10 Fun Things to Do with Your Kids when Visiting Sydney

Posted on Feb 12, 2018
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Sydney, the most iconic city in Australia, offers tons of opportunity for young and old to enjoy – from its breathtaking natural wonders to the amazing architecture, world-famous landmarks, mouth-watering cuisines, and enviable lifestyle – every family’s trip to Sydney is sure to be a memorable one.

Here are 10 fun things to do with your kids when visiting Sydney:

Explore Circular Quay

If this is your first time in Sydney, the best place to explore first is the Circular Quay. Why? Well, it’s where you will find two of the most popular destinations in the country –  Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

10 Fun Things to Do with Your Kids when Visiting Sydney

Play at Luna Park

This popular amusement park is a must-see. From riding a giant Ferris Wheel to taking slides in Coney Island, bumping each other’s dodgem cars and riding the wild mouse – one day is not enough for your kids to explore and enjoy this park.

 Enjoy the views at Cockatoo Island.

Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, Cockatoo Island is a great place to learn about Sydney’s local history. Explore Sydney’s largest island for the day or even overnight in the campground or holiday houses.

10 Fun Things to Do with Your Kids when Visiting Sidney

Hang out on the beach.

Who doesn’t love going to the beach… especially in Sydney? From the Northern Beaches to the Eastern Suburb, your kids will definitely love the waves in Sydney. If you have more time, the world-famous Bondi Beach is a must-visit!

Learn and play at the Powerhouse Museum.

This is not a typical museum. Here, your kids will definitely be amazed by the interactive activities that makes learning so much fun! They host regular exhibits featuring amazing stuff, such as over a million Lego bricks used to create giant superheroes and supervillans.

Have a breathtaking view of the city at the Sydney Tower.

Want to have the best view of Sydney? Go up to the top of the city’s tallest free-standing structure which is ranked as one of the safest buildings in the world. This iconic Sydney landmark surely showcases the best of Sydney’s engineering and quality construction.

Enjoy a family picnic at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Perhaps one of the most beautiful gardens in the world – the Royal Botanic garden is a great place for families to relax and bond. They regularly hold activities to promote the conservation of the natural world. Surely, your kids will have a better understanding of what it means to take care of the environment after their trip to the Royal garden.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Another iconic destination in Sydney – the Harbour Bridge is a home to many local attractions, restaurants and cafes, hotels, and shopping centers. Climb up to the bridge and let your kids enjoy the magnificent 360-degree views from the top of the arch. You will absolutely love it too!

Run, play and laugh at Darling Harbour.

This place hosts a lot of fun activities (free and paid) for the whole family. With plenty of restaurants that serve scrumptious Australian food, you and your kids will surely have a blast! Among the best places to explore at the Darling Harbour are the Wildlife Park, IMAX theatre, and the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium.

Shop at the Rocks market.

Last but not the least – head to The Rocks for a bunch of enjoyable activities, from shopping to strolling around the busy market. You will also find the Observatory Hill at The Rocks wherein your kids could star-gaze through high-powered telescopes.

Now that you know 10 of the best things to do in Sydney with kids, it’s time for you to pack and enjoy the tour!

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32 Comments

  1. Maria Magdalena
    February 13, 2018

    Wonderful photos! I’m planning to go to Sydney this year, definitely will visit those places.

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  2. Carola
    February 13, 2018

    I admit I don’t have children. But I love to use children’s destination guides for myself – fun things like the Powerhouse Museum aren’t included in standard “grownup” guides…

    Thank you!
    C

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  3. Hannah Denton
    February 13, 2018

    Oh wow! Cockatoo Island looks totally beautiful, I’ve never seen it before! Luna Park sounds fantastic too!

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  4. Nina
    February 13, 2018

    That’s awesome that Sydney has so many great things for the whole family. I’m sure it’s hard to keep kids entertained while on vacation.

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  5. Dalene Ekirapa
    February 13, 2018

    Sydney is so beautiful. Who would miss doing all these? I watched this movie set in Luna Park..can’t remember it so well and I can imagine physically having fun there. As well, the beach looks fantastic too…those near Sydney should take advantage of the awesome offers!

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  6. Nancy Smith
    February 13, 2018

    Wow what great images and ideas for places to visit! I hope I make it to Sydney someday. This post is certainly inspiring me to do so.

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  7. EG III
    February 13, 2018

    I’d love to one day return to Sydney with my daughter. With all the wonderful things to do I’m sure she’d have a ball…especially at the Powerhouse Museum and Darling Harbor.

