Taronga Zoo is one of the best things to do in Sydney as a family
Photo: Sally Mayman, Destination New South Wales

things to do in Sydney with kids

If you're looking for family things to do in Sydney, look no further. The kids will love exploring the beaches and parks, to experiencing convict life at the Hyde Park Barracks, the Sydney Aquarium, Taronga Zoo and so much more. Just a few suggestions for family activities in Sydney include: 

A boy feeding a kangaroo at Tarnga Zoo
Feed the wallabies and Kangaroos at Taronga Zoo.
Photo: Tourism Australia

  • Taronga Zoo is one of the top things to do in Sydney with kids. It doesn't matter of your a holiday maker or a local, this place and a crowd pleaser. There's more than 2,600 animals including wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, lions, tigers, zebras, giraffes, elephants, birds, penguins, seals and sea lions. Go inside some of the animal enclosures and meet our native animals. Take a ride in the free sky safari cable car for amazing views of Sydney and the zoo.
  • ​For something different, book a zoo-snooze where you camp overnight at Taronga Zoo. You'll sleep in safari tents near the lions, snow leopards and meerkats, and get to feed the giraffes, pat a seal, do a night walk, and learn the secrets of Taronga Zoo.
  • Head to one of Sydney’s beaches for a swim, surf, walk or to just hang out. Sydney beaches are guaranteed to give you and the kids hours of fun. Just some options include:
    • ​booking a surfing lesson or hire a boogie board to enjoy waves
    • swimming or sitting by the waters edge and enjoy the crystal blue water
    • the many playgrounds by the beaches where the little kids can enjoy swings, see-saws, slippery-dips and more
    • eating at the cafes and restaurants by the beaches,  or maybe you'd like to have a picnic on the beach. Either way, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Go surfing at one of Sydney's beaches.
Photo: Tourism Australia

aquatic animals swimming at the Sydney Aquarium in Darling Harbour
Visit the Sydney Aquarium. Photo: Tourism Australia

  • Darling Harbour and Cockle Bay are among Sydney's top playgrounds with heaps of attractions, museums, cafes, restaurants, boats, shops, Imax theatre, tenpin bowling and much more. Pop into the Lindt café for a sensational hot chocolate and other mouth-watering chocolate treats.
  • Sydney Aquarium has one of the world's largest collections of all-Australian aquatic life. There are three oceanariums with more than 12,000 aquatic animals.
  • Beside the Sydney Aquarium is Wild Life Sydney.  You'll come face-to-face with one of Australia's largest collection of native animals – and  this adventure is right in the heart of Sydney.
  • Madame Tussauds Sydney is also next to the Aquarium and brings you face-to-face with more than 70 world famous wax models including Aussie stars such as Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and even Harold Bishop from the soap opera Neighbours.


Meet a koala at Wild Life Sydney. Photo: Tourism Australia

Walk through the welcoming smile of Luna Park.
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  • Visit Luna Park, which is an old style theme park. It’s free entry and you pay for your rides. It may not have as many rides as modern theme parks but it's worth visiting the big smiling face.
  • Tour Sydney’s Hyde Park Barracks - a prison that was built by convicts for convicts! Discover how the convicts lived, try on some leg irons, lie in a convict hammock, step inside a punishment box and uncover their haunting stories.
  • Visit the Police and justice Museum and get an insight into ​Sydney’s notorious criminal past, the old jail cells and courthouse.
  • The Sydney Opera House has a ‘kids at the house’ program that includes plays, theatre and play sessions especially for children. 
  • There’s so much fun to have on the harbour. Take a ferry, harbour cruise, go on a sailing adventure on the James Craig Tall Ship, or take an adrenalin filled jet boat ride where you'll speed past the many stunning Sydney sites at lightning pace.​
  • Bridgeclimb – what better world monument to climb than the Harbour Bridge? The kids will have the time of their lives telling their friends about their adventure.
  • Sydney Tower Eye Sydney 4D cinema will take you across Sydney Harbour and its famous coastline, iconic landmarks, and events that make Sydney what it is.

Ahoy there. Go sailing on the James Craig.
Photo: Tourism Australia

Sydney lit-up (at the annual VIVID festival.)
Photo: Tourism Australia
  • The Powerhouse Museum has interactive exhibitions including the Wiggles exhibition; experiments that look at some of the world’s great discoveries; Space that looks at how astronauts eat, sleep and go to the bathroom. Experience weightlessness in the zero gravity space lab.
  • Visit the ground floor of Customs House at ​Circular Quay to see the 3D model of Sydney under the glass floor. Stand on top of the city to a get a different perspective. Kids love it, mind you, so do the grown-ups, and it’s free!​