Best Family-Friendly Experiences in Sydney
Enjoy Sydney's favourite amusement park, Luna Park, with a full-day admission ticket | | © Ian Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
Sydney is a wonderful place to take the kids, with numerous family-friendly things to do both in- and outdoors. Culture Trip’s curated list of activities will help you to have the most memorable trip Down Under.
When in Sydney, there are a number of iconic landmarks and destinations that need to be ticked off the list, such as the harbour bridge, Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbour and Bondi Beach. The best way to go about seeing them with your little ones is on an open-tour bus.
There are also plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. A visit to the aquarium to see sharks, jellyfish and tropical fish; a ghost walking tour, in which you can learn about Australia’s convict history; and a visit to the Luna Amusement Park will provide hours of entertainment. Meanwhile, there’s loads to do outdoors too from bottlenose dolphin-watching at Nelson Bay to sandboarding on the sand dunes, which make for once-in-a-lifetime experiences to have together.
ToursPort Stephens Day Tour with Dolphin Watching, Sandboarding & Australian Wildlife
Discover the scenic North Coast region of Port Stephens on a full-day coach tour from Sydney. Visit a wildlife park to check out the critters, then hop on a boat in Nelson Bay to look for bottlenose dolphins. Hit the Stockton Bight Sand Dunes for a 4WD tour and a chance to try sandboarding. Spot wildlife including Australian favourites like koalas, kangaroos and Tasmanian devils, plus a dolphin-watching cruise and sand dune tour, you’ll dive into the natural world just outside urban Sydney.
ToursBig Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Explore Sydney and Bondi Beach on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, which takes you by double-decker bus to 34 stops around the city including Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and recorded commentary on board. Simply hop off to walk around and sightsee in depth. Your ticket is valid for 24 or 48 hours, so you can experience Sydney and Bondi’s most noteworthy attractions, sights, and shopping and dining areas at your own pace.
AdmissionSEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium Entrance Ticket
Take on a discovery journey through SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium’s themed zones including the Penguin Expedition. This world-first ride-through experience will transport explorers on a sensory journey through the sub-Antarctic to meet spectacular King and Gentoo penguins. Get face-to-fin with over 13,000 animals from 700 different species such as resident dugong Pig to learn all about his rescue story. Face your fears at Shark Valley and walk amongst jaw-some sharks! Make sure you join in with our interactive daily talks and activities.
ToursHunter Valley Wine and Wildlife Reserve Tour From Sydney
Starting at a wildlife sanctuary with free ranging kangaroos, wallabies and emus in a natural bush setting on this wildlife reserve tour you can listen to a ranger lead koala talk, then enjoy a day of indulgence as you taste locally made chocolate, fudge, wine, cheese, gelato, olive oil, and beer. You will also visit two premium boutique vineyards for wine tasting, all in the comfort of an air-conditioned minibus, with your experienced and friendly guide. If you were to do one Hunter Valley tour, this is the one! The tour leaves Sydney at 7.40am, returning usually by 6pm at the original departure point.
ToursOfficial 'Home and Away' Tour of Palm Beach
The Official Home and Away Tour allows fans from all over the world to connect with their favourite show and experience the iconic outdoor locations featured in the hit TV program. On board, fans will be able to capture once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunities, while expert guides share their extensive Home and Away knowledge. Guests can re-live some of their favourite scenes from the series, while soaking up the Summer Bay lifestyle and enjoying the magnificent scenery along the coastal roads of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The tour concludes at Manly Beach. We have four tour options for you to choose:Filming Very Likely: This tour gives you the highly likely opportunity to see filming in action.Meet and Greet: A meet and greet with a fan favourite who used to be on Home and Away.Surf Club VIP Access: On non-filming days, the tour includes VIP access to the the Surf Club and lunch.Reduced Rate: When filming is unlikely, however we promise a special day at Summer Bay.
ToursWalking With Wombats Day Tour: All-inclusive
The Walking With Wombats Tour will get you within feet of wild wombats and kangaroos, NSW’s best waterfalls, rain forest boardwalk, blowholes and vistas. Dine surrounded by wombats and kangaroos with an Aussie barbecue dinner.
AdmissionFull-day Luna Park Admission Ticket in Sydney
Luna Park is Sydney’s favourite harbourside amusement park and is one of the most popular venues to visit on the Sydney Harbour shoreline. Easily accessible from the city centre, Luna Park offers hours of fun for all the family. Take the train or ferry, or even walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.