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  8. pinkoddy
    February 13, 2018

    Thank you for putting this together I didn’t realise how much there was to do with the kids in Sydney. We were going to wait until they left home to go but now I think we will need to have a rethink about going sooner.

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  9. Tara pittman
    February 13, 2018

    So many awesome things to check out. I would love to visit Sydney someday.

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  10. Ana De- Jesus
    February 13, 2018

    Naturally as a part time mermaid I am drawn to beaches but actually what I found the most fascinating from your Sydney adventures list was Cocktaoo Island. Especially as it has been recognized as a UNESCO Heritage spot as well. It is absolutely stunning.

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  11. CurlyWhippedTee
    February 13, 2018

    These look like fun things for the whole family to do. This is on my bucket list now!

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  12. Natalie
    February 13, 2018

    Australia is so high on my bucket list! Those views are absolutely spectacular! I’ve always wanted to see the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge with my own eyes – one day I will visit, all the way from Canada!

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  13. Sela
    February 14, 2018

    I have never been to Sydney but I would love to visit there. You took some great pictures.You really captured the beauty of it.

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  14. Cristina
    February 14, 2018

    I don’t have kids but I’m a child at heart so love running sounds discovering places! I’ve yet to visit Sydney as it is the other side of the world for me but their beaches sound amazing.

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  15. Ali Rost
    February 14, 2018

    I had no idea there were so many wonderful things to do in Sydney! If we’re ever lucky enough to take our grandson, you can bet we’ll be riding the giant Ferris Wheel at Luna Park and spending an afternoon at the Powerhouse Museum. We’re such suckers for a great museum! x

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  16. Tina Hogan Grant
    February 14, 2018

    What a stunning city. Not sure if I’ll ever make it to Australia, but I love the Cockatoo Island. That is something I would love to visit if I ever had the chance.

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  17. Mark
    February 14, 2018

    Sydney obviously looks like a glamorous place to spend fun time with family. Already imagining the fun thrill of being at Darling harbour.

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  18. Rhian Westbury
    February 14, 2018

    I’d love to go to Sydney one day, it’s an absolute dream and I’d love to do all of these things x

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  19. Irena
    February 14, 2018

    Your post came at a right time as I just told my husband how much I want to visit Sydney. I’m going to show him your article to see all the fun things our family can do there. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. London Mumma
    February 14, 2018

    I am dying to go to Sydney with my daughter, but she is only 3 and think the flight would be a bit too much for her, but roll on 6, we are defo going.

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  21. Carrie | Clean Eating Kitchen
    February 14, 2018

    I’ve never visited Sydney, but have friends that live there and everyone who I know has visited has loved it. Some great photos and some great ideas for things to do- its moving up my bucket list!

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  22. Nancy at Whispered Inspirations
    February 14, 2018

    This sounds as though it is an amazing place to visit. I love the idea of having a family picnic at the Botanical Gardens! So much fun.

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  23. Jennifer L
    February 14, 2018

    Im still sad I could only spend one full day in Sydney but absolutely fell in love with the city. Next time I go I want to check out more amazing places especially Luna park.

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  24. kartika nair
    February 15, 2018

    I think I’ll become a kid again if I got the chance to visit Sydney:D It looks amazingly beautiful.

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  25. Samantha Carraro
    February 15, 2018

    I don’t have any kids but these sound like fun activities that I would do myself too! Thank you for the recommendations, Sydney is definitely in my bucket list!

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  26. Emman Damian
    February 15, 2018

    I have been to Sydney twice. I haven’t been to Cockatoo Island. I hope to visit it soon.

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  27. mark olowokere
    February 15, 2018

    I imagine Darling harbour would be a wonderful experience for me.

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  28. oyibo
    February 15, 2018

    This is really a beautiful and vibrant city, so many amazing place to visit and things to do. wish am here already.

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  29. Sarah
    February 16, 2018

    We loved Sydney when we visited our favorite was the harbour. We are yet to bring our children for a visit. But can’t wait.

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  30. Dannii
    February 16, 2018

    There looks like there are a lot of fun options. I don’t think you can really go wrong with hitting the beach. Kids love it.

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  31. Lauren
    February 16, 2018

    oh my heck…. We are getting on a plane NOW. This sounds incredible! Totally ready to explore Sydney with my babies!!!!!

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  32. Laura Dove
    February 20, 2018

    Wow there is so much to do in Sydney with children! I really didn’t realise! I would love to take them over there, one day!

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