Best Family-Friendly Experiences in Sydney

Enjoy Sydney's favourite amusement park, Luna Park, with a full-day admission ticket |
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.

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ToursBig Bus Sydney and Bondi Hop-on Hop-off Tour
From $44 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
4.1 (1583)
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
From $29 per person
1 hour 30 minutes
4.1 (163)
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.
ToursOfficial 'Home and Away' Tour of Palm Beach
From $79 per person
5 hours
4.2 (72)
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.

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