Sydney with kids

Sydney is the perfect city to enjoy a family holiday in, with so many things to do.  Be it indoors, or outdoors, there’s always something to entertain the kids.  All of these suggestions have been road tested by with me and some of my nieces and nephews – and they have given them all the tick of approval!

Luna Park

Nestled under the Harbour Bridge, Luna Park is in the perfect location just across the harbour from the city.  I took my nephew here recently and really wondered if I’d made a terrible mistake.  On the very first ride we went on, we were strapped in and ready to go when the operator said to me, “Are those sunglasses quite firm? If they’re not, when you go upside down you could lose them.”  Well he wasn’t wrong, we circled five ways one way and then five ways the other – my stomach churning and confused, I can’t say I loved it!  But it wasn’t about me, and my nephew later declared it was a highlight of his trip to Sydney.  So this one definitely is recommended for kids of all ages.

Not all rides are suitable for everyone, so there are very strict height limits for rides.  However there is a very wide range of rides, with something to suit everybody.



Famous for its long stretch of golden sand and of course the waves, kids love enjoying time in the water.  In Sydney there is probably 6 months of the year that kids can happily swim in.  Surf lessons for kids are also a great idea.  The instructors do a great job with the kids, and my nephew was up in no time.  I would recommend one hour for a surf lesson as it’s exhausting.  But good way to tire them out!



And he’s up! Surfing in Manly.


Arguably Sydney’s most famous beach, where better to take the kids for a walk along the famous coastal walk before a swim in the clear blue waters?  It’s stunning, so good for all the family.  Surf lessons are also available here.


Bondi beach in winter


Bondi Beach in winter


This is a lovely beach which is great for smaller children, as it’s sheltered from the ocean swell, so very safe for the little ones.


Balmoral Beach


Balmoral Beach

Taronga Zoo

The zoo has one of the most spectacular settings you can imagine.  With the backdrop of the harbour, views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are stunning.  The zoo itself is one of the best I’ve visited, with a great range of animals to see.  Obviously the Australian Walkabout section is particularly special.  We were lucky enough to visit recently and see the new baby elephant, born in May 2017.  With a birth weight of 130 kg he’s now at 170 kg, and I can say he is a real cutie.

Sydney Tower Eye

It’s all about the views up here.

Sydney’s tallest building is in the middle of the city and includes an observation deck to enjoy the magnificent views, as well as a couple of revolving restaurants.  One of them is catered towards families and kids, a buffet restaurant with around 60 different meal selections.  Having dined there recently with a 10 year old, I promise you no one will go home hungry.  Hot tip- visit on a Monday or Tuesday and kids will dine free.


Sydney is blessed with fantastic weather, but if it should happen to rain don’t despair there’s still plenty to keep you occupied.  A walk down to Darling Harbour offers some lovely views, but also some really entertaining options:

That is just a very brief snapshot of some ideas of how to entertain kids in Sydney.  Be it sunshine or rain, there is really something for everyone.

4 Responses to “Sydney with kids”
  1. Richard says:

    Sitting here with my morning coffee enjoying reading this blog.
    Sounds great for kids but also makes me want to visit thise places.
    I was last there 50 years ago so much must have changed.
    Hope you are getting warmer weather than we are here. Brrrrrrrr……it is freezing!!!!!!

    • Never too late for a visit Richard! It would be great to see you. I’ve been watching the news and yes, it looks miserable over there. Feels pretty chilly here but nothing compared to you guys. Hope you are managing to keep warm!

  2. Jackie says:

    Jack has been here for the afternoon and said that he really enjoyed Sydney

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