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The Top 10 Things to Do in Sydney With Kids

aerial view of Sydney's CBD with the Opera House in the background

Because kids have the shortest attention spans, parents are constantly looking for ways to keep their children entertained. This is especially true when you are traveling to a new place; after accommodation, the next most important thing to discover are activities and places you can cover in your trip to make it fun for the kids. Well, if the place you're visiting is Sydney, Australia, you don’t need to worry about finding things that will keep your kids entertained; instead, worry about having enough time and energy to keep up with all the fun things to do with your kids in Sydney!

As a matter of fact, there are plenty of Sydneysiders who are yet to experience the many awesome attractions for kids in the city which is why this article will serve as a reminder to take a break from work, get out there with your family, and take advantage of all the fun and adventurous things to do in this vibrant city! 

So, without further ado, in no particular order, here are Maid For You’s picks for the 10 best things to do in Sydney with your kids.

1. Enjoy the Ride(s) at Luna Park!

the entrance to luna park viewed from the pier

The greatest thing about visiting Luna Park is that it never gets boring! The atmosphere is always buzzing and the rides are always thrilling! For first-time visitors, there is plenty to see and do so it’s best to make a day of it with the kids. Some of the best rides for younger kids include the Whirly Wheel, Mirror Maze, the carousel, and the ferris wheel. Of course, there are thrilling rides and attractions for adults and older kids as well namely Devil’s Drop, Wild Mouse, Coney Island, and Tango Train. 

2. Get Active at Sydney Olympic Park

Sydney Olympic Park during the royal easter show with a ferris wheel in the background

Even if you and your kids have been here a couple of times, there’s always something new to do at the Sydney Olympic Park! Everything from swinging on a trapeze and learning acrobatic activities, to splashing around in the pools and going down water slides; there’s something for everyone and, more importantly, all age groups including toddlers! The park also has an archery centre and cycling paths to tour the 2000 Sydney Olympic venues. With the Sydney Royal Easter Show taking place every year in autumn, it's the perfect day trip if you have a young family. 

3. Go Horseback Riding at Centennial Park 

man and lady on horse back with a view of sydney's cbd in the background

You will find over 200 stables at Centennial Park, as well as a few horseback riding schools. If you are visiting this Sydney park with your kids, you can sign them up for a lesson which will be taught as per your child’s age and abilities. For smaller kids, the instructor may advise starting them off on a pony while children who would rather ride a bicycle than a horse can do so along the many cycling paths within the park. 

4. Make Four-Legged Friends at Taronga Zoo

Two sulfur crested cockatoos in a tree at Taronga Zoo

Home to over 4,000 animals, Taronga is one of Australia’s most famous zoos and will surely have your kids ‘oohing’ and ahhing’ at the sight of elephants, tigers, lions, kangaroos, koalas, lowland gorillas, and many other exotic species and native wildlife. You can get an aerial view of the zoo and animals via the Sky Safari, attend live shows, or keep the kids active with the rock climbing and ziplining facilities at Wild Ropes. For more kid-friendly activities, the Backyard to Bush exhibit has play areas including a playground and water-play park. 

5. Marvel at Aquatic Life at The Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

man taking photo in sydney acquarium's underwater shark tunnel

The Sea Life aquarium is a must-visit for anyone in Sydney! Along with your kids, you too will be fascinated by the wondrous aquatic life native to Australia which include seahorses, stingrays, turtles, sharks, and tropical fish. Some of the attractions the kids will absolutely love are the tunnel walk, Shark Valley, glass-bottomed boat tours, and other aqua-themed areas. That’s not all; the Shark Reef Snorkel Tour allows you to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enter the water (in a secure enclosure) and view sharks up-close!

6. Travel to Scenic World in the Blue Mountains

aerial view of the blue mountains and the three sisters

If you’re in Sydney, catch a train to Katoomba where you can then head to Blue Mountains and we guarantee that you and your kids will come away with memories to last a lifetime! Among the various attractions is the Scenic Skyway which offers breathtaking views of the valley and forest below. You and your kids won’t miss out on any of the thrilling sights thanks to the glass-bottomed cable car that is suspended over 250 metres above gorges, and takes you from one cliff top to another.

7. Go to Bondi Beach 

aerial view of bondi beach from the south end

Surely your kids will want to visit the famous Bondi Beach for, perhaps, just a swim, however, there is so much more they can do here. From learning how to surf with professionally trained instructors and other water activities, to whale-watching tours and snorkeling; Bondi is one of the most entertaining beaches to visit in Sydney. Sample some of the amazing food at restaurants and cafes with beach views all lined up along Campbell Parade, or opt for a true local experience with fish and chips at the beach!

8. Climb to the Top of Sydney Tower Eye

The Sydney Tower Eye on a sunny day

Being the tallest building in Sydney with a height of 309 metres, nowhere in the city will you be treated to the most incredible panoramic views of Sydney other than from the top of this spire-shaped building. If you make it there by sunset, the Sydney Tower Eye will leave you and your kids in awe of the pink and orange hues that colour the skies all around. One of the biggest attractions, however, is the Skywalk platform which is a thrilling and unforgettable experience if you and your kids are up for walking a glass-floored section of the tower that is 260 metres high!

9. Take a Junior Tour of the Opera House

view of Sydney Opera House with the Harbour Bridge in the background

As the most iconic structure in all of Australia, a visit to the Sydney Opera House is a real treat! After the family is done taking pictures outside, sign your kids up for a junior tour of the building where they can not only learn amazing facts about the building but have fun with interactive games too! There are also separate kid-friendly programs, plays, and musicals that children of all ages can enjoy. 

10. Pet Koalas at Featherdale Wildlife Park

the entrance to Featherdale Wildlife Park

Located in Western Sydney, it’s impossible to visit Sydney’s Featherdale Wildlife Park and not fall in love with these cute, furry animals! The park allows visitors to hand-feed kangaroos, pet koalas, and even give them a cuddle under the supervision of trained professionals. There are over 1,700 animals that are native to Australia living at the wildlife park including wallabies, bilbies, wombats, and one of the largest species of crocodiles and reptiles in the world. You can make a day of your trip to Featherdale and catch a bite at Drovers Hut while you’re there.

So, whether you live in Sydney or are visiting the city for the first, second, or even third time, embrace the ‘touristy things to do here because the Harbour City is all about living a vibrant and adventurous life to the fullest!

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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