Top attractions for children

The Australian Museum has fun experiences for children of all ages. There are creative activities for youngsters at the Art Gallery of NSW on Sunday afternoons. Learn to surf at Bondi Beach’s Lets Go Surfing. Visit zoos and aquariums, including Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary. Ride the Tango Train at Luna Park.

In Sydney’s west, the Archery Centre at Sydney Olympic Park has lessons for children aged seven to 12. Circus Arts has beginner classes in flying trapeze, also at Olympic Park. iFLY Downunder in Penrith has indoor skydiving. Explore the Blue Mountains on a family day trip.

TreeTop Adventure Park, Newcastle
Horseriding at Centennial Glen Stables, Blackheath

Amazing kid-friendly things to do in Sydney

Children – and their parents - will love Sydney’s many parks and beachside reserves with lots of open space to run wild in. And while there are plenty of enticing attractions in the city, lots of activities are free. Youngsters can kick a ball in a park, climb trees, swim in an ocean pool or spot whales from a coastal lookout.

Pack a picnic hamper and lunch on Bondi Beach or in the Royal Botanic Garden beside Sydney Harbour. Take a ferry at Circular Quay and cross the harbour to some of the city’s top attractions, such as Luna Park and Taronga Zoo.

In the city centre, the Sydney Tower Eye’s outdoor Skywalk will thrill children aged eight and older with its 360-degree views. At Darling Harbour, kids can get close to furry native animals and sharks at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo and SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

Join the kids aboard a replica sailing ship or explore a submarine together at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour. The Australian Museum, near Hyde Park and the city’s main shopping precinct, has lots of interactive displays for children, as well as 10 dinosaur skeletons and eight life-sized models.

Beyond Sydney, you’ll find wonderful beaches and national parks to explore. From May to November, whale watching is popular on the south and north coasts. For a thrilling ride, hop aboard Scenic World Blue Mountains’ suspended cable car, which crosses a steep gorge.