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Guide to Sydney for Families

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The city of Sydney is the perfect host for families looking to have a good time — especially in summer. From zoos to amusement parks to pleasant walks, these activities are sure to be fun for the whole family!

Good for
  • Family
  • Thrill Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller

7 Places

6 City Tips

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7 Places

Taronga Zoo

Zoos

Wet 'n' Wild Sydney

Other Fun & Games

Luna Park Sydney

Theme Parks

Darling Quarter

Other Fun & Games

Monkey Mania Entertainment Quarter

Game & Entertainment Centres

Cook & Phillip Park Aquatic and Leisure Centre

Sports Camps & Clinics, Sports Complexes

Watson's Bay

Bodies of Water

Margarita P's City Tips

  • Sydney's public transport system is not always as sophisticated or affordable as the systems in other cities. Consider hiring a car for excursions outside of the city centre.
  • Free city shuttle bus services operate in Sydney CBD and Parramatta.
  • If you are a group of 3 or 4 and you're not travelling a long distance, a taxi may be faster and more affordable than the bus or train.
  • If the sun is out, make sure to pack a hat and some sunscreen.
  • Sydney is packed with excellent cafes and restaurants, although eating out can be quite expensive. Consider a park picnic if you're on a budget.
  • Tipping is not customary in Australia, but it is always well received.
  • Taronga Zoo
    Zoos
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    Margarita P Says:

    When it comes to visiting families, Taronga Zoo would be the first recommendation of almost every Sydneysider — it's both a local and tourist favourite. Here you can make friends with a koala or lay eyes on threatened species, all the while enjoying a spectacular view of the Sydney Harbour.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Catching the ferry to the zoo is part of the adventure. Only 12 minutes from Circular Quay, it's worth the ride.
    • Discounts are offered with combined public transport and zoo entry tickets — simply ask at the ticket office.
    • You can now stay overnight, thanks to the "Roar & Snore" experience, which includes safari-style tents and waking up to spectacular views of the Sydney Harbour.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 11 things to do in Mosman
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Love it, but here's some tips 15/10/2018
    • Expected more 14/10/2018
    • Taronga Zoo
    Address:
    Bradleys Head Road
    Mosman, New South Wales 2088
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9969 2777
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Wet 'n' Wild Sydney
    Other Fun & Games
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    Margarita P Says:

    Summer in Sydney can get incredibly hot, so a day of splashing around is almost imperative. Wet 'n' Wild Sydney is not a cheap excursion — and is very often incredibly crowded — but it's also exactly what you'd expect a water theme park to be: fun, busy and full of laughter.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Wet 'n' Wild Sydney is not open all year round — check the website before visiting.
    • Free shuttle buses are available from Parramatta, Seven Hills and Blacktown train stations. Take advantage of them! Parking is expensive.
    • You are not permitted to bring your own food (or alcohol) into the park, and food inside is expensive.
    • As Wet 'n' Wild can get overcrowded, avoid weekends and check calendars and try to visit on a day that is not a school holiday.
    • This is a better activity for older children (there is no kiddie pool).
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Prospect
    • So much fun 15/09/2018
    • Fun day with the kids 07/08/2018
    • Wet 'n' Wild Sydney
    Address:
    427 Reservoir Rd
    Prospect, Blacktown, New South Wales 2148
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 13 33 86
    Other:
  • Luna Park Sydney
    Theme Parks
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    Margarita P Says:

    Located in one of the city's most photographed locations, Luna Park charms with old world carnival vibes and is a delight for both adults and children. Originally built in 1935, Luna Park may not be the flashiest or biggest amusement park — but it certainly feels quite special, day or night.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Trendsetter
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Entry is free but you must buy tickets for rides. Active families should consider buying an Unlimited Rides Pass ahead of time.
    • Luna Park is not open every day, so make sure to check the website ahead of your visit.
    • Everyone can enjoy two hours of complimentary wifi.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Milsons Point
    • Great venue for a big function 14/10/2018
    • Nup, not working. 11/10/2018
    • Luna Park Sydney
    Address:
    1 Olympic Dr
    Milsons Point, North Sydney, New South Wales 2061
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9922 6644
    Other:
  • Darling Quarter
    Other Fun & Games
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    Margarita P Says:

    Just a stones throw from the busy CBD, Darling Quarter is the city's newest precinct, a hip and lively area filled with restaurants, shops, and myriad other entertainments, including Monkey Baa Theatre Company, which is devoted to 'the creation of meaningful theatre for young people'. Kids of all ages will also delight at the sight of Luminous, the largest interactive light exhibition in the world. But the main event may just be the Darling Quarter Kids Playground, a glorious play heaven of balance ropes, a climbing net, sand diggers, and so much more.

