Sydney is celebrated for its world-class dining, energetic nightlife and exciting shopping, but don’t let this vivacious city fool you. It is not for adults only. Sydney’s family friendly fun starts with affordable public transportation, tours, activities, educational opportunities, and adventures kids of all ages can enjoy. Kids under 10 and their parents can visit museums, learn about animals, explore cultural attractions or just enjoy Sydney’s extensive beaches.
• Powerhouse Museum
It was once just a power station, but the Powerhouse Museum today is a wonderland with more than 250 interactive exhibits, two dozen displays and a collection of several hundred thousand different artefacts and objects. The Powerhouse Museum is fun for the entire family with a playground, life-sized replica of a space shuttle cockpit, science experiments, gardens and more.
• Taronga Zoo
If your kids are in the mood to see lions and tigers and bears, the Taronga Zoo is the place to go. The Taronga Zoo has all these animals and more. Native Australian animals, exotic animals, and all your favorite zoo creatures, such as elephants and giraffes, are here at the Taronga Zoo. The zoo has daily keeper talks, bird and seal performances, and opportunities to meet koalas and feed giraffes.
• Nutcote Cottage
If Nutcote Cottage sounds like a whimsical stop on your Sydney holiday, that’s because it is. This picturesque home was built for May Gibbs, renowned author and illustrator of “Snugglepot and Cuddlepie” and creator of gumnut babies. Nutcote Cottage is listed on the Register of the National Estate and contains many of May Gibbs’ personal effects, historic artefacts, sketches and memorabilia. It overlooks her picturesque garden.
• Sydney Opera House
No Sydney holiday would be complete without a stop at the Sydney Opera House. Although many people believe the Opera House is a cultural venue for adults, the Kids at the House offers kid-friendly performances, babies proms, films, dance, creative play and more. The Kids Discovery Tour is another option that gives kids a behind-the-scenes look at the Opera House and its history followed by creative playtime, quizzes, gift bags and lunch.
Some of Sydney’s beaches are well-known tourist hotspots with roaring surf and crowded beaches. Other Sydney beaches are quiet and more family friendly. They provide the perfect backdrop for those in search of a pleasant barbeque or picnic. Kids can splash in the quiet pools or play in the soft sands of Coogee Beach, Wylies Bath or Balmoral Beach. Manly Beach is a great alternative for those wanting to learn or brush up on their surfing skills. Spend the day at Manly riding the waves and snacking on fish and chips at the cafes lining the beachfront.