City breaks, Family, Oceania

Sydney, the capital of New South Wales, is built around one of the most beautiful and best known harbours in the world. Its world-famous beaches face onto the surf of the Pacific Ocean and its  Harbour Bridge and Opera House are two of the most famous sights on the planet. Given such iconic fame and such an exciting and beautiful setting, it is packed with excitement for the whole family. Most hotels take children under 12 free in rooms where the existing beds can be used or offer an extra cot for around $30. Many also offer interconnecting family rooms. So book your flights with Travelocity and check out our favourite things to do in Sydney with kids.

Sydney Harbour Bridge

These most famous of Sydney landmarks are hard to miss when you are harbour side. The Bridge is one of the largest steel arch bridges with the top of the bridge 134 metres above the harbour. It took 1400  men 8 years to complete and was opened in 1932 it carries eight traffic lines and 2 rail lines. There are opportunities to climb the bridge and experience the view from the top  but all climbers must be over 10 years of age and over 1.2 metres tall. To learn the complete history of the bridge and enjoy amazing views visit the Pylon Lookout on the south-east of the bridge and climb to 200 stairs to its summit,87 metres high stopping at three exhibition levels on the way up.

  • Location: In the South East Pylon of the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Opening Times: Open every day except Christmas Day from 9:30am to 5:30pm
  • Cost: Adult $11 AUD; Seniors and Students $8:50 AUD Children (5-12yrs) 6:50 Infants (0-4 yrs) Free
  • Website: pylonlookout.com.au

Sydney Opera House

The Opera House with its distinctive ‘shell’ vaulted roofs was built  from 1957 to 1973 and opened by Queen Elizabeth II. There are a number of tours to discover the history of the opera house and the work it does and experiences it offers today. During the school holidays there is a Kids Discovery Tour which takes an hour and can be followed up with a free creative play tour for children up to around 9 years old. The House also offers a variety of programmes under the umbrella of Kids at the House to introduce children of all ages to opera and the performance arts. Schedules and prices for current tours, events and experiences can be found on the website.

Sydney is built around a beautiful natural harbour and Australia is full of amazing wildlife so many of the attractions here showcase the flora and fauna of the area.

Sydney Harbour National Park

This park consists of 5 islands and several shore land areas around the harbour. There are historic sites and monuments of national and international interest including, convict constructed buildings and the quarantine station where new boats of arrivals were sent to avoid taking infections into the city. There are amazing views, natural bush areas teaming with wildlife and secluded beached perfect for swimming and snorkelling. There are miles of paths to explore and great places to picnic. A real chance to experience the great outdoors in the heart of historic Sydney. To choose from a vast list of activities and locations to visit,check local conditions and admission visit:

Sea Life Aquarium

This amazing aquarium is set out in 14 zones with freshwater and seawater environments including the worlds biggest Great Barrier Reef exhibition.  There is a shark walk where you walk over the top of shark infested waters followed by an ocean tunnel walk-through, Shark Valley, where you walk underneath sharks and rays  and get an amazing view through a ruined underground temple and a whale skeleton of these fabulous marine creatures. There is a tropical Bay of Rays showing many of the most beautiful and endangered rays in Australian waters. during your visit you will see around 700 different species including the rare dugongs, 2 out of only 7 displayed in the world.

  • Location: 1-5 Wheat Road, Sydney 2000
  • Open: 365 days a year 9 am to 8pm (Last admission 7pm)
  • Cost: (Online single visit) Adult from $26 AUD; Child (5-14yrs) from $15.40. Combo tickets with other attractions are available on the website for more savings)
  • Website: sydneyaquarium.com.au

For more ideas on great ideas for all the family while in Sydney pick up a copy of  the free monthly magazine “Sydneys’ Child” from tourist venues, chemists, leisure centres and public pools.