Best places to visit in Sydney for families

 

We visited Australia earlier this year as part of our  family holiday. Here’s our top list of tried and tested things to do in Sydney with a family in 48 hours. Along with some of our holiday photos!

 

Walk from the iconic Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach

Bondi Beach sun-worshippers

Bondi Beach sun-worshippers

Surfer at Bondi Beach, Sydney

Surfer at Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Walk from the iconic Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach, and enjoy some fine coastal views. There’s plenty of places along this 6 km walk to stop en-route, watch the world go by and grab some refreshments at some of the many cafes. Speaking of refreshments, water stations are located along the route. So you can top up water bottles en route (super handy on hot days!)

Allow 2-3 hours for this walk to enjoy it properly.


Discover The Goods Line.

The Goods Line, Sydney

The Goods Line, Sydney

The Goods Line, Sydney is partly elevated walkway and public linear park follows the route along a long neglected railway line from Sydney Central Station to Darling Harbour. It’s a relaxing and very family friendly walk with table tennis tables and water-play along the route. Architectural fans can admire the stunning Dr Chau Chak Wing Building with its flowing curves and mirrored windows it’s a photographers dream!



Eat, play and find zen at Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour, Sydney

Darling Harbour, Sydney

Super family-friendly Darling Harbour is a gem of a location. There’s a huge play park for kids with water play that’s open 24 hours a day, with restaurants overlooking – the perfect spot for eating out at night with kids.

Visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship to step into a calm and zen space in central Sydney.

Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney

Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney


Look to the stars at Sydney Observatory.

Telescope ay Sydney Observatory

Telescope ay Sydney Observatory

I must admit that checking out Sydney Observatory was somewhere we only visited because it was in an area we were in. But it actually turned out to be one of our favourite things to do with the kids in Sydney. There are day and night tours to see the Observatory and telescopes. I’d strongly advise booking a night tour in advance on their website to avoid disappointment.


See the city from the Pylon Lookout

View from the Pylon Lookout, Sydney Harbour Bridge
View from the Pylon Lookout, Sydney Harbour Bridge

View from the Pylon Lookout, Sydney Harbour Bridge

Just a short walk from the Observatory is the Pylon Lookout, located on Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Plyon gives spectacular views of Sydney – though you’ll have to climb 200 steps to reach the top!



Visit the Rocks

The Rocks, Sydney

The Rocks, Sydney

After you’ve finished getting your fill of the views from the Pylon, walk along to the The Rocks, a historic area of Sydney. This is a buzzing cultural area,  great for finding independent art galleries or grabbing a bite to eat or drink. There’s an official ‘Walking the Rocks’ app that you can download for a fully guided walking tour experience, telling you the history and showing you along the cobblestone streets and old buildings of the area.

For the brave you can also book evening ghost tours at The Rocks!


Museum of Contemporary Art

Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

From The Rocks, you can stroll along to the Harbour, where you’ll find many street performers. This is also the location for the Museum of Contemporary Art which is well worth a visit for grown up and children alike. A life-saver on rainy days!


Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

A visit to the iconic Sydney Opera House is a must. There shows for people of all ages, we caught a children’s show one morning with our kids, but check out their website in advance to see bands, theatre and more. Just a heads up, if you dine out in this area it’s going to cost your more than other areas of the city but seeing the sunset over the harbour is worth it if your budget allows it.


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