Sydney City has so much to offer tourists, but have you thought about taking your kids there for a day or two? There is so much to see and do that one day is not enough. If you’re feeling opc wirkung adventurous, book a night or two at one of Sydney’s CBD hotels. You can get some great deals on websites like Wotif.com and Lastminute.com.au and if you choose one of their secret stay packages you can stay in a 5 star hotel for a great price.
Before heading into town, plan your adventure and, depending on the age of the kids, find out just how much fun and excitement they can take. Being a busy and noisy business district can be overwhelming for children and they can tire more easily, so plan plenty of breaks, snacks and playtime in between.
Make sure you pack your camera as you will be taking lots of photos while creating some amazing memories.
The Sydney Aquarium is a spectacular attraction and home to many interesting sea creatures. The most popular exhibits include:
Tropical Ray Bay – with the most colorful combination of Australian stingrays.
Saws and claws – a feature of small-tooth sawfish and giant Japanese spider crabs. Southern Rivers – Freshwater fish such as Murray cod, platypus, yabbies, turtles. Northern rivers – barramundi and lungfish – the only species of fish that can breathe air. Southern Oceans – sea dragons and pineapple fish, octopuses, moray eels and penguins. Dugongs in Mermaid Lagoon – Pig and Wuru are the only captive dugongs in Australia.
Sydney Wildlife World
Get up close to koalas and kangaroos, visit one of the world’s largest crocodiles called Rex, or stroll through nine animal habitats where you’ll see over 100 species of Australian animals. There are 14 keeper talks and animal feedings every day at Wildlife World , so your kids are guaranteed to have a blast while learning about the wildlife. Some of the most popular exhibits include Butterfly Tropics, Gum Tree Valley, Wallaby Cliffs, Daintree Forest, The Outback, Kakadu Gorge, and Bugs Garden.
Walk over the Harbor Bridge
Enjoy spectacular views as you walk across the Sydney Harbor Bridge. The kids will love seeing the boats and ferries in the harbor and also the trains that run across the bridge. The walk takes about 30-60 minutes depending on the age of your kids and how often you stop to admire the view.
Located right in the center of Sydney, this is definitely a must-visit place to visit with your kids, especially on a clear day. The building is approximately 309 meters tall and offers 360 degree views of Sydney. Next to the observation deck you will also find restaurants and cafes where you can relax for a while and enjoy the spectacular views – Blue Mountains to the west, Sydney Airport to the south, Sydney Harbor Bridge, Sydney Opera House and if you are lucky enough you can even see your own house.
If your kids are 10+ and you’re feeling adventurous, book a Skywalk and soar 268 meters above Sydney. An experience you will never forget.
Royal Botanical Garden
These stunning gardens are perfect for letting your children run and play, feed the ducks or enjoy a family picnic. There are several cafes and restaurants. So if you prefer a simple breakfast or lunch in this spectacular setting, visit one of the following: Botanic Gadens Café, Pavilion on the Park, Pavilion Kiosk or Palace Gate Café
The Rocks Discovery Museum
Very family friendly, this free museum tells the history of The Rocks area from pre-European days to the present day. Here you will find a unique collection of paintings, archaeological artifacts and interactive exhibits. Kids will love playing artifact hunt using the clues provided by the museum. Suitable for children from 4-12 years
The Imax Theater offers a fantastic film experience with its huge screen, ten times larger than a normal cinema. You can watch 2D and 3D movies with crystal clear images that make you feel like you are part of the adventure. You can buy tickets on the Imax Theater website to avoid waiting in line.
Darling Quarter playground
One of Sydney’s greatest playgrounds with great slides, water features, climbing ropes, swings, slides, Flying Fox and much more. Suitable for young children as well as teenagers and best of all everything is free. Get to the playground early as it can get very crowded, especially on weekends and school holidays.
Power House Museum
The Powerhouse Museum is a science and design museum with constantly changing exhibitions, so there’s always something new to discover. During the holidays you will find many workshops and exhibitions for children of all ages. The museum’s courtyard has been turned into a great outdoor playground, so you can relax over lunch while the kids play.
A kid friendly museum with interesting exhibits, artifacts and you can even board ships and experience life on the water. Suitable for ages 2 and up, with lots of fun activities and workshops for children of all ages.
Chinese Garden of Friendship
A stunning location in the heart of Darling Harbor with amazing waterfalls, exotic plans and hidden paths. On weekends and during school holidays, children will enjoy origami, kung fun workshops, Chinese paper fans and lion dance.
Hyde Park Barracks
Located opposite Hyde Park, this museum is not only educational but also very interactive and allows you and your children to experience what convict life was like. Explore archaeological exhibits, try on convict outfits and be spooked by the SoundScape.
During the day you can see the sun with special filters and 3D space theater sessions that explain why we are all made of stardust and you will also learn about our solar system and the immense dimensions of the universe. At night you can see stars, planets in the solar system, the moon or even nebulae (clouds of gas where stars are born). Be sure to book a night tour as places are limited.
Cockatoo Island is a former Imperial prison, industrial school, reformatory, prison and site of Australia’s largest shipyards. Join a guided tour and learn about its fascinating history. Kids will enjoy exploring the island as they discover the spooky convict prison, ship building machinery and giant cranes. You can reach Cockatoo Island by taking a ferry from Circular Quay.
Madame Tussauds is a new attraction between Sydney Aquarium and Sydney Wildlife World. It features over 70 life figures from all walks of life, including opc wirkung world leaders like Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, music stars – Michael Jackson and Rihanna, movie stars – Hugh Jackman and Audrey Hepburn, sports stars – Layne Beachley and Mark Webber as historical greats – Ned Kelly and Albert Einstein. The museum also screens a fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary showing what it takes to create each wax figure. Children have the opportunity to dress up in costumes and pose for photos with their favorite stars.