The Best Things to Do With Kids in Sydney

Admire sharks at Sydney Aquarium
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29 October 2020

There’s more to Sydney than its world-famous harbour and sail-shaped opera house, especially if you’re travelling with kids. Explore Australia’s diverse wildlife at award-winning parks, or trawl through the Australian Museum to discover ancient dinosaur bones. Stuck for ideas to keep the little ones entertained? Then, check out these top things to do with kids in Sydney.

Meet koalas at Featherdale Wildlife Park

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Koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park
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Visit Australia’s cutest creature, the koala, at Featherdale Wildlife Park. It’s known for hands-on animal experiences, which include walk-through kangaroo enclosures and lorikeet feeding. The Pet a Koala encounter allows you to meet some of Featherdale’s residents and take home a souvenir photo, while the Koala Mums and Bubs experience involves watching the animals up close and feeding them. A portion of all fees goes to the park’s Koala Plantation Fund to support sustainable food sources.

Take a boat trip through Sydney Harbour

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Sail through Sydney Harbour to admire the city’s most famous attractions. Set against a futuristic skyline, you’ll float past the Opera House and Harbour Bridge for prime photo opportunities, accompanied by expert commentary from your captain. Other top cruise sights may include Australian battleships, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair and the former penal island Fort Denison. Choose from a small boat, yacht or sail ship, with options for meal and sunset cruises available.

Visit Sydney Aquarium

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Great Barrier Reef aquarium in the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia
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Don’t miss one of Australia’s best aquariums, which is home to over 12,000 animals. Kids will love spotting colourful marine life, be it clownfish and turtles or huge sharks, stingrays and penguins. There are various zones to visit, from Dugong Island to the Jurassic Seas and South Coast Shipwreck. Wander down Shark Valley, surrounded by grey nurse sharks, head to the Discovery Rockpool to touch starfish, and marvel at the new interactive Day and Night on the Reef exhibit.

See dinosaur skeletons at the Australian Museum

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Are your kids obsessed with dinosaurs? Then, check out the acclaimed dinosaur exhibition at the Australian Museum. Housed over two levels, the display features more than 10 complete dinosaur skeletons and many life-sized models, as well as educational interactive displays. Australia’s first museum is over 190 years old and holds more than 21 million objects and specimens. Other popular zones include the Giants of the Ice Age and exhibits such as the excellent Aboriginal Culture area.

Get up close and personal with crocodiles at WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo

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Meet Rocky, Sydney Zoo’s huge saltwater crocodile and one of the largest reptiles in the world. He lives in the Kakadu Gorge area of the zoo, which is packed with facts and conservation information about this awe-inspiring species. Set in Darling Harbour, the zoo is also home to the rest of the Aussie Big Five: the koala, kangaroo, wombat and platypus. Explore themed zones such as Nightfall to see nocturnal creatures, Wallaby Cliffs and a replica of Daintree Rainforest, where you’ll find the southern cassowary.
These recommendations were updated on October 29, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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