As one of the busiest cities in the world, Sydney has something for everyone, even more than that. This is a city of beautiful architecture, rich traditions and metropolitan areas. In addition, this is one of those special cities where you can go with the kids and you will all have a great time.
It doesn’t matter what age are your children, Sidney will have something for everyone. Even for those sometimes-rebellious young adults, you have trouble with an interest in anything. Therefore, when in Sidney with the kids, here are some spots to visit.
1. Circular Quay
Circular Quay is the area which will certainly keep the whole family entertained. It’s a very active area since the ferries and trains stop here to pick up and drop off passengers. You can walk the promenade and get to the Sydney Opera House, or go in the other direction to the Harbour Bridge.
The promenade is full of entertainers who children simply love, while the small plaques will tell you something interesting from the Circular Quay’s history. Museum of Contemporary Art is right there and it has a great program for the children. Police & Justice Museum about the history of crime and police force, and numerous items from the beginning of Sydney to the modern times are remarkable.
2. Sydney Opera House
When on the Circular Quay, you can easily go to visit Sydney Opera House, or even do it separately, since this is one of the most famous landmarks of the city. You can buy a ticket for the day tour and go inside.
The lunch is included in the tour and you will enjoy some freshly prepared and healthy meals. Also, the guide will be there at your service to make sure you find out all the interesting facts about this globally recognisable building. The tour includes taking pictures for the souvenirs you’ll receive in the end, and you get to visit theatres even when there are no shows.
3. Taronga Zoo
Probably the thing that will interest your kids the most is the animal life. Taronga Zoo overlooks the harbour which is a wonderful view during the walks and touring. Children can see Australia’s remarkable 250 species of animals like koalas.
Also, there is a Komodo Dragon you can see from the safest distance and of course other reptiles like a blue tongue. There is an option to pet some of the animals in the presence of zoo caretakers. You can buy some snacks and take many pictures with animals and around the zoo on the statues decorating it.
4. Royal Botanic Garden
Royal Botanic Garden is a perfect place to spend the whole day with your family. This green oasis right in the middle of the city will give you some escape from the city skyscrapers and traffic rush. There is everything you need to stay and enjoy some pleasant time, from restaurants to wildlife.
If you don’t feel like walking around all the time, you can ride the Choo Choo Express, which is another great way for sightseeing, and the kids will love it. You can enjoy a picnic in nature, play games and your kids can participate in many special activities specially organised for them.
Of course, those beaches are an unavoidable attraction in Sydney. They are all gorgeous and children love to go for a swim or take surfing lessons. The great beach for kids is Balmoral since its waters are shallow. A kid can play on the nearby playground and you can all have lunch at one of the restaurants around. You can rent a short term accommodation in the vicinity so you can go there more often before you choose to try some more serious beaches.
The same applies to Manly Beach which is even more accessible by a ferry from the Circular Quay. While Shelly Beach is more private and you can count on some peaceful time with your family. However, when it comes to Bondi Beach, it will certainly interest your teenagers since it’s a popular surfing spot.
6. Sydney Sea Life Aquarium
Sydney Sea Life Aquarium is another wonderful place to spend a family time. The guides will give you educational tour with much interesting information about the sea life of Australia. Kids will have a blast with penguins, various fish, stingrays and other unique species. Shark Alley is the most interesting spot for children and you will probably spend a lot of time there learning about these amazing animals.
In the end
Besides these locations, there are others like Luna Park, Ian Potter Wild Play Garden or Sydney Tower Eye. You will probably have to leave some of the attractions for another time since Sydney is rich and full of many interesting things for a family to see and experience. However, make sure that you have a map and a plan with you, so you can visit all the places you want.
*This is a guest post written by Nina Simons.