of the Sydney CBD, Sydney Tower is 250 metres above the city streets. Be amazed by the magnificent view of Sydney with the kids from the observation deck. Older children accompanied by an adult can do the Skywalk on the Sydney Tower Eye, if they dare!

Sydney Tower view
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Want to see more Crocodiles? Check out our crocodile adventure down under!

10. Catch a wave with the kids at a Sydney Beach

There are so many beautiful beaches to choose from – famous Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, Nielsen Park, Coogee Beach, Balmoral Beach – there are many more too! Frolick in the water, build a sand castle and eat fish and chips!!

Bondi Icebergs
Manly Beach
Bondi Beach

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23 thoughts on “What to do in Sydney with kids

  1. A fun list of activities. We used to love going to the zoo with our kids. We also always walk up the Sydney Bridge Pylon with visitors. Another thing our kids enjoyed was the rocks and the nurses walk, where we always stopped at the heritage homes. Next time I’m in Sydney I’ll go and try the chocolate at QVB. Thanks for sharing.

  2. All of these look like fantastic options to visit with family. I’ve always wanted to visit the Sydney opera house and that botanical garden looks lovely.

  3. how fun!! we don’t personally have children but I bet my friends/family with kids would enjoy this if they ever go!

  4. It looks like there are plenty of things to do in Sydney if you are traveling with your children. The Opera House would be on top of my list of things to see in Sydney.

  5. Sydney looks amazing with kid-friendly places. I will share this with my Japanese coworkers who have kids because they would love to visit Sydney with their kids.

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