An insider’s look at the top family friendly Sydney attractions

From a business hub to a beachside getaway, Sydney mixes business with pleasure. Near Circular Quay you can take photos of the iconic Opera House and Harbour Bridge or take a short drive and escape the city with the Bondi to Coogee Coastal beach walk. With 38 distinct districts, Sydney has a diverse group of beautiful, fun and historical neighbourhoods, each with their own special charm. We asked Paul Seaman, the General Manager from Mantra on Kent to reveal the best family friendly Sydney attractions.

Best spot in Sydney to take the kids

Darling Harbour
Walk around the water’s edge and keep your family entertained with the many attractions along the way. For the animal lovers, head to the Wild Life Sydney Zoo and stand amongst the koalas, kangaroos and wallabies. Your children will love taking photos of their favourite animals while learning some interesting animal trivia. If you prefer marine life, make your way to the Sydney Sea Life aquarium and watch in awe as the fish and sharks swim above you in the glass walkway. Once you’ve enjoyed seeing your favorite attractions, you can eat by the Harbour at one of the many restaurants lining the pier. If you are there on a Saturday night, look up at 9pm and see the sky come to life with the weekly fireworks display.  

Unique Sydney meals for the family

With so many dining options to choose from, you’ll be sure to find somewhere to eat that will please even the pickiest of eaters. However, to make it an even more memorable occasion, our top pick would be the Koala Breakfast at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo.  Enjoy a buffet breakfast amidst these cute Australian mammals. Usually docile, koalas are most active in the morning.  Prices start online from $55 for Adults and $45 for children; the package includes a buffet breakfast, a photo with a koala, entry to the zoo, a guided tour and a Koala talk.

Ever wondered what it was like to be a pirate or perhaps you have some mutinous children ready to walk the plank? The Sydney Harbour Tall Ships give you the chance to heave ho and set sail on board a 1850’s style ship. Learn about the history of the ships, enjoy a delicious meal, and admire the beautiful sites surrounding the Harbour. Choose from either the lunch or dinner option or a show only option. Family packages start at $243 for 2 adults and 2 kids.

Best hidden Sydney cultural attraction

While Sydney boasts many world class attractions, people don’t often hear about the wonders of the Powerhouse Museum. With free entry for children under 16, this is a great place for the family to learn about arts and science and the perfect way to keep inquisitive minds occupied for an afternoon. Located in the old Power Station Building, this is the flagship location of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. It features 12 permanent exhibits as well as temporary themed programs and displays and is a great place to learn, create and empower your mind.

Photo credit: James Horan; Destination NSW

Fun Sydney Facts

  • The original Mantra on Kent building was home to Cohen & Sons who were mantle & costume manufacturers or to put it in today’s terms - garment and clothing manufacturers.
  • Did you know that 42 Wallaby Way, the address of Philip Sherman the dentist in Finding Nemo is not real? Though while Gill and his friends may not exist in real life there is still plenty of marine life to enjoy in Sydney. Keep an eye out near the Opera House steps for the affectionately named, ‘Sydney the Sunbaking Seal’.

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