    Good for
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The playground features an array of activities that promote learning and imagination for all ages, such as water games, swings, slides, and a flying fox.
    • All the dining options you can imagine are here, from McDonalds to sushi to steak. Alternatively, bring a packed lunch and enjoy it in the sunshine.
    • IMAX, famously known as the World's Biggest Screen, shows a mix of entertaining and educational films in 2D and 3D.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 110 Fun & Games in Sydney
    • Amazing Playground at Darling Quarter 11/08/2018
    • Wonderful Playground! 08/07/2018
    • Darling Quarter
    Address:
    1 Harbour St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 8267 8200
    Other:
  • Monkey Mania Entertainment Quarter
    Game & Entertainment Centres
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    Margarita P Says:

    If you're looking to excite (and exhaust) your children, head to Moore Park's Entertainment Quarter (EQ), a hub of child-friendly venues from bowling alleys to cafes. When it comes to little tykes, the jewel in EQ's crown is Monkey Mania, an indoor playland for children aged 1-12 that is home to inflatable jumping castles, climbing structures, slides, kiddie go-karts and a cannon foam ball arena.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • Across the way, Plaster Painting Studios is open 7 days a week and has over 300 plaster figurines, money boxes, picture frames and canvasses for crafty kids to choose from.
    • Strike EQ offers tenpin bowling, laser skirmish, private karaoke and other interactive games — it's perfect for parties or bigger groups.
    • Outdoor jumping castles appear every Wednesday and Saturday, and during the school holidays.
    • On Wednesdays and Saturdays, there are also farmers markets for parents wanting to try a little something delicious.
    • The Parents Room opposite Monkey Mania features private feeding areas, changing tables and kiddie toilets.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #90 of 110 Fun & Games in Sydney
    • Unbelievably expensive and food poor quality 09/10/2018
    • Party food was very poor 29/09/2018
    • Monkey Mania Entertainment Quarter
    Address:
    122 Lang Road
    Moore Park
    Sydney, New South Wales 2021
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9380 9525
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Cook & Phillip Park Aquatic and Leisure Centre
    Sports Camps & Clinics, Sports Complexes
    Margarita P Says:

    Fitness and fun all in one, Cook & Phillip Park Aquatic and Leisure Centre is a great, energetic destination suitable for all seasons. With a wave pool for the kids and a pilates class for mum, Cook & Phillip is a dynamic destination for the active family.

    Good for
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    • Thrill Seeker
    Tips
    • School holiday programs are available and should be booked ahead of time.
    • There is a cafe on the premises; however a packed lunch could also be enjoyed in neighbouring Hyde Park.
    • There are several non-aquatic fitness options on offer, such as yoga, boxing and spin class.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #265 of 490 things to do in Sydney
    • Nice break for people staying in the CBD 04/03/2018
    • Excellent swimming pool in central location 19/02/2018
    • Cook & Phillip Park Aquatic and Leisure Centre
    Address:
    4 College St
    Sydney, New South Wales 2000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 2 9326 0444
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    Sat - Sun
    7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Other:
  • Watson's Bay
    Bodies of Water
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    Margarita P Says:

    Watson's Bay is Australia's oldest fishing village, and the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon of sunshine and fish n' chips. A little further out of town, this is a good half-day experience that covers eating, swimming and tanning time.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The small harbour beaches around Watson's Bay — specifically Parsley Bay, Camp Cove & Nielson Park — are perfect for a free all-day summer activity.
    • The refurbished Beach Club at Watson's Bay Hotel is a hotspot where locals like to enjoy a cocktail at sunset (there's also a kids' menu).
    • The 380 bus departs from Circular Quay and takes you all the way there. Prepare for the journey to take over an hour.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 490 things to do in Sydney
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic Day At Watson's Bay 15/10/2018
    • Loved it. 14/10/2018
    • Watson's Bay
    Address:
    Watson's Bay, Sydney
    New South Wales, Australia
    Sydney, New South Wales 2030
    Australia
    Other:
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