Family vacations to Sydney are sure to be filled with amazing memories. From the beaches and waves of Bondi or Manly to the city streets of Darling Harbour or Circular Quay, it’s going to be hard not to wish you could tackle just about everything.
But if you’re traveling with your children and aren’t sure what’s going to be age-appropriate (or, frankly, what will hold their attention), let our industry insiders help. We’ve been around Sydney and we know a thing or two about wrangling little ones around attractions.
If you’re in search of things to do in Sydney that are particularly kid-friendly, check out this list. Our favorite kid-centric attractions in town include:
- Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Sydney and Bondi: 1-Day Classic Tour
- WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
- SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
- Madame Tussauds Sydney
- Sydney Jet – Thrill Ride
- The Sydney Tower Eye
- BlueBananas Bike Hire
- Magistic Cruisemart Harbour Sightseeing Cruise
- And more!
Save on Admission to Kid-Friendly Sydney Attractions
Many of these great kid-friendly attractions are available on The Sydney Pass.
Choose as you go from dozens of top Sydney attractions and save up to 45% off combined admission vs. paying at the gate.
See all available passes, attractions & prices here.
Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Sydney and Bondi: 1-Day Classic Tour
Kids love to explore new places, but their energy levels aren’t always up to the task of tackling an entire city.
That’s where a sightseeing bus tour can really be an asset to your trip. Let the entertaining and friendly guides do all the work, and you just sit back and let the kids soak up all the sights and sounds.
And if something really interests anyone in the family, you can hop right off with this option from Big Bus. Then, when little legs get tired, jump back onto the next bus.
Getting In: Big Bus Sydney tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.
WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo
Many people come to Australia just to experience the astonishing indigenous wildlife. At WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo, you’ll not only get to see iconic critters like kangaroos, wallabies, Tasmanian devils, and koalas, you’ll actually get to interact with some of them.
Head to Koala Rooftop to see and meet these cuddly-looking critters and learn all about their habitats. Be sure to check out the Butterfly Tropics, too. Keeper talks, feedings, and special kids’ programming are also available.
Getting In: WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.
SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
If your kids also love (or prefer!) aquatic creatures to furry ones, then the SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium is a delightful attraction. It’s filled with fascinating exhibits and interactive spaces where kids can learn all about the world’s oceans and freshwater spaces.
Exhibits include “Jurassic Seas,” filled with facts about the mighty cephalopods, “Sydney Harbour,” which focuses on local marine life, and “Great Barrier Reef,” which is the largest exhibit of its kind in the world.
Getting In: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.
Madame Tussauds Sydney
A good combination of history and pop culture can be found at Madame Tussauds Sydney. This world-famous wax museum features celebrities from all arenas of fame, from musicians and pop stars to actors, politicians, and historical figures.
They also have a focus on Australian stars, as you might expect, including people like footballer Tim Cahill, actress Rebel Wilson, and more. Don’t miss the New Fashion Experience, either, which is fun for kids who love art and design.
Getting In: Madame Tussauds Sydney tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.
Sydney Jet – Thrill Ride
A thrill ride that’s both entertaining and informative? Sign us up! The Sydney Jet offers an exhilarating cruise around the Sydney waterfront, past all the major hotspots, landmarks, and more.
As your captain executes fancy turns, sudden controlled stops, and other exciting nautical moves at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, you’ll also be treated to facts and insider info about the scenery.
This ride is appropriate for most kids who are comfortable with the speed.
Getting In: Sydney Jet tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.
The Sydney Tower Eye
The Sydney Tower Eye offers some really cool views of the city below. Located right in the Central Business District, this observation deck allows you to see panoramic views of the city and the harbour, as well as hip areas like Circular Quay and Darling Harbour.
Kids will get a kick out of the informative video, and love the chance to get their photo taken way up high. If they’re brave enough, you can even upgrade to the SKYWALK outdoor adventure.
Getting In: Sydney Tower Eye tickets are available on The Sydney Pass; SKYWALK tickets are separately priced and are not included on the pass.
Harbour Bridge Electric Bike Tour by BlueBananas
If your kids are the active type, then renting a bike in Sydney is a smart move. They can get some exercise, burn off that excess energy, and explore a new city all at once!
This full-day rental from BlueBananas offers a map, helmet, and bike lock alongside their bike rental, and they’ve got styles and sizes to fit the whole family. Bike the waterfront, the parks, or the beach. You’ve got more choices than time!
Please note: the recommended age for kids is 12 and above.
Getting In: Harbour Bridge Electric Bike Tour tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.
Magistic Cruisemart Harbour Sightseeing Cruise
A sightseeing option the whole family can get behind is a harbour cruise. The Sydney waterfront is simply so beautiful and so iconic that it would be a shame to miss out on the chance to see the city from the water.
You can snap great photos of the kids in front of the skyline, and then let them off to (safely) peer over the edge at the sea life swimming alongside the vessel.
Getting In: Harbour Sightseeing Cruise tickets are available on The Sydney Pass.
The Australian Museum
Take the kids to one of the best museums in the city and allow them to explore the wonders that fill its halls. The Australian Museum offer exhibits on a wide variety of scientific and natural subjects, but also include cultural topics, too.
Current exhibits include a focus on indigenous arts, dinosaurs, photography, and more. They also offer an abundance of kids’ programming at the museum year round, from special events around the holidays to workshops for various age groups. Consult their website for details!
Getting In: The Australian Museum is separately ticketed and is not included with The Sydney Pass.
This fun and kid-friendly amusement park is located just across the Sydney Harbour Bridge. You’ll find a wide selection of rides geared to kids of all ages, from the classic Ferris wheel and carousel to more adrenaline-pumping fare like Devil’s Drop and the exhilarating rollercoaster Wild Mouse.
For especially little visitors, the Whirly Wheel is a gentle, low-key option. You can also enjoy classic fair food and games, special seasonal events, and much more. It’s a nice place to spend an afternoon with your kids!
Getting In: Luna Park is separately ticketed and is not included with The Sydney Pass.
Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures
One of the coolest ways to get the kids active and engaged, head to Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures to explore the rainforest.
Walk along the elevated steel walkway, 20-30 meters above ground, and climb up several lookout points along the way, including the famous Knights Tower, for treetop views of the expansive nature that surrounds you.
Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife and be sure to bring a camera!
Getting in: Illawarra Fly Treetop Aventures tickets are available with The Sydney Pass.
Save on Admission
There are many things to do in Sydney that will make little travelers happy. If these ideas aren’t enough, consider a picnic at the Royal Botanic Garden (free!) or Bondi Beach. You could also take them the Taronga Zoo or one of the area’s many wildlife sanctuaries if they’re real animal lovers. Or, the Art Gallery of New South Wales offers kids’ programming on the weekends.
Whatever you decide to do with the kids in Sydney, be sure to save on admission to your favorite kid-friendly attractions. The Sydney Pass can save you up to 45% on combined admission prices.
Have a happy family vacation!
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